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Hand Expressing Breastmilk: the Marmet Technique

Hand Expressing Breastmilk: the Marmet Technique

Chele Marmet is a mother, pioneering lactation consultant and the Co-Founder of the Lactation Institute in Los Angeles. She is the creator of the “Marmet technique” of manual expression, the best known and most widely used manual expression method in the world. This manual expression technique allows you to express breastmilk in a practical and safe way, pain-free and with no equipment needed, allowing you to express milk anywhere and any time you need it. This technique also helps women…

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Antibiotics and Mastitis: New ABM Protocol

Antibiotics and Mastitis: New ABM Protocol

Regarding the relationship between antibiotics and mastitis, changes have been introduced in the new mastitis protocol of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM), which we have already previously discussed here and here. In previous posts, we reviewed the differences between the old ABM mastitis protocol (ABM Clinical Protocol #4 Mastitis) (1) and the new protocol update published this year (ABM Protocol #36: The Mastitis Spectrum) (2). In the first article, we compared the update on the definition of mastitis and…

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How do I know if my baby is hungry?

How do I know if my baby is hungry?

When you first become a new mother, one of the biggest worries is knowing when your baby is hungry. The two main worries of any new family are knowing why a baby is crying and knowing if she or he is hungry. If only they arrived with a manual! So how do I know if my baby is hungry? Babies can cry for many reasons: they might be bored, sleepy, hungry or lonely. But the good news is, that no…

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How to put a baby to sleep: a new approach backed by science

How to put a baby to sleep: a new approach backed by science

How to put a baby to sleep is one of the most asked questions in our mobile app LactApp. Today we can report on a brand new scientific study that proposes a step-by-step method for putting a baby to sleep and leaving them in their cot without waking them up. It is hard to accept that babies have different sleep patterns than adults and have different needs than adults. Their first and most important need: contact at all times, yes,…

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New ABM recommendations on mastitis

New ABM recommendations on mastitis

In the previous blog article, we reviewed the differences in the definition of mastitis between the new ABM protocol on mastitis (protocol #36: The Mastitis Spectrum) and the old protocol (#4: Mastitis). In this article, we summarise the changes or updates from the new protocol on the recommendations for the management of mastitis and its different related disorders. It should be noted that the new protocol provides general and specific recommendations for all possible conditions within the mastitis spectrum. This…

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Waring signs after birth

Waring signs after birth

Do you know what the warning signs are after birth? After giving birth, you will be discharged between 24 hours and 2-3 days if you have given birth in a hospital. You will likely not see a health care professional again until some days later, depending on your local care plan. In some places, this can even be weeks after birth. Therefore, would you know what symptoms you need to look out for, where you should visit your midwife or…

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The ABM protocol on mastitis

The ABM protocol on mastitis

The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) publishes protocols to make it easier for health care professionals who care for breastfeeding mothers to stay up-to-date and promote best practices in care for breastfeeding mothers and their children. In 2014 the Academy published a protocol on mastitis, the ABM Clinical Protocol #4: Mastitis (1), written by Dr Lisa Amir, who has also been one of the speakers in the 1st LactApp Medical Congress last May. This year, the ABM has published a…

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“Breastfeeding hurts, but I have been told the latch is ok”

“Breastfeeding hurts, but I have been told the latch is ok”

So many times mothers come to us with this situation: “Breastfeeding hurts, but they say the latch is ok. They’ve checked everything and they tell me my baby is latching on well”. And that’s when we dissimulate and realise how difficult it is to combat the persisting myth of normalizing pain. Breastfeeding has to be pleasurable and effective, breastfeeding does not hurt, sore nipples are not normal, and pain always indicates that something is wrong. We would not have gotten…

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How safe is BLW?

How safe is BLW?

How safe is BLW? One of the biggest fears with Baby-Led Weaning (BLW) for both, families and healthcare professionals, is the risk of choking. It is sometimes perceived that this method might lead to more choking incidents in babies who are fed solid pieces of food from day one without being spoon-fed. For this reason, much research on BLW has focused on whether or not this method of initiation of complementary feeding increases the risk of choking or suffocation.  Kahraman…

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Black Breastfeeding Week

Black Breastfeeding Week

From 25th to 31st of August, we are celebrating Black Breastfeeding Week! This event has been organised for the past 10 years, calling for breastfeeding support to be based on racial equality, cultural empowerment and community engagement, driven by the collective resilience of the black community. Kimberly Seals Allers is one of three black maternity activists who launched this project 10 years ago. She is an acclaimed and award-winning journalist and considered one of the leading voices of the counterculture…

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