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Top ups – breastfeeding support

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Tricia, NurtureMe, showing client how to cup feed expressed milk

As most of the work I do is with twins, I often get asked about top ups which are extremely common.  Here’s some information about what top ups are, how they affect breastfeeding and how you can reduce/remove them. What are top ups? Top ups are feeds given to babies where there has been an […]

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Dr Google’s baby manual – parental information overload

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In the 6 years since becoming pregnant and a parent, access to information has never been so readily available.  Social media has escalated beyond belief – we are all becoming phone addicts and spend all our waking time googling or reading on facebook every single issue with regards to pregnancy, birth, feeding, sleeping, baby behaviour […]

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Planning Postnatal Care

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Pregnancy, Birth and New Baby Support

There’s been numerous articles in the press about lack of postnatal care including support for breastfeeding. I’ve witnessed this first hand a number of times, mums feeling frazzled, overwhelmed and believing that they aren’t meeting the needs of their babies. Given how stretched our current midwifery and health visiting teams are and the situation with […]

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Breastfeeding Blues

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Courtesy of Caroline from CeilidhKids To be sung to the tune of Elvis’ ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ Well since my baby joined me I’ve got some real sad news Although I love her dearly I’ve got the breastfeeding blues It makes me so bovine baby It makes me so bovine baby It makes me so bovine, I […]

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Helpful links and resources for breastfeeding

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As my final post for National Breastfeeding Awareness Week, I wanted to share what I feel are good links and resources for breastfeeding – specifically aimed at new mums (or supporting partners).  There’s so much help out there now, and fantastic online films and of course, let’s not forget the books.  So here’s some reading […]

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Tricia’s top ten tips – Breastfeeding Twins

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Breastfeeding twins is such a positive achievement for many families.  For some, it means overcoming a number of challenges, relevant to many singletons too, yet widely prevalent in this community.  There are a number of common contributing factors to breastfeeding twins as follows: prematurity (50% born before 36 weeks) 70-80% born by c-section learning to breastfeed, […]

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Tricia’s top ten tips for Breastfeeding

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When I was pregnant I was obsessed about breastfeeding my twins.  I was really lucky to have so much support from the local twins community to empower me.  However, I don’t think anything could have prepared me for my breastfeeding journey (and actually parenting journey too).  I was thrilled to manage to feed the twins […]

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Postnatal care – what does it mean?

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One of the interesting questions people often have is what do you mean by Postnatal care? Postnatal care is very much as it says, care post the birth of your baby and looking after the parents, providing gentle support and guidance for all those questions and worries that many parents have – some may refer […]