These are from the fantastic Alison Blenkinsop who is a former midwife. She was an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant for ten years, and still helps mothers with breastfeeding.
Alison’s aim is to help parents make informed choices on infant feeding. She does that in lots of different ways, all mentioned in her book Fit to Bust (profits to Baby Milk Action) which includes many breastfeeding songs. You can listen to a campaign song on Youtube here when she joined Equality Bill protesters on 18 July 2008 on Parliament Square.
Alison has developed a Toolchest of breastfeeding resources. These include a Sock Breast and Baby’s Mouth model, which can be very helpful to show mothers how and where the baby attaches, and how to hand express milk. It also makes them laugh!
Another tool is the knitted Knappy (see photo), which has coloured circles to show how baby’s poo changes in the first five days, when feeding is going well. It can help alert parents and health workers to early signs of inadequate intake. There’s a song to go with it too!
Instructions for the Sock Breast & Mouth and the Knappy, and information about other resources, plus a link to a knitted breast pattern, are all on the Breastfeeding Enabler’s Toolchest page on Alison’s website: http://www.linkable.biz/. You can also find out more about the right side, the left side, and the funny side of breastfeeding in her book Fit to Bust.