UK Breastfeeding

Your Baby Won't Die If You Give Them A Sip Of Water

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Parents

Recent news coverage of guidance about feeding babies water has caused some new parents to worry for their babies’ health. The story started in Buzz...

What's Wrong With The New Breastfeeding Emoji?

Jay McCarthy | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Parents
Jay McCarthy

Don't get me wrong, I and millions of other women will be happy to have one breastfeeding emoji at least. Big thanks to Rachel Lee and Joshua Jones - the design may not be perfect but we owe them our gratitude for getting this far.

Decisions Around Infant Feeding Are About Reproductive Choice

Clare Murphy | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK Parents
Clare Murphy

Women should not be lied to or misled by formula milk makers, and we need regulations to ensure this is the case. But we don't need to oversell the many benefits of breastfeeding for either mother and baby to ensure women make the "right" choice. Breast is best, but it may not always be best for all women, all of the time.

Breastfeeding Mums Find Strength By 'Nourishing' Sons At Grandfather's Funeral

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Parents

Two sisters shared a photo of themselves breastfeeding their sons at their grandfather’s funeral as a symbol of them finding strength. The mums, who...

Tesco Refuses To Give Mum Parking Vouchers Because She Was Buying Formula Milk

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Parents

A mother claims Tesco staff told her she could not have a parking voucher because she was buying formula milk, which the store “cannot endorse”. L...

What Breastfeeding Taught Me About The Need To Support Mothers

Rachel Murray | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Parents
Rachel Murray

Ten months ago, I stared in the mirror at my reflection. My breasts were painfully engorged like they might explode and I thought to myself 'I'm going to need a sense of humour to get through this'. These days, on the rare occasion I go for a night out baby-free, I joke that my boobs double up as a timepiece.

Does Breastfeeding Get On Your Tits?

Olivia Siegl | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK Parents
Olivia Siegl

So why the hell does everyone care so much about the choices this woman (who I would like to place my fave maternity bra on that none of them actually know or have met) makes? Why do we feel the need to sling mud, to debate over whether she is a bad mum scarring her child forever, that she is not a fit parent, that she is disgusting and crossing the line from nurturing into the perverse?

Mum Explains 'Mission' To Normalise Breastfeeding Older Children

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK Parents

A mum has shared her “mission” to normalise breastfeeding older children in a video posted to YouTube. Sophie Rose, a mum from the UK who now li...

Breastfeeding Mum's Brutally Honest Post About Not Having Enough Milk For Her Baby

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Parents

A breastfeeding mum has shared an honest Instagram post about how she struggles to produce enough milk for her baby. Heyona, from Washington, US, sai...

Alanis Morissette Proudly Wore 'I Voted' Sticker While Breastfeeding Her Daughter

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 04.11.2016 | UK Parents

Alanis Morissette didn’t miss out on voting in the US election, despite having a four-month-old baby to look after. The 42-year-old, who gave birth...

Before And After Photos Show How Pumping A Litre Of Milk Affects Breasts

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK Parents

A mum has shared comparison photos showing how her breasts changed after pumping one litre of breast milk. Chi-Chi LaFlare, who runs a support group p...

We Must Keep Talking About Breastfeeding Until We Get The Investment New Mothers Deserve

Amy Brown | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Parents
Amy Brown

Breastfeeding is sold to pregnant women as straightforward, easy and rewarding but many do not find that description matches their experience. But the reason for this difficulty should rarely be to do with breastfeeding itself, but instead because society in the UK is not set up to support women to breastfeed

Amy Childs Devastated About Fears She May Not Be Able To Breastfeed

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 31.10.2016 | UK Parents

Amy Childs has opened up about her fears she may not be able to breastfeed due to her breast enlargement surgeries. The 26-year-old, who recently ann...

Let's Share The Realistic Beauty Of Breastfeeding

Louise Rodgers | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK Parents
Louise Rodgers

As wonderful as some of the trending breastfeeding photos are, they don't always portray the reality of breastfeeding, and the various relationships and journey each woman and child takes. It's important that breastfeeding in its entirety is illustrated, in all its beauty. All of its gloriously awkward and inconvenient beauty.

It's Time To Stop Viewing Breastfeeding As A Bodily Function

Lily Canter | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Parents
Lily Canter

The "breast is best" message is widely accepted in UK society and yet woman who assert the view that breastfeeding in public is a desirable social behaviour are accused of showing-off, being holier-than-thou and not following correct etiquette.

Breastfeeding Uncovered: How I Went From An Embarrassed Young Mum To Breastfeeding Live On TV

Sophie Mei Lan | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK Parents
Sophie Mei Lan

When the cameras turned to me... she pulled out my boob to get some milk. I have been overwhelmed with the reaction to our appearance, receiving lots of positive messages from other families who are pleased to see breastfeeding normalised. Nobody in the TV studio blinked an eyelid either. Of course I had a negative tweet from one lone man, but that was it!

Should Women Breastfeed Each Other's Babies?

Leah Astbury | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Parents
Leah Astbury

In 1655, the medical author Thomas Moffett explained that all 'kind and natural' women would breastfeed. 'Yea', he noted, 'all Women which truly loved their Children' did so. The alternative to breastfeeding for new mothers in the 1600s in England was to hire a wet nurse -- a woman that had recently given birth and was still lactating.

Breastfeed? Why That's Makes You A Martyr

Kate Tunstall | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Parents
Kate Tunstall

So, by necessity, breastfeeding becomes a constant. You could, perhaps, compare it to relieving yourself in the bathroom - because it is as essential, and just as much a part of our lives. It may not be the topic of every conversation, but it's always in the back of one's mind: I need to deal with this situation within the next X minutes, or I will have a problem...

Breastfeeding Is Rarely Seen In Children's Books – It's Time To Rewrite Attitudes

B.J. Epstein | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK Parents
B.J. Epstein

The few children's books I've found that feature breastfeeding tend to be ones that are specifically about breastfeeding or attachment parenting more generally; in other words, someone would have to already be passionate about breastfeeding to seek out these texts

How The Myth Of The 'Good Baby' Is Damaging Breastfeeding

Amy Brown | Posted 13.10.2016 | UK Parents
Amy Brown

Being a new parent can be one of the biggest, scariest responsibilities you will ever take on. Growing a whole new tiny person and keeping them alive can be anxiety inducing even for the most laid back. Am I holding them ok? Why are they crying? Am I doing any of this right?

Leaflets Won't Make Me Breastfeed

Maddy Matthews | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK Parents
Maddy Matthews

It's not a lack of information and awareness. The posters are everywhere. It's a lack of decent, practical support. I don't blame the frontline NHS staff for that at all. The midwives were fantastic, and HCAs are stretched beyond belief. Somewhere up the chain, funding decisions are being made - and they're not making the best choices.

The Closet Breastfeeder: Breastfeeding A Toddler

Chantelle Lunt | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK Parents
Chantelle Lunt

My breastfeeding journey has taken its strangest turn so far. It feels like the second my boy blew out the candles on his first birthday cake he became a toddler and I was suddenly a social leper if I dared to feed him in public.

Bottle Or Breast - We Are All Just Doing Our Best

Ann-Marie O'Doherty | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK Parents
Ann-Marie O'Doherty

In order to remove the guilt surrounding infant feeding we need to acknowledge that how you feed your baby is your choice. It is individual circumstances, feelings and beliefs that determine how we will feed our babies and even with the most open society in the world not every woman will choose to breastfeed.

Mum Claims Facebook 'Disabled Account' After She Posted This Photo

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK Parents

A mother has claimed Facebook ‘disabled her account’ after she posted photos of herself tandem breastfeeding a stranger’s child and her own chil...

Mum Of Stillborn Son Pumped 2,000 Ounces Of Breast Milk For Other Babies

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK Parents

A mother who had a stillborn son decided to donate her breast milk to help other babies. Wendy Cruz-Chan, from New York, US, donated more than 2,000 ...