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All Things Breastfeeding: Tips and Tricks with MidWife Cath Curtin

Midwife Cath Curtin is an expert in women’s health, pre-pregnancy, antenatal care and education, pregnancy, labour and birth, postnatal care, breastfeeding, and parenting.

When COVID-19 stopped face-to-face appointments and resulted in the cancellation of antenatal classes, Midwife Cath partnered with Cell Care to create Tummy Talks – free online antenatal classes and education session that expectant parents could access from the comfort and safety of their home. The Pregnancy and Birth classes were so popular, Breastfeeding and Postnatal classes have now been added.

Here, Midwife Cath shares some of her knowledge on all things breastfeeding:

Feeding Tips and tricks

The best tip is to keep the baby close and feed the baby frequently. In the early days and weeks while establishing breastfeeding it is vital the woman rests and eats a healthy diet. It is also very important for the woman to drink water – when feeding a baby, a woman experiences increased calorie and nutrient needs – so food and lots of water is a must! Breast milk has all the nutrients your baby needs for the first six months of life. Your baby may not require any added water or solid foods other than breastmilk in the first 6 months.

Another good tip is to wrap a new born baby when breastfeeding. All babies have primitive reflexes, one of them is the startle reflex. This is where the baby may throw their arms everywhere, or jolt their body making attachment a challenge. Wrapping the baby and keeping them close to your body will keep them nice and calm.

It’s important to remember that every baby, breast and nipple is unique. What works for one person, may not work for another. Everyone is different, and that’s okay.

How to position your baby for good attachment

Babies are very clever!  They know exactly what to do from the very beginning – one of their strongest primitive and natural reflexes is to suck and that is so they can live. Yet, it can come as a surprise to some mothers when they discover breastfeeding isn’t always easy.

A baby is best positioned across the mum in a cradle hold so the baby can self-attach. This positioning and gentle introduction to the nipple will trigger the baby’s rooting reflex meaning the baby will manoeuvre itself around to find and latch on to the nipple. Two fingers in the peace sign can be used to position the nipple in place.

It’s important that mother is relaxed and comfortable while feeding. Feel some pain or discomfort during the first few seconds of feeding is normal as baby is working to get the nipple into the right position. If pain does continue for longer, you may need to take the baby off, reposition and try again.

Keeping up or increasing supply

The best and easiest way to keep the breast lactating is to keep the baby close and feed frequently. Lactation works on demand and supply.  And, breastfeeding the baby frequently for a few days will certainly help increase the supply.

It is important to remain well hydrated and well fed when breastfeeding. Basically, the mother’s body is giving energy, life and weight gain to your baby so maintaining a satisfying and nutritious diet is necessary.

It’s important to feed in a comfortable position and try not to feed ‘on the run’. If the baby is still searching for a feed, offer some ‘quick’ top up breast feeds…every little feed helps.

It is important to alternate breasts during a feed to keep the milk moving.  Feeding from one side only can lead to mastitis as the brain does not discriminate when it lets down the milk into the breasts. So, when the baby starts to suck and the brain lets the milk down (ejection of the milk) it lets down to both breasts.  

Midwife Cath, in conjunction with Cell Care are offering FREE online antenatal classes for expecting women, which covers pregnancy and birth, breastfeeding and postnatal care. For more information or to register visit the Tummy Talks website.  


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Tommee Tippee

Support For New Mums Beginning Their Breastfeeding Journey

New mums face many kinds of emotional challenges when it comes to feeding a newborn. For many it takes time, patience and practice and with the right tips and tricks, mums can tackle breastfeeding head on.

As with many other stages of pregnancy, birth and motherhood, Dr Nicole Highet from COPE (Centre of Perinatal Excellence), explains why working out the best way to nurse is often such a difficult time for new mums:

“Many people enter parenthood with ideals of what it will be like – often stemming from advertising and social media – and it’s far from their reality. For many, the fact there is limited honest discussion about the challenges of being a new parent, leads to feelings of failure – believing they aren’t a ‘good’ or ‘natural’ mother.”

“…Hope, expectation and pressure from health professionals compound feelings of failure if new mums are unable to breastfeed – whether by choice or circumstance. Every woman is different and we, as a community, need to learn to acknowledge this and respect decisions and circumstances.”

Here are her top five tips for new mums dealing with the challenges of breastfeeding:

  1. You are not alone. Plenty of new mums struggle with breastfeeding, and it absolutely does not make you a failure.
  2. Remember that what you might see in media or advertising is often romanticised and doesn’t always reflect reality.
  3. The most important thing is that your baby is getting nourishment. Whichever route to feeding ends up being best for you is best for your baby too.
  4. Your role as a mother is to look after your baby and looking after yourself is integral to this.
  5. Respect other women’s maternal and feeding decisions, whatever they may be.

Tommee Tippee, a global leader in baby feeding and sleep accessories, also recognizes that no two mums are the same. Vanessa Gonzalez from Tommee Tippee commented, “Becoming a new mum is an amazing time in any woman’s life but it can also be seriously overwhelming. When getting to grips with feeding a newborn it’s so important that mum is able to make her comfort a priority as well as her child’s.”

How the ‘Made for Me’ range can help

‘Made for Me’ has been developed and tested with real women in mind by Tommee Tippee. To provide support when it comes to breastfeeding, there are five different products, including an improved electric pump and a new silicone pump, tailored to support mums in whatever feeding style they choose.

“At a time when all focus is on baby, we wanted to create a range that put mum at the center and encourages a little bit of self-care,” Vanessa says. “Breastfeeding is an extraordinary effort and commitment by mum which should be celebrated. That’s why the ‘Made for Me’ range was developed specifically with mums in mind, because we understand that each one is truly one of a kind.”

Tackling the challenges of being a new mum is hard, so it’s important to get help where you can and from who you trust to make it easier. Remember that everyone is different and thus their breastfeeding journey is going to be different too.

Find out more about The Tommee Tippee ‘Made for Me’ range by visiting www.tommeetippee.com.au




It’s getting hot in here…especially when you’ve got a hungry bubba sticking to your boobs. Breastfeeding in the heat can be quite uncomfortable. Blasting the air conditioning is one way to cool down when breastfeeding but air con isn’t always available, especially if you’re outside, away from home or simply want to cut back on your electricity costs.

So what can you do to avoid sweaty, sticky baby-to-breast syndrome? Try:

A wet towel

Keep a cool, clean cloth nearby to dab on your skin and on baby’s back to keep the sweat away.

Nothing but a nappy

Strip bub down to just a nappy and possibly a singlet to keep that little body cool. If you prefer to swaddle before a feed, then opt for a lightweight muslin wrap.

Plenty of water

Breastfeeding mummas need to up their daily intake of water and this is especially the case when feeding a summer baby. Stay hydrated by always having a water bottle handy.

Water-fuelled snacks

In addition to being extra thirsty, you might find that you are also hungrier when feeding in the heat. Stock the fridge with high water-content fruit and veg like watermelon, strawberries, rockmelon, cucumber and green capsicum.

The football hold

Letting baby feed in the football hold position (baby’s feet are pointing toward your back and he is lying along your side) which means less skin-to-skin contact.

Shorter, but more frequent feeds

This will keep the skin-to-skin sweat down and also ensure baby is getting more frequent hydration hits throughout the day.



Co-Sleeping: 80 per cent of us do it at one stage or another, either by choice or necessity. But before you make the choice to co-sleep, make sure you know how to do it safely.

• Never co-sleep and drink. Or smoke. If you’re taking sedatives or medications that make you drowsy, it’s also not a good idea to co-sleep.
• Place baby on her back to sleep, never on her tummy or side.
• Check that the bed is firm.
• Remove pillows, heavy doonas and soft underlays that could trap baby.
• Ensure baby’s head is not covered during sleep.
• Choose practical sleepwear for the temperature such as a swaddle or baby sleeping bag.
• Place baby beside one parent, never in the middle.
• Check there is adequate space so baby is not placed right on the edge.
• Make sure she cannot get trapped against a wall.
• Consider a co-sleeper bassinet which allows you to remove one side for easy access.

Why Co-Sleep

It’s comfortable: Compared to sleeping with a snoring husband or a wriggly toddler who insists on kicking you every 15 seconds, sleeping with a baby is incredibly comfortable. Plus babies take up next to no space AND they don’t steal the blankets.

It’s convenient: Especially if you’re breastfeeding and your breasts are on tap 24/7.

It’s what baby wants: Your infant is used to sleeping in a super snug, warm womb bath. Co-sleeping is as close to the womb as it can safely get. Many babies sleep better with mum right beside them. And if baby sleeps, mum can sleep. Fingers crossed, at least.



So many people are unaware of the benefits of breastfeeding. It’s something World Breastfeeding Week, being held this year from 1 to 7 August, is trying to change. This week aims to highlight the huge benefits for a baby’s health and welfare that breastfeeding brings plus the benefits to a mother’s health as well.

So, what are some of these benefits?
•• Bonding – The skin-to-skin contact you have with your baby while feeding is vital for bonding early on in life.
•• It’s healthy – it can protect your baby against all sorts of diseases, including infections, asthma, diabetes, eczema, SIDS, heart disease, celiac disease, and much more.
•• It’s free – It costs nothing to feed your baby, unless you express, in which case you’ll need some equipment for cleaning and preparation.
•• It’s good for mum too – it can help lower mum’s risk of developing cancer, osteoporosis, and more.
•• Convenience – No bottles and teats required; you’re always ready to go!
•• Natural Healer – Breast milk adapts if your baby is sick to act like a natural medicine.

While World Breastfeeding Week is about raising awareness of the benefits of breast milk, it is also about acknowledging that the demands on busy mothers these days means that not all mothers have the support they need to continue breastfeeding or feel that it is an accessible option for them.

If you are in the above situation, know that you are not alone, help and support is available to you. Visit your GP, preferred ObGyn or call the Australian Breastfeeding Association Helpline on 1800 MUM 2 MUM.

Another helpful reference: www.babyschooling.com/learning-center/feeding-guides/benefits-of-breastfeeding/