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Food, Body Image, and Parenthood

Feminism and food is a big part of my life, in the media, in my mind, when I’m thinking about my own personal history and the wider cultural experience of women of the relationship between food and body image. Food is a feminist issue, and a feminist parenting issue, because so much sexism and misogyny is based…

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“This is it. This is what’s going to make him sleep through the night.”: A Baby-Led Weaning Journey

What follows is mainly a personal story. Mine and others’. I’m not the only one who had never really heard of baby-led weaning until it was too late. When I weaned my first child, I was asked on at least two occasions “how many jars does he have a day?”. Straight up, no joke. I…

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Shit advice about infant sleep.

It’s fitting, really, that in the month I’ve assigned, “Weaning with Respect Month”, another self-appointed baby sleep trainer has taken the opportunity to embarrass himself/themselves by showing he/they knows/know nothing – no, less than nothing, if such a negative value were possible – about newborn babies, their nutritional needs, their slumber needs, and basically anything…

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“I’d considered myself a bit inadequate at the whole breastfeeding thing”//by Rowena Pelham

I’m not sure I’m qualified to write a piece on child-led weaning off the breast, as I’m not convinced I actually practised child-led feeding from the breast with my eldest son, but I imagine a lot of mothers, especially first timers, will find themselves in this position, so here’s my experience . Breastfeeding got off…

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“Prolactin and oxytocin are gushing around my body”: Full-Term Breastfeeding//by Chelsea Poyo-Nieto

My first child turns 3 years old in a little over a month, and it’s interesting to have the chance to sit down now and reflect on what my initial motivation was for breastfeeding my son full-term, especially seeing as how we have actually met and surpassed the most obvious breastfeeding milestones. We got through…

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The Bittersweet Self-Wean//by Ariel Pelham

I very clearly remember the last time my second son nursed from me, because it was so bittersweet. My baby was growing up and needing me in different ways, but I was so proud of the breastfeeding relationship we’d achieved that to say goodbye to it was to grieve a small, yet significant, loss. Some…

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