Breastfeeding the second time ’round? Support still needed.

A few friends were surprised that I was worried about breastfeeding the second time around. Sure, they knew I’d had lots of difficulty getting breastfeeding off the ground with Talitha (tongue-tie, domperidone, pumping, SNS, supplementing with expressed milk and some formula – it was harder than giving her birth, in a way). I think the fact that we’d got there in the end and were still breastfeeding at heading towards three made people think I was a bit old hat at this nursing thing. I, on the other hand, couldn’t wrap my head around what I’d do if the same…

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Lansinoh 2in1 Affinity Pro Electric Breast Pump – review

A breast-pump is by no means a baby must-have. Many mothers never find use for them, choosing not to leave their young babies, leaving them when they’re old enough to have solids instead or learning to hand express. They can be extremely useful if you do need to pump a lot though – a decent breastpump is, anyway. I’ve been trying the Lansinoh 2in1 Affinity Pro and I reckon it’s a worthy piece of kit. Last time around I made my way through quite a few pumps, not finding any satisfactory (apart from one that I hired but should have…

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“Breastfeeding Made Easy” by Carlos González – Book Review and Giveaway

Dr Carlos González is something of a legend among many breastfeeding supporters. I can’t tell you how many conversations I’ve been party to that opened with concern over a child’s fussy eating and concluded with a recommendation of his book My Child Won’t Eat. I flew through my own copy of it last year, both reassured by his scientific understanding of what was going on with my toddler and frustrated that he wouldn’t give me any quick and easy fixes (because, well, she’s human so there aren’t any!). I haven’t had a chance yet to read his other book Kiss…

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“Breastfeeding a five-year-old. That’s too old.”

There’s been a whole hoo-haa in the media last week about breastfeeding older children. Sharon Spink, a mother of four, appeared in The Sun and on This Morning to talk about her experience of breastfeeding her five-year-old (the Daily Mail’s coverage is surprisingly positive so that’s what I’ve linked to). Opinion is divided on whether this kind of publicity actually raises awareness in support of natural term breastfeeding or whether it holds up a parenting choice, or even an individual person, as a spectre. I’m not really sure what I think about that but I’m not particularly interested in discussing…

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Bravado Embrace review (and a BoobieMilk giveaway)

Bra shopping is a bit of a nightmare for me. I’m generally really limited in what brands I can consider because I have an unusual bra size: small back, large cup. Wow. Now it feels like you may know a little too much about me. But then, it’s nothing that isn’t obvious from my pictures. Anyway, I’d heard ages ago about how amazing Bravado nursing bras were for breastfeeding mums. They’re supposed to accommodate the many fluctuations of the early breastfeeding days, like when your milk comes in, that kind of thing. But, alas, they never did any in my…

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Breastfeeding while pregnant – the third trimester

I kind of wasn’t really expecting to ever write this post. I found breastfeeding in the first trimester such hard work, especially since it triggered nausea which led us to night wean. I was determined to take a “wait and see” approach, making myself no promises either way. I believe that allowing children to outgrow the need to breastfeed is such a gift but that the balance of needs between the two people in a nursing relationship naturally shifts over time. So I had mixed feelings when I thought she was weaning. During the second trimester, breastfeeding, as most things,…

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Will you tandem breastfeed?

“Will you breastfeed both of them?” I’m getting this question more frequently now that the birth is in sight and Talitha hasn’t self-weaned as I thought she was doing. She’ll be two years and eight months when the baby’s born. I’ve said before that I never expected to breastfeed for as long as we have. Along the way, I’ve learned how natural, enjoyable and healthy (physically and emotionally) it is for children to breastfeed beyond babyhood. Once we passed the one-year milestone I never thought I’d make, what with all our early issues (late diagnosed tongue-tie, low milk production and…

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