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Teaching your baby to love

Your baby’s cues, or non-verbal language, are his way of trying to tell you what he needs.  Although it may take a few weeks to get to know what your baby is saying, if you do some baby watching and trust the connection between you and your little one, you will be amazed at how even very young babies can give clear signals that say, ‘I’m…
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Bonding with your baby – growing the love bug

For some It's overwhelming 'love at first sight': "The moment I met Olivia ‘on the outside’ I thought, “Of course it’s you!” and fell instantly and totally in love with her. It was a total Earth Mother, mother lioness reaction, and one I could never have imagined the intensity of nor described before it happened. I was suddenly and absolutely…
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A conspiracy of silence

Every day I see wonderful mothers doing a lovely job nurturing their little ones but so many of these women doubt themselves as they face criticism for their parenting choices, especially if they happen to have a high needs baby. Even though - or perhaps, especially when - it seems that you are the only person whose baby only sleeps for…
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Wiring tiny brains to manage stress

Are you worried that picking your baby up when he cries will ‘spoil’ him? Or that you might create ‘bad habits’ by responding to his wails too quickly?If you are feeling torn between your head (or advice to ‘let him cry’) and your heart which is breaking over your baby’s tears, relax – and give him a cuddle. Your comfort could be wiring his…
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Crying Cures – 15 ways to soothe the sobs

Crying is your baby's language. At first, it is pretty much the only way an infant can communicate his needs and express feelings like discomfort, hunger, exhaustion and loneliness. It is also the only way he can release pent up stress.  As your baby grows he will learn other ways to communicate—through facial expressions, body language and,…
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Planning your ‘baby moon’

I find it quite astonishing that people will spare no expense or effort to plan an elaborate wedding and a romantic honeymoon and yet the greatest change of life – having a baby- is often expected to be a mere ‘blip on the radar’ that should fit into an already busy schedule. In fact, many couples assume that this time will be a great opportunity…
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Access, the law and a breastfed baby

Today,  I was called to advocate in court (in my capacity as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant)  for an illiterate migrant woman who had her baby removed whilst a patient in a psychiatric ward. This poor mama had been fully breastfeeding her 4 month old when she reported that she had been raped. While in a police station the…
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