Am I making enough milk? It's a question most new mums have asked themselves when establishing breastfeeding for the first time.
We spoke to registered nurse, midwife and Lactation Consultant Cathy Shortt from Milk & Mums Co to get the facts to help put your fears to rest.
Nothing snaps you out of a dreamy breastfeeding moment quicker than a nip to the nipple. Biting while breastfeeding isn't uncommon but it can come as a huge (and painful) shock, the first time it happens.
Breastfeeding can be tough! There is no doubt about it. You know what is proven to help? Support and advice, both from experts and other mamas who have 'been there, done that'.
In the spirit of sharing, we have pulled together 101 of the best breastfeeding tips we've been given from the experts and our Milkbar community.
Whether you're breastfeeding for the first, or fifth time, chances are good that some parts of the experience have been... surprising.
What may have seemed like the most natural thing in the world prior to birth, may suddenly be really. flipping. hard. Who knew that a let down could hurt (or even that a let down existed?!) Or that breastmilk actually sprayed out of multiple holes? And speaking of 'spraying', plenty of mamas have been caught off guard by the ferocity and speed of their milk flow.
While we all know that breastfeeding SHOULN'T hurt, sometimes, well, it does. Nipple thrush is a less well-known but still common cause of breastfeeding pain and discomfort. We spoke to International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) Simone Mayze to find out what you need to know about breastfeeding and nipple thrush, including how to effectively treat it so that you can bid it farewell for good!
You know what's not fair? Falling ill when you're a mother. But let's face it; generally, mamas are at the germ-filled frontline.
We've pulled together our best tips to help you survive, at least until the Ibuprofen kicks in!
Breastfeeding is a tough gig, there’s no doubt about it. Many of us assume that it will just come naturally. How hard can it be? Baby + boob = blissful nursing experience. The reality is a bit different.
Whether it’s issues with milk supply, pain or discomfort, sometimes breastfeeding can seem like it’s not working. This can be devastating for some mothers, especially those who imagined themselves feeding their babies long term.
Most women face challenges when learning to breastfeed. This doesn’t have to mean that breastfeeding is not for you. Here's how to identify and overcome some of the most common problems faced by mums when they're just starting out.