Tag: breastfeeding

Thoughts on Christmas, toddlers and giving birth in a manger

“And so this is Christmas….and what have you done?” Not a lot, if this blog is anything to go by! Who knew trying to redesign a website with one hand while wiping a toddlers nose with the other during December would be so time-consuming…However, I do hope you like the new layout, which I’ll be fiddling with over the coming months (suggestions welcome, as always). This will be my second Christmas as…

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…

How a toddler feels when you give him broccoli

When I was growing up in Germany I remember seeing an art exhibition made up of supersized everyday objects: massive chairs, ginormous tables and so on. The idea was that adults could visit the exhibition to see what it felt like to experience the world from the level of a child. I love the idea because it is so easy to forget that our babies don’t see the world the…

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…