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Last reviewed: May 2018

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Expressing and storing breast milk

Information on expressing breast milk, doing it by hand, storing breast milk, defrosting and warming, plus links to trusted resources.

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Let-down reflex

The let-down reflex is a natural part of breastfeeding and is what makes breastmilk flow. Establishing and maintaining your let-down will help ensure a good milk supply for your baby.

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Increasing your breast milk supply

Breastfeeding mothers often worry about whether their babies are getting enough breast milk. Find out what causes low breast milk supply, what is normal and how to boost breast milk production.

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Breast milk expressing -

There are a number of reasons why a breast feeding mother might wish to express milk rather than feeding the baby directly from the breast.

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Which type of milk should I drink? Dietitians Association of Australia

Which type of milk should I drink? Regular cows milk is the most common type of milk available in the supermarket

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Breastfeeding - Breast Milk Production - myVMC

Breastfeeding is the act of a mother feeding her baby by excreting milk produced from her breast which is important for the healthy growth and development of the new born baby and also offers some health benefits for the mother.

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Breastfeeding, breast milk and baby health video | myVMC

Breastfeeding or feeding a baby breast milk is the recommended method of baby feeding. There are any benefits of breastfeeding, like improved baby health.

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Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex (D-MER) | Australian Breastfeeding Association

Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex or D-MER is a fairly rare condition which can affect some breastfeeding women. Women suffering from D-MER feel negative emotions such as anxiety, sadness, dread and hopelessness in the seconds after the milk ejection reflex or let-down. It is very different from postnatal depression or an anxiety disorder as the negative emotions only occur when the milk is releasing and not at other times.

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Cows Milk Protein Vs Lactose Intolerance - Reflux Infants Support Association Inc

Discusses the confusion between Lactose Intolerance and Cows Milk Protein Intolerance (CMPI) and looks at the differences between the two.

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Methods of milk expression for lactating women | Cochrane

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