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Why the silence around breastfeeding as pain relief for teething is a pain in itself

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An insta post grabbed my eye this week: a pretty graphic titled "How to soothe your teething toddler".

With my bub struggling through I don't know how many teeth (including molars) coming at once, I was all eyes and ears.

The ideas shown suggested I should "give dummies or chew toys" and "distract with milk" with a picture of a bottle.

As I sat on the kitchen floor breastfeeding my child for the zillionth time this week, the message "your child is using you as a dummy" was loud and clear as…

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Baby Blues? This is why your mood crashes on day three

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Many mums experience a glistening high or adrenalin rush the first couple of days post-birth. Sometime around day three to five, they suddenly feel like they've been hit by a steamroller. Tiredness catches up with them and they can feel fragile, teary and a little lost in her new role. Mama's mood slumps, she may be irritable or have difficulty sleeping, and she can start to question herself - am I really cut out for this? Here's what is actually happening behind the scenes hormonally.


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When Breastfeeding Feels Never Ending

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Again, already?!

Ummm yeah.

Newborn tummies are tiny and breastmilk is very easily digestible. Feeding schedules are made in response to infant formula, not boob. As much as some professionals still recommend watching the clock, this has been debunked for years.

Watch your baby, call for back up so others can do every other task on your to-do list, and get cosy on the couch for some serious cluster feeding.

Cluster feeding is frequent/non-stop feeding, which is most common in the evenings …

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How to Set Boundaries On Visitors (Without Sounding Ungrateful)

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When you have a baby, visitors can be a blessing or a curse. Here are some ideas on how to set boundaries around visitors during the time when your needs are just as high as your baby's. This is an area where your partner or support person is vital in enforcing your agreed rules - healing post-birth, feeding a baby and maintaining any kind of adult conversation is hard enough without having to get up the courage to tell your mother-in-law it's getting late and time to leave.

  1. Set up a time for…

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You and me baby ain't nothing but mammals.

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There’s nothing quite like a horror bushfire season and a pandemic to make me thankful for mammalian breasts (my own, to be precise). Yes the first six or eight weeks of breastfeeding my little leech were relentless, those later patches of cluster feeding were a smash, and then the teeth started coming... but right now being my child’s portable milk bar has never felt so reassuring.

 

Earlier in the year as fires raged across as Australia, a piece from The Conversation about what to pack in b…

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Newborn Motherhood in the COVID-19 Era

While birthing in the midst of a global pandemic does pose great challenges to mums and their healthcare providers, the COVID-19 era presents newborn mothers with incredible opportunities for a truly restful, rejuvenating and loved-up postpartum period. This may sound counterintuitive in a chaotic world, but it is possible that your experience of early motherhood, be this your first or third baby, could be the most beautiful time of your life, with better breastfeeding and bonding outcomes than …

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