Before breastfeeding you need to know this!

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  I can understand why posters in hospitals don’t tell all. Let’s face it, “Breastfeeding – a sure fire way to make your nipples bleed,” isn’t great. But education is not about piling on pressure for women to feed their babies one way, nor just explaining the benefits in isolation. It’s about giving the facts – that sometimes it doesn’t work, that you can decide not to and your baby will be fine, that breastfeeding is indeed amazing and wonderful … Read More

What do I actually want?

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It was my birthday at the weekend and as part of that did exactly what I wanted to do. Hmm not unusual you say, but the thing is I realised that it was. I realised that I spend most of my time saying, “What do you think? What do you want to do? What would work best for the group / family?” None of this is bad of course, making other people happy brings me immense joy and I am … Read More

My fears for son of a feminist

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I’ve always worried about my girls growing up in an unequal world but up until recently have never had the same concerns for my son. However, I realise this complacency is misguided. I am so lucky to have an amazingly sensitive, calm and caring little boy. I would say in touch with his feminine side should this not in itself be a hugely problematic statement. He is happiest role-playing, currently with his dolls and pram. His favourite colour has for … Read More

Breastfeeding – why we should manage expectations!

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So on World Breastfeeding Week I have decided to write about how hard it is when you start breastfeeding. My goal is not to put people off, in fact quite the opposite, I am a huge breastfeeding fan. I write because in hindsight I don’t feel that I was prepared for it being tough, because all the professional advice describes how natural it is, how wonderful, how easy. Lots of this is true of course but not at the beginning … Read More

Pregnancy discrimination – can anything be done?

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A report by the Equality Commission has today revealed that around 54,000 women a year may face discrimination at work due to pregnancy. It’s a scary statistic but one that at least 50% of the population won’t be surprised about. The website Pregnantthenscrewed has been flooded with stories from women sharing their experiences, ask around any toddler group and you will hear plenty more. The really blatant cases that you read about in the news and then the inherent discrimination … Read More

Meditation during pregnancy and labour

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Who knew that just 10 minutes could have such a positive effect on my labour and pregnancy… During my third pregnancy we were going through some pretty big changes; moving house twice in the space of four months with two children under four. I was 6 weeks pregnant with pretty awful morning sickness (ahh fond memories of throwing up in the sink during bath time) and the accompanying tiredness. For the first time in my life I felt stress affecting … Read More

Can you give the gift of time?

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My brother in law and husband are notoriously difficult to buy for so at their last birthday my sister and I decided to take a different approach. Appreciating the value in experience rather than material objects we proposed a day of shopping, lunch, early evening drinks… basically time on their own. Thing is, when we mooted the idea they were not impressed. “You’re suggesting that our birthday present is the gift of time?” “Yeah, how good is that!?” we replied … Read More

Why it’s well worth ‘Keeping In Touch’

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Legally you are entitled to up to 10 keep in touch or KIT days whilst on maternity or adoption leave without bringing your leave to an end. Some employers are great at encouraging and supporting you in taking up this option, others less so. In this guest post a fellow maternity returner (who wishes to remain anonymous) shares her experience… Guest post – Why it’s well worth keeping in touch So I recently embarked upon a ‘keep in touch’ day … Read More