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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(…)

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,(…)

GUEST POST: Breastfeeding mums less likely to suffer from PND, but WHY?

GUEST POST: Breastfeeding mums less likely to suffer from PND, but WHY? {0}

This guest post is written by Dr Nicole Highet, the founder and Executive Director of the Centre of Perinatal Excellence (COPE) who also wrote the forward to Guilt-Free Bottle-Feeding.  One of Nicole’s many missions is to redefine the images of motherhood, to make them more realistic. This post is reprinted with permission and you can find the original on(…)

Why you shouldn’t freak out about the new breastfeeding studies from Pediatrics

Why you shouldn’t freak out about the new breastfeeding studies from Pediatrics {0}

A bunch of studies published in the journal Pediatrics have been getting a lot of attention this past week.  So they should:  they are well-designed and conducted pieces of research into the effect of early nutrition (so, what babies eat before they are one) on children at aged six. Unfortunately, as so often happens when breastfeeding is(…)