I’m using formula and I feel guilty… but not for the reason you think

I’m using formula and I feel guilty… but not for the reason you think {0}

The guilt started on day four.  Weeping, a heart that literally hurt with pain.  As I put the bottle of formula to my beautiful new baby’s lips I felt overcome with regret.  But not for the reason you think. I am perfectly happy to feed my new baby formula. The aching guilt I feel is(…)

When the ‘Baby-Friendly Initiative’ is not baby-friendly at all

When the ‘Baby-Friendly Initiative’ is not baby-friendly at all {2}

In Britain a quarter of all babies will never have breastmilk touch their lips.  By the time a British baby is two months old, she is more likely than not to be exclusively formula-fed.  Yet there is a conspiracy of silence around formula feeding, that means most of the mothers of these babies will never receive critical(…)

Travel perks for breastfeeding MP mums are unfair – all new MP mums should get them

Travel perks for breastfeeding MP mums are unfair – all new MP mums should get them {0}

Australian MPs who are breastfeeding will now be entitled to ask for extra flights to bring their partners and nannies interstate, it’s been reported today. Given the recent scandals involving Australian politicians’ travel expenses, the fact that MPs are going to be allowed to claim more business-class trips is raising ire. But I’ve got another,(…)

Vaccination, bottle-feeding and a moral quandary

Vaccination, bottle-feeding and a moral quandary {0}

My father’s friend is incredible.  He never forgets a birthday, an anniversary, an opportunity to congratulate you on your latest achievement.  It’s impossible to out-compliment him; despite rising to the height of his profession of broadcasting, being on numerous national boards, he is the definition of charm and humility. He also walks with a cane,(…)

Breastfeeding, brains, Brazil and a brouhaha about nothing

Breastfeeding, brains, Brazil and a brouhaha about nothing {0}

Over the past week the headlines have been triumphant:  “The longer babies breastfeed, the more they achieve in life – major study” from The Guardian. And “Breastfed babies grow up smarter, richer, study shows,” from The Telegraph. Around the world, two things happened – breastfeeding advocates shouted “See – we told you so!!!”  And non-breastfeeding(…)

Top Ten Tips for bottle-feeding parents

Top Ten Tips for bottle-feeding parents {0}

I recently ran a workshop for my daughter’s day care about good bottle-feeding practice.  I was pleasantly surprised by how much the carers knew, and how supportive they were of both breastfeeding and bottle-feeding. The one thing that struck me though was that in the few cases where bad practice was happening, it was coming(…)

2015: Year of the anti-Superwoman

2015: Year of the anti-Superwoman {2}

Thank God 2014 is over.  Seriously, I was counting down the days until I could usher in 2015. My friends can’t understand why I feel like this.  Looking at achievements – those things that are most measurable – it was a great year.  I got a fantastic job that is going well, I published a(…)

The tragic case of Charlotte Bevan

The tragic case of Charlotte Bevan {0}

TRIGGER WARNING:  This post deals with depression and suicide Just watching the video gives me chills.  A new mother, post-birth tummy roundness still visible, walks out of hospital in her slippers, clutching her newborn and no-one stops her.  She heads to a bridge in Bristol and jumps.  Two days later their two bodies are found(…)

Breastfeeding targets set new mothers up to fail.  Let’s get real

Breastfeeding targets set new mothers up to fail. Let’s get real {0}

This post was originally published in The Guardian Governments love a target. We’ve got targets on everything, from economic growth to train delays. They give civil servants and their political masters something to aim for, something to benchmark. But frequently these targets do little more than fill bureaucratic hours measuring them. Sometimes, they even do(…)

‘This whole notion of someone else making them feel guilty is a nonsense’

‘This whole notion of someone else making them feel guilty is a nonsense’ {0}

Guilt-Free Bottle-Feeding got a great write-up in yesterday’s Fairfax newspapers, under the title, “Navigating guilt in the milky way.” Mum Kate van Ingen spoke about the six weeks of ‘hell’ she spent trying to breastfeed her now two year old, and how isolated she felt as she turned to formula.  Dr Nicole Highet of COPE,(…)

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