Breastfeed, top up, express, repeat

Breastfeed, top up, express, repeat

When a newborn baby is not putting on as much weight as expected, or has lost more than about 8% of birth weight by day 5, mothers are often advised to “top up” after feeds. A typical pattern is to spend a set amount of time attempting to breastfeed and then offer...
Overwhelmed with advice?

Overwhelmed with advice?

“My mother in law insists that I put my baby down so that he learns to fall asleep on his own.  But I don’t want to, I like cuddling my baby to sleep.” Mothers regularly talk about the (often conflicting) advice they receive from family, friends, online and from and...
But the app says…

But the app says…

“Cathy, my app says he has been at the breast for a total of 4.5 hours today.  Is that enough?” “Sorry I missed the drop in, the app says that he is meant to be sleeping right now” There are so many baby tracker apps available to new parents these days.  In the first...
I dread breastfeeding

I dread breastfeeding

“I hate the feeling that he’s on me all the time. I dread breastfeeding him. It makes me feel really low.  People keep telling me that breast is best.  I want to give him formula but I feel like I am letting him down.” This was whispered to me by a tearful mum with a...