Feeding your baby directly from the breast is generally considered the 'easiest' way to ensure they're receiving plenty of liquid gold.
But what if you need to be away from your baby due to work or other commitments? Or fancy letting your partner give baby a feed? That's when expressed breast milk can come in very handy.
Expressing or pumping milk can be TOUGH. Even experienced breastfeeding mums can find the process frustrating and uncomfortable.
That's why we've pulled together 10 AMAZING tips to help you become a #motherpumper
If you are struggling with expressing or feeding, then seeing a lactation consultant can provide an invaluable source of support.
For more help, support and advice, make sure you check out our resources section here.
While the majority of us have heard of (and donated!) blood, not as many of us will be familiar with breast milk donation. But, as shown by the latest statistics from The Red Cross Lifeblood, milk donation is increasingly becoming more common.
But how exactly does milk donation work and why is it so important? We spoke to Lifeblood and some mamas who have benefitted from informal milk sharing to get the lowdown.
When it comes to breast pumps, questions abound. From the best model to choose, to Manual versus electric pumps and even why we need a pump in the first place. We decided to go to the source, our Milkbar mums, to find out their thoughts on all things breast pumps. We surveyed 318 mums who responded to our various call outs for participants on our social media accounts and in our weekly newsletter.
We asked our mums a range of questions from what their favourite breast pump was, to why they decided to purchase a pump in the first place and the advice they’d give other mums new to pumping.