December 4, 2017

If given the opportunity, most healthy babies will crawl to the breast and self-attach in that golden hour after birth. This photo was taken 2 hours after the birth of my son. He's nuzzled in, placenta still attached, snoozing away skin to skin after having found his w...

November 22, 2017

I read a terrible piece of advice in a baby book recently. It said that babies, including their hands, should be wrapped for all their feeds. This information is terribly unhelpful. 

Babies use their hands during breastfeeding to help orientate and guide themselves to t...

November 22, 2017

A few popular baby books seem to portray a baby who has all their naps in their cot as the gold standard. Some even claim that any sleep not done in a cot, in the quiet of home, is "junk" sleep. This is complete rubbish, with zero evidence behind it. 

If anything, telli...

November 21, 2017

I have a parenting confession: When my 3 month old has his first morning nap, I let my 3 year old have free reign of the iPad. It guarantees me an uninterrupted hour (as long as I also load her up with snacks) so that I can lie in bed with him, snuggling and enjoying t...

November 9, 2017

The first two years of your baby’s life are filled with so many lessons, most of which you can only appreciate or recognise with the gift of hindsight. So, as my daughter approaches her 3rd birthday, and my brand new son enters into his seventh week of life, I thought...

March 20, 2016

When visiting a new mother and baby there should be a rule. A principle that is common knowledge within the community and which no one questions and everyone respects.

Don’t ask to hold the baby.

Look, it doesn’t matter if you’re the grandmother, the great-great-aunt, he...

September 25, 2015

I went through an interesting 2 weeks with my 9 month old recently.

Night time just wasn’t fun. She would fall asleep, no problem, but then throughout the night she’d be unsettled, feeding almost every hour (sometimes every half hour) and fussing between feeds. She was...

August 12, 2015

When I was pregnant, I was confident that I was going to breastfeed my baby, and looked forward to having that relationship with her (or him!) However, despite my training as a midwife and growing up in a household where the subject was discussed regularly at the dinne...

June 17, 2015

There is something I need you to know: I am getting enough sleep.

Why do I feel the need to tell everyone this? In this crazy world of motherhood where you need to censor almost everything in case you make other women feel bad, am I just being smug and taking the opport...

May 30, 2015

Like many mothers-to-be, I was in profoundly in tune with my baby during my pregnancy. So much so that at 34 weeks gestation, after months of me telling her every day that the best position for her to be in was head down, back to the left, my midwife discovered that sh...

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