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What is a sling? Slings are carrying apparatus parents use to strap babies to their bodies and carry them around. They come in many styles, shapes and sizes and are designed for different ages and purposes. They have been used in many cultures for generations, let’s see why. When babies are born, they go from a warm protected environment in their Mother’s womb, to the cold, bright outside world. This is quite a transition and instinctively babies feel

Tongue-tie is a hot topic amongst new mums, often accused as the culprit to breast-feeding problems. So what’s the deal? Tongue-tie (Ankyloglossia) is defined as, restricted tongue movements caused by the ‘frenulum’ (piece of skin attaching the tongue to the base of the mouth) being short and tight. It’s said tongue-tie affects up to 2% of the nation, is more prevalent in boys and is often hereditary. Tongue-tie may affect a baby’s feeding and in rare/severe cases can cause

If you attended an antenatal breastfeeding class then you will have heard about the techniques to position and latch your baby. However, it’s quite abstract until your baby arrives. You may only remember some of what was said and reality can be quite different from theory. Babies are born with a very natural set of innate behaviours, enabling them to seek and latch onto their Mothers breast without too much difficulty within the first hours of birth,

Unicef recommends that all pregnant women are taught to hand express during pregnancy. It’s a skill you’ll most certainly need, so great to learn early. WHY HAND EXPRESS? Harvest breastmilk; this is hand expressing breastmilk in pregnancy and freezing it ready for baby. The early breastmilk called colostrum, is present in the breast from around 26 weeks gestation. Some Mums benefit from collecting colostrum before their baby is born. For example, Mothers with diabetes are encouraged to

There is NO law that says you can’t breastfeed in public. You can feed in any public area you like, any restaurant, shop, cafe, on the street or on public transport. The only exemptions include an area that may endanger Mother or baby, such as a chemical environment, or in institutions set up for men only such as support groups or religious practices. However, it can be very nerve wracking breastfeeding in public to begin with. Especially

Weaning babies onto solid food can be exciting as well as a challenge. Recommendations from The Department of Health say mothers should wait till 6 months before weaning their baby’s. The guidelines USED to say 4 months and some Mothers may feel their baby’s are showing signs they need weaning at this age, so read on to find out more. Why wait till 6 months? Most babies digestive tracts have not fully developed before 6 months so

Thrush (Candida albicans) is an infection which is caused by a yeast fungus. The yeast fungus can live happily on the skin without causing problems as our good bacteria keeps it under control. However, if our immune system is low or we are taking antibiotics (which lowers our levels of good bacteria) an overgrowth of the yeast may occur resulting in thrush. Most people think of thrush as a vaginal infection, but during breastfeeding it is possible

During breastfeeding it is likely you will express and store your milk. Perhaps you’re planning on a night out or you might be stocking up for when you go back to work. Whatever your purpose breastmilk is easy and safe to store. What to store breastmilk in? Expressed milk stored in a fridge can be kept in sterile bottles. Labelled with date and time. If you’re storing breastmilk in the freezer, you can buy milk storage bags or

www.laleche.org.uk (Worldwide breastfeeding support network started in 1956 by Mothers for Mothers) kellymom.com (American breastfeeding support site - excellent evidence based information and videos created by a Mother and IBCLC Lactation Consultant) www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk (Charity based - training peer to peer breastfeeding supporters (Mother to Mother) and providing free community support and drop in’s around the country - great for fact sheets and information - also has a helpline) www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly (Worldwide initiative to promote and support breastfeeding - set up by WHO (World

Most Mothers breastfeed their baby’s in a cross cradle position (holding baby across their body). But every Mother and baby’s anatomy is different so you must find what works for you. You could also try a ‘rugby’ hold (top left), or an upright position. Lots of Mothers benefit feeding in the lying down position for night feeds. CRADLE POSITION Before you begin, ensure you are sitting as straight up as possible with a good posture. Slouching can cause