I’m embarrassed to admit I breastfeed. That might sound a bit suspect as if you’ve read my blog before you’ll know I’m a huge advocate of breastfeeding and have written about my experiences many times. Like most new Mums I started out with cautious anticipation, I hoped to be able to breastfeed Luisa. I didn’t know how long it would work out for but I was playing things by ear. As time went on we really had no problems, despite her low birthweight and emergency delivery she took to it like a pro. I wouldn’t say I’m #blessed but I do think we were both very fortunate not to have come up against many of the physical obstacles you hear about. I can honestly say in two years I have had one negative reaction to feeding Luisa in public. I’ve had a few awkward moments along the way, sure, but…

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I’d like to think we can all agree that breastmilk is the absolute best form of nutrition for a human child. Of course breastfeeding isn’t always right for every woman or child but that’s really irrelevant to my post. Just wanted to put it out there from the off.   Most articles and books I’ve read that list reasons to breastfeed focus on the documented health benefits for both mother and baby. That’s great and all but let me tell you it’s bloody hard work! Even on the most straightforward journeys there are moments when that big box of formula in the supermarket looks mighty tempting. What you might not realise is that there are a few fabulously selfish reasons to breastfeed, at least in my opinion.     You can keep eating like a buffalo, like you did during pregnancy. That constant stream of snacks you’re devouring is totally…

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We’ve just arrived back from our lovely little holiday and I am totally exhausted! I expect to fully recover from the horrors of travelling with a baby sometime in 2025. This coming week I’ll be sharing loads of info about what we got up to on our trip to Crete along with some helpful (?) tips about travelling with a baby and what to pack. As I’m currently in a vegetative state I’m extremely pleased to have the privilege of hosting another guest post today. Sophie is a blogger, vlogger and Mum to Lily & Alexander. Sophie uses her blog to write about family life, food and recipes, products she loves and crafts she shares day in the life videos on her Youtube channel. Today I’m sharing with you a little about Sophie’s breastfeeding journey with her two children. Sophie breastfed her daughter Lily until she self weaned at 12 months, her…

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I’m not going to sugar coat it. If you can’t see that Jamie Oliver shining the spotlight on lack of support for new mothers to breastfeed & the gaps in funding / care / knowledge across the UK is nothing but a good thing then you’re delusional. Maybe you’re coming from a place where you thought you couldn’t breastfeed, maybe no one helped you, maybe they were too quick to offer formula – you have a right to be angry about this. Someone somewhere failed you. That doesn’t mean you have to attack every pro breastfeeder that crosses your path. Can we not stand together? I personally support your right to be pissed off at the fact that someone failed you and I do not for one second think that formula feeding means that you failed your child. You absolutely have the right to choose what you do with your…

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Luisa is now almost 10 months old and as you know she was quite slow to start weaning. In my first weaning update I explained how we had decided to let her set the pace and that approach is still working well for us. She is still quite independent and prefers to feed herself but she is happy to be given loaded spoons. Her co-ordination is great so she’s doing really well with finger foods and is now able to feed herself anything with a bit of texture to it.     Luisa is still breastfed and has started to reduce the amount of milk she takes a little bit as she eats more solid food. I expect this trend to continue over the coming months but as ever we’re just going to follow her lead. I’m happy to keep breastfeeding for as long as she wants to. Starting weaning…

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Now that Luisa is 9 months old she is officially in the fussiest, most frustrating, challenging, entertaining and downright loveable phase of her little life. One of the most difficult parts about the inquisitiveness that comes at this age is that she’s forever distracted when nursing. I spend 30-45 minutes 3x a day in the dark trying to feed her & put her down for a nap whilst she’s scrabbing, chatting, poking, laughing, crying, nipping, poking, biting. I know it’s just a phase, her little mind is expanding and she’s learning blah blah blah. When you’re in the trenches with a baby who’s constantly distracted when nursing and has no concept of the pain she can inflict it feels like each day will never end. I’m trying to dilute my despair with a little humor so here is a list of 15 things that have distracted Luisa from nursing (and…

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This is a super quick post – I’ve no time for fancy formatting or pinnable images. This matters. Please give it 5 minutes of your time. On Tuesday 9 February, health visitors, midwives, paediatricians, GPs, lactation consultants, breastfeeding counsellors, peer supporters, university researchers, professional organisations and charities signed a letter calling for action by the UK Government and National Assemblies of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to support mothers to breastfeed. It’s not about breastmilk vs formula, bressure, mummy-wars or whatever other tired retired you’re used to hearing in the media. It’s about huge cuts to spending that are leading to women & children being failed by the system. The people who signed this letter are experts. Why aren’t the government and the media listening to them? My favourite extracts are below. “The breastfeeding crisis in the UK is in fact a crisis of lack of support for those mothers…

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A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be sent some boxes of Boobbix lactation cookies to review. Boobbix lactation cookies are designed to help increase your milk supply. They are a really wholesome recipe using natural ingredients as well as free-range and organic options when possible.   I was really keen to try these out as I’m hoping to express some milk to get Luisa used to having a bottle. I’m still going to keep breastfeeding her but if she would be open to the idea I’d love to leave her for a few hours so Matt & I could have a night out. I’m also going to use the expressed milk to make ice-lollys to help with her teething. Boobbix cookies currently come in 5 different delicious flavours and are sold in very swanky looking boxes of 10 individually wrapped cookies. Once opened they are good for…

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This Christmas a wonderful gang of breastfeeding bloggers are back to give you the chance to win some amazing prizes and hopefully entertain you with our seasonal musings. Read on for your chance to win 100s of pounds worth of goodies. I’ve been thinking a lot about the implications of breastfeeding at Christmas. I need to plan an easy access outfit, work out our plans to fit with L’s feeding schedule, pump so I can enjoy a few too many on New Years Eve. The longer my mental list got the more I began to realise that being a breastfeeding mum is a lot like being Santa.

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