How to wean your baby off formula (onto breastmilk)

Let’s talk about mixed feeding. One of the things that annoys me about conventional breastfeeding literature is that it can come across as pretty all or nothing: either you nurse and express breastmilk until kingdom come or you resort to formula. It is often portrayed that only one bottle of formula is enough to wreck your breastfeeding relationship for ever. What a way to put pressure on mothers, no? Especially…

Post-partum bodies, fat-shaming and freedom from clothing sizes

All good things come to an end, including Body Positive January. It’s been a fascinating, dare I say, positive, month for me and I wanted to end it all with some final links and a round-up. A photo posted by @bbarineau on Jan 26, 2016 at 4:21pm PST Coming to terms with post-partum bodies Funnily enough this is something I haven’t struggled with; perhaps because I was lucky (lost all the weight,…

Book review: When you Eat at the Refrigerator, Pull Up a Chair by Geneen Roth

Based on what I’ve been writing about body image and dieting you might think that before my epiphany round about a year ago, I was some diet and exercise fanatic. It couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, I thought that I’d given up on dieting and feeling bad about binge eating around 10 years previously. Except that I hadn’t really. Let me explain. Around about my 17th year I went from…

Guest Post: 6 Ways I’m Going to Love my Body by Kat

Nobody is as fervent as a recent convert, right? I quit dieting for good about a year ago and yes, I want everyone to know about it. I want to sing it from the roof, tell the lady on the bus and mention it at dinner parties. For me, learning about the true failure rate of any diet plan, exercise regime or lifestyle change was liberating. I can remember the…