When Only Mummy Will Do: Toddler Parent Favouritism

Having your toddler showing favouritism to one parent is completely normal. But it is also extremely challenging. My son is so attached to me that even having me leave the room can send him in a meltdown. I hear the words “I want Mummy” at least twenty times a day. Poor Daddy has to deal with him screaming “I don’t want you, I want Mummy” also at least twenty times a day. Here are some ways we have learnt to cope in our household.

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Breastfeeding a Toddler: Coping with Criticism

As the breastfeeding mother of a toddler, I have encountered my fair share of judgment and criticism. It would appear that, if you choose to breastfeed your baby past 12 months of age, you are almost guaranteed to come across some kind of negativity. Upon first becoming pregnant, women usually go through a crash course […]

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How Pregnancy feels after a Miscarriage

As I looked at those two little pink lines appear on the pregnancy test, those lines I so desperately wanted to see, I should have felt excitement. But instead, I was gripped with terror. Pregnancy for me had recently proven to be fragile, slipping away in a flood of tears and anguish. The instant I saw those lines, I was connected to the life growing inside of me. And petrified that it too would be lost.

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Breastfeeding: An Economic Investment

My current job provides considerable financial benefits to the Australian economy, as well as significantly contributing to the health of our population. And yet despite it’s compelling contribution to society, my job in unpaid and, more importantly, completely unvalued. What is it that I do? I am a breastfeeding mother. ‘But breastfeeding your own child […]

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