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Quick guide to latching on.
🤱🏼 The nipple pointing up the nose ensures when baby tilts their head back and gapes wide, the nipple is pointing at the roof of their mouth - this eliminates pain when latching and feeding as the nipple is not grazed or compressed.
🤱🏻 The closeness of your baby to the breast/chest allows you to get them to latch on quickly and easily with the nipple sliding in right at the last second.
🤱🏾 The chin being firm against the breast helps your baby anchor themselves. 
Did you find this useful? Let me know in the comments and share to help others!
Quick guide to latching on. 🤱🏼 The nipple pointing up the nose ensures when baby tilts their head back and gapes wide, the nipple is pointing at the roof of their mouth - this eliminates pain when latching and feeding as the nipple is not grazed or compressed. 🤱🏻 The closeness of your baby to the breast/chest allows you to get them to latch on quickly and easily with the nipple sliding in right at the last second. 🤱🏾 The chin being firm against the breast helps your baby anchor themselves. Did you find this useful? Let me know in the comments and share to help others!
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Amazing reel by @secondstartotheright_sleep! 
I've posted about this before and how we need to be done with this idea that if a baby doesn't #sleep "well", isn't feeding on some sort of military schedule and isn’t docile and silent that they are a "bad baby".
My eldest was not a "good" baby and it made me so angry that people asked me. I constantly felt like I was failing, not meeting these ridiculous standards.
With Nova I just say No, my baby isn't good. He's fucking spectacular. For all kinds of reasons! Because I know better now than to judge my baby or my parenting on these warped ideals. 
The idea of a "good baby" supercharges parental #anxiety.
Stop asking if babies are good and start asking parents if they need support. 
Nova's Good Baby vest by @debsagos
Amazing reel by @secondstartotheright_sleep! I've posted about this before and how we need to be done with this idea that if a baby doesn't #sleep "well", isn't feeding on some sort of military schedule and isn’t docile and silent that they are a "bad baby". My eldest was not a "good" baby and it made me so angry that people asked me. I constantly felt like I was failing, not meeting these ridiculous standards. With Nova I just say No, my baby isn't good. He's fucking spectacular. For all kinds of reasons! Because I know better now than to judge my baby or my parenting on these warped ideals. The idea of a "good baby" supercharges parental #anxiety. Stop asking if babies are good and start asking parents if they need support. Nova's Good Baby vest by @debsagos
6 days ago
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2/9
From party girl to poo guru. 
Times have changed but I'm still ultimately the same weirdo, mister.
From party girl to poo guru. Times have changed but I'm still ultimately the same weirdo, mister.
1 week ago
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3/9
Breastfeeding looks different for everyone, and may look different for you with your different children. A lot of what I experienced with Leo has been repeated with Nova, but this time I had support in place right at the start of my pregnancy. I was able to alleviate a lot of my fears and anxiety before we even started feeding, and as soon as any issues arose we were able to resolve them a lot quicker than I had with Leo.
Shout outs to people who helped us along the way:
@shel_banks my friend, mentor, and my primary lactation supporter this time round who is featured here holding Nova. She also brought lego for my eldest and has kept me sane whilst I worried and worked through everything.
@lmj.infantfeedingsupport 
@hannahjcresswell
@jenthelc
@katybeck78
@wcbffs
@the_earth_doula_
@bazzdinnadge 
What does #breastfeeding look like for you?
Follow me for more breastfeeding tips and information. 
#wbw2022 #breastfeeding #infantfeeding #themilkrebel #novarebel #babies #baby #newborn #parenting #milkfeeding #humanmilk #cupfeeding #sns #supplementalnursingsystem #atbreastsupplementer #expressing #pumping #triplefeeding #topup #toppingup #ebm #expressedbreastmilk #breastpump #ibclc
Breastfeeding looks different for everyone, and may look different for you with your different children. A lot of what I experienced with Leo has been repeated with Nova, but this time I had support in place right at the start of my pregnancy. I was able to alleviate a lot of my fears and anxiety before we even started feeding, and as soon as any issues arose we were able to resolve them a lot quicker than I had with Leo.
Shout outs to people who helped us along the way:
@shel_banks my friend, mentor, and my primary lactation supporter this time round who is featured here holding Nova. She also brought lego for my eldest and has kept me sane whilst I worried and worked through everything.
@lmj.infantfeedingsupport 
@hannahjcresswell
@jenthelc
@katybeck78
@wcbffs
@the_earth_doula_
@bazzdinnadge 
What does #breastfeeding look like for you?
Follow me for more breastfeeding tips and information. 
#wbw2022 #breastfeeding #infantfeeding #themilkrebel #novarebel #babies #baby #newborn #parenting #milkfeeding #humanmilk #cupfeeding #sns #supplementalnursingsystem #atbreastsupplementer #expressing #pumping #triplefeeding #topup #toppingup #ebm #expressedbreastmilk #breastpump #ibclc
Breastfeeding looks different for everyone, and may look different for you with your different children. A lot of what I experienced with Leo has been repeated with Nova, but this time I had support in place right at the start of my pregnancy. I was able to alleviate a lot of my fears and anxiety before we even started feeding, and as soon as any issues arose we were able to resolve them a lot quicker than I had with Leo.
Shout outs to people who helped us along the way:
@shel_banks my friend, mentor, and my primary lactation supporter this time round who is featured here holding Nova. She also brought lego for my eldest and has kept me sane whilst I worried and worked through everything.
@lmj.infantfeedingsupport 
@hannahjcresswell
@jenthelc
@katybeck78
@wcbffs
@the_earth_doula_
@bazzdinnadge 
What does #breastfeeding look like for you?
Follow me for more breastfeeding tips and information. 
#wbw2022 #breastfeeding #infantfeeding #themilkrebel #novarebel #babies #baby #newborn #parenting #milkfeeding #humanmilk #cupfeeding #sns #supplementalnursingsystem #atbreastsupplementer #expressing #pumping #triplefeeding #topup #toppingup #ebm #expressedbreastmilk #breastpump #ibclc
Breastfeeding looks different for everyone, and may look different for you with your different children. A lot of what I experienced with Leo has been repeated with Nova, but this time I had support in place right at the start of my pregnancy. I was able to alleviate a lot of my fears and anxiety before we even started feeding, and as soon as any issues arose we were able to resolve them a lot quicker than I had with Leo.
Shout outs to people who helped us along the way:
@shel_banks my friend, mentor, and my primary lactation supporter this time round who is featured here holding Nova. She also brought lego for my eldest and has kept me sane whilst I worried and worked through everything.
@lmj.infantfeedingsupport 
@hannahjcresswell
@jenthelc
@katybeck78
@wcbffs
@the_earth_doula_
@bazzdinnadge 
What does #breastfeeding look like for you?
Follow me for more breastfeeding tips and information. 
#wbw2022 #breastfeeding #infantfeeding #themilkrebel #novarebel #babies #baby #newborn #parenting #milkfeeding #humanmilk #cupfeeding #sns #supplementalnursingsystem #atbreastsupplementer #expressing #pumping #triplefeeding #topup #toppingup #ebm #expressedbreastmilk #breastpump #ibclc
Breastfeeding looks different for everyone, and may look different for you with your different children. A lot of what I experienced with Leo has been repeated with Nova, but this time I had support in place right at the start of my pregnancy. I was able to alleviate a lot of my fears and anxiety before we even started feeding, and as soon as any issues arose we were able to resolve them a lot quicker than I had with Leo.
Shout outs to people who helped us along the way:
@shel_banks my friend, mentor, and my primary lactation supporter this time round who is featured here holding Nova. She also brought lego for my eldest and has kept me sane whilst I worried and worked through everything.
@lmj.infantfeedingsupport 
@hannahjcresswell
@jenthelc
@katybeck78
@wcbffs
@the_earth_doula_
@bazzdinnadge 
What does #breastfeeding look like for you?
Follow me for more breastfeeding tips and information. 
#wbw2022 #breastfeeding #infantfeeding #themilkrebel #novarebel #babies #baby #newborn #parenting #milkfeeding #humanmilk #cupfeeding #sns #supplementalnursingsystem #atbreastsupplementer #expressing #pumping #triplefeeding #topup #toppingup #ebm #expressedbreastmilk #breastpump #ibclc
Breastfeeding looks different for everyone, and may look different for you with your different children. A lot of what I experienced with Leo has been repeated with Nova, but this time I had support in place right at the start of my pregnancy. I was able to alleviate a lot of my fears and anxiety before we even started feeding, and as soon as any issues arose we were able to resolve them a lot quicker than I had with Leo.
Shout outs to people who helped us along the way:
@shel_banks my friend, mentor, and my primary lactation supporter this time round who is featured here holding Nova. She also brought lego for my eldest and has kept me sane whilst I worried and worked through everything.
@lmj.infantfeedingsupport 
@hannahjcresswell
@jenthelc
@katybeck78
@wcbffs
@the_earth_doula_
@bazzdinnadge 
What does #breastfeeding look like for you?
Follow me for more breastfeeding tips and information. 
#wbw2022 #breastfeeding #infantfeeding #themilkrebel #novarebel #babies #baby #newborn #parenting #milkfeeding #humanmilk #cupfeeding #sns #supplementalnursingsystem #atbreastsupplementer #expressing #pumping #triplefeeding #topup #toppingup #ebm #expressedbreastmilk #breastpump #ibclc
Breastfeeding looks different for everyone, and may look different for you with your different children. A lot of what I experienced with Leo has been repeated with Nova, but this time I had support in place right at the start of my pregnancy. I was able to alleviate a lot of my fears and anxiety before we even started feeding, and as soon as any issues arose we were able to resolve them a lot quicker than I had with Leo.
Shout outs to people who helped us along the way:
@shel_banks my friend, mentor, and my primary lactation supporter this time round who is featured here holding Nova. She also brought lego for my eldest and has kept me sane whilst I worried and worked through everything.
@lmj.infantfeedingsupport 
@hannahjcresswell
@jenthelc
@katybeck78
@wcbffs
@the_earth_doula_
@bazzdinnadge 
What does #breastfeeding look like for you?
Follow me for more breastfeeding tips and information. 
#wbw2022 #breastfeeding #infantfeeding #themilkrebel #novarebel #babies #baby #newborn #parenting #milkfeeding #humanmilk #cupfeeding #sns #supplementalnursingsystem #atbreastsupplementer #expressing #pumping #triplefeeding #topup #toppingup #ebm #expressedbreastmilk #breastpump #ibclc
Breastfeeding looks different for everyone, and may look different for you with your different children. A lot of what I experienced with Leo has been repeated with Nova, but this time I had support in place right at the start of my pregnancy. I was able to alleviate a lot of my fears and anxiety before we even started feeding, and as soon as any issues arose we were able to resolve them a lot quicker than I had with Leo.
Shout outs to people who helped us along the way:
@shel_banks my friend, mentor, and my primary lactation supporter this time round who is featured here holding Nova. She also brought lego for my eldest and has kept me sane whilst I worried and worked through everything.
@lmj.infantfeedingsupport 
@hannahjcresswell
@jenthelc
@katybeck78
@wcbffs
@the_earth_doula_
@bazzdinnadge 
What does #breastfeeding look like for you?
Follow me for more breastfeeding tips and information. 
#wbw2022 #breastfeeding #infantfeeding #themilkrebel #novarebel #babies #baby #newborn #parenting #milkfeeding #humanmilk #cupfeeding #sns #supplementalnursingsystem #atbreastsupplementer #expressing #pumping #triplefeeding #topup #toppingup #ebm #expressedbreastmilk #breastpump #ibclc
Breastfeeding looks different for everyone, and may look different for you with your different children. A lot of what I experienced with Leo has been repeated with Nova, but this time I had support in place right at the start of my pregnancy. I was able to alleviate a lot of my fears and anxiety before we even started feeding, and as soon as any issues arose we were able to resolve them a lot quicker than I had with Leo. Shout outs to people who helped us along the way: @shel_banks my friend, mentor, and my primary lactation supporter this time round who is featured here holding Nova. She also brought lego for my eldest and has kept me sane whilst I worried and worked through everything. @lmj.infantfeedingsupport @hannahjcresswell @jenthelc @katybeck78 @wcbffs @the_earth_doula_ @bazzdinnadge What does #breastfeeding look like for you? Follow me for more breastfeeding tips and information. #wbw2022 #breastfeeding #infantfeeding #themilkrebel #novarebel #babies #baby #newborn #parenting #milkfeeding #humanmilk #cupfeeding #sns #supplementalnursingsystem #atbreastsupplementer #expressing #pumping #triplefeeding #topup #toppingup #ebm #expressedbreastmilk #breastpump #ibclc
1 week ago
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4/9
I met another mum this weekend whilst my eldest son was at his first Taekwondo comp. She approached me as she spotted my oxytocin tattoo - she had one too! I was a bit flustered at first and didn't really expand on the conversation until I approached her again later to ask her more about her tattoo - it had to be about breastfeeding surely?!
It was. We had another short conversation about breastfeeding, and both of our children were breastfed well beyond infancy. We both had oxytocin molecule tattoos to symbolise our breastfeeding journeys. 
I had spent the day openly feeding Nova and carrying him in the sling to nap. As I sat down (again) to breastfeed Nova (again) I said to my partner, "I am a confident and ostentatious breastfeeder - the kind they warn people about" and we laughed. But we also talked about how a large number of people in the room will either have not seen a baby being breastfed at all, let alone one at four months old, and seeing older babies, toddlers and children being breastfed in public is even rarer.  I said how I will continue to ostentatiously feed Nova, as I did with Leo, because I hope to inspire confidence in others who may be anxious about feeding in public.
I fed Leo in public until beyond his third birthday and never so much as got a backward glance from anyone - not that I noticed or cared - and my general plan is to breastfeed Nova until he is at least two, but hopefully beyond until we're ready to stop. 
The global average age of weaning is 4.5 years. 
Let's normalise breastfeeding beyond infancy - because it IS normal. 
COMMENT below if you have breastfed a child beyond infancy (babyhood)
FOLLOW me @themilkrebel for more breastfeeding info, tips & tricks
SHARE this post with a friend to help them
I met another mum this weekend whilst my eldest son was at his first Taekwondo comp. She approached me as she spotted my oxytocin tattoo - she had one too! I was a bit flustered at first and didn't really expand on the conversation until I approached her again later to ask her more about her tattoo - it had to be about breastfeeding surely?! It was. We had another short conversation about breastfeeding, and both of our children were breastfed well beyond infancy. We both had oxytocin molecule tattoos to symbolise our breastfeeding journeys. I had spent the day openly feeding Nova and carrying him in the sling to nap. As I sat down (again) to breastfeed Nova (again) I said to my partner, "I am a confident and ostentatious breastfeeder - the kind they warn people about" and we laughed. But we also talked about how a large number of people in the room will either have not seen a baby being breastfed at all, let alone one at four months old, and seeing older babies, toddlers and children being breastfed in public is even rarer. I said how I will continue to ostentatiously feed Nova, as I did with Leo, because I hope to inspire confidence in others who may be anxious about feeding in public. I fed Leo in public until beyond his third birthday and never so much as got a backward glance from anyone - not that I noticed or cared - and my general plan is to breastfeed Nova until he is at least two, but hopefully beyond until we're ready to stop. The global average age of weaning is 4.5 years. Let's normalise breastfeeding beyond infancy - because it IS normal. COMMENT below if you have breastfed a child beyond infancy (babyhood) FOLLOW me @themilkrebel for more breastfeeding info, tips & tricks SHARE this post with a friend to help them
1 week ago
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5/9
With World Breastfeeding Week underway, let me make this one thing perfectly clear before the 'breastapo' comments begin flowing across social media in droves. 
If you choose to use formula for whatever reason: that's OK. There is no judgement from me.
If you need to use formula for whatever reason: that's OK. There is no judgement from me.
If you think you need to use formula but haven't had adequate breastfeeding support, it is not my job to talk you out of using formula. It is my job to hear you, support you, arm you with information and help you come up with a plan that is both sustainable and supportive of your want and desire to continue breastfeeding.
If you have been told that you must use formula and this doesn't feel right to you but you have concerns, it is my job to help alleviate those concerns, troubleshoot any problems you are having, and help you come up with a plan that helps you meet your goals.
I am not here to slay people for using formula. I am a realist. Most families in the UK use formula at some point for various reasons. 
What I am NOT here for is to accept the harmful and dangerous misinformation pedalled by formula companies. I am NOT here to accept the insidious industry marketing and influence that goes on globally. The grooming of our healthcare providers by the formula industry. The lies told by sales people pretending to be nurses. The clever telly adverts that have people convinced 6 months is more than enough breastfeeding. 
I am NOT here to have my professional accreditation devalued by people who take money from the formula industry in a misguided attempt to change things for the better.  Formula marketing has no place in healthcare whether that is paeds, IBCLCs, midwifery or healthcare.
Implementation of the WHO Code is essential worldwide to protect families from this.
I *am* here to help.
Follow for more info on how an IBCLC can support your breastfeeding journey and top tips on optimising breastfeeding.
#waba #worldbreastfeedingweek2022 #wbfw2022
With World Breastfeeding Week underway, let me make this one thing perfectly clear before the 'breastapo' comments begin flowing across social media in droves. If you choose to use formula for whatever reason: that's OK. There is no judgement from me. If you need to use formula for whatever reason: that's OK. There is no judgement from me. If you think you need to use formula but haven't had adequate breastfeeding support, it is not my job to talk you out of using formula. It is my job to hear you, support you, arm you with information and help you come up with a plan that is both sustainable and supportive of your want and desire to continue breastfeeding. If you have been told that you must use formula and this doesn't feel right to you but you have concerns, it is my job to help alleviate those concerns, troubleshoot any problems you are having, and help you come up with a plan that helps you meet your goals. I am not here to slay people for using formula. I am a realist. Most families in the UK use formula at some point for various reasons. What I am NOT here for is to accept the harmful and dangerous misinformation pedalled by formula companies. I am NOT here to accept the insidious industry marketing and influence that goes on globally. The grooming of our healthcare providers by the formula industry. The lies told by sales people pretending to be nurses. The clever telly adverts that have people convinced 6 months is more than enough breastfeeding. I am NOT here to have my professional accreditation devalued by people who take money from the formula industry in a misguided attempt to change things for the better. Formula marketing has no place in healthcare whether that is paeds, IBCLCs, midwifery or healthcare. Implementation of the WHO Code is essential worldwide to protect families from this. I *am* here to help. Follow for more info on how an IBCLC can support your breastfeeding journey and top tips on optimising breastfeeding. #waba #worldbreastfeedingweek2022 #wbfw2022
1 week ago
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Sometimes babies need a little support with feeding. This may be because of an oral restriction, jaundice, or because they've been tired after birth and not quite got the hang of feeding yet. It's a process right?
But did you know you don't need to top up with a bottle?
Here are some other ways you can get extra drops of colostrum or mature milk into your baby.
1️⃣ spoon feeding
2️⃣ syringe feeding
3️⃣ finger feeding (wash your hands!)
Sterilise the spoon and hand express colostrum into it. You could the suck the colostrum into the syringe to feed to baby. This is a great way to get a few calories in them to encourage feeding at the breast and help give their blood sugars a boost.
Finger feeding can also be done with drops of colostrum on the tip of a clean finger, but is sometimes done with the aid of a feeding tube when feeding more mature milk. Simply attach one end of the tube to a clean finger and pop the other end of the tube over a syringe or into a bottle of milk. The milk will go into baby via the tube, in a similar way to an SNS.
All of these methods can be supportive of ongoing breastfeeding.
Have you ever had to give your baby top ups? How did you give yours?
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Sometimes babies need a little support with feeding. This may be because of an oral restriction, jaundice, or because they've been tired after birth and not quite got the hang of feeding yet. It's a process right? But did you know you don't need to top up with a bottle? Here are some other ways you can get extra drops of colostrum or mature milk into your baby. 1️⃣ spoon feeding 2️⃣ syringe feeding 3️⃣ finger feeding (wash your hands!) Sterilise the spoon and hand express colostrum into it. You could the suck the colostrum into the syringe to feed to baby. This is a great way to get a few calories in them to encourage feeding at the breast and help give their blood sugars a boost. Finger feeding can also be done with drops of colostrum on the tip of a clean finger, but is sometimes done with the aid of a feeding tube when feeding more mature milk. Simply attach one end of the tube to a clean finger and pop the other end of the tube over a syringe or into a bottle of milk. The milk will go into baby via the tube, in a similar way to an SNS. All of these methods can be supportive of ongoing breastfeeding. Have you ever had to give your baby top ups? How did you give yours? 💚 FOLLOW me for more tips and info 🔁 SHARE to help others 💾 SAVE for later
2 weeks ago
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I have ONE space remaining for my scheduled day of appointments on Saturday 30th July. This is at 10am BST.
Remote infant feeding consultations for just £50. All your questions answered. 
1 x 60 minute video call 
+ 2 weeks follow up support via WhatsApp / Email / SMS
(Terms & Conditions apply)
Link in bio to book 
#ibclc #lactationsupport #lactationconsultant #infantfeeding #breastfeeding #chestfeeding #relactation #introducingfoods #pumping #exclusivepumping #ebf #baby #newborn #weaning #gentleparenting #nightweaning
I have ONE space remaining for my scheduled day of appointments on Saturday 30th July. This is at 10am BST. Remote infant feeding consultations for just £50. All your questions answered. 1 x 60 minute video call + 2 weeks follow up support via WhatsApp / Email / SMS (Terms & Conditions apply) Link in bio to book #ibclc #lactationsupport #lactationconsultant #infantfeeding #breastfeeding #chestfeeding #relactation #introducingfoods #pumping #exclusivepumping #ebf #baby #newborn #weaning #gentleparenting #nightweaning
3 weeks ago
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Beware! The commercial baby food industry is happy to take your money. Just because labels say 4+months does not mean this is safe or appropriate for your baby.
When the Department of Health guidelines changed donkeys years ago to say that 6months was the recommended age for introducing solids (and this hasn't changed in almost 20 years despite reviews and new research!), unfortunately the laws regarding marketing of baby food products did not.
If a company can start taking your money from 4 months instead of 6 that's two more months of money they will get from parents that they otherwise wouldn't get.
Remember that even 'little tastes' are introduction of foods and can have a marked impact on your little one's gut health if they are not ready for this big change. 
📢 Learn more about this, and how to introduce solids safely, in my new workshop - available to purchase now - link in bio
❤️ Follow me for more tips and info on all aspects of infant feeding
Beware! The commercial baby food industry is happy to take your money. Just because labels say 4+months does not mean this is safe or appropriate for your baby. When the Department of Health guidelines changed donkeys years ago to say that 6months was the recommended age for introducing solids (and this hasn't changed in almost 20 years despite reviews and new research!), unfortunately the laws regarding marketing of baby food products did not. If a company can start taking your money from 4 months instead of 6 that's two more months of money they will get from parents that they otherwise wouldn't get. Remember that even 'little tastes' are introduction of foods and can have a marked impact on your little one's gut health if they are not ready for this big change. 📢 Learn more about this, and how to introduce solids safely, in my new workshop - available to purchase now - link in bio ❤️ Follow me for more tips and info on all aspects of infant feeding
3 weeks ago
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