Monthly Archives: September 2014

A Mother Always

I remember when my oldest daughter was 6 weeks old, I was changing her nappy and this fear suddenly washed over me.  It was the thought that I would be responsible for her for the next 18 years.  What if … Continue reading

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Breastfeeding – a medical mystery????

How can Doctors know how to help a Mother with breastfeeding issues when they only briefly touch on the topic during their training?  Perhaps we should be asking how this is possible when so much disease can be prevented by … Continue reading

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Mother Mindfulness

A new Mother is on the phone.  She says, “My baby is a week old and I don’t think she’s feeding right!”  My heart beats a little faster immediately but I calmly ask her what’s been happening. She may say, … Continue reading

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Lactation Consultants do what?

Ever wondered what a Lactation Consultant (LC) does? This is my official title and my qualification is International Board Certified Lactation Consultant or IBCLC.  Every year the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) hold an exam all around the … Continue reading

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Mother’s intuition

For over 30 years I have seen hundreds and hundreds of Mothers and their babies – both as a Paediatric Nurse and as a Lactation Consultant. Most Mothers are like sponges, sucking information into their brains, trying to make sense … Continue reading

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Calming Mothers to calm babies

One thing that struck me throughout my nursing career was that looking after a sick baby meant looking after very very anxious parents.  Understandably, when a tiny baby is unwell and then ends up in hospital, the parents are thrown … Continue reading

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Mothering Babies

I sometimes try to imagine what it feels like to be a newborn, exhausted from the effort of birth, awakening to a strange world.  He would leave the warmth of his Mother’s body and enter a lottery of possible new … Continue reading

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