[ARTICLE] “Can you be addicted to having babies?” Essential Baby 20th June 2018

Naturally, that begs the question: Can you be addicted to having children?

Amanda Bude, midwife at Groovy Babies, certainly thinks you can feel that way about giving birth.

“With positive birth experiences I’ve had many families say they could give birth over and over again – myself included.”


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[ARTICLE] Breastfeeding When You Have Inverted Nipples- Essential Baby 19th August 2017

Amanda says approximately 10-20 percent of women have inverted nipples, which she says is simply “a version of normal”.

While some women (and men) have two inverted nipples, many have one inverted one, and one normal one.

In Jade’s case, she says having short nipple length was a complicating factor, but that this doesn’t affect everyone with inverted nipples.

While she says some inverted nipples revert when pregnant, even if your nipples stay inverted through pregnancy and after delivery, Amanda reassures you should still be able to breastfeed.

“Babies latch onto the breast, not the nipple,” she says.

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[ARTICLE] Essential Baby: Breastfeeding tatoos, Getting more Popular; January 24th 2017

After all the challenges of breastfeeding, Deidre wanted to “celebrate” her breastfeeding journey.

“I had provided hundreds of litres of milk for my own three children and had helped feed three others, so it was something that I felt passionate about and wanted to remember forever,” she says.

So, last year, she got a breastfeeding tattoo on her chest:

Amanda Bude, a midwife from Groovy Babies, says yet others choose a breastfeeding photo shoot.

As for the tattoos, Amanda thinks they act as a permanent memory of that sense of “achievement and connection” a mother feels through breastfeeding.

If you’re ready to take the plunge and get a tattoo, she says you should think carefully about whether you want to get it done while still breastfeeding.

She says health professionals often advise waiting until your baby is one year old before getting inked, due to potential infection risks. And Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) explains that getting tattoos increase the risk of bacterial infections

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[ARTICLE] Homemade Umbilical Cord Ties- Essential Baby September 2016

When it comes to birth plans, most mums-to-be consider things such as pain relief options and skin-to-skin contact. Others have preferences for music, lighting and other environmental factors.

But now some mums are adding another item to their list: what kind of umbilical clamp they would like to use on their baby.

These homemade clamps are designed to be tied to the baby’s umbilical cord, with the decorative part hanging outside the baby’s nappy, explains midwife Amanda Bude from Groovy Babies.

Amanda Bude explains this trend has emerged for a number of reasons, saying some parents are concerned about the potential “discomfort” of a plastic clamp against their baby’s skin. Others “simply don’t want plastic” on their baby.

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