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Positioning and Attachment Videos

  Are you unsure whether you are latching correctly? Or want to make sure you have the technique right for when your baby arrives? Have a look at these videos for some great tips! Breastfeeding and baby-led attachment - Raising Children Network Laid-back breastfeeding – Suzanne Colson Birth- Initiating Early Feeds - 'Breastfeeding. Naturally' DVD - New Zealand Ministry of Health Initiation of Breastfeeding by Breast Crawl - UNICEF & BPNI Maharashtra Photos of laid-back breastfeeding Baby Led, Mother Guided - Biological Nurturing/Laid-back Breastfeeding - Dr Suzanne Colson, MSc, PhD (Nursing) Baby Led, Mother Guided - NBCI - Newman Breastfeeding Clinic and Institute - Dr Jack Newman, MD, FRCPC & Edith Kennerman, IBCLC Global Health Media breastfeeding videos Can I...

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Nipple Infections

  The most common reason for nipple pain is due to a baby not attaching well to your breast. See Sore Nipples article Nipple infection, as a possible cause of nipple pain, must be considered especially when: a breastfeeding mother experiences nipple pain beyond the first week or after a period of comfortable feeding her baby is attaching well to her breast other causes of nipple pain/trauma have been ruled out (eg tongue-tie). About 10% of breastfeeding mothers experience nipple/breast pain (not associated with breast redness or fever) that is often described as one or more of the following: ‘burning’, ‘stabbing’, ‘knife-like’, ‘shooting’, ’sharp’. Sometimes it can be difficult to determine what bug is causing the nipple pain as different bugs...

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Low Supply

One of the most common reasons mothers give for weaning is that they feel they don’t have enough milk for their baby. Here are some ideas to help you work out if your supply really is low and some suggestions that will help you make more milk, if it is low!  The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of your baby’s life and for breastfeeding to continue, with the addition of other foods, until 2 years or older.  How breastfeeding works You start making colostrum around week 16 of your pregnancy. This thick, yellowish milk is more concentrated than mature milk. It is rich in protein and antibodies that help to protect your baby from...

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Sore Nipples

Breastfeeding is a learned skill for mothers. Like with learning any new skill, it can take some time to get the hang of breastfeeding.  It can take a little while to get used to the strong sucking of a healthy baby. In the early weeks, many mothers experience some nipple pain that ceases after the initial attachment. For most mothers, sore nipples cease to be a problem after the early weeks. Allowing your baby to self attach as often as possible while you both learn helps reduce the chance of getting damaged nipples. The most common reason for sore and damaged nipples is the baby’s poor attachment to the breast. Here are some suggestions to help deal with sore nipples: Before feeds: Offer a feed...

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Alcohol and Breastfeeding

Can I drink alcohol if I am breastfeeding? If you want to, you can enjoy a glass of wine, a beer or whatever it is that you choose to drink.  The key is to plan ahead. The concentration of alcohol in your blood is the concentration of alcohol in your milk. Alcohol gets into your breastmilk from your blood, moving freely from the blood to the breastmilk (and back out again). To know when your breastmilk is free of alcohol, I suggest the Milk screen Alcohol Test.  Alcohol will be in your breastmilk 30–60 minutes after you start drinking. A number of factors affect how much alcohol gets into your breastmilk, including: the strength and amount of alcohol in your drink...

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