All about blocked ducts and its progression to mastitis

The pain and fatigue associated with blocked ducts and mastitis can often lead to mothers feeling they can’t continue breastfeeding.  Knowing how to identify blocked ducts and treat them promptly and effectively, can avoid the problem progressing to mastitis. WHAT DO BREASTFEEDING MOTHERS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BLOCKED DUCTS AND MASTITIS?  No one knows the Read more

31 May 2017| no comments.

The Tongue Tie Phenomenon – What’s it all about?

Everyone's tongues are wagging about "ties"... at least that's how it seems to many parents of babies and young children.  "Ties" are being blamed for breastfeeding problems, sleep problems, digestion problems, wind, reflux, babies crying in car seats, as well as potential future problems with speech, and obstructive airway symptoms such as snoring.  Social media, Read more

23 May 2017| no comments.

Babies Sleep a lot. Don’t they?

Babies Sleep A Lot. Don’t They? Well, yes they do – but because babies also feed a lot, usually every couple of hours, around the clock, the periods that they are actually asleep are usually quite short, around an hour or two, and then they wake and need to feed again. This is NORMAL and Read more

10 May 2017| no comments.

The good, the bad and the ugly of Parenting Information

EVERYONE has advice for new parents. Every person who has become a parent has learned a lot from their own experience and many want to share their wisdom by providing verbal or written advice for others they encounter. Expectant and new parents need to be prepared to receive advice even when they didn’t ask for Read more

02 May 2017| no comments.

Survival Tips for New Parents (ABC Radio 90.3)

All new parents want to do everything right, but of course no one can. Here is a guide to assist the steep learning curve of the first few weeks at home with a new baby.

18 Apr 2017| no comments.

Flying with a baby can be a tough gig. Here’s 5 top survival tips

I think most people have experienced the stress of having a crying baby on board during a flight.  The unfortunate mother in the following story did not receive the sympathy or support she really needed. Read New Baby 101's tips for parents travelling with bubs which may avoid a miserable flight for everyone. Flying with Read more

04 Jan 2017| no comments.

Why does my baby want to sleep being held?

Almost every day I am asked by a parent of a newborn "why does our baby want to be held to go to sleep? He just won't go to sleep in the bassinet".  I explain - being held close reassures baby because his brain is "hardwired" to respond to this position as a "safe" place. Read more

15 Dec 2016| no comments.

Skin to Skin – more than a “warm and fuzzy” feeling!

I recently had the privilege of presenting the "Pure Love" video about the wonders of skin to skin contact to a group of media representatives in Sydney. I discussed the science and biology of mother/baby chemistry during skin to skin contact by sharing the following words from Dr Nils Bergman (who works closely with Dr Read more

13 Dec 2016| no comments.

Confused about infant tongue-ties? Here are the scientific facts from the expert.

Infant tongue-tie and its diagnosis and treatment has become a phenomenon which has captured the attention of parents, especially breastfeeding mothers, worldwide. Proponents of invasive surgical treatments - health professionals and lay people/parents - who regard themselves as experts on this topic have driven the tongue-tie bandwagon which has been gathering speed and sweeping the Read more

22 Nov 2016| no comments.

Breastmilk naturally synchronises mothers’ and babies circadian rhythms

We know that babies need to be fed at night as well as in the day, and that sleeping longer at night gradually occurs as baby matures. We also know that breastfed babies' gradually mirror their mothers' circadian rhythms of night and day as they are influenced by her chemistry via her breastmilk. How does Read more

14 Nov 2016| no comments.