I used to look at how other parents did it. I watched the mums at the groups, lifting up a soft knit sweater and effortlessly latching their babies, then leaning back comfortably and reaching with one hand for a cup of tea or a biscuit, skilfully balanced on the arm of the chair. I saw… Continue reading Their success is not your failure (and vice versa)
Exercise has no impact on milk composition with the exception of a temporary rise in milk lactate after prolonged, heavy exercise (Larson-Meyer, 2002; Prentice, 1994). It is the mum’s health and wellbeing that will suffer from being in a calorie deficit and over-exertion due to exercise in the postpartum period, long before the nutrient profile… Continue reading It’s good to sweat your tits off! Exercise for joy, and it won’t f*ck up your milk!
Lots of parents worry about the nutritional quality of their breastmilk. I hear mothers stress that their diets are terrible so their breastmilk must be awful! I even have experience myself of being told by a paediatrician that my son’s faltering growth was due to my vegan diet. I couldn’t possibly be making calorie dense,… Continue reading What about nutrients in breastmilk? Do I need to eat a good diet?
I wrote this on Facebook recently and realised it’s probably a good idea to document these sporadic posts on my Actual Blog. So here it is, my most recent tear stained ramblings, fuelled by mum guilt and almost-four-years-old-I-can’t-quite-believe-it snuggles.. 11.08.19 “5 months, 27 days, or25 weeks and 2 days, or177 days… Since your last breastfeed.… Continue reading Home is where the breast is.
Four years ago, my breastfeeding journey began. My first born. My first true love. I was, “just going to breastfeed him”, as I told the midwife. I didn’t realise anything could go wrong, let alone how many issues women face with breastfeeding even before they start. I was lucky. Not only was I lucky, I… Continue reading Every Drop Counts.
I love my work, I really do. I love supporting families.But in an ideal world, my job wouldn’t exist, or I’d only need be involved in really complex cases, or just to basically be a really good cheerleader! So much of the work I do is correcting issues that are preventable. That could be avoided… Continue reading We need tangible support not empty slogans!
If you’ve just had a baby, probably the last thing you need to concern yourself with is how aesthetically pleasing your body is BUT I am totally sensitive to the fact that women and their bodies are a mix of complex emotions and constructs. As an intersectional feminist I am profoundly concerned with how many… Continue reading Can you lose fat when you’re breastfeeding? Does it make you feel good?
The perinatal period, especially postnatal, is a time when the primary focus should be taking care of your body! Nourishing yourself, staying reasonably active (but not overdoing it!) and focusing on health rather than aesthetics is really important. But as you know, I’m a huge advocate of evidence based information and informed, empowered choices for… Continue reading Eat the f**cking donuts. If you want to.