Weaning from nipple shields

There are many reasons a mum may need to use nipple shields: for flat or inverted nipples, damaged nipples or to transition a baby from the bottle to the breast. Nipple shields are a thin, silicone Mexican-hat shaped shield that you place over your nipple. During breastfeeding, the nipple sucks [...]


Could I have Nipple Thrush?

Many women get painful nipples when they first start breastfeeding. This can be normal until you and your baby get the hang of positioning and attachment. It takes a lot of co-ordination to wrangle a wriggling little baby onto your breast and we need to take into account that you [...]


Tips for avoiding mastitis

Mention the word ‘mastitis’ to a breastfeeding mother and she may shudder with fear! Mastitis is usually caused by a blocked milk duct which has become inflamed. The mum may develop a fever as well as noticing the breast to be hard and sore, and often accompanied by a red [...]

50 Years of Breastfeeding Support

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA). In 1964, it started out as six young breastfeeding mothers meeting up in their eastern suburbs lounge room. Today, the ABA is our country's leading source of breastfeeding support, with a national 24-hour helpline (1800 686 268) and [...]