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The Breastfeeding Companion

Support throughout your breastfeeding journey

The Breastfeeding Companion – welcome

Every mother should have the opportunity to breastfeed her baby if that is her wish, and The Breastfeeding Companion has been created as an educational tool to make that experience as trouble-free as possible.
For over 20 years I have helped thousands of mothers encountering breastfeeding hurdles, and these videos will support you through your problems too.

The information is laid out across 8 categories (see below), helping you to troubleshoot specific issues as well as helping to prevent unnecessary hurdles that you might face in the next stage of breastfeeding.

20 years of experience has gone into the creation of these resources and we will be adding new content continually. We’d love for The Breastfeeding Companion to be your day to day helper throughout your breastfeeding journey.

The Ultimate Breastfeeding Support Guide.

This website is newly launched and new content is being added weekly.

Pregnancy
First 2 Weeks
  • What is skin to skin?
  • My baby is not latching at the breast! What can I do?
  • How to achieve comfortable breastfeeding
  • I have to pump my milk – what type of pump should I use?
  • How do I hand express?
  • How can I best position my baby for feeding?
  • My baby is latching but my nipples are sore /cracked
  • My baby is feeding frequently – Is this normal?
  • How long should a baby feed at each breast?
  • I have been encouraged to give formula to my baby as blood sugars are low/jaundiced/not latching – will this affect my supply?
  • My baby has jaundice – should I still be breastfeeding?
  • How can I know that my baby is getting enough milk?
  • My baby is not gaining adequate weight – how can I boost my supply?
  • My baby is falling asleep at the breast a lot
  • Can I give a bottle to my baby as well as the breast?
  • Do I have to offer both breasts at every feed?
  • My baby is feeding a lot at night as well as day
  • My baby seems to cough and splutter at the beginning of feeds and seems ‘windy’
2 Weeks to 3 Months
  • My baby is very fussy in the evening and seems unsettled
  • My baby has suddenly started feeding frequently, night and day? Do I have enough milk?
  • When should I expect my baby to get into a routine?
  • What is the Law regarding feeding out in public?
  • Are there any hints/tips for feeding out and about?
  • My baby has been diagnosed with a tongue-tie – will I still be able to breastfeed?
  • How can I know that my baby is getting enough milk?
  • My baby has very dry skin and explosive poos – could he be allergic to my breastmilk?
  • My baby is not gaining adequate weight – how can I boost my supply?
  • My baby falls asleep at the breast a lot and feeds are taking a long time
  • My baby has not had a dirty nappy for a few day – is this normal?
  • My baby pulls off the breast a lot and seems frustrated
  • My baby has been feeding frequently for a few days?
  • From about 3 or 4 weeks my baby appears uncomfortable and brings up milk after every feed, even after half an hour/hour after a feed
  • I want to start expressing my milk - will this affect my supply?
  • How do I store breastmilk and for how long?
  • Will my baby get confused if I offer a bottle as well as the breast?
  • My baby has started to get distracted while feeding and pulls off the breast, even after very short feeds?
  • My baby coughs/splutters/hiccoughs and pulls off the breast when feeding
  • My baby is gaining a lot of weight and seems unsettled/feeding frequently
  • Do I need to give my baby vitamins?
3 to 6 Months
6 to 12 Months
12 Months +
  • I’m still breastfeeding, but wish to gradually cut down – how do I do this?
  • What are the current recommendations regarding how long to breastfeed?
  • I wish to become pregnant but am still breastfeeding – will this affect my ability to get pregnant?
  • I am pregnant with my second child and am still breastfeeding my first – will I be able to feed both?
  • My toddler comes frequently to the breast for comfort – is this normal?
  • Does breastmilk still provide nutrition for my baby at this age?
  • I want to stop breastfeeding, but am finding this difficult! Any tips?
Common Hurdles
Everything Else

In an ideal world, every mum would have instant access to a qualified professional when hurdles arise, but sadly this is not the case. Mothers across the country are in real need of this specific and TIMELY information, but instead, many get confused and conflicting information as they trawl through the Internet looking for answers.

Too many mums become discouraged and continue to struggle unnecessarily with issues that could have been resolved sooner had good quality information been available; some even give up breastfeeding before they had intended to do so.

We are passionate to help every mother reach a place where breastfeeding is a comfortable, enjoyable experience for both her and her baby, at every stage of the breastfeeding journey.

We are passionate to help every mother… at every stage of your breastfeeding journey.

Jackie Hall

Owner

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What people are saying

Photo of George our breastfeeding mascot!Jackie came to see us when I was experiencing some supply issues making for a very unhappy mum and baby.

I’d already successfully breastfed two babies so thought I knew everything and was close to giving up trying. But, Jackie came and went through breast compressions and other great tips to keep us going! That was when George was just under 4 months and now he’s over 8 months!

Whilst watching me feed Jackie noticed I looked particularly sore. I explained I had been treated for thrush since George was less than a week old. Jackie asked me a few questions then suggested I try not wearing breast pads and see if things improved. 2 days later, after 4 months of agony, I was completely clear and Jackie was right, I was allergic to the pads and this had been missed by other professionals since George was born.

I only wish I had seen Jackie sooner, she made it so our breastfeeding journey was enjoyable instead of the struggle it previously had been. Thank you!

Hannah's photo of her babyI met Jackie at the point I was about to throw in towel with breastfeeding. I was an exhausted first time mum to a preterm baby that wasn’t gaining weight. She supported me, empowered me and most importantly listened and gave advice. Since then she has supported me at every stage of breastfeeding.

Not sure we’d have got this far without her.

Hannah, (doctor)

Zurina AliI have known Jackie for more than 10 years. She then worked as a health visitor in the North Manchester area, before she certified as an IBCLC.

Jackie is really passionate and genuinely enthusiastic about all aspects of breastfeeding and empowering families to reach their breastfeeding goals. I am one of the fortunate people who has seen how Jackie has progressed in her career over the years.

Embarking in this new venture is really another achievement that Jackie contributes to the breastfeeding community and to families who wish to breastfeed. I am thrilled that these videos will be available to more families as they provide evidence based and up to date information.

Zurina Ali, BA, Teacher Training Dip, MA (LUMS), IBCLC