Red Flags - how to know when to seek help

Red Flags - how to know when to seek help

9 days ago
Knowing when to ask for help can be tricky so here is a wee guide to help below.
If your baby is feeding frequently and effectively and you answer yes to any of the below, see your LMC, GP or LC for further advice and guidance.
A letter from me, Renee Ball – Mum, wife, entrepreneur and proud owner of The Lactation Station

A letter from me, Renee Ball – Mum, wife, entrepreneur and proud owner of The Lactation Station

10 days ago
The reality is The Lactation Station is a small family-run business based out of Papamoa in the Bay of Plenty. My team is a grand total of two plus a new part-time administration role. This role is filled by another young woman who is passionate about The Lactation Station, thriving and learning along the way. The third person is my amazing mum. I couldn’t do what I do without her. On a daily basis, she goes above and beyond to support my business.
Milk Blebs

Milk Blebs

13 days ago

Milk Blebs are solidified milk that block the milk pores.

It occurs when a tiny bit of skin overgrows a milk duct opening and milk backs up behind it. A milk blister usually shows up as a painful white, clear or yellow dot on the nipple or areola, and the pain tends to be focused at that spot and just behind it.

Breast Refusal

Breast Refusal

November 12 2021
A baby may refuse the breast at some or all feedings, at any age, and the reasons for doing so will vary. Your baby may suck for a few minutes, then break away with signs of distress and refuse to continue. They may refuse even to begin sucking although they are obviously hungry.
Alchohol & breastfeeding

Alchohol & breastfeeding

November 8 2021

Can I drink alcohol if I am breastfeeding?
If you want to, you can enjoy a glass of wine, a beer or whatever it is that you choose to drink. The key is to plan ahead.
The concentration of alcohol in your blood is the concentration of alcohol in your milk. Alcohol gets into your breastmilk from your blood, moving freely from the blood to the breastmilk (and back out again).

Top 5 Breastfeeding Tips for a Successful Breastfeeding Journey

Top 5 Breastfeeding Tips for a Successful Breastfeeding Journey

October 27 2021

1. Feed your baby within the first hour of birth. Why? After this they become sleepy and have a recovery sleep. Get that colostrum in ASAP.


2. Skin to Skin ++ Strip your baby down to their nappy, pop them on your chest and have snuggles. As well as it being a super lovely time having these cuddles it will also benefit you both greatly. Skin to skin helps regulate 

Breastmilk storage

Breastmilk storage

October 11 2021
Storing expressed breastmilk

● Store expressed breast milk in plastic or glass containers with airtight,
sealed lids. Use BPA‐free plastic wherever possible. Label each bottle or container with the date and time.

● You can also use expressing bags. These come in one time use or reusable
options. This is becoming increasingly popular.

● In the early days freezing your milk in ice cube trays and then popping them
out as ice cubes and storing them in a snap lock bag works well. Especially
as you will only need small amounts. This prevents wastage.

● Once breastfeeding is established, store milk in amounts from around 60 ml
to 200 ml, making sure there's some empty space at the top of the bottle or
bag. Milk expands when freezing, and if the bottle/bag is full it will spill over
the top.
Help my baby won’t take a bottle!

Help my baby won’t take a bottle!

October 1 2021
Help my baby won’t take a bottle!

If you are thinking "How can I get my baby to take the bottle? They just keep "refusing", then this blog is for you! As a Registered Nurse and Lactation Consultant, I support a wide range of women in their transition to motherhood and want to share my tips with you.
How much milk do I express for my baby?

How much milk do I express for my baby?

September 23 2021
It can be confusing trying to figure out how much expressed milk to leave for your baby if you are away from them.
In exclusively breastfed babies, milk intake increases quickly during the first few weeks of life, then stays about the same between one and six months (though it likely increases short term during growth spurts).
Medications and Breastfeeding

Medications and Breastfeeding

September 21 2021

Have you ever been told to stop breastfeeding to take a medication? Unfortunately this is not uncommon. The good news is that MOST medications are compatible with breastfeeding, and for those few medications that are a safety issue there are usually acceptable substitutions. Although mothers are frequently told they need to stop breastfeeding (temporarily or permanently) to take a medication, this is rarely necessary.

Breastfeeding & Covid19

Breastfeeding & Covid19

September 10 2021
Can I get the Pfizer Vaccine (Comirnaty) while breastfeeding?
Absolutely, please do!
Antenatal Colostrum Harvesting

Antenatal Colostrum Harvesting

September 2 2021
So what is Antenatal Expressing of Colostrum? It is the hand expression and collection of colostr...
Postpartum & breastfeeding nutrition

Postpartum & breastfeeding nutrition

August 25 2021
You may be surprised to hear it. Nutrient needs in breastfeeding Mums are higher than while preg...
Birth control & Breastfeeding

Birth control & Breastfeeding

August 11 2021
So you have just had a baby and the last thing you are thinking about is sex right?Although it ma...
Raynaud’s

Raynaud’s

July 30 2021
Do you suffer from cold hands and feet? Do your nipples change to white or purple after a feed? Y...
Sore nipples

Sore nipples

July 23 2021
Nipple painDid you know nipple tenderness is common for the first 7-10 days and peaks between day...
Why does my breastmilk look like a rainbow?

Why does my breastmilk look like a rainbow?

July 16 2021
Did you know that Breast milk comes in a variety of different colours? You probably won’t notice ...
Breastfeeding your baby - The First Week Explained

Breastfeeding your baby - The First Week Explained

July 9 2021
When you first have your baby it’s not uncommon to feel like there was soo much hype around the b...
Low Milk Supply

Low Milk Supply

July 2 2021
Low Milk Supply Many mum’s worry about their milk supply, especially in the early stages of breas...
Periods & Milk supply

Periods & Milk supply

June 25 2021
DOES YOUR PERIOD DECREASE YOUR MILK SUPPLY?OK so you have had your baby and one of the perks has ...
Cluster Feeding

Cluster Feeding

June 18 2021
So often I hear mums say, "My baby wants to breastfeed all evening - I'mworried about my milk sup...
Mastitis

Mastitis

June 11 2021
You may have heard the word Mastitis? BUT if you have ever had it you will already know you never...
Exercising while Breastfeeding

Exercising while Breastfeeding

June 4 2021
This Boobie Blog is one that gets asked about a lot.Can I exercise while breastfeeding?Here is w...
Caffeine while Breastfeeding

Caffeine while Breastfeeding

May 28 2021

The good news is most breastfeeding mothers can drink caffeine in moderation, yay!!
Some babies, particularly those under 6 months, may be more sensitive to mum’s coffee drinking. This can be more obvious if you avoided coffee during pregnancy.

Hospital BagS

Hospital BagS

October 23 2019
It's inevitable...you are going to have this baby. And it is never early enough to start getting ...
Naturally inducing Labour

Naturally inducing Labour

October 20 2019
I hit the 37-week mark this week and boy, we are ready for you to come! We are tracking for ano...