When Laura contacted us about writing a guest post about her daughter, Millie, we jumped at the chance to share her story. Millie was born just before 29 weeks and this is Laura’s account of her life so far. We are in awe of both Millie’s tenacity, her parents’ strength, and the skill and dedication … More How it Feels: My Baby was Born at 28 Weeks
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
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)
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
“Why do people say ‘grow some balls’? Balls are weak and sensitive. If you wanna be tough, grow a vagina. Those things can take a pounding.” This quote, courtesy of Betty White (a brilliant actress notorious now for playing sweet old ladies), is a poignant one for the world today’s girls are growing up in. … More Can books inspire and empower today’s girls?
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
June 7th – 15th is British Heart Week. Mother Sider Helen is one of three mums we know whose baby was born with Congenital Heart Disease (CHD), a condition affecting one baby born every two minutes in the UK. Currently, only 50% of these cases are detected during pregnancy, meaning many families have no time … More How it Feels: Congenital Heart Disease
When I hear stories from friends who work in primary schools about ‘Nurture Groups’, it makes my heart weep. I’m not referring to groups that support specific learning needs but groups for young children who need to be taught to smile and how to be affectionate, or show emotion, not because they’ve experienced a life … More Our messed up society AKA The suppression of maternal instinct.
Yesterday marked the start of Allergy UK’s Allergy Awareness Week 2017. Mother Sider Lindsay is a real inspiration to us, and to all parents dealing with the ignorance surrounding allergies. We’re not talking intolerances here, though they come with their own set of hurdles; we’re talking serious, scary, life-threatening allergies. Both her girls have them … More How it feels: To Have a Child with Life Threatening Allergies.
Wondering why your baby is a bit cranky, not sleeping, wants more cuddles, to be carried more, or to be left alone? Has your smiling, bouncing small person suddenly switched personality? Have you been through the usual list of wind, teething, discomfort, tiredness, full nappy etc and nothing seems to be working? Yep, sometimes there … More Cranky and sleep averse baby? It could be a developmental leap…