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
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)
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
Despite the WHO’s recommendation that donated breast milk is the next best alternative to breastfeeding your own baby, many people don’t know that it is an option. Others find it strange, which seems odd, given that we rely on others for blood donations, stem cells, bone marrow and organs. There are currently 17 milk banks … More How it Feels: Using Donated Breast Milk and Becoming A Donor
Jo used to work with Sam, and they were due within weeks of each other. Having someone to chat all things pregnancy with was brilliant, but Sam had the added hurdle of managing Gestational Diabetes – something neither of them had much awareness of prior to pregnancy. Here, Sam writes frankly about her experience and … More How it Feels: Gestational Diabetes (GD)
I can’t remember if I’d even heard of The Fourth Trimester before Prim was born. I do remember learning more about it in her early days, though, and feeling a sense of relief; suddenly things made sense. It was probably this article by Sarah Ockwell-Smith that acted as a revelation! Of COURSE she didn’t want to be put … More The Fourth Trimester: Four Weeks In.
Over 80% of mums who stop breastfeeding in the first six weeks weren’t ready to do so. What an astounding statistic, and gutting to read because so often these mothers feel like failures and yet it is the breastfeeding support system (or lack of it) that has failed them. But there is support out there. … More Everything you need to know about breastfeeding…and more
What better way to mark the end of World Breastfeeding Week 2017 than a Q&A with the brilliant Dr Amy Brown, Associate Professor at Swansea University, specialising in breastfeeding and infant nutrition. You may have read one of her fantastic books, seen her brilliant videos about the needs of babies, or read one of her many HuffPost articles… we … More WBW2017: Q&A with Dr Amy Brown, writer of ‘Breastfeeding Uncovered’