When baby bites!

When baby bites!

I receive a lot of calls from mothers whose older babies have bitten them.  They are, understandably, upset and dreading the next feed.  Some are concerned that they might have to stop breastfeeding before they feel ready, others ring me to ask how to stop...
Colic, gas, reflux or allergy?

Colic, gas, reflux or allergy?

I meet many mothers with unsettled babies, who often describe symptoms of “reflux,” “gas,” “colic” or an allergy.  It is miserable for both the babies and their care-givers. Mothers are heart-broken at the distress of their precious babies, they are trying everything...
The truth about baby sleep

The truth about baby sleep

Many new parents believe that feeds should not be linked with sleep, that they must teach their baby to go to sleep on its own, and that schedules and routines will improve everyone’s happiness in the end.  Is any of it true? Is it OK for my baby to feed to sleep? We...
Mastitis in a crisis

Mastitis in a crisis

It is a scary time for new mums.  Most of us don’t want to “bother” the NHS with anything and definitely don’t want to leave our homes for support. However, I am hearing from a number of women who are battling severe mastitis (and worse) at home and not seeking the...
Everyone else is coping

Everyone else is coping

Becoming a new mum can be totally overwhelming at the best of times. Add in a global pandemic, and the sense of loss, isolation and sadness is palpable. In my work supporting women with feeding, I am hearing from many mothers who feel like they are the only ones not...