March 2, 2018

My Child’s Behaviour Following Weaning

“Soon after my three-year-old daughter gradually self-weaned, her behaviour seemed to change which I found alarming and difficult to cope with.  She has started having tantrums, […]
March 2, 2018

Extended Breastfeeding

I felt a need say what a help La Leche League was for me with my second child. We had moved to live in China and had […]
March 2, 2018

Breastfeeding an Older Child and Weaning with Love

I have two beautiful girls. They are now aged six-and-a-half, and nearly four. I always believed I would breastfed my babies when I had them. My mother had […]
March 2, 2018

Twiddling

“As my baby gets bigger (more than a year), I feel like I’m constantly pushing her hands away from “twiddling” my other nipple.  I know it […]
March 2, 2018

Sudden Weaning

On July 26th this year, the day my little girl Jessica turned 11 months, she awoke with a bad cold.   She refused her morning breastfeed and later in the morning after one small nursing began refusing every time I offered her the breast. I was surprised, as up until that day, she had breastfed happily several times a day and often once or twice during the night as well. By that night I knew something was wrong as she was unhappy and crying a lot and I suspected an ear infection.  I was expressing milk and offered her that in a cup.  She was otherwise drinking water happily from her cup […]
March 2, 2018

Fully Breastfeeding Amber after Latching-On Problems

Amber was born on New Years Eve 2001, at home, in the water under a beautiful, full­moon sky. Everything went as planned and Amber had her first breastfeed half an hour after birth. Amber and I bonded instantly and I knew that I wanted to breastfeed her as it was best for her health. It’s natural and comforting and what better way to show my baby how much I love her. I had read breastfeeding books and talked to my midwife, Heather, about feeding and thought that I was prepared. The first few days Amber fed quite well and I was starting to get the hang of it, Heather had explained to me that breastfeeding is a skill that has to be learned and that Amber and I were teaching each other. Around day three, things started to go wrong and I couldn’t latch Amber on properly, so my nipples were being grazed. The next day, when Heather came to see us she told me to make absolutely sure that Amber’s mouth was opening wide and to make sure she was getting enough breast in her mouth. She also said that if it hurt me, to take Amber off and try again, (and again and again…) until it didn’t hurt and felt comfortable. I found that every time Heather was present Amber would latch on well and we had really good […]
March 2, 2018

Coping with a Prem Baby

I would like to share my experience so that it may help anyone out there who has been told that you cannot breastfeed a premature baby. […]
March 2, 2018

Childfree Wedding Invite

“A good friend of mine has invited my husband and me to her wedding in a few months’ time. The invitation, however, is not extended to […]
March 2, 2018

Breastfeeding with Inverted Nipples

Ten years ago it would not have seemed likely that I would have been involved with La Leche League today. I was bottle feeding my firstborn Madeline (albeit with expressed breast milk EBM) and slowly convincing myself that I was one of those poor women who could not breastfeed. I did write about my failed breastfeeding experience for the then New Beginnings (the forerunner of Aroha).  The conclusion I reached at the end of the article was that when you have a baby and wish to breastfeed, you must make breastfeeding top priority once your baby is born and until you and your baby have it ‘sussed’.  My problem was small flat nipples that became very cracked with my feeding attempts. I gave up and settled for pumping breast milk for my baby for six […]
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