Confused about expressing?

Confused about expressing?

Expressing breastmilk means getting it out of the breast by hand or machine, to feed the baby or store until later. As with everything birth and parenting related, there seem to be myriad opinions about it. This article aims to cut through some of the common myths and...
Is breastfeeding meant to hurt?

Is breastfeeding meant to hurt?

“My sister told me that breastfeeding was hideous for a fortnight” “I read that a correct latch should be painless” “Everyone says that breastfeeding hurts for the first few weeks and then your nipples settle down” “The midwife explained that sore nipples are normal...
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...