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In our increasingly desensitized society, advertisers have to push mainstream boundaries in order to achieve an impact; And whose buttons are better to push than parents? We’re plentiful, we spend lots of money, and we’re soppy sods. The following are genuine advertisements. 1. Every child needs a family. UNICEF Croazia. 2. I wish we never had children. What you say during divorce lasts forever. SIRE: Elliot. 3. Children...
Parenting – It’s Not All About You
You see the world from your own perspective – of course you do. What can be harder to recognise is that not everyone else does. When you’re a child, most of the people in your world are focused on you most of the time. When you’re two, for example, you can scream when you’re hungry and someone will produce...
Sleep Training and Learned Helplessness
Around the world, some parents are high-fiving baby sleep 'trainers' for giving them some much-needed shut-eye. Typical newspaper headlines include: ‘Sleep trainer cured my baby's insomnia - and saved my sanity’ - The Telegraph. ‘When Lullabies Aren't Enough’ - The New York Times. ‘Letting babies cry rather than rushing to comfort them is secret to longer sleep (for infants AND parents)’ -...
Anti-Breastfeeding Books – Sleep-Training Special
You can always count on a ‘Sleep Training’ book to come up with the anti-breastfeeding goods. Lord knows I’ve showcased a few of them. So, not to disappoint, here’s two sheer corkers written by two old codgers! Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems Dr Richard Ferber In case you live in a cave, the author of this book, Dr Richard Ferber is a...
All Breasts Can Breastfeed
Stories of breastfeeding failure are demoralizing on a viral scale. One of the most common excuses mothers give for quitting breastfeeding is the assertion that their breasts malfunctioned. This gives other women a shaky perception of what their bodies are actually capable of. In this post I explain how and why the myth of widespread malfunctioning mammaries is utter tosh. Pierced nipples:  These...
15 Things You Never Knew About Your Tits
1. Feeling Letdown: Fifty per cent of women will know the moment it happens, the other 50 per cent won’t (Fredregill 2004). 2. Leaking Littles: Large breasts actually leak less than smaller breasts (Fredregill 2004). 3. Righty FTW: Milk output is often greater from the right breast versus the left breast (Riordan 2008), even though right-handed mothers instinctively use the right-hand to position the baby and breast,...
How Breastfeeding Changes Your Brain
‘Motherhood changes you forever’ - the cliché your own mother forewarned you. And she was right. Motherhood, and specifically breastfeeding - the most central physiological act of mothering during infancy, changes you because it literally alters your brain - structurally, functionally, and in many ways, irreversibly. I am about to explain how the act of nursing sets apart mothers...
100 Things To Do With Just A Piece of Chalk
Hey, you! Read this introduction: What would you think if I said you could entertain and educate your child for months using just a piece of chalk - no other equipment necessary? You'd either say I was nuts or you'd hump my leg, right? Well, prepare to mount me, because here's a timeline of 100 activities (ONE HUNDRED, people!!) to...
Triumphant Tuesday – Breastfeeding With Hypothyroidism and Postpartum Depression
Experts now consider thyroid hormone one of the major ‘players’ in depression. Unfortunately, problems with the thyroid, which are more common in women, often go undiagnosed. Then, when a woman reaches her childbearing years, this can cause extra problems with fertility, pregnancy and lactation. For instance, did you know that thyroid hormones play an integral role in mammary function? During...
“ONE BOTTLE WON’T HURT” – How Mothers Lose Their Moral Compass
We’ve all heard the mantra “one bottle won’t hurt”. It’s the mating call of the disengaged health professional or well-meaning but ultimately misinformed relative. A study published last year even suggested that giving formula to babies can help relax mothers and increase the length of time they end up breastfeeding (The Telegraph 2013). This was a huge pat on...