Breastfeeding

In Defence of Bedsharing - Dispelling the Shoddy Science and Examining the Facts

Zion Lights | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Zion Lights

We need to inform parents about their choices instead of scaring them into avoiding bedsharing.

When Impact Is More Important Than Invention

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

Sometimes commercial viability of biomedical inventions or therapeutics exists only in developed countries, even though minor product optimisations could increase access to life-saving medical care in resource-limited settings through cost reduction and functionality additions.

Nine Years of Breastfeeding: A Love Letter

Clint Greagen | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Clint Greagen

Like a kid playing whack-a-mole at Time Zone, the nurse slammed Archie's newborn mouth at your nipple several times over, and that's when it first dawned on me that breastfeeding was not as easy as I'd imagined. But I learned about 'attachment' and that it was a matter of practice and felt we'd be high-fiving our way down milky street in no time.

In Praise of Idleness?

Helen Chandler | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Chandler

We were quite lucky because by chance we were the first of all our various groups of friends of our generation - school, university, work -to become parents, and so we were going into it totally blind. The amount we knew about bringing up a baby could literally have been written on a postcard.

Attachment Parenting vs the NHS - What's the Problem?

Francesca Richards-Spiller | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Francesca Richards-Spiller

I am a mum of two whose ethos, I would say, is pretty sympathetic to "attachment parenting". In my view, we are basically mammals, and natural birth, breastfeeding, co-sleeping and baby-wearing are all normal and natural things for mothers and babies. Here's the thing, I am also a qualified paediatric nurse.

#FreeTheNipple Indeed! Facebook Lifts Ban On Breastfeeding Photos

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 12.06.2014 | UK

Facebook has quietly relaxed its ban on photographs which reveal the nipple or nipples of breastfeeding mothers, The Huffington Post UK can reveal. ...

Calvin Klein Model Posts The Most Stunning Breastfeeding Picture

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Usually celeb selfies are seen as a bit self-indulgent - whether they are doing the downward dog on Table Mountain or Instagramming their holiday snap...

Breastfeeding: Love, Not Judgement

Chrissy Chittenden | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chrissy Chittenden

To say that breastmilk is more nutritionally and immunologically comprehensive than infant formula milk isn't being rude, or trying to make anyone feel bad, or just being mean. It's true.

Is Pubic Hair Really So 1976?

Ellie Stoneley | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ellie Stoneley

I hope there never comes a time when my daughter suffers from self doubt due to her appearance or feels the need to surgically 'enhance' her incredibly perfect self. There is much more pressure in the world she's growing up in than I had to deal with, and I will do what I can to equip her to have confidence in herself, as she is

Stop TOUCHING Me

Jessica Shortall | Posted 14.06.2014 | 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 09.06.2014 | 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 03.06.2014 | 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 06.06.2014 | 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 01.06.2014 | 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 27.05.2014 | 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 18.05.2014 | 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 11.05.2014 | 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 10.05.2014 | 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 28.04.2014 | 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.