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Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week 2021
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2009 Looking at the picture of me as a brand new mum, with my eldest as a one-day old newborn, emotion floods right back in, like an unexpectedly large wave.My eyes well up because I see that (obviously) inexperienced one day old mum with a teeny tiny brand new baby, and I remember her numbness alongside the love.I’m still not fully reconciled with the state of my mental health post birth. I never really worked out where I fell. I felt empty and robotic much of the time, but similarly I could find happiness and joy in things.I cried...
UK National Breastfeeding Week 2020 20th - 26th June
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To celebrate National Breastfeeding Week 2020, I would love to share some amazing mama run businesses that support mamas through their breastfeeding journeys. Please check out these amazing ladies and fantastic products and services... Boo.B Ltd Siaba Tumoe became a first time mum in early 2015. Like many new mothers, her decision to breastfeed didn’t start off as plain sailing. In fact it was a very stressful period. Luckily for her, her mother decided to research foods that aid the production of breast milk and she began to incorporate them into her home cooking. With her new lactogenic diet and...
#tbt One from the Archive: feeding our children with love
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First published on The Contented Calf website on Wednesday 24th July 2013. 10YO was approaching 4YO, and 8YO was was almost 18 months old.) I’ve been thinking a lot about ‘nursing in public’ aka #NIP lately, which is bizarre since I finished breastfeeding nearly six months ago. I think it’s because I’ve recently come across @Wolf_Mummy on Twitter and her tireless work to normalise breastfeeding in public and challenge head-on Tweeters who write offensive and often aggressive tweets about/towards mums nursing in public. A slightly more tame example: Curt Blake@CurtBlake1 Jul 18, 2013 Replying to @HappyMommy @HappyMommy_ @Wolf_Mommy should be called indecent exposure like if...
#tbt One from the Archive: Top 10 Lactogenic Foods for Breastfeeding Mums: Fennel
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(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. 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. In her book Mother Food, Hilary Jacobson writes that long before cattle, sheep and goats were domesticated and we...
#tbt One from the Archive: Cranial Osteopathy - Guest Blog from Nargis Ahmad
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(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...