September 6, 2019


This is a question that I'm asked by many pregnant women and my answer often surprises them. 

Breastfeeding is a consensual relationship and not something that you *should* do or feel *obliged* to do against your will. However, if it's a relationship that you are int...

May 31, 2018

First off, your baby is not being stubborn or "refusing" to take a bottle - they simply don't connect it with food and so whenever you offer it and they're hungry the baby gets cross that you are offering them "not food".

So if we look at this as a learning opportunity...

May 5, 2018

Every time the sun peaks out from the grey English skies I’m contacted by lots of concerned mums asking me if they should give their babies (under 6 months) supplements of water to keep them hydrated. The very simple and emphatic answer is NO!

Breastmilk is 88% water, w...

May 4, 2018

There are several reasons that a breastfeeding mum might choose to introduce a bottle to her baby; for some it is because they simply want to combination feed, others like the freedom of leaving a bottle of expressed milk when they go out while still others may be head...

November 2, 2017

Picture the scene – you’re a new mum, holding your beautiful newborn baby in your arms, when you notice that she’s starting to stir and her fingers have briefly brushed against her cheek causing her mouth to start searching for a nipple. Remembering your antenatal clas...

May 2, 2017

Of course some mums will find the early days of breastfeeding challenging (and that’s why I’m here to help!), but I also receive many worried phone calls from new mums anxious about their baby’s breastfeeding behaviour, when actually they are doing fabulously well and...

November 24, 2016

As the holiday season approaches, there is one question I am repeatedly asked –  “Can I have an occasional alcoholic drink?” And the good news is that, yes you can!

Breastfeeding is a robust process, and putting unnecessary lifestyle restrictions on mothers may lead to...

November 8, 2016

One Side or Two?

As a lactation consultant, one of the most common questions I get asked is “should I feed my baby on one side or two at each feed?” The answer is frustratingly – it depends! Each mum and baby pair is a unique partnership and their feeding pattern will b...

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