Emma Rosen’s self-published Milk: A Story of Breastfeeding in a Society that’s Forgotten How is part autobiography, part factual analysis of the social, historical and ethical obstacles to establishing breastfeeding and the factors that threaten each woman’s journey, at every turn. Where you may expect to find a self-indulgent foray into one woman’s mothering journey, you will … More ‘Milk: A Story of Breastfeeding in a Society That’s Forgotten How’ (Review)
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.
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)
Jo: Having a tough start to breastfeeding Primrose made me determined to get things right from the outset with Wilf. Almost two years of research and time spent in Facebook support groups and the La Leche League meant I was far more knowledgeable than I was first time around. In the hours after he was … More Everything You Need To Know About Tongue Tie
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)
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
Jo used to work with Sam, and they were due within weeks of each other. Having someone to chat all things pregnancy with was brilliant, but Sam had the added hurdle of managing Gestational Diabetes – something neither of them had much awareness of prior to pregnancy. Here, Sam writes frankly about her experience and … More How it Feels: Gestational Diabetes (GD)
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.
When we found out that we were expecting, back in December, my first thought (apart from whether the baby would be healthy) was how Primrose would cope with the transition to big sister. Breastfeeding, a growing bump, scans, appointments and, eventually, a baby! How would this little one deal with becoming the not-so-little one? She will … More From baby to ‘big’ sister: Preparing a toddler for a new arrival.
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