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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A Letter To My Darling First Born: I Miss You Already

My darling first born. I feel the new life growing inside of me. The soft butterfly flutters moving around inside of my slowly expanding belly. The familiar sensations from when I was pregnant with you, all comes flooding back to me. While I am filled with joy at the prospect of bringing another child into the world, my darling first born, I miss you already.

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The Secret to Candid Family Photos

I have always found the idea of family portraits to be a bit daunting.  You know the ones I mean. The whole family perched neatly in a row, coordinated outfits, awkward smiles on faces. Since becoming a mum, I have looked at these posed photos with a new sense of bewilderment. How on earth did […]

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Chicken Tikka Curry with Cauliflower Rice

My toddlers favourite food usually happens to be whatever I am eating at any given moment.  Whilst this insistence on eating whatever I eat has resulted in me having to secretly scoff the occasional chocolate bar in the toilet, it has also presented me with the opportunity to cook shared family meals! Shared family meals […]

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