Category: Milky Mamas

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…

There is no such thing as “failure to breastfeed”

A couple of weeks ago I came across a post that broke my heart. The title says it all: “What I learned from being a breastfeeding failure“.  The poor writer had suffered a terrible battle with breastfeeding and in some ways lost – she hadn’t been able to nurse her babies for as long as she hoped. What struck me was not only that she described herself as “a failure”, when she had…

Breastfeeding is like orange juice

A couple of weeks months ago (thank you, 8-month sleep regression) mothers all over the globe took to the trenches again over this breastfeeding study from Brazil, suggesting that breastfed babies end up smarter, richer and more educated than their formula-fed counterparts. Knowing I’ve lived in Brazil, perhaps you think I’m going to weigh in with my own experience of breastfeeding in Brazil, and whether I think the study’s location…

Book review: The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding

Could there be a worse title? Who in the 21st century wants to be described as “womanly” and since when is waking up at 3 am and inserting a painful nipple into a screaming newborns mouth and “art”? To make matters worse, the book is the official breastfeeding manual of the La Leche League, an organisation whose reputation raises hackles all over the motherhood globe. But trust me, this book…

Why I gave my baby formula

Breastfeeding my baby boy was hard. Harder than anything I had ever expected and certainly harder than a unmedicated birth. Baby boy was supplemented with formula for about a month, not because I didn’t make enough milk but because feeding him every time he was hungry was so excruciatingly painful. In between feeding, sleeping, mixing formula and hand expressing I tried to find solace in other women’s stories online. Unfortunately,…

Nursing in the great outdoors (winter edition)

If you’ve delved into the archives you’ll find I took a very, very systematic approach to my newborn baby’s clothes and maternity wardrobe. Then baby boy was born and I realised that I hadn’t given a single thought to what I would wear after his birth. Suddenly all of my favourite dresses were unworkable and I spent the first few months in increasingly tent-like maternity tops. To make matters worse,…