I hear the breath catch in your throat, of course, it is you think! ⠀ But is it? I ask you.⠀You’ve read it in all the online info you accessed for your own #breastfeeding journey. ⠀You’ve read it in all the textbooks you used to study to help lactating parents. ⠀Yet this diagnostic indictor (redness)… Continue reading Redness is not a reliable sign of mastitis⠀
You are the holder of the puzzle pieces.I got all emotional last time I taught an introduction to #slings #workshop with @villagemidwife.Talking about these puzzle pieces, made me well up with emotion, remembering one of the times I #knew I meant for this work.As I passed around a box of puzzle prices, explained how you… Continue reading You hold the puzzle pieces
Update March 2020 - many of these organisations will have an online offering, do still get in touch whilst physical groups are closed NHS provision NHS please ask your midwife/health visitor for the most up to date clinics. The flyers on this link are nessiasrily the most up to date. I will upload more as… Continue reading Feeding support in and around High Wycombe
Another common query from parents at this time of year in the UK. It's Christmas party season with employers and families alike. So what's the norm for breastfeeding families in these scenarios? From the moment your baby was born, they began to rely on you for nourishment, comfort, safety and as researcher Neils Burgman would… Continue reading A party with out my baby
& interplay with religion. I found this set of videos so interesting, most of this is relevant to many modern parents entering parenthood. What was new to me, as a non-religious person, was to hear more about the interplay with depression & religious beliefs/culture (This is the best terminology I have for this, please tell… Continue reading Postnatal depression
Resting and recuperating after the intensity of October + IBCLC exam study. Focus - Behind the scenes, building business Started weekly admin time bucks new uni Library. (love this!)Attended we are women festival - (relaxing & affirming)Had and Ideas Untangling with Nina Purple Crocus communications (so clarifying!)Supervision given and received with other breastfeeding supporters.Networking with… Continue reading Last & Next (Nov & Dec)
Here in the UK, there is a pervasive thought that breastfeeding will happen naturally and if it doesn't, the help being offered must be the best. Parents often then conclude that if that hasn't worked, nothing will. Here is where many parents trip up with their new kids, and the health care system fails them.… Continue reading Asking for help
How many times have you seen the 'just in case' lists for parents to be, that are a mile long and include a bunch of 'feeding aids' to 'increase your chance of breastfeeding'?Did you know that the first solution to most breastfeeding issues, is NOT giving a bottle? A skilled breastfeeding supporter will offer you… Continue reading The trap that catches most new parents
How often have you thought, this problem is unique to just me, my family or my kid? You might find out that issue or situation actually it's quite common but many parents get stuck without knowing how to gain realistic expectations and norms. But why? As I type up another follow up email about just… Continue reading It’s quite normal, sorry.
So your partner is about to have your child and you've heard a lot, (how could you not?) about how breastfeeding is the best. Thing is you've also heard it has disadvantages, heard not everyone can do it and your worried. You want your kid to get all the good stuff, you want your partner… Continue reading My partner wants to breastfeed
I learnt the hard way round. . On these squares, you can be forgiven for thinking life is rosey in others worlds. It’s not common for health care professionals to share their personal stories, and I am calling time on that! . Breastfeeding my children was the hardest thing I have EVER done! I didn’t… Continue reading I didn’t know what I needed
Can you do it? Yes you can! This episode and links aim to empower you, get in touch if you want to explore your options further or share your experiences 🙂 Resources mentioned Unicef - beyond 12 months Kellymom - milk components beyond 12 months La Leche Leauge - breastfeeding and working Nancy Mohrbacher -… Continue reading Breastfeeding and working
The beginning of September marks a week focusing on reducing our waste in the UK and what better time is there to think more about how infant feeding habits might be adapted to reduce waste. In May 2019, the UK declared a climate emergency. Many in power are focusing on the big things, but what… Continue reading Is Breastfeeding Zero Waste?
This blog is born out of the conversations I have had / seen about about Black Breastfeeding Week in September 2019. If you have thoughts like these, read on. Black breastfeeding week is a USA thing. I support everyone who seeks my support.I do enough, this week does not apply to me. It is uncomfortable… Continue reading Confused by Black Breastfeeding Week?
Podcast episode 3 Supporting loved one in their own feeding journey can be emotional. It can be hard. Sometimes your passion for breastfeeding can even backfire. In this episode I discuss my 3 top tips for doing the best by you and the other parent. 1. Listen - Listen and listen again. 2. Love -… Continue reading Supporting others to breastfeed – podcast
Are they selling the right message? There is a baby show in the county I work within, this month. I remember visiting one, heavily pregnant with my first born son and I thought of the type of help I needed then. I didn't know what I know now, two babes later. At the time, like… Continue reading Baby shows & local support services
Many new parents (& many health care professionals) assume, the further away from new born days they get, the less breastfeeding questions they will have. It is not uncommon, however, for a parent to suddenly realise the surpassed their goals and beyond babyhood, new challenges and questions arise. Then it can be hard to find… Continue reading Breastfeeding Gynastics
They came, they latched on, & they went home with a spring in their step. Here's what happened when the Big Latch on and workshops came to High Wycombe in August 2019. Every year, all around the world, from 1 to 7 August is World Breastfeeding Week. Individuals and organisations alike, are encouraged celebrate, collaborate… Continue reading Big Latch On & Workshops
isn't it time for change?
Questions Can I drink wine when feeding? How do I know if I have mastitis if I don't have pink nipples of white breasts? ( I can't see a red mark on dark skin) Can you REALLY make breast milk if you are adopting a newborn and haven't had kid previously? How does it work? What to do when baby has tongue tie? What else about the physiology of a babies mouth can hinder breastfeeding / other issues?
Your little one does not stop expecting their needs to be met, just because its hot outside but you might have questions about caring for you little one when those needs seem harder to meet in the heat It is just as important as ever to read and meet your little peoples needs. Here are… Continue reading Responsive parenting in a heatwave
Can I do it in public ? Will I be able to put my baby off ? Can it be banned in public? Here are more ideas on breastfeeding out and about from LLLGB I'd love to hear your experiences, send me a voice clip and you might get featured on the podcast 🙂 Listen… Continue reading Breastfeeding in public – Beyond Babyhood 16
Here are my top 6 sleep resources, good for parents and professionals alike. I use these often and found many of them helpful personally too. Is your favourite here? Sleep Websites Reasons why night waking is the biological norm by LLL Greast Britain Baby Sleep Information Scource (BASIS) - This website presents research evidence about… Continue reading 6 Sleep resources
Did you notice the online chatter recently, about breastfeeding weeks and celebrations? If this is your first year as a breastfeeding parent, you might wonder what they are all about and why someone might go to an event about it. Breastfeeding used to be the unquestioned norm of feeding and raising babies but a few… Continue reading Why attend a breastfeeding event?
Aunt bossy, nosy neighbors and pushy parents at the school gates all feel like they have a say on when your growing breastfed little one weans. You might feel pressure to wean due to cultural/historical reasons, religious reasons and even medical reasons. If it doesn’t feel or sound right, I encourage you to question it… Continue reading Why give up your best parenting tool?
This weeks podcast, I am reflecting upon unmet expectations in parenting, feeding and how coming together to share and learn helps. Share your thoughts with me on social media @beyondbabyhood. Book on the Big Latch On & workshops here. Listen on Anchor, Apple, Google &, many more 😁
None of us are perfect, we live busy lives, often juggling many mental processes at once. We try our best to listen to those we are supporting but sometimes we may fall short. Honing in on listening skills can really help us offer more effective support. The photos bellow are adapted from a list by the Bloemfontein… Continue reading Listening Skills
About breastfeeding when you suspect food allergies. You have found my page as someone who is supporting you, has suggested you eliminate some food from your diet to see if it helps your child. Although I focus here on Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy (CMPA) which is one of the most common, most of the wisdom… Continue reading Breastfeeding & suspected food allergies