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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 →

Dear Rory, We read your column* in The Sunday Mail during our Lactation Luncheon today. Gosh, we're famous! We are so glad you have absolutely no problem with breastfeeding in public (or as we like to call it, leaving the... Continue Reading →

When Kids Crash Your Boys Club

So a political boffin was doing a live TV interview, when his small children crashed the scene. Boffin remains remarkably composed, meanwhile said children are extracted from the room by their mother. Hilarious viral video ensues. Children videobomb South Korea expert's live... 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 →

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 →

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