13 Books to Help Children Process Complex Emotions

Grief, anxiety, loneliness, fear, sadness, anger… children feel these emotions just as we do, though are unlikely to realise what they’re feeling, and almost certainly cannot verbalise them. Without an outlet for their emotions, their behaviour can appear erratic and out of keeping with their character, just as ours does when we try to bottle … More 13 Books to Help Children Process Complex Emotions

10 things I wish every GP knew about breastfeeding

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

Yes, I’m a Young Mum. Yes, I Intend to Breastfeed.

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.

WBW2018: My Unexpected Journey in Combination Feeding

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

The G Word

For #MaternalMentalHealth Week 2018. Spend more than ten minutes with any new mama and the subject of GUILT is bound to arise. It is something I was wholly unprepared for and, alongside the anxiety I felt postnatally, it hit me like a freight train. At times, it was completely overwhelming – I felt destined for … More The G Word

How It Feels: Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH)

March 5th -11th is Hip Health Week, run by Steps Charity Worldwide to raise awareness of hip instability in 15% of babies born each year. Tonight, Mother Sider Fen shares her account of daughter Ida’s birth and subsequent diagnosis with DDH, and the months that followed… “OK. I’m going to ask you to take a … More How It Feels: Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH)

How it Feels: Using Donated Breast Milk and Becoming A Donor

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