As founder and admin of my local breastfeeding group, and member of many others, the inconsistency in breastfeeding knowledge and support from your average GP is frustrating, infuriating sometimes. It is an issue that arises frequently. You may be surprised to learn that the extent of their training about breastfeeding is little more than a … More 10 things I wish every GP knew about breastfeeding
Emma Rosen’s self-published Milk: A Story of Breastfeeding in a Society that’s Forgotten How is part autobiography, part factual analysis of the social, historical and ethical obstacles to establishing breastfeeding and the factors that threaten each woman’s journey, at every turn. Where you may expect to find a self-indulgent foray into one woman’s mothering journey, you will … More ‘Milk: A Story of Breastfeeding in a Society That’s Forgotten How’ (Review)
Jo: I met Kirsty at pregnancy yoga and we bonded over chats about breastfeeding and hypnobirthing. Keen to get as much support with breastfeeding as possible – something I wished I’d had the sense to do during my first pregnancy – she attended an LLL meeting with me. Throughout pregnancy and beyond, I was staggered at how differently she … More Yes, I’m a Young Mum. Yes, I Intend to Breastfeed.
My breastfeeding journey started in 2012 and just finished three months ago. I am currently feeling quite mixed emotions ranging between nostalgic and relieved. I have carried and breastfed my three boys for the past six years and, as my youngest is now heading towards the age of two, it seems a good time to tell my story. During World … More What Nursing Three Children has Taught me about Breastfeeding (Marissa)
Please give a warm Mother Side welcome to another new contributor, Marissa. ‘I’m Marissa, an American who’s been living in the UK for ten years with my English husband and our three young boys: Keane is six, Søren is four and Breckon is two. Since moving to the UK, my life has changed so much. I … More Introducing Marissa
I had planned to write about something else for my first post. I absolutely will cover that topic but something momentous has happened! Quite by herself, my non sleeping, ‘up-20-times-a-night-when-all-the-other-babies-were-sleeping-for-longer-and-longer’ baby did it. She did what everyone has been telling me and her she *should* be doing since birth. What you may ask? What should … More The Holy Grail of Parenting AKA ‘Sleeping Through’ (Natalie)
If you follow us on Facebook, you may remember our post a little while ago, asking if anybody wanted to contribute on a regular basis. The response was a little overwhelming (in a good way!) and it’s taken us a little time to work through the replies we received. Tonight, we introduce Natalie. Her first … More Introducing Natalie.
New Walk is the debut novel from Ellie Durant, writer of the popular blog Midwife Diaries and author of Becoming a Student Midwife: The Survival Guide for Passionate Applicants. I was lucky enough to be sent a pre-release copy to read and review by publishers Pinter & Martin. Chloe Cawthorne is carrying the weight of her mother’s … More Pre-Release Review: New Walk
This post is from a Mother Sider who would like to remain anonymous. We’re sure that when you read it, you’ll understand why. It is a shocking indictment of the sorry state of funding for postnatal health in the UK and another example of why ‘a healthy baby is all that matters’ isn’t a helpful … More How it Feels: Incontinence after Childbirth
Mother Sider Jenny was determined to breastfeed. As we’re all aware, parenting is a total rollercoaster and things don’t always happen in the ways we expect. This posts highlights the lack of support women sometimes receive in protecting their ongoing breastfeeding journey when their babies require supplementation. Rory is approaching his first birthday and this … More WBW2018: My Unexpected Journey in Combination Feeding