New York Magazine Article – by Amelia Lester
The most important piece of advice I received while pregnant did not come in the form of a well-intentioned Google spreadsheet, though there were a lot of those. Instead, it came from a stranger, an Australian woman who approached me after I had done some public speaking late in pregnancy. Her advice wasn’t about how […]
Serena, breastfeeding and her coach.
Serena Williams is without doubt one of the most formidable women of our times, a twenty-three time Grand Slam winner whose list of records and achievements can justifiably be labelled astonishing. If you’re a parent of daughters looking for strong female role models to provide an antidote to the slimming shakes and trout pouts spruiked […]
you can never overfeed a baby
It’s important to remember you can never overfeed a baby. Many new mothers won’t feed their baby if he has recently fed and is now crying “but I just fed him, he can’t possibly be hungry”. A baby needs to put on weight every day, every week, every month and every year for healthy growth […]
Baby Feeding FAQs
What is cluster feeding? Is it normal? When does it happen and how long does it last? Cluster feeding is a term given to a ‘constant session of breastfeeding’ – that is the baby seems to feed, feed, feed endlessly usually in the early evening. It is a term for what seems like never ending […]
Customised Feeding Plan
Feeding your newborn. Have informed options before giving birth. We all hear about birth plans and try and make informed choices about how we want the baby to enter the world; however, in many cases, things don’t always go to plan. This is the same for feeding your newborn. As a midwife for over 42 years, […]
Baby led weaning ~ some facts
Regarding “baby led weaning”. In Australia and USA “weaning” means giving up breast feeding or nursing the baby. In the UK “weaning” means adding food to the milk diet. It’s very important for new mothers to understand that milk is the primary food for a baby under 12 months of age with food or “solids” […]
Expressing breast milk ~ it’s not the answer (*unless you have a sick or premature baby)
Expressing milk in hospital is now a given for most women after they have a baby. I’m here to say you do not need to express or pump after you have a baby. This does not apply if you have a premature or sick baby in the nursery that is unable to suck. A lot […]
Nipple Shields ~ in some cases the difference between breast feeding and not!
I’ve seen thousands and thousands of nipples! Some nipples are long and the baby can attach easily and feed well. Some are not so big. Some are inverted with the pointy part of the nipple going back into the breast. To breastfeed successfully your nipple needs to go on the baby’s tongue, which stimulates the […]
Formula ~ it’s food made for babies
Formula is food for your baby and enough of making our new mothers feel guilty about giving babies formula. Food standards Australia New Zealand is considering placing a “warning” on tins of formula about the risks to infant health of not breastfeeding. Formula is food for babies. Breastfeeding rates will rise if we provide new […]
Breastfeeding in public ~ why not?
Breastfeeding in public hardly needs a comment really and the picture tells the story. How ridiculous that we need to hide behind closed doors to feed our young.