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
Mother Sider Haley is mum to Jasper, two, and twins River and Indiana, ten months. She is in our local breastfeeding group and, as with any multiple mama, we’re in awe of the fact she’s nursing twins. This is her journey, and her tips for successfully nursing multiples. Over to Haley… ‘“His warm wrinkled body … More WBW2018: Breastfeeding Twins
We know we haven’t formally introduced our contributors yet (soon, we promise!), but we’ve been chatting about the hardest, or most unexpected, parts of becoming a parent. Here are some of their responses: Margo: ‘Probably how I’ve lost myself, and I am still working on gaining my sense of self. Parenting has been, in a word, … More The Hardest Part of Becoming a Parent…
Popping this here for posterity. It went a bit bonkers on Facebook when we posted it. It clearly resonated with many of you… Yet another relative stranger asked last week if Wilf is a ‘good baby’. Hubby replied with,” “Yes, he does all the things a baby should do”, whilst I rolled my eyes in … More For all the ‘Bad’ Babies.