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The Importance of Good Breastfeeding Support (and why supporting a mothers wishes is not being pushy)

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The Importance of Good Breastfeeding Support (and why supporting a mothers wishes is not being pushy)

I decided to write this because I know an alarming number of mums who felt that they were pushed to stop breastfeeding in the first few weeks after birth and were absolutely devastated at the loss of a journey they really wanted. Many stopped due to advice from doctors or midwives, because of perceived low supply, tongue tie, allergies, medication or pain. They were told things like 'fed is best' or 'happy baby, happy mum' to mask their feelings of loss but the pain and disappointment was still there. In reality, very few women are medically unable to breastfeed (IF they want...

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Celebrating Brilliant Breastfeeding Milestones

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Celebrating Brilliant Breastfeeding Milestones

Boobs are pretty amazing right? I used to be rather underwhelmed by mine, they showed up late to the party (I was flat chested until my mid teens), were significantly smaller than I'd have liked and I could never find a bra that they would fit into nicely. Fast forward to my early 30's, my eldest child was born and suddenly my boobs took on a whole new identity! My magnificent mammaries were now nourishing a tiny new person, providing him comfort, safety, pain relief and protection. My first breastfeeding journey was not without its obstacles, little T struggled to...

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I tried to refuse plastic for a day and here's what happened

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I tried to refuse plastic for a day and here's what happened
Wednesday 8th May was 'Plastic Free Day', set up by local initiative The Final Straw Solent who do an amazing job campaigning to reduce single use plastic waste and clean up our beaches. I took the challenge to refuse single use plastic wherever possible and it was so much harder than I'd expected!

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The eco-friendly mum, doing it for the kids

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The eco-friendly mum, doing it for the kids
At the beginning of 2019, as I was coming out of the haze of the first 6 months with a new baby, I decided that instead of giving up chocolate or vowing to take up running (I suspect neither of these would have lasted the first month), instead I would try to reduce my plastic consumption. My aim is to make gradual changes in the hope that this becomes a new way of life and not a short lived fad.

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