One of the biggest aims of All Things Breastfeeding is to provide trustworthy breastfeeding information and advice, specifically aimed at South African moms. We know that our systems – our healthcare system, workplace environments and social networks – are not always breastfeeding friendly, despite everyone proclaiming that breast is best.

We hope to compensate in some small way for this by providing information content that moms can use to help them cope with their breastfeeding challenges. And its not all about challenges; breastfeeding can be a beautiful experience that you can celebrate and enjoy!

Enjoy reading, and do let us know if you have a topic that you would like to read more about.

Silicone breast pumps, also called silicone suction cups, are fairly new on the market and have taken social media moms’ groups on a storm. Moms love them, which says something (they wouldn’t get good feedback if they didn’t work at all). From a lactation consultant viewpoint there are some concerns though. And as with most other tools and gadgets, they have a place but need to be used correctly and for the right reasons. What is a silicone breast pump?[...]

When one should start expressing causes confusion for both mothers and healthcare professionals. Moms are often told not to express before 6 weeks. But many don’t realize that expressing sometimes form part of the care plan for a specific breastfeeding difficulty, and at other times is something a mom does for convenience or for building a freezer stash.  This means that there are many grey areas, and that you need to find the option that will work for your unique[...]

Hand expressing is a worthwhile skill for any mom to learn. Note though, that like most other skills it is something that you develop. Many mothers try once or twice and then decide that this is not working, while meanwhile they just needed to practice a bit more. For that matter, this is also the case when using a breast pump. Hand expressing is especially useful under these circumstances: Engorgement in the early days of breastfeeding often responds better to[...]

Beast engorgement remains one of the biggest reasons why mothers seek the assistance of a lactation consultant.  And all moms will agree that it is something that you won’t fully understand or appreciate until you’ve had the questionable honor of experiencing it first-hand! Engorgement occurs when the breasts become overly full. It ranges from mild and completely normal, to severe and a sign of bigger breastfeeding problems. THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF BREAST ENGORGEMENT INCLUDE: Breasts that feel full, heavy[...]

I receive daily queries from breastfeeding moms around Covid vaccination. Should they take the vaccine, and can it in any way harm their babies? Although all the official guidelines state that breastfeeding moms can get vaccinated, mothers want to hear this from someone that they know and trust. As a lactation consultant and a well-baby clinic sister that works with vaccinations every day, many clients turn to me. Of course with both Covid as a disease, and vaccination as a[...]