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Breastfeeding in public

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Breastfeeding in public

It is World Breast Feeding Week this week (1st – 7th August). I found when I was breastfeeding my daughter, from chatting with other mums, there was a lot of fear about feeding in public. Worry about humiliation from someone shouting abuse and only thinking too late after the event the fantastic retort that should have been given! However, my experience was a good one, so if you are about to embark on the journey, here are some handy tips and words of encouragement.    Feeding in public The first time I fed my baby in public, it was a...

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Manifesto for mess

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Manifesto for mess

It was 8pm on a dark winter’s night. I stood in front of my utility room sink, surrounded by clothes in various states of the wash cycle; some in the washing machine, others hanging on the airier, more optimistically waiting to be ironed. I was scrubbing stains off my baby’s clothes after a ‘successful’ meal. She had enjoyed her food but as usual, the bib had let me down. I was feeling tired and harassed and thinking, “WHY DON’T BIBS WORK?” That day my daughter, Emily had been wearing a white cardigan. “Madness!” I hear you cry.  I would normally...

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How we broke the worst news to our three year old daughter

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How we broke the worst news to our three year old daughter

How I wish my first post of the New Year could have been abound with optimism and joy! Unfortunately our Christmas ended with having to explain to my daughter that she won’t see her Papa again. I wanted to share my honest account of losing my dad in the hope that some of you will relate to it.  It would be wonderful to hear from any of you who have experienced something similar. I went to visit Dad on 23rd December. He’d been diagnosed the previous day with anaemia. So I made him some spinach and kale soup to help...

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The Mother-in-law

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The Mother-in-law

It all started when I first brought my daughter home from hospital. I couldn’t fit into any of my tops, my boobs had grown that much I was busting out of everything. I remember scoffing at the lovely Mothercare sales lady’s prediction that I’d grow to an E cup. But it turns out, she was right. I was so sore down below post birth that I cried every day at 5pm for five days. To even think about getting in a car, bumping along the road to the shops and walking around choosing clothes was just a horrendous idea (Hah,...

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Top five tips for baby-led weaning

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Top five tips for baby-led weaning

What is baby-led weaning? The term ‘baby-led weaning’ means that children are offered non-pureed food from six months old and left to feed themselves either with spoons, forks, or most often to begin with, hands. When I first heard of baby-led weaning, I did think it sounded a bit crazy letting young babies feed themselves, but there are so many benefits* I was keen to find out more. Here are some of the main reasons to give it a go: It enables your baby to develop better hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and even speech It allows your child to...

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