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NEWS FLASH – Breastfeeding Requires Effort
I've had experience of numerous people moaning that they're having to quit breastfeeding for the usual reasons: they don't think they're making enough milk, baby isn't gaining weight fast enough, they've got mastitis, etc. However when I offer the relevant advice, direct them to local breastfeeding support groups, recommend books - they ignore it. This leads me to the logical...
What no one tells you about child spacing
You may have in mind the perfect age gap for your brood. However did you know that certain age gaps carry with them, emotional, financial, intellectual and even health consequences? At present, we parents do not have the option of determining whether a next-born child will be active or quiet, able-bodied or disabled. But we at least have some control...
Triumphant Tuesday: Breastfeeding a Dairy Intolerant Baby
Most breastfed babies have no problems with anything their mother eats. Nursing moms can eat whatever they like, whenever they like, in the amounts that they like. However, whilst food sensitivities in breastfed babies are not nearly as common as many breastfeeding mothers have been led to think, one or two percent of babies will be inconvenienced with a...
Dummies and Social Class
Mother and Baby magazine calls them “the most loathsome invention in the history of parenting” (Askamum 2011). Gill (2002) described them as “an unnecessary, unwanted intrusion in the mouths of babies and toddlers”. Dummies, pacifiers, soothers, call them what you will, almost everyone has an opinion on them. How are parents who give dummies to their children perceived by...
So You’ve Given Up Breastfeeding…
I often have to sit and listen to assorted tales of woe from women who gave up breastfeeding because they had mastitis, cracked nipples, a c-section, the runs. It seems that a large proportion of formula feeders are not happy with their choice. Statistics back this up: “Every year more than 200,000 mothers stop breastfeeding in the first few days...
Have you heard of the virgin gut? If you have, you either dismissed it as too pretentious, or if you’re like me, it became the bane of your life (at least for the first 6 months of parenthood). There is no middle ground in VirginGutVille. If you’re wondering how a gut could be a virgin and whether this means...
Clearblue Digital Pregnancy Tests – Who Are They Kidding?
We all have TV commercials that turn us into eye-rolling grouchy channel-changers. One of mine is a UK advert for Clearblue digital pregnancy tests. It features this annoying broad: You’ve probably had the displeasure of viewing it before, but if not, you can view it here. It’s obvious that this commercial is aimed at first time preggos; as any veteran breeder would...
Who is best to parent? Boys or girls?
From the moment an expectant parent sees those two blue lines they fantasise about the gender of their unborn child. However which are best to parent – daughters or sons? This collection of facts and stats should prove a good antidote to any gender disappointment. The Joys of Having a Daughter: The Baby Years: Mothers eat less in pregnancy when carrying...
The Most Bizarre Baby Shower Gifts
We all know the primary goal of a baby shower is to accumulate as much free stuff as possible, and to eat copious amounts of cake. So I have scoured the dark corners of the internet for genuine commercial products that no self-respecting breeder can do without. Pee-Pee Teepee You’d be forgiven for thinking that these little cone numbers are dessert holders or party hats...