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When breastfeeding fails…and why it’s a really big problem

In the UK, around 86% of women breastfeed their child at birth. By six months, around 1% are still exclusively breastfeeding. We hear words like ‘choice’, ‘freedom’, ‘moving on’ in the everyday discourse of baby care, but what we hear little of is why these breastfeeding statistics are such a massive frickin’ problem. And who’s…

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How my children made me love my body (archived)

In the very obsidian of 2am, my daughter wakes me up for the fourth time in as many hours. Her tiny digits paw my breast, scratchy nails that I never get around to cutting, claw me to check her counterpart is still there. She roots, a beautiful, wet, animal motion that she’ll unlearn faster than…

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Boundaries vs Bullying: Peaches and Katie and the great AP/CRAP debate

I can’t help it that Katie Hopkins makes me want to pull my ears off. But since it could be argued that she represented the view and/or practices of the majority of UK adults on this morning’s This Morning (albeit, shitely), surely she shouldn’t be ignored. In case you haven’t seen the ‘discussion’, here’s the…

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If you *support breastfeeding, but*…then you don’t support breastfeeding (archived)

I’ve wanted to write this post for a while, but a part of me held back for dread of offending. A little apt, perhaps. But the recent non-controversy of a mother breastfeeding at the side of a swimming pool (and the faux yay-we-(kind-of)-support-breastfeeding comments accompanying the piece) has forced this out of me. So even…

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Four things I wish I could tell every first time parent

Or, y’know, myself circa 3 years ago. 1. That if it seems like your baby is feeding THE WHOLE DAMN TIME, she probably is and it’s totally, completely, I-can’t-tell-you-how-much-I-mean-this normal. It doesn’t mean you’re out of milk, it doesn’t mean your baby needs more than you can produce, and it doesn’t mean she’ll sleep longer…

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