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Breastfeeding problems

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Breastfeeding problems | Australian Breastfeeding Association

Common breastfeeding questions: enough milk, too much milk, expressing - Raising Children NetworkCommon breastfeeding questions: challenges, getting help - Raising Children Network

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Common breastfeeding problems

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Breastfeeding problems and solutions | Raising Children Network

Solutions to breastfeeding problems such as sore nipples, not enough milk, too much milk, sore breasts, engorgement, mastitis, baby not feeding, biting and returning to work.

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Nutrition, breastfeeding and bottle-feeding for newborn babies | Raising Children Network

An in-a-nutshell guide to newborn nutrition, which gives parents the basics on breastfeeding or bottle-feeding a newborn baby, including information on breastfeeding problems and solutions and supplementary feeding.

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Oversupply of breastmilk and engorgement | Raising Children Network

Breastfeeding mums can have an oversupply of breastmilk, which might lead to breast engorgement. Read practical tips to manage these breastfeeding problems.

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Parenting advice and helplines

Parenting advice resources for new parents experiencing challenges like a crying baby, sick baby, breastfeeding problems and newborn baby care.

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Nursing strike- breastfeeding refusal

A nursing strike refers to a babys refusal to breastfeed and usually occurs after breastfeeding is well established. When breast milk is rejected it can be distressing for both mother and baby, but with patience and professional advice breastfeeding problems like a nursing strike can be dealt with.

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Personal story: postnatal depression

This video details a woman's personal story of postnatal depression after having not having the birth she had planned and breastfeeding problems.

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Attachment to the breast | Australian Breastfeeding Association

A baby who attaches well to the breast can help prevent many breastfeeding problems. The well-attached baby causes no nipple pain and drains the breast well. This helps ensure a good milk supply so the baby grows well. In this article you can find out how to attach your baby well using different techniques and holds, including baby-led attachment, the cradle hold, the underarm (football) hold and lying down.

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Some mums may have problems such as sore, cracked or bleeding nipples, breast engorgement, oversupply, low supply, reflux and mastitis (blocked milk ducts).

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