Breastfeeding

'Mastitis, Not Cystitis!' A Story For National Breastfeeding Month 2014

Jennifer Riddall | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jennifer Riddall

It scares me to think that back when I was editor of a parenting magazine in the UK - long before I had even thought about becoming a parent myself - I used to write articles about subject matters as personal as breastfeeding.

When Breastfeeding Isn't the Most Natural Thing in the World

Kiran Chug | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kiran Chug

We need to be more open about the challenges breastfeeding mothers face. We need to talk more about the reality of establishing feeding, we need to resource better support for mothers of newborns, and we need to celebrate what breastfeeding mothers achieve in those early days.

10 Ways Dads Can 'Breastfeed'

Caroline Thain | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caroline Thain

Feeling slightly inadequate or left out is normal. You may sense that you are missing something special, by not being able to feed the baby. You might experience a perceived (or real) loss of intimacy, as your lover's role is reframed... So, it is helpful to know there are many ways you can 'breastfeed' the baby!

World Breastfeeding Week: Celebrating the Very Ordinary

Chrissy Chittenden | Posted 04.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chrissy Chittenden

This week is World Breastfeeding Week and while I've been rifling through my brain cells about how to celebrate this on Huff Post, I've concluded that the message I'd like the world to hear about breastfeeding this week is that it's normal; pretty bog-standard really.

Poorna Bell

In Pics: Mamas Everywhere Unite For #WorldBreastfeedingWeek

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Alanis Morissette has posted one of the best celebrity breastfeeding pictures to kickstart support for World Breastfeeding Week which continues until ...

In Breastfeeding, 'Good' Beats 'Perfect' Every Time

Jessica Shortall | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Shortall

When I was pregnant with my second child, I thought about perfect and good. So this time around, I called three friends and made them promise: when my daughter was three months old, they were to call and ask me if she'd had any formula. I would not lie. If the answer was no, they had to come over and give it to her themselves.

Breastfeeding Confidential: It's Hard, It Hurts, and Everyone Should Know It

Jessica Shortall | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Shortall

Whatever the reasons that we are being kept in the dark on the difficulties and practical how-to's of breastfeeding, it's time we take control of the dialogue. If you've ever breastfed, and have a pregnant friend, sit her down and tell her about the difficult parts of breastfeeding.

Isn't It About Time Us Mums Celebrated How We Rock at This Motherhood Game?!

Olivia Siegl | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Siegl

No one tells us that there is no minor fete when it comes to keeping a tiny human alive. No one tells us that there is nothing insignificant in dealing with the physical and mental fallout us mums deal with after having a baby.

We Adore Gwen Stefani's Stunning Breastfeeding Picture

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Should mothers be able to breastfeed in public without criticism? It's a question that has divided many women - and men for that matter - but one ...

Top 20 Songs to Breast Pump To

Caroline Thain | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caroline Thain

Sticking a sucker on your breast and squeezing the milk out, is not the most fun job you'll do as a mum. Yet it's often a necessary task. So, when I recently found myself 'getting my pump on', I fancied some musical inspiration.

Real Reasons New Mums Don't Breastfeed

Lorna Balfour | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lorna Balfour

I have a very hungry baby who drinks every single ounce of milk I feed him. So when I saw the reduction in the amount of milk after cutting back on my calories, I quickly realised I had to focus on weight loss after he wasn't solely reliant on milk. It wasn't fair on him. I now get why people formula feed their babies to get their bodies back.

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

Zion Lights | Posted 16.09.2014 | 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 03.09.2014 | 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 05.09.2014 | 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 12.08.2014 | 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 11.08.2014 | 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.