Saturday, 30 June 2012

Project 366: Day 90

The Cloudbabies Moon

The Early Days of Breastfeeding: A Husband's View

My darling hubby has been promising to write something for this month's breastfeeding carnival, and has just presented me with his tips on supporting those first six weeks when mamas are establishing the breastfeeding relationship.

Friday, 29 June 2012

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Project 366: Day 89

Crazy cats

The Importance of Support in Successful Breastfeeding

Following on from my earlier post I have been asked to post one mama's breastfeeding story anonymously.  It just shows how vital good support, either personal or professional, can be in our largely anti-breastfeeding culture.

Training to be a Breastfeeding Counsellor

A few weeks ago I was put in touch with the lovely Jessica, a friend of a friend, who is currently training as a breastfeeding counsellor with the NCT.  She is a busy mum of three, but has taken some time out to tell us more about her training and experience.

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Project 366: Day 88


Afternoon at the Beach

This on again off again summer is really quite frustrating, but I suppose one benefit is that it does drive us all out of the house immediately we get a good day in a quest to make the most of it.  That's just what happened to us last week.  No sooner had Steve finished work than we were on the beach at Bracklesham, picnic in hand!

The girls having a chat

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

The Barbican: An Oasis in the City

While Sophia and I headed off to Brit Mums Live! on Saturday, Lara and Steve spent the day in and around the Barbican.  If you haven't been before, I highly recommend it, not solely for the amazing arts and cultural events, but just for a bit of a breather from city life.  Make sure you go at the weekend too - £7.50 for a whole day's parking, a bit of a London bargain!

Project 366: Day 87

And so it begins...

Friday, 22 June 2012

Review: The Other Baby Book

There is, as many parents and the media will happily tell you, a quiet (and sometimes not so quiet) war going on in parenting.  On one side, we have the massed troops of conventional parenting with their heavy weaponry of routines and training (sleep, potty, behaviour etc); and on the other, we have the quiet ranks of natural, gentle parenting advocates and practitioners.  And therein lies the problem.  We are the quiet ones.  At playgroups and mothers' meetings, with friends and family, we keep schtum.  We listen to their tales of cry it out and naughty steps with lumps in our throats and tears in our eyes, but being a lone voice in the wilderness is hard.  So we keep quiet.

Project 366: Day 82

Cuddles with Nanny

Thursday, 21 June 2012

My Summer Reading List

I have always been a voracious reader, teaching myself as quickly as possible even before school started, so that I could enter the magical world of books.  Growing up I was, literally, surrounded by books, and to this day I feel uncomfortable in houses which don't have obvious collections of books.

Project 366: Day 81

Our first experience of yucky head visitors...

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Breastfeeding Top Tips

The second week of the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt focusses on mum-to-mum sharing, things like how tos and tips.  It set me thinking, what would I like to have known before I started out on my breastfeeding journey?  What do new mums need to know or do in the early days?  Or indeed even before baby arrives.

Project 366: Day 76

The day I got ALL the toys out to show Sophia,

by Lara aged 2 and a 1/4 ...

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Project 366: Day 65

Co-sleeping Rocks!!

What's So Great About Breastfeeding?

To be perfectly honest with you, I've struggled a little with this post, as all too often those who have chosen to, or felt forced to, formula feed their babies, feel attacked by anything pro-breastfeeding.  But I hope those mothers will understand that the aim of Keep Britain Breastfeeding campaign, which this post is a part of, is to help mothers attain their breastfeeding goals, with whatever advice and support we can give to help.  Any comments in favour of breastfeeding or against formula-feeding are intended to be constructive and supportive, and not to criticise or denigrate others. 

Monday, 4 June 2012

Project 366: Day 64

And the new obsession is...

Family Days Out: London Zoo

A while ago we went to London Zoo for the day as guests of Trunki.  After we had viewed their new products, chatted and had something to eat, we went for a wander round the zoo.  Being a real animal lover and conservationist I really struggle with zoos.  I do believe they began with the very best of intentions, and over the years they have helped hugely with widespread education, protection of species and much more, but I do question their necessity in this day and age.

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