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Prescription for Failure

The young man walks into his GP's office. He seems stressed. "How are you today?" the doctor asks. The young man turns red. "Well..." he clears his throat. "I'm having some problems. With sex." "Tell me what's been going on," the doctor says. The... Continue Reading →

When fed is racist

Infant feeding is a human rights issue. Globally, only about 1/3 of infants under 6 months are exclusively breastfed. The World Health Organisation estimates that increasing breastfeeding to near-universal rates could prevent 800,000 child deaths annually, the majority of these... Continue Reading →

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 →

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