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Newborn nutrition: breastfeeding

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    Healthy breastfeeding diet, exercise and lifestyle

    A healthy breastfeeding diet has a wide variety of foods from the five main food groups. Physical activity is also important for your health and wellbeing.

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    Sore nipples and nipple infections

    If you have sore nipples, check baby’s breastfeeding attachment. See your nurse or lactation consultant for help. For a nipple infection, see your GP.

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    Breastmilk – designed by nature for human babies. Breastmilk has many health and practical benefits for both mothers and babies, as our guide explains.

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    How to breastfeed: in pictures

    This illustrated guide takes you through how to breastfeed. It includes breastfeeding tips for the early days and for when breastfeeding is established.

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    Breastfeeding attachment techniques

    The key to breastfeeding is using the right breastfeeding attachment techniques. Our article explains baby-led and mother-led breastfeeding attachment.

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    Breastfeeding positions: in pictures

    Cradle position, football hold or lying down? Our illustrated guide takes you through the breastfeeding positions you can use to breastfeed your baby.

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    How to increase milk supply

    Many mums worry they aren’t making enough milk for their baby. This article explains how to increase milk supply and where to get help for supply problems.

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    Oversupply of breastmilk and engorgement

    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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    Blocked milk ducts, mastitis and breast abscess

    If you think you have a blocked milk duct, you can treat it at home to start with. If you think you have mastitis or a breast abscess, see your GP as soon as possible.

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    Breast refusal and baby biting breast

    Breastfeeding isn’t always easy. Some mums have problems with baby breast refusal or baby biting breast. Here’s how to sort out these problems.

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    Expressing and storing breastmilk

    Our guide has the essentials on expressing breastmilk by hand or with a pump, plus information on storing breastmilk at different temperatures.

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    Breastfeeding: mums returning to work

    It’s good for mums returning to work to keep breastfeeding if they want to. Here’s how to make it happen by planning ahead and talking with your employer.

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    Breastfeeding and travelling

    Breastfeeding and travelling? Look into breastfeeding attitudes in other countries, and also travel medications, vaccinations and illnesses. Get more tips.

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