My Toddler Dialling Down

This is my toddler dialling down. It’s 7pm. We are in a busy restaurant. It’s loud. Bright. And he is starting to feel his cortisol levels rise. Instead of melting down, he stands up out of his high chair and lunges towards me, desperate to breastfeed. As soon as he does, his body relaxes and I can feel him dialling back down to zero. Breastfeeding isn’t just about food. Babies and toddlers will use it as a tool to calm themselves and emotionally regulate. This is a *good* thing. This is a *useful* thing. In order for them to eventually learn the skills to dial down and emotionally regulate on their own, we need to help them practice. Georgina Dowden is a mother, midwife and lactation consul

I Wish I Had Just Enjoyed Her

I spent so much time trying to put her down... I wish I had just enjoyed her. I spent so much time counting the hours between feeds... I wish I had just enjoyed him. I spent so much time worrying about sleep cycles and trying to get her to self-settle... I wish I had just enjoyed her. I spent so much time trying to decipher his cries, while patting him to sleep... resisting the urge to just pick him up and rock him... I wish I had just enjoyed him. I spent so much time anguishing over whether I was creating bad habits and making a rod for my back... And I wish I had just enjoyed her. I meet mothers all the time who utter these exact words, while they watch their toddler tearing around the ro

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