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

Claire’s return to work story: part 2

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I detailed some of my thoughts about my return to work over a year ago and, my, how time has flown. When Lifebulb asked me to write the sequel, it seemed like a useful exercise in taking stock. I’m pleased to report that the tone of the rest of this post is positive and, I hope, reassuring to those starting the journey back into their former career or a new one after a break to look after children. It has … Read More

You and me are we

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When in our early twenties, young and care/ child free, GK bought me a bracelet with the words, “you and me are we” engraved inside. This week in reading an article in the Telegraph “My children hate me going to work so why do I do it?” I was brought back to considering the concept of ‘we’ and what that now meant since we are now actually four (soon to be more). In summary, the author Beverley Turner, questions how happy women … Read More