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.
For many years breast pumps came in a one size that (didn't) fit all. But breasts and nipples come in many shapes and sizes. It is crucial to your expressing success that you use the correct size breast pump flange. A flange that is too big or too small will lead to many pumping problems. Feeling confused? See our printable nipple and flange measuring tool to help you understand flange size and to determine the best size to use. Ideally,[...]
If you have started doing some research on breast pumps and are left feeling confused, you are not alone. Below is our in-depth discussion on breast pump options (Ps: We love sharing info! But if this looks like way too much reading, you can also see our shortened list of 10 things to consider when purchasing a pump). If you have never expressed breast milk before and are not familiar with breast pumps and how they work, you will not[...]
Most healthcare professionals receive some training in breastfeeding during their initial pre-graduate studies. For doctors this training is very basic, consisting of only a few lectures. Nursing sisters and dieticians will get more information as they work with breastfeeding mothers more directly. And of course those who end up choosing a career path like paediatrics or well-baby care will learn more about breastfeeding at conferences and in-service trainings. They will also build experience as they carry on, plus may or[...]
On demand, right? Most moms know this, but what does it mean? Surely it means to feed whenever baby is hungry? Which you would think would be every 3-4 hours, as is recommended on formula tins. The truth is that breastfeeding patterns differ from formula feeding patterns. Many mothers stop breastfeeding because they interpret their baby’s perfectly normal feeding patterns to be a sign of baby not getting enough breast milk. And psst… many formula babies also do not wait[...]