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picture of breast feeding twinsBreast feeding:

Some parents are surprised to find that breastfeeding isn’t always the easy, natural thing they thought it would be. Whilst some babies latch on and never look back as soon as their born, for others the postnatal period and in particular feeding – is a learning curve for all involved.

Parents are often even more surprised to discover that the vast majority of women can exclusively feed twins; without pain and with a content baby.  The key?  Early, effective support.

Most postnatal common problems can be easily overcome, from pain when feeding to a baby that never seems full.  Some things we can help with include:

  • Painful feeding
  • Colic & reflux
  • Sore, cracked, damaged nipples
  • Thrush/Blocked ducts/Mastitis
  • Unsettled or hungry baby
  • Re-starting breastfeeding
  • Breastfeeding multiples
  • Prematurity
  • Low milk supply
  • Too much milk
  • Slow weight gain
  • Introducing bottles
  • Expressing
  • Returning to work
  • Low milk supply
  • Stopping breastfeeding
  • Introducing bottles, cups or other breast substitutes

The above list is not exhaustive; please contact us to discuss your situation.

Bottle feeding: Formula or Combination feeding

It’s really common for parents to expect bottle feeding to resolve any problems they had when breastfeeding.  In some cases this is true.  Other times, although obvious associations like nipple pain or only mum being able to feed have resolved – other problems can persist.

Modern bottles attempt to mimic the breast and as such most are designed to be used with the mouth wide open (like eating an apple).  If the baby isn’t using the teat properly, it can affect the speed and flow.  Some babies may struggle to pull milk from the bottle if the latch is shallower, others will drink extremely rapidly – both unable to appropriately regulate the amount of milk transferred.  If baby has a disorganised swallow (as a result of or for a different reason), they may arch, turn their head and pull away from the bottle, some cough and splutter and others will only take a small volume before refusing to feed further.

  • Responsive, paced bottle feeding
  • Colic, wind & refluxaerophagia
  • Unsettled or hungry baby
  • Re-starting breastfeeding
  • Slow weight gain
  • Checking attachment to teat and bottle suitability for baby
  • Expressing
  • Relactation/restarting breastfeeding

Feeding your older baby

Just when you get everything sorted, suddenly everything is changing! Baby is ready for some solid food, or developing teeth.  Perhaps you are returning to work or wondering whether to stop breastfeeding?

We explore Baby Led Weaning and how to introduce solids in a way that develops positive food association.  This allows baby to not only regulate their own intake (as they have done with breastfeeding) but also select what they eat (from a range of healthy options!) setting them up for a lifetime of good eating habits.  We discuss safety and of course answer any questions you may have.

We also discuss how breastfeeding changes and reasons to consider breastfeeding beyond six months; plus handling to comon concerns like teeth or leaving baby.

Please contact us for further information.