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Nov 5, 2013
My baby girl was seven months old last week. A significant milestone for us in two ways. The first is that we are now in the month in which she will start crèche. I don’t really want to think about that (though it’s on my mind all day long).
And the second is a milestone my sister-in-law asked me about tonight. I am now breastfeeding for longer than I ever have before. Each day is a new...
Oct 6, 2013
It’s National Breastfeeding Week 2013 here in Ireland from October 1st to 7th. The theme for this year is “Every breastfeed makes a difference”.
This theme is really important to me because it gets right to the heart of my thoughts on breastfeeding. I think that when it comes to something as emotive as how you feed your baby, you never know what path the person you are speaking to has...
Oct 1, 2013
Did you know that October 1st to 7th is National Breastfeeding Week in Ireland? This year, the theme for the week is “Every Breastfeed Makes a Difference.” You can see the new health promotion campaign on Breastfeeding.ie.
To celebrate the week, the Irish Parenting Bloggers group has organised a blog march.
Check out the posts so far:
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Sep 23, 2013
My baby girl will be six months old next week. I look at her and find it hard to believe that she’s the same little baby I brought home from hospital weighing under 7lbs. A couple of weeks ago, I had to box up all her 3-6 month clothes and put her in the 6-9 month clothes instead. She is thriving, as they say, and I’m so happy to have gotten this far exclusively breastfeeding. I wasn’t...
Sep 18, 2013
Today I received an email from an Eumom partner asking if I’d like to complete a survey on “Being a mum” to be in with the chance to win flights. The survey I completed wasn’t about motherhood at all though, unless you consider the primary focus of your child’s babyhood to be how soon you start formula feeding them and which formula you will choose.
I completed my postgrad in...
Aug 17, 2013
It’s the refrain of teenage boys everywhere. But yesterday I had reason to think “Yay for boobs!” I was driving with my 4.5 month old baby girl. It should have been a quick 15 minute journey. But a crash a few miles ahead of us on the road meant that we got caught in a huge tailback.
The traffic crawled along for 15 minutes during which time the baby got antsy. Not surprising because she...
Aug 7, 2013
This week is World Breastfeeding Week and the Irish Parenting Bloggers group is hosting a blog march to celebrate. Today is the final day of the blog march, the theme for which is Breastfeeding Peer Support.
Over the course of the week, we’ve had stories from bloggers with a wide range of experiences. Yaz from Glitter Mama Wishes told us how she made sure that her babies got all the benefits of...
Jul 31, 2013
Between us, the Irish Parenting Bloggers have experienced it all when it comes to breastfeeding – babies who latch easily, and babies who have to be coaxed, problems with insufficient milk supply and problems with oversupply, supportive families and unsupportive families, exclusive breastfeeding, combination feeding, and weaning to formula after a day, a week, a month or more. But despite our...
May 25, 2013
Is there a growth spurt at eight weeks? There certainly seems to be one here.
All week Little Woman has been feeding well, and gradually spreading out her feeds at night. In fact we had one night this week where she slept from 11.15pm until 5.50am. I felt amazing after it! That’s the longest stretch of sleep I’ve had since I was pregnant.
Those lovely stretches abruptly came to a stop this...
May 20, 2013
I’m sitting here right now feeding my baby, and it’s easy and relaxing, and hard to believe that just a few weeks ago I was in tears at the thoughts of the next feed.
While I was dealing with painful feeds in the early weeks – especially the feeds where I felt exquisite pain – I found myself turning to the Internet several times and looking for ways to deal with the pain. Most...
May 3, 2013
At some point in the past week, we turned the corner with breastfeeding. The pain I was experiencing started to ease and then gradually disappeared.
I think this is down to a combination of things. First better positioning for feeds thanks to the tips I got from Catriona McCarthy. Second a slower milk flow, again thanks to Catriona’s advice. Third the Jack Newman All Purpose Nipple Ointment really...
May 2, 2013
People’s generosity has blown me away since Little Woman was born. My own parents gave up a month of their time to help us out. My sister-in-law came to stay for a few days to take care of Little Man for me. And people have brought beautiful gifts for Little Woman and thoughtful gifts for Little Man to make sure he didn’t feel left out.
The Irish Parenting Bloggers group spoiled me rotten with...
Apr 22, 2013
Today was a day of mixed emotions for me. I found the hours from midnight until 9am long because Little Woman woke a lot for feeds during the night, and was awake for a couple of hours each time, so I got very little sleep and was feeling tired and irritable by the time the sun rose. My right nipple with that godforsaken crack was very sore and the thoughts of feeding on it again filled me with dread.
Apr 16, 2013
We’ve made a lot of progress establishing breastfeeding since last week. On Friday, I decided that I needed help to resolve the latching issues I was experiencing, and so, based on a number of online recommendations, I called Catriona McCarthy.
Catriona, who runs TheMilkyWay.ie, is an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant), and she offers home visits to help with breastfeeding...
Apr 13, 2013
The problem with feeding on demand is that every so often the person you’re feeding gets very demanding! That’s what happened when Little Woman turned 8 days old. Actually I think it happened the evening before.
Gone were the lovely 3-4 hour stretches between feeds. Instead I suddenly found myself feeding every two hours or less. Once or twice it was a lot less and we had two or three feeds in...
Apr 12, 2013
Thank you so much to everyone who contacted me to offer advice after my cry for help about the latching pain I’ve been suffering this week. Today I took Little Woman for her two week check up and was very reassured to learn that she is thriving. She has regained her birth weight and a little bit extra for good measure.
I explained to the nurse about the problems I’ve been having when it comes...
Apr 11, 2013
Little Woman was 12 days old today. I had really hoped at this stage to be reporting that we’re flying along with the breastfeeding and its fully established and those dark days of figuring it out are behind us. Not so I’m afraid. Despite all my preparation and reading and watching of videos, I’m still encountering problems. Not in comparison to the problems I experienced first time...
Apr 8, 2013
If you’ve read the story of my breastfeeding journey with Little Man, you’ll know that we didn’t have an easy time of it – not by a long shot. So this time around with Little Woman, I’ve been doing everything in my power to get it right from the start. I thought it might be helpful to others for me to document the approach I’ve taken and the things I’ve tried....
Feb 19, 2013
When you’re pregnant, many people ask you whether or not you’re planning to breastfeed. And if you say you are, the preparations for a switch to formula start. “Don’t be disappointed if it doesn’t work out.” “I tried it and it was awful – cracked nipples and mastitis.” “Don’t be afraid to give a bottle every now and again to give yourself a...
Oct 22, 2012
As my pregnancy continues, my thoughts are naturally drifting back to when Little Man was born. I find myself especially thinking about the difficulties I had getting breastfeeding established. Looking back, I was just so naive and so uninformed starting out with it. I assumed that because it’s natural, breastfeeding would be easy. But unfortunately that wasn’t my experience at all in those...
Aug 7, 2012
Did you know that the past week was World Breastfeeding Week? In fact, today is the last day of it. This time last year, I wrote a post linking out to my own breastfeeding story, and I hosted a series of guest posts in honour of the week. But this year, the week almost passed me by without acknowledgement. It’s not that I don’t think it’s important – I most certainly do! It’s...
May 19, 2012
In a nostalgic mood this week, I was looking back through our old videos of Little Man when I found this little gem. Little Man versus The Pesky Pea.
I think it’s a great example of how good baby led weaning is for promoting dexterity in babies. Just check out the determination to pick up that pea! And the satisfaction at the end! I love it!
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Apr 24, 2012
This week Adele over on Circus Queen announced that she is hosting a Baby Led Weaning blog carnival, and she has invited bloggers to submit old and new blog posts about their experiences with baby led weaning.
Of course, Little Man is two and a half, so weaning seems like a lifetime ago to us. It’s interesting now to look back and see how far we’ve come.
When starting out with weaning, I read...
Apr 19, 2012
For Mother’s Day this year, my brother bought a gift voucher for afternoon tea for two in Adare Manor, Limerick, for my mother and me. We debated making a reservation for Mother’s Day itself but decided that it would be too busy that day, so we waited a few weeks instead.
Was it worth the wait? Absolutely! When we arrived we were the only people having afternoon tea, and we had a table with...
Apr 8, 2012
Many thanks to Caitriona from Wholesome Ireland for her tip about the Easter Egg moulds in Tesco this week. We picked some up together with white and milk chocolate.
The eggs were really easy to make. Just melt the chocolate in a bowl over some hot water, and then use a pastry brush to paint a layer of chocolate on the inside of each egg mould.
I painted on the milk chocolate first and put it in the...