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Posted in Breastfeeding By Pinky McKay February 16, 2020
For decades we have known that the foods we eat do pass into mothers’ milk and we have research to show that various elements impact babies’ health and development.When mothers understand the impact of their own diets on their breastfeeding experience, more women who choose to will be able to breastfeed with greater confidence.
Posted in Breastfeeding By Pinky McKay February 03, 2020
Nicole, mum of twins shares her top twin breastfeeding tips.
Posted in Breastfeeding By Pinky McKay January 28, 2020

You are exhausted, you are recovering from growing and birthing your beautiful baby. And no, he doesn't sleep ‘all night ‘ yet (in infant sleep studies ‘all night’ is defined as five hours).

If even five uninterrupted hours sleep sounds like a dream come true and the pressure to ‘teach’ your baby to sleep for much longer right from the early days has you doubting your mothering skills, your milk supply and your baby’s ‘goodness’ take heart.Your baby isn't being a dick if he wakes every couple of hours through the night wanting a boob.

Check out these five fun facts you need to know about night time feeds – they will settle all those niggling doubts and help you believe in your self, your baby and your boobs.

Posted in Breastfeeding By Pinky McKay January 18, 2020
In some babies, the little membrane called the frenulum, which joins the middle of the tongue to the floor of the mouth, is too tight and ‘ties’ the tongue so that the baby has difficulty moving his tongue effectively. This means that the baby will be unable to bring his tongue forward far enough to latch onto the breast and draw the nipple far enough back into his mouth to feed well and he won't be able to form an effective seal around the nipple of either a breast or bottle so he is likely to feed noisily, suck in air as he feeds and tire easily while feeding.
Posted in Breastfeeding By Pinky McKay December 21, 2019
To make expressing easier , take less time and boost the amount you pump, check out these effective techniques.
Posted in Breastfeeding By Pinky McKay November 08, 2019

Your baby is completely portable and so is his food source if you are breastfeeding. This can make travel with a little one much easier and safer than contending with potentially unsafe sources of infant food, formula and water. It’s also much easier not to have to carry feeding equipment and premixed formula on top of the ‘basic’ baby gear.

If you are planning to travel with your breastfed baby, you may have some anxiety about how this will work in actual practice. So here are a few simple things you can do to enjoy the experience without stress for you or your baby.

Posted in Breastfeeding By Pinky McKay October 06, 2019

As you sit and gaze into your baby’s eyes while you nourish your little one with your sweet warm milk consider, you are saving precious resources that cost the earth – literally.

This isn’t about shaming mums who for whatever reasons do use infant formula, it’s about acknowledging that if we gave more support to women who want to breastfeed, we could have a significant impact on the environment.

Posted in Breastfeeding By Pinky McKay September 30, 2019

If your baby’s bum isn’t as smooth as it should be according to the old adage (‘smooth as a baby’s bum’), but red and inflamed instead, your little one will no doubt cry and be miserable, especially as urine scalds his delicate skin. Although babies with very sensitive skin or a family history of skin disorders such as eczema or psoriasis may be more prone to nappy rash, any baby can be a candidate.

Posted in Breastfeeding By Pinky McKay September 16, 2019

You may have noticed the topic of ‘donor milk’ pop up in your news feed while scrolling through your socials. If you are yet to give birth to your first baby, or you are not familiar with contemporary milk sharing practices, you might find the whole concept a bit…weird. And you could be forgiven for thinking that way, as there is a certain degree of stigma attached to human milk donation. This is mainly due to the fact that we exist in culture which has normalised animal milk consumption, the use of infant formal, and the sexualisation of women’s breasts.

Posted in Breastfeeding Weaning By Pinky McKay September 10, 2019
A mother asks, ‘My son is 4 weeks old and has been breastfed and also ‘topped up’ with formula since he was a week old. He is now almost a kilo above his birth weight and appears very healthy, so I would like to breast feed exclusively. Is it possible to wean him off the formula?’
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