Mother Sider Pearl is in one of the Facebook breastfeeding support groups that we are part of. Her posts when her son, William, was born were indicative of how frustrating and difficult breastfeeding can be, especially in those early days. Despite trying just about everything she could think of to safeguard their breastfeeding journey, nothing seemed … More How it Feels: Letters from the Pump
Breastfeeding has been one of the loveliest and most challenging parts of motherhood for me. I went into it a bit gung ho, merely attending an NHS breastfeeding antenatal class and thinking, “If it works out it works out, if it doesn’t, we tried”. But, from the moment Milla was popped on my chest in … More Breastfeeding: bonding, blocked ducts and toddlerdom
When we initially discussed writing this blog, it was primarily to help other mums-to-be and new mums with breastfeeding. It can be so ruddy hard, especially in those early days and, if the support isn’t readily available, it is understandable that so many ladies switch to formula within days of their baby being born. So, why … More Breastfeeding: Nipple Shields, Slow Weight Gain and Nursing Whilst Pregnant
Eurgh! Current status: Sweaty Mess. 7.5 months of sweaty mess, in Jo’s case. Nursing a sweaty toddler in Lauren’s case. It’s fair to say that this heatwave, though welcomed in a wider sense (Yay for summer!) is causing some difficulty for us here at The Mother Side! So, whilst we’re not claiming to be staying … More Hot Stuff: Staying Cool And Safe
Following on from Sunday night’s post about supporting your partner as she breastfeeds, we thought we’d share not only our own stories of how our husbands have bonded with the girls, but lots of tips from other folk. However your baby is fed, these tips will come in handy if Dad is feeling like he cannot … More That bond between fathers and babies.
One of the reasons frequently cited by women for considering giving up breastfeeding is, “It means my partner can share the feeds.” Sometimes, this is a mutual decision but, often, the pressure comes from the baby’s father… It’s understandable, given the portrayal of babies in films and on television. Rarely are women seen breastfeeding unless … More To the partner of a new, breastfeeding mama.
Somehow I’m 27 weeks pregnant. It seems like about a fortnight since we announced that we’re expecting a baby boy in August and now, with just three months to go and a week before entering the THIRD trimester, I’m finally getting around to an update about the second. This time during my last pregnancy, I … More Second Trimester (in the nick of time)
When asked if we were prepared for our impending new arrivals, we were similar in our responses: – Yes, all prepared for the labour, thanks to our hypnobirth sessions. – Yes, we have a car seat and a pram and the nursery is almost ready. – Yes, we have lots of lovely clothes all freshly … More Ready, Steady… Boob!
In addition to being in the middle of National Bed Month, we are also in the middle of Safer Sleep Week. In honour of this, we have Tribe Member Fran as our first guest writer, talking about something that Lauren and I have little experience of: Bed Sharing. Often (wrongly) referred to as ‘cosleeping’, bed … More Celebrating ‘Safer Sleep Week’ with our FIRST EVER guest post…
Here at The Mother Side, we are both still breastfeeding. As the girls are now over a year old, this is classed as ‘extended breastfeeding’. We’re not sure why it needs this label – things don’t suddenly change after a year, and both the NHS and the WHO recommend feeding to two years (and beyond). … More Things *not* to say to a breastfeeding mama…