Breastfeeding

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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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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Breastfeeding Mothers: Set up to Fail

Recently, a bout of mastitis landed me in an after-hours medical clinic with an unfamiliar GP. I described the problem and he dutifully prescribed me antibiotics. Having not had mastitis in over 12 months I was unfamiliar with how often I should be feeding from the affected breast, so I asked the Doctor. My question […]

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