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My White Privilege: How do I move forward? How do I help? How do I do better?

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My White Privilege: How do I move forward? How do I help? How do I do better?

Whilst the struggles against slavery, oppression, bigotry, prejudice and racism has lasted centuries for Black people, my understanding of my own White Privilege has only started fully developing in the past few years - since Brexit and the US 2016 election. The seeds were sown when I went to university in New York, was voted as a Senator for my building and undertook diversity and leadership training. However, my understanding has intensified and deepened over the past couple of weeks. As my understanding of my privilege as a White person has improved, I have struggled with how best to move forward...

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#tbt One from the Archive: Top 10 Lactogenic Foods for Breastfeeding Mums: Fennel

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#tbt One from the Archive: Top 10 Lactogenic Foods for Breastfeeding Mums: Fennel

(First published on The Contented Calf website on Friday 4th November 2016.) Fennel is good for breastfeeding. But what is it? Fennel is a flowering plant in the carrot family, with yellow flowers and feathery leaves, and is originally indigenous to the Mediterranean coast.[1] The bulb of the plant can be eaten as a vegetable, as can the stalks. The seeds are often used as a spice, either whole or ground, and are often used in Indian, Asian and Middle Eastern cooking.[2] In her book Mother Food, Hilary Jacobson writes that long before cattle, sheep and goats were domesticated and we...

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#tbt One from the Archive: The Childcare Conundrum

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#tbt One from the Archive: The Childcare Conundrum

(First published on The Contented Calf Website on Wednesday 12th June 2013. 3YO was approaching 4YO and I was wondering how childcare was going to work....)  Look up ‘conundrum’ and this is one of the definitions you get. co·nun·drum /k??n?ndr?m/ Noun  1. A confusing and difficult problem or question.2. A question asked for amusement, typically one with a pun in its answer; a riddle. Synonyms riddle – puzzle – enigma – mystery Photo by Hannah Olinger on Unsplash It also conjures up images of that clock ticking away for 30 seconds on Countdown. And whilst I maybe being am being over-dramatic, this is...

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#tbt One from the Archive: Cranial Osteopathy - Guest Blog from Nargis Ahmad

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#tbt One from the Archive: Cranial Osteopathy - Guest Blog from Nargis Ahmad

(First published on The Contented Calf Website on Tuesday 2nd Apri 2013. Seven years ago, when the world was very different.)    Within minutes of being born our first daughter latched on to feed beautifully. After the shock of the initial soreness of having your nipples sucked the whole time (plus having to recover from a Day One nip), within a few weeks my nipples had gotten used to it and I was able to feed in comfort. (Until teeth and biting become an issue that is!) In fact, as a newborn, 3YO’s latch was so good, when I had to go...

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#tbt One from the Archive: Dear 11 MO....

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#tbt One from the Archive: Dear 11 MO....

(First published on The Contented Calf Website on Tuesday 26th March 2013. Seven years ago, when the world was very different.)  ….very very soon you’re not going to be a ‘MO’ any longer, but a big, grown-up ‘YO’. You’ll be 1YO. Wow. How time flies. I know it’s what every parent says. But it’s true. Over the last week or so I seem to keep having moments when I think “this time last year….” And I know on your actual birthday those thoughts will be even stronger. Your birth wasn’t the totally natural birth I was aiming for (again). My waters...

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