How To Lose Weight While Breastfeeding!

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The Do’s and DO NOT’S to weight loss while boobin’ your baby! Having had three babies, my body has gone through many changes. Seriously, my ass was the size of a small mountain when I was pregnant with my first. I had so much extra fluid I could have survived on my fluid retention alone if I had be stranded on ... Read More »

Why Our Breastfed Babies and Toddlers Wake So Frequently…

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**This article was originally published in Kids On The Coast Issue 64 September/October 2014 Sleep deprivation is something every mother understands. Being pushed to the brink of insanity from frequent night waking, that feeling of being woken almost immediately after just falling asleep. Sleep deprivation is the cruelest form of torture! As a breastfeeding mum who is the one and only person ... Read More »

Blame it on breastfeeding one more time…and I might just throw up a little bit.

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Here’s the thing…as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant I talk every day to women who are seeking help with breastfeeding. Almost every single one of these women (including myself) have heard someone tell them that “X” is happening BECAUSE THEY ARE BREASTFEEDING. What is this “X” I speak of? Well depending on who you are talking to it can be a variety of interesting ... Read More »

Breastfeeding Josee…Ten Tips For Breastfeeding A Baby With Down Syndrome

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*The following blog post is written by Joelle, a mum of three children.  Joelle’s youngest baby Josee has Down syndrome and although she knew she wanted to breastfeed her, she was aware of the unique challenges that she would face.  Through seeking support and her own motivation to breastfeed, she is still breastfeeding Josee today at 20 months old. This ... Read More »

Tattoos And Breastfeeding…Is It Safe? What Are The Risks?

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I LOVE tattoos and I have quite a few! Just call me, “the tattooed Lactation Consultant”! Many women have asked me, “Can I get a tattoo while breastfeeding? What are the risks involved?” Let’s start with some facts… 1. The molecular structure of tattoo ink is too large to pass through breastmilk.  This means that even though the ink is ... Read More »

My Response To The Doctor’s “New” Methods Of Sleep Training And Scheduled Feedings…

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Well, another mainstream media article about sleep training and cry it out is now making the rounds online again. Doctors telling people their babies need to be fed on four hourly schedules and left to cry so they can self-settle. When will this insanity stop?! When will this rubbish stop being published? Give these poor sleep deprived parents support and information! Not sleep ... Read More »

Please, Please Mama…Pick Up Your Crying Baby

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This past week I saw two different women pushing crying babies in their prams.  One woman was walking around the shops with her baby crying and crying as she talked on her phone, trying to get her little one to sleep without having to hold or feed her. I wanted to cry for that baby who just wanted to be cuddled and I ... Read More »

To The Man Who Called Me A, “Whiny, Judgmental Cow”…

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So…today was interesting. I posted something on my Facebook page today. Here is the post I wrote… After getting over 100 comments (the vast majority positive) I ended up having to ban three people from my page and then had to delete the post all together! They were angry and upset and had no interest in seeing the research that was ... Read More »

An Argument For The “Comfort” Breastfeed…

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“He is just breastfeeding for comfort.” “You really do not have to feed him again, he is just looking for comfort.” “She is not really hungry, just feeding for comfort.” Many of us have heard (or read) these words… Almost daily I hear from women who have been told that they should not breastfeed their baby for comfort.  I also frequently ... Read More »

Can we please bring back the hairy bush?…Us busy mothers really need one less thing to think about.

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Yes, I’m an IBCLC. I’m usually writing about breastfeeding, attachment parenting, sleep deprivation and relationships. I help women and their families with breastfeeding issues and challenges, among other things. But you know what, I also have pubic hair. And since it is no longer 1970, I shave. Or wax. Or trim…and you know what else I want to say? I’m ... Read More »