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Birth trauma - what is this and how can we reduce the incidence?

Birth trauma - what is this and how can we reduce the incidence?

1 in 3 women in Australia consider their birth as traumatic - let’s improve this statistic!

There is no one way to define a traumatic birth, it is a subjective feeling that will be different for you and me, so it is essentially anything that you or partner describe as disturbing or distressing to you as an individual.

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Returning to work, for breastfeeding mamas!

Returning to work, for breastfeeding mamas!

Returning to work as a Mama doesn’t have to mean putting an end to your breastfeeding journey. Many beautiful Mama’s are able to return to work and maintain their milk supply and continue to bond through feeding their baby. There are many different ways to continue your breastfeeding journey while working. 

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Breastfeeding Into Toddlerhood!

Breastfeeding Into Toddlerhood!

Today we want to chat about breastfeeding into toddlerhood, the benefits, the pros, and what health bodes around the world day. Over 90% of mothers in Australia will initiate breastfeeding after birth. Some families have a very specific idea of how long they wish to breastfeed, others may find it doesn’t work for them and end sooner. Whatever you decide, just know any time spent breastfeeding will do your baby a world of good, if you want and choose to. 

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I cried the first time my baby had formula...

I cried the first time my baby had formula...

I cried when I gave Phoebe my first daughter a bottle of formula. Not because there is anything wrong with it (spoiler alert / there’s not) but because I thought it spelt the beginning of the end of breastfeeding.  She was three months old and I weaned her at 18 months (my choice not hers).

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SIDS - sudden infant death syndrome

SIDS - sudden infant death syndrome

Today we want to talk about a very serious topic, and that is SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). The definition of SIDS is “The unexplained death of a baby under 12 months of age, usually during sleep.”

Safe sleeping is extremely important for all new parents/ caregivers to be aware of and to practice. There are simple evidence-based steps all families can do to help reduce the likelihood of SIDS, below is a list that should be implemented from day one, if possible. Always consult your health professional if you have any concerns or questions. 

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When it all goes to SH*T..

When it all goes to SH*T..

When it all goes to SH*T.. One of my friends and colleagues from www.saltlaboratory.com wrote this amazing passage on her Instagram feed. I loved it and thought it was quite fitting for my blog today. “Parenting is HARD! My days are often full of questioning myself as to whether I...

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Keeping hydrated whilst breastfeeding.

Keeping hydrated whilst breastfeeding.

You are what you eat right? Yes, but more to the point regarding breast milk..it is more; you are what you drink! 87% of you breast milk is WATER. One of the biggest things you need to concentrate on (yes, I know… more things to think about!) whilst breastfeeding is...

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All things Babywearing!

All things Babywearing!

Let’s chat about something that may just save you your sanity mama, babywearing. Babes tried? Clingy? Sleepy? You need two hands for something? Babywearing is such a lifesaver! There are a bunch of ways bubs can be worn and this practice has been used for centuries to keep bubs close...

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World Breastfeeding Week: Advocating for Equal Access

World Breastfeeding Week: Advocating for Equal Access

As we celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, it's important to acknowledge breastfeeding inequality. It's a disparity that hides in plain sight -- it can be easy to assume that any new mama has all the tools she needs to feed her baby easily and for free, but it's simply not the case. Myriad factors influence a mom's ability to breastfeed successfully and the length of time for which she is able to do so exclusively.

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Why are your baby's movements important in pregnancy?

Why are your baby's movements important in pregnancy?

Movements matter, a lot. As I midwife, I talk about the importance of your baby’s movements, at every appointment after 24 or so weeks, with every mama. The reason why? Your baby's movements are the BEST indicator of how they are doing inside. 

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Tips for supporting new mothers!

Tips for supporting new mothers!

Something we remember all too clearly, is thinking “we wish we knew what those first few months of motherhood were like, so we could have been more supportive.”

We have written a blog on our top tips to support new mamas, because we know it can be hard to know the best ways to be supportive! 

Written by midwife Aliza from Bumpnbub. 

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