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Breastfeeding problems

Nipple shields: the complete guide

Nipple shields are one of the most infuriating pieces of breastfeeding equipment out there. In the right situation, they are an absolute lifesaver – but they mostly get used in the wrong situations, in the wrong manner, and for the…
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The truth about top-ups in breastfed babies

Supplementary feeds or “top-ups” have derailed many a woman’s breastfeeding journey. Unfortunately, many healthcare providers still recommend – even insist on – unnecessary top-ups. And while there are some situations where a top-up is needed, the vast majority of top-ups…
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Mastitis: tried-and-tested treatments

Mastitis. Milk fever. “Melkkoors.” Any woman who has gone through these things will agree with me: it’s hell. I once read a post where Jessica Martin-Weber of The Leaky Boob blog described mastitis as “the red-eyed breastfeeding monster”, and I…
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How to treat blocked ducts

If you’ve ever had a hard, painful lump in your breast while breastfeeding, then this post is for you! The good news is; it’s not breast cancer – it’s just a blocked duct. Blocked ducts are one of those annoying…
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Jaundice in breast-fed babies

Jaundice is a fairly common condition in newborn babies. You may know it as the condition that causes babies to turn yellow. It’s caused by a yellow pigment (bilirubin) accumulating in the body, which turns the skin and the whites…
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How to increase weight gain in a breast-fed baby

“Your baby isn’t gaining enough weight” – words every breastfeeding mother dreads to hear. It immediately makes you doubt yourself, your milk and your instincts. Of course, before you panic, you should make sure that your baby really has a…
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Low milk supply? 10 common false alarms

Low milk supply – it’s something that every breastfeeding mother thinks about at least once, and for many it’s a constant, nagging worry. It’s probably the most common reason women give for stopping breastfeeding earlier that they wanted to: “My…
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Sore nipples: helping them heal

If you’ve ever had sore nipples (or, even worse, cracked nipples!), you’ll know what a nightmare it is. And it really doesn’t help when everyone says to you “breastfeeding is not supposed to hurt – you must be doing something…
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