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
We were absolutely gutted when our local Breastfeeding Café closed down recently. This was due to – you guessed it – Public Health funding cuts. Jo saw Ros McFadden at the Café when Primrose was 4.5 months old and anxious over slow weight gain. It was a lightbulb moment – she left feeling reassured and far more confident. At … More WBW2017: The Brand New Breastfeeding Hub app
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
Mother Sider Pearl is in one of the Facebook breastfeeding support groups that we are part of. Her posts when her son, William, was born were indicative of how frustrating and difficult breastfeeding can be, especially in those early days. Despite trying just about everything she could think of to safeguard their breastfeeding journey, nothing seemed … More How it Feels: Letters from the Pump
We all love a holiday, right? However, that first flight with a baby or toddler can make even the most confident person feel anxious. Some of you are probably sat reading this, silently rocking at the mere thought of a flight you’ve done with your child, or one that’s looming in the coming months… We’ll try … More Flying with Babies and Toddlers
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
Following on from Sunday night’s post about supporting your partner as she breastfeeds, we thought we’d share not only our own stories of how our husbands have bonded with the girls, but lots of tips from other folk. However your baby is fed, these tips will come in handy if Dad is feeling like he cannot … More That bond between fathers and babies.
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.
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.