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.

New Baby 101 “is just brilliant!”

New Baby 101 was reviewed in Australian Midwifery News Spring Edition and the opening remark says it all - "Finally! The long awaited manual, and it does not disappoint. "New Baby 101 - A Midwife's Guide for New Parents" by Lois Wattis is just brilliant. ...It provides a calm and common-sense approach to the first Read more

08 Nov 2016| no comments.

New Baby 101 recommended by International Childbirth Educators

The International Journal of Childbirth Education reviewed "New Baby 101 - A Midwife's Guide for New Parents" in the October 2016 edition, and were full of praise - "It is organised, easy to read, researched, and evidence based"....I recommend that childbirth educators read New Baby 101... I further recommend that women who plan to become Read more

08 Nov 2016| no comments.

New Mum’s Feedback about New Baby 101

Hannah McEwan is a News Personality whose beautiful pregnancy was shared with viewers as she grew her baby.  Towards the end of her pregnancy she sent this message - " Hi Lois, Thanks so much for your wonderful book! It has already been so helpful! There is so much to learn! You explain everything very clearly Read more

15 Jul 2016| no comments.

Tongue Tie Discussion on ABC Radio 90.3

Want to know more about tongue-ties and breastfeeding? Here is an interview I did for ABC Radio 90.3 explaining about classic and posterior tongue ties in the hope of clearing up some of the confusion among parents and health practitioners.

08 Apr 2016| no comments.

The Tongue-Tie Phenomenon – “Fad” or Fact?

The important thing to clarify in the TONGUE-TIE  discussion is the difference between classic tongue-tie and posterior tongue-tie and it's common associate - upper lip tie. Putting these two very different versions of tongue-tie under one heading complicates the story. A classic tongue-tie which is easily seen and can be assessed regarding the degree which it impacts on tongue mobility, or not, Read more

06 Apr 2016| 4 comments.

Breastfeeding – What to expect (Part 2)

Breastfeeds are likely to occur in several phases or instalments to achieve ‘satiety’ – baby feeling satisfied. When a mother’s milk first ‘comes in’ baby may be full and satisfied in one session or phase at the breast as his stomach capacity has to stretch to accommodate the bigger volume of milk taken during the Read more

05 Apr 2016| no comments.

Breastfeeding – What to expect (Part 1)

Babies know how to feed and they know when they need to feed, and they give clear signals to let their carers know their needs – these are called Feeding Cues. These cues or signals progressively intensify as baby’s need to be fed increases. Early cues include stirring from sleep and stretching, opening the mouth and licking lips. The Read more

05 Apr 2016| no comments.