Category Archives: Breasts

Tongue tie

For families in Northampton here are a few contacts wo might be able to guide you in the right direction for tongue & lip tie.

This information is from the following link


Suzanne Barber
Qualifications: Registered Midwife, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
Area covered: Generally 30 miles radius of Bedford.
Tel: 07547 897876
Professional indemnity insurance provided by Hiscox Insurance Company Limited
Additional information: Clinics on Saturdays in Leicester, Thursdays in Hatton, Warwick and daily in Bedford. Flexible times available in Bedford. Online booking system available through main website. Home visits by request.

Petra Traynor
Qualifications: Registered Midwife and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.
Area covered: Northamptonshire, Leicestershire & Bedfordshire.
Tel: 07983 267512
Professional indemnity insurance provided by Hiscox Insurance Company Ltd
Additional information: Saturday mornings in Northampton. Saturday afternoons in Leicester (new venue from May 2016) Home visits for all above areas available upon request and considered for families within a 40 mile radius of Northamptonshire.

Diana Warren
Qualifications: Registered General Nurse (RGN), ABM Breastfeeding Counsellor, Neonatal QIS, Local Breastfeeding Peer Supporter
Area covered: Warwickshire, West Midlands, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, referrals from all areas welcomed as clients to attend clinic in CV13 0HX
Tel: 07910 608179
Professional indemnity insurance provided by Hiscox Insurance Company Limited
Additional Information: Regular clinics held for babies up until 9 months old. Please contact Diana via website link or telephone number as above for further information or to book an appointment.

Breastfeeding & medication

There are some great resources out there for mamas who have to take medication

Here’s the links:








The Newborn Stomach – feeding


Really interesting … and may be helpful ….

“Understanding the size of your Baby’s stomach, the average volume taken in during a breastfeed and typical newborn feeding frequency can help alleviate some anxiety a mother feels when she is trusting her body to nourish her child.  Newborns are only this tiny for a short time, those stomachs grow quickly and they get more efficient at breastfeeding which means breastfeeding sessions become less frequent and shorter.  For now enjoy those snuggles, and feel encouraged that your baby is feeding frequently and doing a fantastic job of “demanding” a healthy supply of breast milk.  The great effort you and your baby put in during the first few days establishes a solid start for a happy and healthy breastfeeding relationship.”

Enjoy Cx

Donated Breast Milk … Milk Bank

Another topic that has been seen on the TV recently

Here are some valuable resources for those mamas with babies in SCBU who are passionate to breastfeed their babies and need to use donated milk. 

or this link

Facebook page:

Hope this helps one of our lovely families


Journey to birth Coco Milou – an epic masterpiece … stunning!

This is absolutely gorgeous … thank you to Jane McCrae Photography for her beautiful fusion of photos & video to create something so magical … some gorgeous honouring elements … be prepared to cry … and the baby was born in the caul … how auspicious …


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Get comfy use neonatal reflexes – biological nurturing


From the website:  

I have been suggesting laid back postures to the mums I support for some years now. If you don’t know what Biological Nurturing (BN) is, have a look at Suzanne Colson’s websitehere. The magic that happens when a mother leans back in the chair and makes her whole body (breast to pubic bone) available to the baby, who lies prone, is just incredible to watch.

The mother and baby’s instincts begin to work together, rather that to fight each other. The mother breathes out, her shoulders come down, and an oxytocin glow infuses her face. The baby suckles, drinks, comes off and on again in his own rythmn, without help and the mother begins to dance to his tune, feeling proud of what he can do, all on his own.

So often, when a baby is held in the cross-cradle, or cradle, hold that we have been teaching mothers for generations, she ends up leaning forward, with a aching back and neck, shoulders round her ears and a baby flailing around in her arms, boxing at her breast, shaking his head from side to side, appearing to reject the breast. The motherbaby ends up in a highly emotional state and it feels kind to offer a bottle of formula if you have no idea how to help.

I’m re-reading Suzanne’s book, ‘An Introduction to Biological Nurturing’ today and was struck by this passage, which so beautifully describes why a newborn guzzling down a bottle of formula undermines breastfeeding and explains why it has nothing to do with the baby being hungry. Here’s the passage:

…[if a health professional says]…”the baby is “not interested” in breastfeeding, it can undermine a mother’s confidence, making her think her baby does not like her milkor that she does not have enough. This can lead to feelings of guilt and inadequacy, which are heightened when the baby rapidly glugs the artifical milk drink in the bottle that is often given to the baby who is “disinterested” in breastfeeding. This rapid deglutition usually has nothing to do with interest or hunger, but rather occurs because the length of the bottle teat is specifically designed to release the suck reflex. A suck then releases a swallow. The baby held in a dorsal feeding position [the traditional feeding postures where much sits up straight – Ed] is boxed in by maternal body, arms, and bottle; he usually has no choice but to suck. He ingests the milk rapidly because the reflexes have been released, not necessarily because he is hungry or interested. We know that the newborn’s stomach capacity is small, holding about 30mls, or less than an ounce. Yet fifteen minutes later, when the baby brings up a large quantity of milk, no-one associates this output with the “forced” bottle-feeding. Instead, the 60mls ingested is the index used to measure feeding success, even though the amount compared to neonatal stomach capacity indicates that the baby has been overfed. Taken together, these facts and observations lead us to suggest that the mechanisms underpinning breastfeeding initiation during the first days are simple reflex activity, not always triggered or associated with hunger and interest.

The number of mothers I meet who are struggling with the ripple effects of that bottle of formula in hospital is astounding. If all mothers and paediatricians knew about the baby’s inbuilt reflexes, the less heartache and damage would be caused to motherbaby.

So, lean back, get comfy, keep your baby prone on your chest. Let her bob her head and crawl around on your body til she finds the breast. Let her show you how clever she is! Let her lead the dance!