Can You Tell whether a Baby’s Latch is Good?

Getting the best latch possible when a baby is breastfeeding is crucial for helping mothers with breastfeeding problems and it is one of the skills that we teach mothers at our breastfeeding clinic. A good latch is the basis for:     Helping a mother with sore...

Breastfeeding, bilirubin and jaundice

It is usual and normal for babies to become jaundiced in the days after birth.  But the bilirubin that causes the yellow colour of the baby's skin is protective (it's an antioxidant) and too often we treat higher than average bilirubin levels in a sort...

Breastfeeding and low blood sugar

There are two measures that should be introduced in hospital practices after birth and whose absence is causing many mothers to stop breastfeeding even though they had originally intended to breastfeed.   First, babies should be skin to skin with their mothers immediately after birth. It is...

A Widely Ignored Shift in Breastfeeding

As a followup to the recent post on breast compression, I would like to point out that how a baby latches on, is also very important to increasing the breastmilk intake by the baby.   There is a shift in breastfeeding that should have occurred a long...

A method to increase breastmilk intake by the baby

We use a number of ways to help mothers and babies breastfeed better when they come to our clinic. One group of babies we see frequently are babies who cry or fuss, are not satisfied after breastfeeding, who need to start drinking more milk or...