This is Margo’s breastfeeding journey and it really sums up why ‘breast is best’ and ‘fed is best’ aren’t what pregnant mothers need to hear. Informed is best? Yes. Supported is best? Even better. For without the right kind of support, knowing that breastmilk is best simply isn’t enough, but being told that ‘fed is … More Why ‘fed is best’ and ‘breast is best’ are NOT helpful statements (Margo)
Hi there Mother Siders, Last time I wrote about the dilemma of deciding where is best to deliver my baby. Well, it seems that that choice may not, in fact, be ours to make. Baby is steadfastly breech. I know this because baby has its head squarely in my chest cavity and it feels like … More Once More Unto The Bre[e]ch (Natalie)
Happy New Year Mother Siders! I hope the festivities brought you all wonderful memories of your littlies enjoying themselves with family and friends. What does 2019 have in store for you? For me, 2019 brings us our second baby and a rather large milestone birthday. One of those events is obviously going to have a … More New Year, New Baby (Natalie)
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)
Please give a warm Mother Side welcome to another new contributor, Marissa. ‘I’m Marissa, an American who’s been living in the UK for ten years with my English husband and our three young boys: Keane is six, Søren is four and Breckon is two. Since moving to the UK, my life has changed so much. I … More Introducing Marissa
I had planned to write about something else for my first post. I absolutely will cover that topic but something momentous has happened! Quite by herself, my non sleeping, ‘up-20-times-a-night-when-all-the-other-babies-were-sleeping-for-longer-and-longer’ baby did it. She did what everyone has been telling me and her she *should* be doing since birth. What you may ask? What should … More The Holy Grail of Parenting AKA ‘Sleeping Through’ (Natalie)
If you follow us on Facebook, you may remember our post a little while ago, asking if anybody wanted to contribute on a regular basis. The response was a little overwhelming (in a good way!) and it’s taken us a little time to work through the replies we received. Tonight, we introduce Natalie. Her first … More Introducing Natalie.
We know we haven’t formally introduced our contributors yet (soon, we promise!), but we’ve been chatting about the hardest, or most unexpected, parts of becoming a parent. Here are some of their responses: Margo: ‘Probably how I’ve lost myself, and I am still working on gaining my sense of self. Parenting has been, in a word, … More The Hardest Part of Becoming a Parent…