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Notes on a scandal

Earlier this week, a film crew turned up at our house to interview me about my experiences of my own children being 'lunchbox shamed' at their preschool, after a friend received a note home chastising her for putting razor blades a... Continue Reading →

Nursing in the trenches: when breastfeeding is a battlefield

This is a modified version of a post I wrote in 2014, while working through long term breastfeeding difficulties with my thirdborn. Please note I am writing here from a personal perspective, not in my role as a breastfeeding counsellor.  ... Continue Reading →

You’ve Got Fail

In the months after my first baby was born, I nearly went out of my mind with sleep deprivation. It wasn't that he was a 'bad sleeper' (although at the time it certainly felt like it). He was a pretty normal... Continue Reading →

The Sisterhood of Marketing

Being a woman of reproductive age, who shares pictures of my kids and parenting stuff on social media, the algorithms-that-be at Facebook make sure I have lots of 'relevant' advertising pop up in my feed. An ad which has come up... Continue Reading →

That’s A Shame

We need to talk about shaming. Breast shaming. Formula shaming. C-section shaming. Mummy shaming. IT'S NOT A THING. Ok sure, if you Google it, it's a thing. "Five Mommy-shaming trends that need to stop". "Mum shamed for buying formula fights back".... Continue Reading →

Babies Are To Love

When C2 was born late last year, my midwife talked a lot about how important it was that I enjoy her. And goodness me, how I wanted to. She's my last baby, after all, and they're not little for long! But I... Continue Reading →

Trees of Life

Tree of Life brelfies took over the internet for a while there. My social media feeds were filled with images from all over the world as mothers shared their breastfeeding art and hashtagged #normalisebreastfeeding. And of course there were the usual online... Continue Reading →

Self Care Is Women’s Work

The new year has started, and with it the stream of resolutions. One I'm seeing come up a lot this year is mothers being encouraged to prioritise self-care in 2017. And gosh it sounds good. Eating nourishing foods... getting some exercise... soaking... Continue Reading →

Telling FIBs

There’s a story that we tell in our culture, and it goes like this: pregnant women are bombarded with pro-breastfeeding messages, but then when they they their hardest but can’t breastfeed, they are judged harshly for using formula and made... Continue Reading →

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