Dedicated to the care of breast cancer and all breast conditions
Dr Sarah Rayne is no longer practising in
Johannesburg and this practice is closed.

These pages are for information only,
and current only until 2018
I’ve just been diagnosed with breast cancer- help!
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I’ve noticed a lump in my breast
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I have breast pain               
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I need advice about breastfeeding
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Breastfeeding can be a wonderful experience for both mom and baby, and there is no doubt it is the best possible start for every baby. Not only does it improve growth, intellectual ability and fight off infections in baby, it improves weight loss in mom and decreases her risk of breast cancer.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends breastfeeding exclusively for six months and for up to two years with solids. The American Association of Paediatrics recommends exclusively for six months then up to a year at least. Yet the most recent study of breastfeeding released this year found that on average women exclusively breastfeed for a little over one month and average total breastfeeding is less than 6 months. A Scottish study found that women keen to breastfeed prior to birth became quickly disillusioned and lacked support during feeding, and are overwhelmed by the prospect of exclusive feeding. It also found that pain and problems during breastfeeding diminished the likelihood of continued breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding can be really hard, especially at first and with your first baby. The good news is you are part of a wealth of women who have been there, who understand and who want to support you, through their education and training and through their own personal experiences. In addition there are great resources on breastfeeding and on parenting in general.

If you are having problems with breastfeeding or pain, it can feel lonely and isolating. Don’t wait until you are exhausted: get advice and support early. Most problems with breastfeeding have simple solutions, although they may not feel simple when you or your partner is exhausted and anxious.

I’ve had breast surgery- can I breastfeed?
I have a lump
Breastfeeding problems