Author Archives: Imogen O'Reilly

The Ease of Breastfeeding

One of the main positive points touted about breastfeeding is how easy it is. But at the same time, many people who have breastfed for a short while before switching to formula will say that they found formula feeding to … Continue reading

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The Breast vs Bottle Debate, And Why It Needs to Stop

For someone like me, who is lucky enough to have a good knowledge of breastfeeding and to live in a town in which it is very accepted as the norm, it is hard to see the argument. Breast is undoubtedly … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Co-Sleeping

The definition of co-sleeping is this — sharing a sleeping space with your baby. Co-sleeping can therefore include having your baby in a cot in your room, or in a moses basket/bassinette next to your bed. It also includes the … Continue reading

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Safe Co-Sleeping

Following on from my post about the benefits, I thought it was best to make a post about how to safely practice co-sleeping with your baby. Although co-sleeping is defined as sharing sleeping-space with your child, in this article the … Continue reading

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Mastitis

Mastitis is the word we use to describe an infection in the breast. It is common, affecting maybe 20% of nursing mothers at some stage. It is far less common in cultures that don’t consider breastfeeding to be “The Norm”, … Continue reading

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Increasing Breast Milk Supply

You only have to talk to mothers for a while to see that most people think that producing enough breast milk is a feat not able to be accomplished by many. This is far from the truth. It is estimated … Continue reading

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GM Goats Produce Human Milk Substitute

I recently read in the news that a herd of Russian goats, as part of a research project, have been able to produce milk containing human protein. These “genetically modified” goats have been bred with a human genome in their … Continue reading

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Breastfeeding in Public

This is one of the major issues that mothers are concerned about when thinking about how they will choose to feed their babies. At our local breastfeeding support group, we run a monthly group discussion session to which pregnant women … Continue reading

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Growth Spurts

Growth spurts are probably one of the main triggers of women stopping nursing. Not because they are unmanageable or impossible to deal with, but because often women don’t know what to expect when it happens. Growth spurts happen in babies … Continue reading

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Parenting Under Family Pressure

Our families, however loving and supportive they are, can be very difficult to negotiate after having a baby. You may be feeling unsure of yourself and find it hard to stand up for your choices with regards to bringing up … Continue reading

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