Breastfeeding may be the natural, healthy way to feed a baby, but it doesn't mean that breastfeeding is easy. Many women seek information on how to breastfeed, however due to a mix of cultural, social and economic factors, the percentage of women in Australia who breastfeed exclusively at 6 months is a low 14% according to recent research. To help you to have an empowered and informed breastfeeding journey, here is a collection of breastfeeding articles, many of which include contributions by International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC's - the gold standard of lactation care) and more. BellyBelly is the Thinking Woman's Website for Conception, Pregnancy, Birth and Baby.
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Starting to resent breastfeeding your toddler? Boundaries could be the problem. Here's why it's okay to say 'no' to your toddler.
Breastfeeding mothers are no stranger to insensitive comments. Here are 15 things breastfeeding mothers don't want to hear.
Are you contemplating weaning your baby or toddler? Here are 6 tips to consider before you do.
If you know or come across a breastfeeding mother, here are 12 wonderful and helpful things to say.
Inspirational stories of relactation - how 3 amazing mammas did it, step by step. Please share with other mammas - you just might help to heal someone's heart.
Do you think that breastfeeding mothers are exhibitionists? Does seeing women breastfeeding ruin your day/lunch/coffee/other? If so, then you really need to see this.
Breastfeeding tips that are a MUST read for every mother or mother-to-be. Check out our 10 best breastfeeding tips.
Lactation consultants do much more than teach women how to breastfeed. Find out what a lactation consultant can do for you.
Weaning can be a very sad time - especially if your last baby is weaning. Post weaning depression can occur due to hormones shifting and changing, but because no real public awareness exists, mothers often suffer in silence.
Nipple thrush can make breastfeeding almost unbearable for the breastfeeding mother. Not only is it painful, but nipple thrush can be transmitted between the nipple and baby's mouth. Here's some natural and effective treatments and preventatives for fighting nipple thrush.
Vasospasm occurs when blood vessels tighten, preventing blood from flowing to the nipple. Vasospasm onset typically occurs within the first month of breastfeeding. Find out the symptoms and treatments for vasospasm.
Relactation is the process of restarting lactation after your breastmilk supply decreases or stops. IT IS POSSIBLE! Read on to find out more.
Cluster feeding is when babies bunch feeds close together at certain times of the day. Find out about cluster feeding and how to cope with long feeding sessions.
Colostrum is often referred to as 'liquid gold' and 'nature’s vaccine' for babies. Yes it is that good! Find out why colostrum is so important and the many benefits it has for babies - especially premature babies.
Hypoplasia (also known as insufficient glandular tissue), is one of those issues where breastfeeding can be challenging due to actual medical reasons. However its not all bad news! Find out about hypoplasia, the symptoms and what it means for you and your baby.
Milk duct blocked? If you have a blocked milk duct or suspect you may have, here's some symptoms and treatments for blocked milk ducts for breastfeeding mothers. Includes tips for easing discomfort of a blocked milk duct.
Lactation after loss is rarely discussed after you've had a miscarriage or pregnancy loss. Here is some advice and support for lactation after a loss.
Have you ever wondered what your breastfed baby is thinking? BellyBelly forum member, MummyNaomi, thinks she's got it all worked out. From one breastfeeding mother to another, I think she's got it spot on! Read a day in the life of 7 month old Annika. You'll giggle, I promise!
Breastfeeding, and your libido has run for the hills? No matter how high your libido was before giving birth, hormones from breastfeeding can result in low libido.
Want to know how to increase milk supply? Here are ten great tips to increase your milk supply.
Breastfeeding and dieting - is it possible? If you're breastfeeding, you may have heard that weight loss can have an effect on your milk production. If you're interested in losing weight now or in the near future, here are some great, sensible tips to get you started with post baby weight loss.
Motilium has emerged as a drug successful at boosting breastmilk supply. If you're looking at options to increase milk production, here's a detailed article on Motilium, including side effects, dosage and more, so you can make an informed decision on boosting your breastmilk supply.
Breastfeeding and alcohol - is it a safe mix? If so, how much alcohol can I drink while breastfeeding? Find out everything you need to know about alcohol and breastmilk, from Dr. Thomas Hale - the foremost leading expert in the field of perinatal pharmacology and the use of medications.
Breastfeeding and need to take medication? Concerned about the safety of continuing to breastfeed while taking medication? International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Diane Wiessinger, provides some great information to help you make a more informed decision.
Engorged breasts are common in the early weeks of breastfeeding. Here's some great advice for relief from engorged breasts..
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