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Sian is a devoted mother of two children and a registered Breastfeeding Counselor with the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers. She is a founding member of Breastfeeding Q&A in the UAE, a peer support group for breastfeeding mothers. You can find her articles in the Gulf News and ABM:the magazine of the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers.

Breastfeeding in Public

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Breastfeeding in Public

“I’m new to the UAE, and expecting a baby.  I was wondering what the rules are about breastfeeding in public.  Is it allowed?”
As a member of an online breastfeeding support group, I often see messages like the one above. The great news is that both Islam and UAE society …

Common Questions About Breastfeeding

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Breastfeeding.  We’ve been doing it for thousands of years, if not more. We have a strong biological instinct to nourish and nurture our babies this way. But as we look ahead to the birth of our first baby, we may have questions; we’ve never done this before, and neither has …

Don’t Panic, It’s Normal: 5 Common Breastfeeding Surprises

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Don’t Panic, It’s Normal: 5 Common Breastfeeding Surprises

Every mother and baby has a unique breastfeeding relationship. Babies and mothers have their own preferred positions, places, and habits while breastfeeding, and after the crazy first few weeks they find their groove and settle into a rhythm.
Occasionally, something may happen which seems to upset this rhythm. Often these “blips” …

Breastfeeding Myth Busters

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Expecting a baby?Congratulations!Planning to breastfeed? 
I am are sure you’ve heard a lot about breastfeeding – what a breeze it is, how difficult it is, how to time feeds, how not to time feeds, how painful it is, how downright good it feels, how convenient it is, how time-consuming it …

Breastfeeding Beginnings – 7 Tips For Getting Breastfeeding Off To A Good Start

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Breastfeeding Beginnings – 7 Tips For Getting Breastfeeding Off To A Good Start

Breastfeeding is normal. It is not special, and it is not scary. It is the natural, biologically normal way to feed our children. That said, it does not always come naturally – particularly since many of us have grown up in a culture which has normalized formula feeding and in …

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