Common Breastfeeding Challenges

The Milk Meg’s Guide on healing and preventing mastitis

2018-04-14T21:00:09+00:00 April 14th, 2018|Common Breastfeeding Challenges, Creative Breastfeeding, Mastitis and plugged ducts|

{Seek help as soon as you suspect mastitis is showing it's ugly head! I am available for breastfeeding consultations worldwide via Skype, phone, email and in-person. Click here for information.} I have had mastitis twice and each time I felt like I was dying. I was breastfeeding my third little boy (Mini The Milk) for [...]

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How to be a new breastfeeding mother without losing your shit…

2017-12-19T07:08:42+00:00 December 19th, 2017|Attachment Parenting, Common Breastfeeding Challenges, Creative Breastfeeding, Sleep Challenges, Tips to Settle Your Baby|

Often times we feel overwhelmed because we don't know what to expect! We are told 5,694 different ways to do things as a mother and then we're given unrealistic expectations of what babies do. So here IS what to expect with your new breastfed baby... Spend the first few weeks (the first month preferably) just hanging [...]

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Why can’t she make enough breastmilk for her baby?

2017-11-01T12:02:06+00:00 November 1st, 2017|Common Breastfeeding Challenges, Low Supply and Relactation|

This post is something I have been thinking about for a long time and feel as though it's time for a discussion about low milk supply as it is desperately needed and long overdue. There are a few things that I repeatedly see written in comments on Facebook...including my own page (unfortunately). These include: "You [...]

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How breastfeeding saved me from post partum depression…

2017-10-23T09:24:52+00:00 October 19th, 2017|Common Breastfeeding Challenges|

Breastfeeding can be challenging and many of us experience advice along the lines of, "Just wean!" or "Why are you putting yourself through this, just give your baby some formula" while we are working through these challenges. For many of us though, breastfeeding actually helps us (and our babies) and we not only choose to [...]

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This morning he wouldn’t hug me…

2017-08-24T22:01:19+00:00 August 24th, 2017|Attachment Parenting, Common Breastfeeding Challenges|

This morning as my five year old (youngest of three boys) stumbled out of bed into the kitchen, he gave me a sideways glance and as I walked up saying, "Good morning!" with my arms outstretched to hug him, he turned the other way and walked into the living room. "Where is Tim Tam" he [...]

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Does breastfeeding cause cavities?

2017-07-24T09:36:22+00:00 July 4th, 2017|Common Breastfeeding Challenges, Is It Safe...|

Going crazy all over the mainstream media and social media is an article that everyone is freaking out about (and FYI I would have been too as a new mother) about breastmilk "causing" cavities. They stated that "Prolonged breastfeeding increases the risk of having dental caries." Not only does this not make any sense whatsoever [...]

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4 common myths around supplementing a breastfed baby…

2017-07-24T09:36:25+00:00 May 11th, 2017|Breastmilk and Formula, Common Breastfeeding Challenges, Low Supply and Relactation|

*Just as with any article you see online, this is not medical advice specifically for you! This is for general information ONLY. It is important to work with your own doctor and IBCLC when assessing your baby's intake.* The myths surrounding breastmilk supply and supplementation keep spreading among social media, scaring women along the way [...]

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An open letter to the mother who has (or wants) it all…but is going fucking insane in the process

2017-07-24T09:36:25+00:00 March 8th, 2017|Attachment Parenting, Common Breastfeeding Challenges, Creative Breastfeeding|

An open letter to the mother who has (or wants) it all...but is going fucking insane in the process, I was born in 1980. This meant that I grew up with a mother who worked outside of the home. I had parents who encouraged me to go to college and get an education. I had [...]

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The art of just “being” with your child…

2017-07-24T09:36:25+00:00 February 1st, 2017|Attachment Parenting, Common Breastfeeding Challenges, Creative Breastfeeding, Tips to Settle Your Baby|

We all have heard the term, "skin-to-skin" and will often first hear this when we are pregnant. "Don't forget to do skin-to-skin after your baby is born!" Of course tell this to someone in the HOT Queensland, Australian weather (where I live) and they might want to cry. Breastfeeding a baby in 40 (104) degree weather [...]

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How we are failing breastfeeding women and their babies…

2017-07-24T09:36:25+00:00 November 22nd, 2016|Common Breastfeeding Challenges, Tongue/Lip Ties and Breastfeeding|

Dear Health Care Professional, Did you know that so many of us in the health field are failing breastfeeding women and their babies? It's happened so many times now since I started my private practice as an IBCLC. I cannot even begin to guess how often I've heard variations of the same heartbreaking story. A [...]

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How to rest when you don’t even have time to pee…

2017-07-24T09:36:26+00:00 October 19th, 2016|Attachment Parenting, Common Breastfeeding Challenges|

There are a few sentences that I can be guaranteed to get a bit of a backlash over. Whenever I bring up formula, any mention of attachment parenting...and the suggestion that we should rest as much as possible in the early days or when we're feeling overwhelmed. "REST?! Ha! What's that?" "I can't rest, I [...]

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How to get a better latch! The exaggerated latch or “flipple” breastfeeding technique…

2017-07-24T09:36:26+00:00 April 27th, 2016|Common Breastfeeding Challenges, Tongue/Lip Ties and Breastfeeding|

As I discuss here in this video, most babies will latch on the best when they are supported to self-attach on their own, with the mother in the "laid-back" breastfeeding position, or self-attachment in the "koala" hold. Here is a baby self-attaching in the laid-back position: But what about the babies who cannot [...]

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The 8 Biggest Mistakes New Breastfeeding Mothers Make

2017-07-24T09:36:26+00:00 April 8th, 2016|Common Breastfeeding Challenges|

The 8 Biggest Mistakes New Breastfeeding Mothers Make 1. Inspecting and obsessing over every poop. The poop obsession Oh boy how we love to talk about our baby's poop! While it's of course very important that you take note of how often your baby poops (this lets you know if he is getting [...]

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How To Survive The Holidays With Your Breastfed Baby

2017-07-24T09:36:26+00:00 December 20th, 2015|Attachment Parenting, Common Breastfeeding Challenges, Holiday Breastfeeding|

The countdown is on...the parties are scheduled! The family gatherings are in full force! The presents are bought!! And you are lactating. How can we survive these crazy times with a baby attached to our boobs? Here is my survival guide on HOW TO SURVIVE THE HOLIDAYS (AND TRAVEL) WITH YOUR BREASTFED BABY! LEAVE EARLY! [...]

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Power pump your way to more milk!

2017-07-24T09:36:27+00:00 October 27th, 2015|Common Breastfeeding Challenges, Low Supply and Relactation|

Pumping can be so frustrating. Not only do we feel like dairy cows on the farm but many of us also struggle to pump enough milk to give our babies once we return to work outside of the home. Whether you are pumping for a premature baby who cannot breastfeed yet, have low supply, or [...]

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My baby is not broken…so please fuck off.

2017-07-24T09:36:27+00:00 October 7th, 2015|Attachment Parenting, Common Breastfeeding Challenges, Sleep Challenges|

Time and time again I am reminded of why we think our babies are broken. Just yesterday I saw an advertisement in my local newspaper. "Does your child need some help sleeping?" it read. I cringed...I looked at the picture of the beautiful baby sleeping peacefully in his cot. And I was brought back to [...]

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Does my baby have reflux? Is it colic? Why is my baby so gassy and unsettled?

2017-07-24T09:36:27+00:00 August 24th, 2015|Baby Reflux and Spitting Up, Common Breastfeeding Challenges, Tips to Settle Your Baby|

Most of us mothers have a bit of an obsession with our baby's "gassiness". We analyze every little fart and burp. We inspect their poop and how many times they squirmed around and seemed unsettled. We basically blame every little unsettled, "colicky" episode on gas or reflux. We then head out to buy some sort [...]

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Have you been told to supplement? 8 Crucial steps to take after a recommendation to supplement…

2017-07-24T09:36:27+00:00 July 21st, 2015|Common Breastfeeding Challenges, Low Supply and Relactation|

I recently saw a young couple for a breastfeeding consult. They were here with their first baby who was about 4 months old. They had just recently been to see a doctor. During the 15 minute appointment the doctor looked at the baby’s weight gain from the last time the baby had been weighed and noticed [...]

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Common Breastfeeding Criticisms And The Research To Bust Them!

2017-07-24T09:36:27+00:00 July 3rd, 2015|Attachment Parenting, Breastfeeding in Public, Common Breastfeeding Challenges|

As breastfeeding mothers we hear criticism and questionings from family, friends and strangers frequently.  I wanted to hear from mothers out there on the negative statements and questions people have said to them. I received over 350 comments from people on Facebook when I asked this question!  Here are some of their answers and my [...]

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