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Dr Virginia Thorley, OAM, PhD, IBCLC, FILCA

International Board Certified Lactation Consultant


Links and FAQs

Posted on July 9, 2016 at 11:44 PM Comments comments (109)
If you are just browsing this blog and haven't visited the other pages, do take a look at my Links and FAQ pages for information on popular topics and answers to common questions. Links that may interest you are the most up-to-date information on when to introduce solids in relation to the allergy issue (NEW) and the website of the Infant Sleep Centre in Durham.

Some breastfeeding 'hot tips' to share

Posted on October 9, 2013 at 8:09 PM Comments comments (214)
I am very new to writing blogs and so this page will develop as I learn. I thought I'd start with some tips about breastfeeding that I learnt long ago, and which can still prove useful - but not necessarily all at once. These tried and proven tips are not the only hot tips that can be useful, just four that I want to share today.
  • If in doubt - put to the breast.  Being at the breast can soothe, as well as provide milk.
  • A nap, or at least a daytime rest, can work wonders when you are at your wit's end.  It's so simple, but time and again I see the advantages of a nap in starting to turn things round.
  • While positioning of baby and mother is important, there is no 'one correct way'. In fact, the position or positions that work for you and your baby are the correct ones for you. If it looks strange, but it is comfortable and painfree and your baby is drinking, go for it!  (Of couse, if you need assistance, see my contact details.)
  • A baby's hands are part of the equation - in a positive way. For years I've observed how babies use their hands against the breast to stimulate the milk-ejection reflex (MER), also known as the 'let down'.  Calves and goat kids do it by head butting, but cows and nanny goats have leathery skin on their udders. Don't you think the human baby has a gentler way!
More about babies' hands and other ways they are involved in breastfeeding will be in a future blog.
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