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The Breastfeeding Association has got the right information to help you along.  Read this great article by Simone, a breastfeeding councellor:-

I was so rapt to read Miranda Kerr’s thoughts on encouraging women not to give up breastfeeding because of the ‘stigma’ of feeding in public. Her observation that ‘there are more breasts being shown on a daily basis around the world in low-cut dresses than there are from breastfeeding’ is spot-on. Breasts aresexualised in our society, which is why many non-breastfeeders can’t separate their feelings about seeing boobs on display for the reason they were made, to feed babies.

In my role as a breastfeeding counsellor, I sometimes speak to pregnant women, who tell me that they are nervous about breastfeeding in public because they can’t imagine baring their breasts to anyone who may be walking past. Their main worries seem to be that men will stare at them in a sexual way or they will get disapproving looks or comments. But once those women become mums, thinking about who is around them when their baby is hungry for a feed is usually the last thing on their minds as they are so focused on meeting their baby’s needs. Having said that, when you are a breastfeeding newbie and there is a bit of extra fiddling going on to get bubs on, I can see how it might be embarrassing to have your boob out for what seems like ages. Once you get the hang of it and you can attach your baby in one clean movement, you’ll find that baby’s head covers your nipple, tops can be adjusted to cover the rest of the breast. Passers-by probably just think you’re holding your baby rather than feeding him.

Having breastfed three children for a total of 5 years, I have fed in cafés, restaurants, schools, shopping centres, parks, waiting rooms, hairdressing salons — the list goes on. I guess I don’t like to miss out on the action and, as I find those parents rooms in malls rather boring and a bit stinky, I’d rather sit and people-watch while I feed. Maybe I haven’t been paying attention, but I have never actually noticed a man staring at me (if anything, they usually turn away), and the only looks I get from other women are smiles that tell me, ‘Aww, how cute is that baby? I remember doing that!’

I was so rapt to read Miranda Kerr’s thoughts on encouraging women not to give up breastfeeding because of the ‘stigma’ of feeding in public. Her observation that ‘there are more breasts being shown on a daily basis around the world in low-cut dresses than there are from breastfeeding’ is spot-on. Breasts aresexualised in our society, which is why many non-breastfeeders can’t separate their feelings about seeing boobs on display for the reason they were made, to feed babies.

In my role as a breastfeeding counsellor, I sometimes speak to pregnant women, who tell me that they are nervous about breastfeeding in public because they can’t imagine baring their breasts to anyone who may be walking past. Their main worries seem to be that men will stare at them in a sexual way or they will get disapproving looks or comments. But once those women become mums, thinking about who is around them when their baby is hungry for a feed is usually the last thing on their minds as they are so focused on meeting their baby’s needs. Having said that, when you are a breastfeeding newbie and there is a bit of extra fiddling going on to get bubs on, I can see how it might be embarrassing to have your boob out for what seems like ages. Once you get the hang of it and you can attach your baby in one clean movement, you’ll find that baby’s head covers your nipple, tops can be adjusted to cover the rest of the breast. Passers-by probably just think you’re holding your baby rather than feeding him.

Having breastfed three children for a total of 5 years, I have fed in cafés, restaurants, schools, shopping centres, parks, waiting rooms, hairdressing salons — the list goes on. I guess I don’t like to miss out on the action and, as I find those parents rooms in malls rather boring and a bit stinky, I’d rather sit and people-watch while I feed. Maybe I haven’t been paying attention, but I have never actually noticed a man staring at me (if anything, they usually turn away), and the only looks I get from other women are smiles that tell me, ‘Aww, how cute is that baby? I remember doing that!’

Luckily in Australia (and many other countries around the world), women are protected by anti-discrimination laws and don’t have to hide away whenever their baby wants a feed, nor are they allowed to be denied a service because they have to breastfeed. Wearing clothes that are easy and discreet to breastfeed in will also give mums more confidence to feed while they are out. I’ve found wearing multiple layers works a treat — tops that can be unbuttoned with a stretchy singlet underneath, or one of those breastfeeding singlets with flip-down clasps worn with an open cardie or bolero, with the extra bonus of protecting your mummy tummy from chills and muffin-top spills.

You will also find our Goose Bumps Clothing Range great value at the moment.  We are moving a lot of our stock out to make room for our new Belice Range.  Keep you eye peeled on our website, you will be inspired by our new unique range.

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January 03, 2019 — Tracy Verboom
A Free Miracle Food!

A Free Miracle Food!

I came across this article in the New York Times. As I have traveled to many places and visited 3rd world countries, this really warmed my heart to know that there are still people out there that care. A child was given a gift, the miracle to live and maybe make a difference in this world.

I had difficulty breastfeeding my first child myself and it was not only from perseverance and a lovely patient mid wife that walked me through the first couple of weeks that we finally made it and I breastfed happily until I fell pregnant with my second child. Please don't be afraid to ask for help. We can all learn from this fantastic article. Please read on.....

MOPTI, Mali — Nicholas D. Kristof

Can you name a miracle food that is universally available, free and can save children’s lives and maybe even make them smarter?

That’s not a trick question. There really is such a substance, now routinely squandered, that global health experts believe could save more than 800,000 lives annually. While you’re puzzling over the answer, let me tell you how I just saw it save a life here in West Africa.

I’m on my annual win-a-trip journey, in which I take a university student along with me so we can report on global poverty. The winner, Erin Luhmann of the University of Wisconsin, and I randomly stopped in a village near the Malian town of Mopti to ask about food shortages.

Then we spotted a baby boy who was starving to death. The infant, only 3 weeks old, was wizened from severe malnutrition and had the empty, unresponsive face of a child shutting down everything else to keep his organs functioning.

The teenage mother, Seyda Allaye, said that she didn’t have much milk and that the baby wasn’t nursing well. She saw that he was dying and that morning had invested in cow’s milk in hopes of saving him.

Erin and I had a vehicle, so we offered to take her and her son to a hospital to see if doctors could save his life. At the hospital, a doctor examined the baby, asked his mother to try to nurse him and immediately diagnosed the problem.

“The mother doesn’t know how to breast-feed properly,” said the doctor, Amidou Traoré. “We see lots of cases of child mortality like this.”

Dr. Traoré repositioned Seyda Allaye’s arm, helped the infant latch on to her breast, and the baby came alive. And there’s the answer to my opening question. The miracle food that could save so many lives is: breast milk.

The latest nutritional survey from The Lancet estimates that suboptimal breast-feeding claims the lives of 804,000 children annually. That’s more than the World Health Organization’s estimate of malaria deaths each year.

 

Look, I realize that there’s something patronizing about a man griping about poor breast-feeding practices, and, in the West, the issue is linked to maternity leaves and other work practices. But, if we want to save hundreds of thousands of lives, maybe a step forward is to offer more support to moms in poor counties trying to nurse their babies.

Nursing a baby might seem instinctive, but plenty goes wrong. In some parts of the world, a problem has been predatory marketing by formula manufacturers, but, in the poorest countries, the main concern is that moms delay breast-feeding for a day or two after birth and then give babies water or food in the first six months. The WorldHealth Organization strongly recommends a diet of exclusively breast milk for that first half year.

In a village in Mali, Erin and I watched a woman wash a baby — and then pour handfuls of bath water down his mouth. “It makes the baby strong,” a midwife explained.

On hot days, African moms routinely give babies water to drink. In fact, breast milk is all infants need, and the water is sometimes drawn from unsanitary puddles.

Several studies highlight other advantages of breast-feeding, including increases of several points in a child’s I.Q. and improved development of areas of the brain associated with language and planning.

While many moms think they don’t produce enough milk, nutritionists say that that’s rare. Even when moms are malnourished, the baby’s frantic suckling will stimulate more milk.

Erin and I traveled partway on this trip with Shawn Baker, a public health expert with Helen Keller International. One day we asked him where he would invest a billion dollars if he had it.

“To me, the next big win in saving kids’ lives is breast-feeding promotion,” he said. “It’s absolutely unacceptable that more than 800,000 kids are dying annually of suboptimal breast-feeding.”

Ghana is a model of a country that has successfully used public health campaigns to raise rates of exclusive breast-feeding very significantly.

There are many ways to save lives, some involving dazzling technologies. But maybe in our sophistication we’ve overlooked a way to ease childhood malnutrition that is sustainable, scalable, free — and so straightforward that all hungry newborns cry for it.