Parenting Articles

Baby Led Weaning

Gill Rapley is a British health visitor, midwife and breastfeeding counsellor who developed the theory behind BLW while studying babies’ developmental readiness for solids as part of her master’s degree. By baby led weaning Rapley means that babies are usually able to feed themselves ordinary family food, with a few exceptions.

Tandem Breastfeeding – Part 1

Gee, I never realised there were so many people out there ignorant of the concept ‘tandem breastfeeding’. I guess tandem breastfeeding has been such a common occurrence amongst the mothers I associate with that I had not realised what a little-known and poorly understood parenting choice it is amongst the general public. For those of you reading this who have not, yourselves, heard of tandem breastfeeding before, it is where a mother continues to breastfeed her toddler whilst breastfeeding her newborn.

A Beginner’s Guide to Human Milk Banking

While it is ideal that a mother breast feeds her own baby for as long as possible, there are instances where an alternative source of human breast milk is required and this need can be met by a Donor Human Milk Bank. New Zealand continues to lag behind contemporary countries with a lack of active milk banks.

Lactation after Loss

Continued lactation for a mother who has lost a baby to stillbirth or early infant death may not be the right choice for everyone. Certainly there are circumstances where the mother is just trying to cope with what has happened and would not be able to pump and donate her breastmilk. However, it should be presented as an option for any woman who is going to go home with empty arms, a broken heart, and full breasts. Human milk is a precious commodity that brings health and life to so many babies and can only be made after our bodies have gone through the rigors of pregnancy and labor.