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A-Z of Breastfeeding

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Baby: The point of the exercise. Cleverly designed to smile, gurgle, or be generally loveable at the point of highest stress and sleep deprivation.

Batwing sleeves: Wide sleeves that allow “sleeve feeding”… the practise of feeding a baby through the sleeve of your tops so as to keep mummy tummies and boobs covered up. Also see Kimono Sleeves, Cape Sleeves

 

Bonding: Breastfeeding is an amazing way to bond with your baby. There is a wonderful post at Analytical Armadillo that explains it so much better than I can. If you’re concerned about giving a breastfeeding Dad the “chance to bond”, check out these ideas – relevant to all parents, whether breastfeeding is an option or not.

Booby traps: Both real and imagined barriers to breastfeeding – often myths perpetuated by well meaning but misinformed advice. There is a great series on Booby Traps at Best for Babes.

Bras: A well fitted nursing bra makes breastfeeding access easier.

Breast(s): Essential equipment for breastfeeding.

Button fronts: Used in “pull down”style feeding. Where combined with a stretch fabric these are particularly versatile and can be used to cover up if preferred – unbutton in the centre of the placket and pull to one side for simple feeding access with only one layer!See the full A-Z of Breastfeeding so far, and feel free to add your own in the comments!

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A-Z of Breastfeeding

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Antibodies: Breastmilk passes antibodies from you to your baby, supporting their developing immune system and protecting them from infection.

Areola: The ring of pigmented skin around your nipple. If you have a good latch, baby’s mouth will cover a large portion of this, although not necessarily all (areolas and mouths vary in size). When positioning for a feed, baby’s mouth should be wide enough that his gums avoid the nipple, which should be centred in his mouth above his tongue. It takes some practise to get this right with a small baby – if you are experiencing pain while feeding, try repositioning slightly, even if the latch looks good.

Availability: Breastmilk is always available wherever you are or whatever you’re doing. It is made to order – sterile, at the right temperature, with the recipe adjusted to the age of your child, weather and time of day.

See the full A-Z of Breastfeeding so far, and feel free to add your own in the comments!

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