Support for breastfeeding, baby sleep and attachment 

How the work of Possums & Co. prepare, educate and support families through the challenges of the first 12 months

The Calmbirth Conversation Podcast explores issues of pregnancy, birth and parenting infants. Hosted by Karen McClay, director of the renowned Calmbirth® childbirth education method, midwives and experts explore topics for expecting and new parents. Here, Dr Pamela Douglas talks baby sleep, cry fuss problems, parent mood and attachment.

Growing joy in early life

  • Getting ready to breastfeed
    • Hand expression of breast milk
    • Soften an engorged areola
    • What to look out for if you have pain or baby fusses at breast
    • Why you don’t need to burp or hold baby upright after feeds
  • What are frequent flexible breastfeeds?
    • Why feed spacing doesn’t help
    • You can’t overfeed a breastfed baby
  • The way baby fits into your body really matters
    • Fitting you and baby together – no pain, no baby fuss with the gestalt method (2018)
    • The gestalt method ebook 2022
    • The gestalt method 2016 – mini’s
  • Side-lying breastfeeds and other positions 
    • Side-lying breastfeeding (gestalt method)
    • What about the koala or ‘baby-led’ position?
  • Bottle feeds (expressed breast milk or formula)
    • Dealing with good mother/bad mother judgements
    • Paced bottle feeds
    • Frequent flexible bottle feeds
    • My baby won’t take a bottle
  • Baby fascia: tongue and upper lip-ties
    • Tongue and lip ties and frenotomy: discussions with mothers (2018)
  • Breast inflammation
    • Blocked ducts and mastitis
  • Worried that you don’t have enough milk?
    • How to keep baby safe but minimise formula use in the first week of life
  • About pumping
    • A discussion about the benefits and downsides to pumping  
    • Breastfeeding and returning to work
  • When there are breastfeeding challenges 
    • Women share stories of breastfeeding challenges and what helped
    • Identifying fit and hold challenges
    • Women discuss what they wish had been different when they faced breastfeeding problems 
  • Return to paid work
    • My baby won’t take a bottle
    • Breastfeeding and returning to work
  • Podcasts
    • What’s normal for breastfed babies in the first days of life?
    • The baby who fusses at the breast
    • Getting breastfeeding to work in the pandemic
    • Pumping breast milk for your baby 
    • Tongue and lip ties: new science challenges the status quo
    • Surgical correction of tongue-tie 
  • Articles
    • For parents
    • Research publications