Tag: breastfeeding

This piece was originally published in the LLLGB Members’ Magazine, Breastfeeding Matters, for which I have been writing a bi-monthly column since 2008. To find out more about how to receive this magazine, click here.  “So how long are you going to breastfeed her?” After having three children, I can’t count the number of times […]
It’s the end of August and soon it will be time for me to emerge from the semi-cryogenic state that characterises my summers. 18 years ago, as an American young adult on a backpacking trip around Europe, it was hard for me to understand why everything on this continent seemed to come to a grinding halt in […]
One of the most astonishing things about become a mother for the first time was the feeling that I would never again be a unitary being.  Holding my baby in my arms, looking into the tar-black pools of her eyes, I knew that I would always be connected to this person.  I would be responsible […]
I am delighted to welcome my first ever guest blogger, Marija Smits.  A mother of two, Marija’s poem captures a moment that so many mothers have experienced: the desire to slow time, to hold this moment with our child forever and savour it completely.  We know our children will grow up all too soon, and […]
It’s been a while, but I have written a new post for Mothering.com. Have a look:   http://www.mothering.com/community/a/holiday-time-when-family-friends-criticise-your-parenting-choices
Issue number 14 of Breastfeeding Today has been published today and it includes my piece on Breasfteeding, Body Image and Sexuality. Here’s the link: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/5f3b8aed#/5f3b8aed/1 Take a look!
Those of you following me on Twitter will know that while in Scotland last week I happened upon a beautiful statue of the toddler Jesus breastfeeding. I have now uploaded the photos,
This is not going to be a rant about health professionals.  Nor is it a rant about grannies, mothers-in-law or anyone else for that matter.  It is a rant about how fear can work its way into the mind of a mother, especially a new mother, and derail her own instincts or lead her to hide […]
Since my last post I have been thinking a bit more about the effects of fear.  As a new mother I had so many fears and I think they drowned out my natural instincts.  For example, my instinct was to pick my baby up every time she cried.  But when people told me that it […]