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!
Many breastfeeding mums wonder whether or not they're able to enjoy their favourite tipple and still breastfeed. The short answer? Yes. The longer answer? Still yes! But as this can be an emotionally charged issue with plenty of varying opinions, we got in touch with an expert!
A cluster feeding newborn (or older baby for that matter) can be TOUGH. Yes, it's a completely normal behaviour and no, it does not mean that you're losing your milk but that doesn't make it any easier to handle.
So what exactly IS cluster feeding? And how can you best survive it?
Sometimes, for any number of reasons, you may struggle to produce enough breast milk. This becomes especially obvious for mums who may need to pump regularly and who will have a fairly good idea of their usual output.
If you're worried about your supply, need to pump more milk or just feel like you could use a boost, power pumping may be the answer!
Exercise and breastfeeding; Can you? Should you? Experts agree that gentle exercise can be hugely beneficial for mothers, especially those recovering from birth and getting to grips with #mumlife. Here, Personal Trainer, pre and postnatal exercise expert and founder of Miracle Months Libby Nuttall shares her tips and advice on how to safely and successfully return to exercise while breastfeeding.
If you're a pumping mum then knowing how to store your breast milk safely means that none will go to waste.
What's the best way to store your liquid gold? Check out our straightforward tips to show you how to refrigerate, freeze and defrost your breastmilk for easy storage.