A woman’s smile

A bottle-feeding mother sees a breastfeeding mother and smiles. She thinks ‘I wish I had stuck at breastfeeding, she looks so serene and Earth-Motherly, knowing she is doing the best for her child, but it was just too hard’.  The breastfeeding mother smiles back at the bottle-feeding mother and thinks ‘If only I’d introduced a…

Parenting Guilt: killing confidence since the dawn of time

Things I have felt guilty about this week include: – formula feeding (creeps in on an almost-daily basis, that one) – early weaning – lack of exercise (me) – level of chocolate consumption (me)  – amount of TV watched (kids) – not enough vegetables eaten (all of us) – using heaps of shop-bought purée  –…

When breast isn’t best

I have two beautiful daughters, both of whom are happy, healthy and thriving. I am truly blessed. One is 28 months old, the other is 9 weeks. I have spent a combined total of 9 days of their lives breastfeeding. When Rose was born I was planning to exclusively breastfeed, in fact I was quite…