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’
We were absolutely gutted when our local Breastfeeding Café closed down recently. This was due to – you guessed it – Public Health funding cuts. Jo saw Ros McFadden at the Café when Primrose was 4.5 months old and anxious over slow weight gain. It was a lightbulb moment – she left feeling reassured and far more confident. At … More WBW2017: The Brand New Breastfeeding Hub app
We first ‘met’ Pinky back in May, when we suddenly started getting dozens of new followers from Australia… a little detective work lead us to her page, where she had kindly shared one of our posts. Since then, she has kindly shared more of our posts and we admire the support and advice she gives to … More WBW2017: Q&A with Pinky McKay, IBCLC and Infant Sleep Expert
As part of World Breastfeeding Week, Mother Sider Lyndsey has written us a fantastic post about nursing her oldest son, Thomas, through her second pregnancy and tandem feeding him alongside his little brother, Samuel. We hadn’t heard of tandem feeding before having our own babies, yet many women tandem feed twins or a toddler and baby … More WBW2017: Nursing through Pregnancy and Tandem Breastfeeding
With World Breastfeeding Week 2017 beginning today, it seems apt to kick off the week with a guest post by one of our two local LLL Leaders. Jaime (and her fellow leader, J’Nel) have been fundamental to both our breastfeeding journeys. Not only through meetings but via the LLLMK Facebook group. We are lucky to … More WBW2017: Being a La Leche League Leader
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
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.