Manual Vs Electric Breast Pumps: How To Choose What's Best For You

The world of breast pumps can be a confusing one! Let's take a look at manual vs electric breast pumps, how they differ, the advantages and disadvantages and how to choose one that will best suit your lifestyle and needs.
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The Best Christmas Gifts For New Mums (That They'll Actually Use!)

Buying the perfect Christmas gift is never easy. It becomes even trickier when you're buying for a new mama, whose ACTUAL gift list includes things like sleeping for 14 hours straight, employing a wet-nurse and an auto-replenishing block of chocolate. Fortunately, we've got the next best thing; a list of gifts to make life that little bit easier. And bonus; everything is available online so no trek to the seventh circle of hell AKA the local shopping centre, required.
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How To Return To Exercise SAFELY After Having A Baby

You've started to get a handle on #newmumlife and you've decided to dip your toe back into the world of exercise. HOORAY! Returning to exercise after pregnancy and birth is fantastic for both your physical and mental health as a new mama but it's important that you do it in the right way.

We spoke to Magdalena Hawley, founder and head trainer at Mums Going Strong Fitnessto get the lowdown.

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Which LaVie Is Right For You?

We love the LaVie range of products here at Milkbar. Designed in collaboration with breastfeeding expertsthe LaVie range of products were created to help make your breastfeeding journey that little bit easier.

Many mamas may be familiar with the original LaVie Lactation massager, that nifty tool that uses gentle vibration to stimulate milk flow and break down blocks and sore spots but the LaVie range doesn't actually stop there! There are two other products that can be super handy for the breastfeeding and pumping mum.

Let's take a look at the range to help work out which one might suit you best.

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Using A Supplemental Nursing System or SNS

There are many reasons why a mama may sometimes need to supplement her baby with expressed breast milk or formula.

While giving this little bit extra via a bottle is usually what we think of first, a Supplemental Nursing System or SNS can be a super handy option for supplementing mamas who want to avoid nipple confusion and keep baby at the breast full time.

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3 Reasons Why EVERY Woman Should See A Women's Health Physio After Birth

Pregnancy, birth and the post-natal period put your body under a huge amount of stress and recovery can take time. The problem that can sometimes occur is that certain changes are missed or written off as 'normal' leading to long term complications and concerns. The best way to ensure your body is healthy and strong post birth? A check up with a women's physio. Read on to find out why.
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5 Signs of Low Milk Supply (And What To Do About It)

Worried about your milk supply? You're not alone! Fears about milk supply, primarily not making enough of the good stuff, are one of the primary reasons that women stop breastfeeding. Here is how to find out if you've got low supply AND what to do about it.

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5 Top Tips For Dealing With Engorgement

There isn't much to like about engorgement. Hard, ultra-tender, swollen boobs AKA the calling cards for engorgement, aren't much fun. Unfortunately the majority of breastfeeding mums will experience engorgement at some point during their feeding journey. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to help manage it.

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How To Choose a Maternity Sports Bra

You're ready to return to exercise post baby! Hooray! But what about those brand new additions to your chest AKA your breastfeeding boobs? That's where a great maternity sports bra comes in action. Find out what to look for when choosing a bra, here.
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5 Tips For Breastfeeding With Inverted Nipples

If you've got inverted nipples you may have worried that breastfeeding was going to be tricky, if not impossible! Thankfully, that is not always the case and many women successfully breastfeed with nipples of all shapes and sizes, included inverted ones!

Here are 5 tips for breastfeeding successfully with inverted nipples.

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How To Clear a Blocked Milk Duct With Your Haakaa Breast Pump

We've always known that the Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump is a pretty amazing tool to have as a breastfeeding mama and learning about this clog busting tip just confirmed it's status as a total hero product. By combining the gentle suction of the Haakaa with the heat from warm water and drawing abilities of Epsom salts, you can effectively clear blocked and clogged ducts. 

Here's how to do it.

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How To Manage AND Prevent Mastitis

Mastitis. It's the dreaded breast infection that, at best can leave you shivery and aching with a burning hot boob that is agonising to feed from and, at worst, in hospital hooked up to an IV. Eeeeek! There's no getting around it; mastitis is nasty. Here's how to manage and treat the infection (and prevent it from occurring!) 

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