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Common Breastfeeding Challenges

How we are failing breastfeeding women and their babies…

2019-05-14T09:21:22+10:00November 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 [...]


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

2017-07-24T09:36:26+10:00October 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 [...]


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

2020-07-14T13:21:44+10:00April 27th, 2016|Common Breastfeeding Challenges, Tongue/Lip Ties and Breastfeeding|

*More information on this topic can be found in my NEW BOOK on breastfeeding and tongue ties, "All Tied Up! How To Keep On Boobin' Through A Tongue Tie". Available here. Most babies will latch on the best when they are supported to self-attach on their own, with the mother in [...]


The 8 Biggest Mistakes New Breastfeeding Mothers Make

2019-07-28T18:38:06+10:00April 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 [...]


My sister’s return to work…and how it represents everything wrong about mothers “having it all”.

2018-10-15T06:52:31+10:00January 21st, 2016|Common Breastfeeding Challenges|

I stood there crying at the sink as I washed my dishes last night. "I can't believe my sister has to return to work after just 2 months! IT'S NOT FAIR!" I said just like a five year old little girl stomping her foot in protest. Society...I want to throat punch you. It is because [...]


Power pump your way to more milk!

2019-11-27T13:49:33+10:00October 27th, 2015|Common Breastfeeding Challenges, Low Supply and Relactation|

*Last updated 27/11/19Pumping 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 [...]


My baby is not broken…so please fuck off.

2018-10-15T06:36:25+10:00October 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 [...]


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

2019-05-14T12:29:39+10:00August 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 [...]


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

2019-05-30T09:06:46+10:00July 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 [...]


Common Breastfeeding Criticisms And The Research To Bust Them!

2018-10-07T13:20:00+10:00July 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 [...]


Should I just give up? What to do when breastfeeding is really hard…

2019-06-23T18:58:29+10:00May 26th, 2015|Common Breastfeeding Challenges, Low Supply and Relactation|

It’s the most heartbreaking and most difficult question for me to answer, “Should I just give up? How long should I keep doing this…waiting for breastfeeding to just happen easily? Will it ever work? What can I do when breastfeeding is really hard?” There are many different situations where a [...]


The latch looks great! Really?! Tell that to my burning nipple…

2020-04-19T13:54:19+10:00March 31st, 2015|Common Breastfeeding Challenges|

*This is an excerpt from my book. More information on this topic can be found in my NEW BOOK on breastfeeding and tongue ties, “All Tied Up! How To Keep On Boobin’ Through A Tongue Tie”. Available for pre-sale here. [...]


Nine things I wish I knew before I became a breastfeeding mother…

2019-07-28T18:34:19+10:00February 16th, 2015|Attachment Parenting, Common Breastfeeding Challenges|

1. You will feel mother guilt no matter what you do. We are constantly making decisions. The simplest things (how we are going to feed our babies and how they are going to sleep) can become so overwhelming; with so much information thrown at us on a daily basis we end up [...]


Nine reasons my child is not “too old” to breastfeed…

2019-06-23T16:51:57+10:00November 5th, 2014|Attachment Parenting, Breastfeeding Toddlers, Common Breastfeeding Challenges, Weaning|

I have written before on my blog about the first time I saw a breastfeeding toddler. I was at the house of a mother I had only just met. She was a La Leche League Leader (volunteer breastfeeding counsellor) and mother of two. Her youngest who was about 18 months old at the time, jumped [...]


How To Lose Weight While Breastfeeding!

2018-10-07T13:17:04+10:00October 31st, 2014|Common Breastfeeding Challenges, Exercise and Breastfeeding|

The Do’s and DO NOT'S to weight loss while boobin’ your baby! This is pretty much what I looked like from behind when pregnant with my first. Artist: Jeanne Lorioz Having had three babies, my body has gone through many changes. Seriously, my ass was the size of a small mountain when I [...]


An Argument For “Comfort Breastfeeding”

2020-05-03T09:02:24+10:00June 14th, 2014|Attachment Parenting, Common Breastfeeding Challenges, Tips to Settle Your Baby|

"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 [...]


Seven Crucial Steps To Increasing And Maintaining Your Breastmilk Supply

2019-06-20T10:48:56+10:00May 12th, 2014|Common Breastfeeding Challenges, Low Supply and Relactation|

How can I get my breastmilk supply off to a great start? What can I do to increase my supply? Do I have enough breastmilk for my baby? 1. Breastfeed your baby by following their cues...not the clock or the schedule in the book you were given. Most of [...]


Can I Overfeed My Breastfed Baby?

2019-10-31T10:45:37+10:00April 22nd, 2014|Attachment Parenting, Baby Reflux and Spitting Up, Common Breastfeeding Challenges|

"I heard I can't overfeed my breastfed baby BUT..." "My friend told me I am over-feeding my baby and she really only needs to breastfeed every 3 hours or so..." "Have I breastfed my baby too frequently today? She keeps going on and off the breast." "Is my baby spitting up so much because I'm [...]


Sleep Deprivation, Mother Guilt And Why We Need to Stop The Glorification Of “Busy”

2018-10-03T04:43:49+10:00April 13th, 2014|Attachment Parenting, Common Breastfeeding Challenges, Sleep Challenges|

  This past week was probably the most sleep deprived I have ever been in my entire life!  I was working and traveling across the country to film a documentary based on one of my blog posts, all while I had a very sick toddler attached to my boob! Oh the mother guilt... I have [...]


My Kid Won’t Eat!

2020-02-03T06:21:52+10:00March 26th, 2014|Common Breastfeeding Challenges, Introducing Solids|

Is the above picture familiar to you? The empty chair with the plate of food! But where is your toddler?!  Probably trying to find you to ask for boob... *If you'd like more information after reading this, click here to check out my BOOBinar (breastfeeding webinar) on this topic!* Many of us go through [...]


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