Supporting the Breastfeeding Mother

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Support needs to be offered for the whole journey from pregnancy to new parenthood, not just for the first few days postnatally. Sensitive conversations during pregnancy, skilled help after birth, ongoing guidance and social support are all needed.

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Mothers who have physical and emotional support during this period are known to be more successful and experience fewer difficulties.

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Anne Watkins
Anne is a freelance lecturer and medical writer at Mind Body Ink. She is a former midwife and nurse teacher with over 25 years’ experience working in the fields of healthcare, stress management and medical hypnosis. Her background includes working as a hospital midwife, Critical Care nurse, lecturer in Neonatal Intensive Care, and as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for a company making life support equipment. Anne has also studied many forms of complementary medicine and has extensive experience in the field of clinical hypnosis. She has a special interest in integrating complementary medicine into conventional healthcare settings and is currently an Associate Tutor, lecturing in Health Coaching and Medical Hypnosis at Exeter University in the UK. As a former Midwife, Anne has a natural passion for writing about fertility, pregnancy, birthing and baby care. Her recent publications include The Health Factor, Coach Yourself To Better Health and Positive Thinking For Kids. You can read more about her work at
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Wendy Thornton
29 Apr 2020
quick easy refresher, really enjoy the associated articles and being able to access these also.
Nichole Nott
17 May 2020
Simple and interesting
Amber Sinha
16 Jan 2020
Thought provoking. It has given me much to consider particularly with regards to how I approach supporting women to initiate their first feed within the Birth Unit environment
Emma Ryan
17 Apr 2021
Good quick overview
Ursula Wulff
26 Jan 2020
A good overview of the benefits of breastfeeding, and how to support families to breastfeed.
Daniel Rowe
23 Jan 2020
It is great to see a resource including the father. Often an overlooked aspect of pregnancy care.
Koh Joy
07 Oct 2021
Interesting to know the male perspective.
Sophie Harper
06 May 2020
A great read!
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Nanneke Wilkins
13 May 2021
Good evidence based practice
Alana M
04 Mar 2022
The original articles suggesting father's and grandmother's support reduced longevity of breastfeeding does not seem to be discussing practical support of breastfeeding as such. Rather it points towards practical support of parenting and the availability of formula in developed countries. Ie. Dad or Grandma are able to take baby and feed them easily, without the mother's essential involvement in the process.
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