I tried to nurse him. My heart wanted to nurse him so bad. It was going to be magical once we figured it out. I was sure of it. I obsessed over it. I lost sleep over it. I cried over it. I bled, actually bled over it. Then I tried exclusively pumping.
Postnatal Depression (PND) (also known as Postpartum Depression) is an illness. The Royal College of Psychiatry (RCPsych) states the following: Postnatal Depression is a depressive illness which affects between 10 to 15 in every 100 women having a baby. The symptoms are similar to those in depression at other times. These include low mood and… Continue reading Breastfeeding Grief; Our BetterHelp Resource
(originally published on Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/breastfeeding-vouchers-i-vouch-for-feeding-equality_uk_5a314ef0e4b06a512dd69c8b) On Tuesday 12th December, the Victoria Derbyshire programme featured a segment dedicated to discussing the idea of offering new mothers financial incentives for breastfeeding. They wanted the opinions from women who would be directly affected if this scheme was rolled out nationally. Here’s the background: New research from the… Continue reading Breastfeeding Vouchers? I Vouch For Feeding Equality
Are you ok? It's a question we often ask but do we really pay attention to the answer? A mother struggling with feeding will often isolate themselves due to the absurd belief that every mum will be in a 'love bubble'. For some mums, that bubble never formed. Others encounter unexpected issues which suddenly pop… Continue reading Are You Ok?
At 10 weeks, she started to refuse breastfeeding (by screaming as long and as hard as she could) in favour of the formula top ups I was told she had to have. I cried on her head because I felt like I was not good enough.
Most know breast milk has added benefits, but that doesn’t mean formula isn’t a cracking good substitute. The campaign works but to the detriment of some mothers. I'm lucky; I have a fantastic girl gang who helped me see the good in myself. My baby-blues ebbed but for some the depression takes hold. I am not suggesting this is all linked to feeding, but for a proportion, feeding difficulties play a critical role.
Definition: 'The Black Dog' - depression or sullen mood - was famously used by Britain's WWII leader Sir Winston Churchill referring to his own depressions. When writing to his wife, he talks about a German doctor who may be able to help: "I think this man might be useful to me – if my black dog returns. He seems quite… Continue reading Walking A Fine Line Between Coping & The Black Dog Taking Control