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Being a new mum is quite challenging for most & feeding can be as equally
We know that breastfeeding is the best option for the health & wellbeing for
you & your baby.
We also know that some mothers choose to bottle-fed their babies as they are
unable to breastfeed.
Whether you are breastfeeding or bottle-feeding your baby, here are a few tips to
help you get started.
If you are pregnant:
If you are breastfeeding your baby:
tongue &/or upper lip tie. You will need to seek guidance and support from
lactation consultants who are specialists in breastfeeding diagnostics and will
provide you with a feeding management plan
certification with the International Board of Lactation Consultants (see weblink
as below to check directory for Lactation Consultant certification status)
If you are bottle-feeding your baby:
A lot of mums feel guilty at not being able to breastfeed their babies, if you are
wanting help to re-establish breastfeeding, refer to tips for breastfeeding
mothers as above
Most mothers and babies can breastfeed, even if you haven't breastfed for
several weeks or months. We support adoptive mothers to breastfeed, if they
can do it, so can you!
If you are bottle-feeding your baby and would like to feed your baby breastmilk,
you can look into exclusive expressing with the support of a Lactation
A lot of mums are combining breast & formula feeding or breastmilk & formula
feeding. Some even choose to exclusively formula feed their babies.
It is all about choosing feeding methods that work for you and your individual
circumstances, and that is OK!
Just know that whether you give your baby 10ml or 1000ml of your breastmilk it is all just as important for your baby.
There is limited research as to the best bottles and teats to use.
Anecdotally and with ongoing collaboration with Speech Pathologists whom
specialise in infant feeding issues, we have found the following bottles & teats
as best to use as they encourage sucking action to enable the best possible oral & airway development..
The following three bottles and teats enable your baby to feed
effectively so that your baby receives a natural flow of milk and his or her
immature digestive system is not easily overwhelmed:
Recommended books to read
Recommended websites to look at:
International Board of Lactation Consultant Educators (Lactation Consultant Directory)
Lactation Consultants of Australia & New Zealand (Lactation Consultant Directory)
Australian Breastfeeding Association
Pregnancy, baby, birth
Raising Children’s network
The Royal Women’s Hospital
The Royal Children’s Hospital
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Disclaimer: This information is not to be replaced with the information given to you by
your Doctor, Lactation Consultant or Speech Therapist.
I am not endorsed or receive any financial interest in the particular companies of which I have
Kellie Eason, Nurse, Midwife & International Board Lactation Consultant
Owner of Milk…early parenting support.