Do lactation cookies REALLY work? When is a cookie not JUST a cookie? When it’s a bona-fide boobie filling lactation cookie, that’s when!
As any mother will tell you, worrying about your breastmilk supply is at the very top of the list of new mummy concerns. Am I making enough milk? Is my newborn getting enough of the good stuff? Add in a healthy helping of sleep deprivation and post-birth hormones and it’s not surprising that there’s a very real chance of tears.
At Milkbar we are often asked how to create your very first stash of breastmilk. It can be a nervous time as a new mum as you juggle breastfeeding your baby and the thought of having to pump between breastfeeds is the last thing you feel like doing. The excitement of a date night or a few extra z's can quickly be replaced by dread at the thought of pumping and working out how to collect some extra breastmilk when you have a baby glued to you 24-7.
It's now mid December (can you believe it!) so you may be thinking can I have an alcoholic drink (or two ) if I'm breastfeeding?
The Australian Breastfeeding Association has a great app called ‘Feed Safe’ which estimates when alcohol has completely left your system. While the safest option when breastfeeding is to avoid alcohol, there have been studies to suggest that the alcohol content that passes into your breastmilk is small.
Let’s say you want an all in one bra that covers a bust that is a DD+, one that is supportive enough for high impact exercise and comfort is a must!
I spent so long trying to find a bra that fit that description, being a 12F I struggled and the bras I tried had shoulder straps that were too thin, cups that just didn’t cover enough boob or just left me feeling completely unsupported.
Amberley Harris is Melbourne’s own Midwife/Breastfeeding Consultant extraordinaire, my interview with Amberley has left me so inspired and wanting to know more about her and the amazing work she does for our community. Read More
Finding the most natural positon and attachment for you, your breasts, your baby and your lifestyle can sometimes be a simple case of trial and error. We receive lots of information about the ‘best’ way to feed our little ones, but sometimes the ‘best’ way should simply be – ‘what works for you?’ We’ve put together a guide on the most common breastfeeding positions so that you can figure out the most comfortable method to nourish and connect with your little milk monster! Read More
When buying a new breast pump it is important to make sure that the breast shield not only works for your expressing needs and lifestyle, but also that it’s comfortable and easy to use, so you can get the maximum milk for your efforts. Read More
My grandmother used to say that there was nothing that couldn’t be fixed by a cuppa and a biscuit. It might be an ‘old wives tale’ but there’s something to be said for the humble cup of tea. Read More
Expressing can be a boring, tedious, time-consuming and often frustrating experience in which the output in no way reflects the effort. There’s a whole process of sterilising, assembling, pumping…pumping…what the hell is wrong with this thing?…reassembling…ok now we’re pumping and thirty minutes later I have 20mL of milk, the baby is awake and I haven’t managed to eat or put on my 900th load of laundry. Read More
Many women face challenges with producing enough breastmilk and this becomes quite a concern if your baby is not putting on weight. In medical terms this is called ‘failure to thrive’ and it can be quite upsetting to see your little one hungry and unsettled. Read More
We hope this guide will help you and your bub stay healthy and enjoy a long and successful breastfeeding journey together. Read More
I opened the box and pulled out all the little ‘bits’. There were long things, round things, rubbery things and a suspicious-looking suction valve I think was meant to go on my boobs…maybe. My first introduction to a breast pump was a little bit overwhelming and in my sleep-deprived state (and we’re going to assume every new mum is sleep-deprived!) is looked really really complicated. Read More