“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?
Close friends and family know that this is close to the top of my list of ‘bloody irritating questions’, along with a) ‘Is he/she a good baby?’, b)’How is he/she sleeping?’ and c)’When are you going back to work?’ (Answers: a) What the chuff is a ‘bad’ baby?! b) Like a baby and c) If/when I want … More ‘But when is your actual due date?’: The EDD and intervention obsession.
A few months ago, my best friend (and Mayday Mama) messaged to ask me what dates I had free for a Baby Shower. I was touched – isn’t this kind of thing usually reserved for first babies? However, I also dislike baby showers. This is no slight on those who have one; I had one … More Beautiful Mother Blessing
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 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 Della has three brilliant boys. Her middle son has Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which is often met with a supreme lack of understanding and, as with so many of the things our guest writers write about, ignorance and rudeness. Here, Della gives us a glimpse into O’s world and the challenges he faces, alongside breaking … More How it feels: Having a child with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Every woman’s definition of a positive birth experience varies. Some of what I mention here is part of my vision but may, of course, differ from yours. Other elements will benefit anybody preparing to meet their baby. Hopefully, if you’re pregnant and reading this, there is something here for you. I was lucky enough to come out of … More Preparing for a Positive Birth Experience
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