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.
This post is from a Mother Sider who would like to remain anonymous. We’re sure that when you read it, you’ll understand why. It is a shocking indictment of the sorry state of funding for postnatal health in the UK and another example of why ‘a healthy baby is all that matters’ isn’t a helpful … More How it Feels: Incontinence after Childbirth
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
A friend has just had her second baby. A message she sent me the other night brought back memories of those early postpartum days and weeks here – now 6 months ago. Of course, it feels like a lifetime ago but, at the time, when you’re living it, sore, bleeding, exhausted and engorged, with hormones … More What’s Invaluable in the Fourth Trimester when you have a Toddler too?
This is a bittersweet post for me. As ever with raising children, some days feel incredibly tough, none more so than those that make up the ‘Fourth Trimester’ (the first three months of your baby’s life). However, I look back on the past three (and a bit) months and wonder where they went. Already, Wilf … More Farewell, Fourth Trimester
I can’t remember if I’d even heard of The Fourth Trimester before Prim was born. I do remember learning more about it in her early days, though, and feeling a sense of relief; suddenly things made sense. It was probably this article by Sarah Ockwell-Smith that acted as a revelation! Of COURSE she didn’t want to be put … More The Fourth Trimester: Four Weeks In.
Alongside our homebirth preparations, trying to prepare Primrose for the baby’s arrival and gearing up for the actual birth of this baby, the postpartum stage of pregnancy has been at the forefront of my mind. Those of you who’ve been with us since the early days of Tales from the Mother Side may remember my … More Preparing for a Positive Postpartum.
Over 80% of mums who stop breastfeeding in the first six weeks weren’t ready to do so. What an astounding statistic, and gutting to read because so often these mothers feel like failures and yet it is the breastfeeding support system (or lack of it) that has failed them. But there is support out there. … More Everything you need to know about breastfeeding…and more
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
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.