Breastfeeding

Stop TOUCHING Me

Jessica Shortall | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Shortall

Sometimes I don't want them to touch me. Not, like, not EVER. But there are some times - a moment, a minute, an hour - when I really think I'll just take leave of my sanity if someone touches me. I think breastfeeding has a lot to do with this.

10 Things Not to Say to a News Editor About Being an Older Mother

Ellie Stoneley | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ellie Stoneley

I'm extremely blessed to be the mother of a wonderful, exuberant and thriving two-year-old and (in common with mothers everywhere) I'm doing the best I can for my daughter to ensure she has a happy childhood, and a safe and secure future. Sometimes that's OK, but often the journalist will prod, looking for an angle, "How do you deal with the negative view of older parents?"

It's a Shame About Breastfeeding

Jessica Shortall | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Shortall

I am having a major insight this week. Here goes: Guilt = response to what one does. Shame = response to what one IS. Which one is at work for me, and for other breastfeeding mothers?

Is Breastfeeding in Taxi Ranks Really the Problem in Blackpool?

Antonia Charlesworth | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Antonia Charlesworth

I wrote to Blackpool Council, incensed that I hadn't been simply moved on. The fact I was feeding at the time had magnified events and my humiliation. It's ironic, I thought, that Blackpool Council professes to encourage breastfeeding... While I waited for a response from the council (which I still haven't got directly) I became more indignant. The rude parking warden, his lack of sympathy and my own feelings of vulnerability and violation over the photos he took underlined how breastfeeding in public was a near impossible ask.

Top 10 Hacks for the Working, Breastfeeding Mother

Jessica Shortall | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Shortall

Pumping breast milk is a part-time job on top of the full-time job, not to mention that other little thing about going home and raising a baby. So it's no wonder that working, breastfeeding women are vertiable magicians when it comes to hacking their jobs, their breast pumps, and their surroundings to make it all work.

It Takes a Village to Breastfeed a Baby

Jessica Shortall | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Shortall

I'm ready to stop because I work full-time, which means I have to make time to pump breast milk during every single work day, and this is not easy. In the past year, I've been on a dozen business trips, which involve incredible planning and logistics to leave enough milk at home, and to pump and travel with dozens of ounces of milk.

Tramps Like Us

Ellie Stoneley | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ellie Stoneley

Breastfeeding her child in public had a young woman anonymously labelled a 'tramp'. This in turn led to a number of well attended mass breastfeeding gatherings throughout the UK. A great show of solidarity, women highlighting their right to breastfeed in public.

Calling Time on Breastfeeding?

Ellie Stoneley | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ellie Stoneley

I have spoken to women who wanted to nurse their babies but couldn't, or decided enough was enough after a few weeks. Many women have perfectly healthy infants and decided right at the start that breastfeeding just wasn't for them, and others are still feeding five-year-olds. I was lucky in that I decided to nurse and, with help, was able to.

Stop Shaming Breastfeeding Women

Kiran Chug | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kiran Chug

We shouldn't need breastfeeding champions to assert our rights as women. We shouldn't need to stage mass public breastfeeding events to assert our rights as mothers. We shouldn't need outpourings of support online to assert our rights to feed our children.

Men Breastfeed Children To Show Their Support Of Nursing Mothers

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A provocative campaign featuring men 'breastfeeding' children hopes to challenge stigma around public breastfeeding. Because some people - who must...

Breastfeeding Advocacy Isn't Anti-Formula Feeders

Chrissy Chittenden | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chrissy Chittenden

So, here's what breastfeeding-advocacy isn't: It isn't anti-formula users. Breastfeeding advocacy is about wanting new parents to have access to ALL the facts about how they feed their babies. This includes the risks of using formula milk as a breastmilk substitute...

Forcing Mothers to Breastfeed Is No Way to Help Children

The Conversation UK | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Conversation UK

By maintaining that breastfeeding is a right for all children, the clause aims to foster strong mother-child relationships. This idea (and suggested duration) is taken from the Qur'an. But the Qur'an itself doesn't stipulate mandatory breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding: Who Are You Really Doing It For?

Chrissy Chittenden | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chrissy Chittenden

Why are we, as a culture, creeped out by the idea of a woman wholeheartedly enjoying breastfeeding? We're uncomfortable at the suggestion that a woman might exercise such autonomy over her body that she breastfeeds beyond infancy and might actually LIKE DOING SO.

How Long Should I Breastfeed For? Ask a Man!

Chrissy Chittenden | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chrissy Chittenden

The mother vs the expert has become a common binary in lifestyle media aimed at women. The mother is almost invariably presented as about two seconds away from being sectioned, and the expert is mostly always a white man with (we assume) a medical degree.

The Battle of the Boob and Poor Professionalism

Zion Lights | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Zion Lights

The exact words printed in the magazine, in quotation marks to show that they were being reprinted verbatim, were: 'Breast milk boosts a baby's immune system, but only for the first six months. After that, it has no effect.

Nutrition Before, During and After Pregnancy

Henrietta Norton | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Henrietta Norton

There is a wonderful opportunity these days to plan a pregnancy. In the four months that it takes to make healthy sperm and the month that it takes to mature an egg prior to ovulation, both parents can ensure that they get the nutrients required to increase their chance of conceiving a healthy baby.

An Open Letter to Victoria's Secret

Sheila Hageman | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sheila Hageman

Ashley Clawson had just spent $150 in a Victoria's Secret when she asked an employee if she could nurse her son Beckett in a changing room. She was instructed to go out back into an alleyway where no one would see her.

Breastfeed In The Sistine Chapel If Your Children Are Hungry, Says Pope Francis

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Mothers should be free to breastfeed in public, even in the Sistine Chapel, even in front of the Pope, the Pontiff has told assembled mothers. Pope...

Breastfeeding 'May Deter Arthritis'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Breastfeeding could help stave off arthritis, a study has suggested. Mothers who choose to breastfeed their children are around half as likely to d...

Gisele Nails Multi-Tasking In This Breastfeeding Photo

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle

This picture is either going to make people froth at the mouth or applaud Gisele for getting stuck in with her breastfeeding - we prefer the latter. W...

Why We Need Lactivists

Lottie Daley | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lottie Daley

The UK has one of the lowest breastfeeding rates in the world and when we think about it, it's not rocket science to understand why that may be.

Breastfeed Bribery?

The Huffington Post UK/ PA | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

People have reacted furiously to the news mothers are to be paid £200 to breastfeed their babies. Vouchers for Matalan, John Lewis or Mothercare -...

'I Like Faggots': Brit Banned From Facebook After Meaty Treat Gets Lost In Translation

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 01.11.2013 | UK

A 54-year-old man has told how he was banned from Facebook after posting that he ‘liked faggots’, in reference to the British meatball of the same...

Meals On Wheels

Central European News | Sara C Nelson | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK

We’re not sure whether to be impressed or horrified at this snap of a mother breastfeeding her little boy – whilst driving a motorbike. The mu...

WATCH: Can Breastfeeding Stave Off Breast Cancer?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Women who breastfeed for more than six months were found to have been diagnosed with breast cancer much later on in life. Can the practice help stave ...