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Guest post: Attachment Parenting vs the NHS – what’s the problem?

Feminist Mum is a mum of two and started blogging a year ago about the dilemmas women face when raising children in the twenty first century. She has worked as a specialist children’s nurse and her interests include maternal and child health, anthropology and environmental issues.  Here, she explores attachment parenting practices from the point…

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Breastfeeding advocacy isn’t anti-formula feeding

So, here’s what breastfeeding-advocacy isn’t: It isn’t anti-formula users.  Breastfeeding advocacy is about wanting new parents to have access to ALL the facts about how they feed their babies.  This includes the risks of using formula milk as a breastmilk subsittute.  It means not hiding the truth about how amazing and purpose-made – nutritonally, immunologically, psychologically (in…

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“But I think she LIKES it…”

I’m getting so sick of those breastfeeding mothers, always trying to get something out of it for themselves.  That’s why they do it beyond three/six/nine months (or at all), right? The oxytocin high? The codependency addiction? If I have any small denomination of currency every time I heard someone say that a mother who breastfeeds…

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How long should I breastfeed for? Ask a man!

Originally published on HuffPost blog, 3rd February, 2014 Don’t you just hate having to repeat yourself? A row erupted a few weeks ago after Embarrassing Bodies *expert* Dr Christian Jessen was quoted in Closer magazine as saying that breastfeeding an infant after six months has “no effect” and feeding beyond infancy could even cause psychological dependence on the mother…

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“we need to see boobs, as well as bodies, in all their normality”: an interview with Hollie McNish

Holly McNish’s poetry reflects with eloquence and edge the social and cultural issues she experiences, and her – now viral – spoken word piece, Embarrassed, has become a poetic anthem for those campaigning to normalise breastfeeding in everyday life. Here, she takes time out  to answer a few questions on her poetry, her hopes for…