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“Stick to the Script”: LLLUSA’s guide to silencing dissent

Following my recent post responding to La Leche League International's decision to not just drink - but go in to full scale production of - gender flavoured kool-aid, a colleague sent me a message containing a link and three words:... Continue Reading →

The Parently Art of Lactation

When my fourth baby was born, a friend gifted me a vintage 2nd edition copy of 'The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding'. First published by La Leche International in 1963, this book was revolutionary. At a time when breastfeeding was widely... Continue Reading →

The Breast Book: Grooming, Gatekeeping and Gender Identity (part 2)

This commentary on The Breast Book is a guest post from Eufemia Torres. Eufemia is a qualified teacher from the UK and a mother of two breastfed children. She has a keen interest in the politics and social issues. This article... Continue Reading →

The Breast Book: Grooming, Gatekeeping and Gender Identity (part 1)

This commentary on The Breast Book is a guest post from Eufemia Torres. Eufemia is a qualified teacher from the UK and a mother of two breastfed children. She has a keen interest in the politics and social issues. This article... Continue Reading →

Lactation for the male gaze

  Photographer and founder of Girls Girls Girls magazine Claire Rothstein this week shared an image of actress Rachel McAdams, taken behind the scenes on a recent photo shoot. In the picture, McAdams sits on a bed, cross legged, staring... Continue Reading →

I am not your bleeder

My youngest child is about to turn two. I have found that the longer my baby continues to breastfeed during the night, the later my period returns; my littlest is my most dedicated night boober and my cycles have not... Continue Reading →

When breastfeeding is for everyone (except the baby)

It’s been a while since I’ve published a blog. #sorrynotsorry – my top priority in the past year or so has been protecting my mental health and breastfeeding relationship with my daughter. I’ll write more about that some time but... Continue Reading →

  Australian feminist and author Clementine Ford this week published a column in Fairfax headed “Why nobody is more judgmental than middle class mothers”. In her article Ford, who is mother to a young son, writes against the subjection of... Continue Reading →

Breastfeeding is not a neutral act

Language matters. The words we use have great power – power to communicate, power to mobilise, power to heal, power to harm.  Language can also disempower; structural and physical violence is easily perpetuated by a few carefully (or carelessly) applied... Continue Reading →

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