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Night weaning a boob addict…with a bottle

Back in July, I decided it was time to day wean my daughter. I had stopped expressing at work a couple of months before that when she was 13 months old, but I still tended to breastfeed her during the day when I was at home with her because it was easy and convenient. I had hoped that these day feeds would gradually reduce in frequency if I adopted the often touted “don’t offer, don’t... read more

Pumping on the job

Recently I passed a real personal milestone. I expressed milk for the last time at lunchtime. I never planned to pump at work when I returned last November. I thought I might do it for a week, two at the most to give my supply a chance to settle. If you’d told me then that I’d still be pumping five months later I would never have believed you. The idea of it! It just sounded like so much... read more

Wholesome: Feed Your Family Well For Less

Today my blogging friend and allotment neighbour Caitriona Redmond launched her own cookbook Wholesome: Feed Your Family Well For Less. I couldn’t be prouder! Over the past year, I’ve had the occasional glimpse behind the scenes at the hard work and dedication from Caitriona to take this book from concept to glossy publication. Packed full of advice, delicious recipes, and the personal touches... read more

Back to work

I’ve just finished my third week back at work so I figured it was time for an update as to how it all went. The good news is that everyone was right – the thought of returning is worse than the reality. The night before I went back, I was sick to my stomach at the thought of leaving my baby with someone else all day. And I was upset to be losing so much time with my four year old preschooler... read more

A milestone of sorts

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... read more

Every breastfeed makes a difference

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... read more

Blog March for National Breastfeeding Week

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 To celebrate the week, the Irish Parenting Bloggers group has organised a blog march. Check out the posts so far: October 1st Listen (again) from Awfully Chipper Every... read more

Food is for fun

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... read more

Underhanded marketing?

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... read more

Yay for boobs!

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... read more

Breast Buddies

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... read more

Blog March for World Breastfeeding Week

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... read more

Eight weeks old

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... read more

Feeding through the pain

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... read more

Suddenly it’s easy

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... read more

Just have to share

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... read more

Enough of this crack!

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. I... read more

A visit from the lactation consultant

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, is an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant), and she offers home visits to help with breastfeeding... read more

Two weeks old

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... read more

Help is on the way!

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... read more

Exquisite pain on latching

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... read more

Establishing breastfeeding

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.... read more

Undermining breastfeeding

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... read more

Breastfeeding is not a choice!

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... read more

World Breastfeeding Week

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... read more

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