Babies and Mothers Failed by lack of Investment in Breastfeeding

$4.70 per newborn.

That's how much it would cost to save the lives of 520,000 children under the age of five over the next decade, according to research released this week by UNICEF and the World Health Organisation.

World Breastfeeding Week Giveaway!

To celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, I've partnered with Pocketful of Pebbles and Can I Breastfeed In It? to host a global, virtual nurse-in!

We'd love to see you there and as a thank you for showing up, here's a giveaway...

The Prize:

A NursElet, to keep your shirt out of the way while nursing or pumping.  The NursElet can also be worn as a bracelet in between feedings.

To enter, simply click 'going' on the nurse-in Facebook event, and then just post a breastfeeding picture!




Reminiscing on The Toddler Death Stare

I remember coming home from the grocery store when my daughter was 3 years old and bursting into tears.

The trip had pretty much been a perfect grocery store experience.  There had been no meltdowns, no hanging around by the sliding doors for all of eternity marvelling at their wonder, no pestering for dolls or magazines or onions (I'm not kidding about the onions...)  It had been easy going, smooth sailing, even pleasant.

Until we reached the checkout.

The lady serving us took one look at my little girl and uttered the words that have followed us round for her entire life...

"Oh my goodness!!!!  Her hair!!!!  Look at her beautiful hair!!!!"

(She has awesome hair.)

Then...the killer question: "How old are you?"

My daughter offered this lady only one response: The Toddler Death Stare.

The STFU Parenting Method

It’s no secret that I birth children who do not sleep and that I breastfeed them until they naturally self-wean.

While I am fully content with the choices I've made for my own family, it’s fair to say that there have been many instances in which other people have been…less so.

Usually, a smile and a swift change of subject are my fail-safe responses for dealing with the doubters.  Yet there are a few words that I feel I should have said a long while ago.  Better late than never, right?  So here goes…

"The Second Baby Sleeps" - BS Rating: High

This is my baby boy, awake on his play mat:



And here is my sweet son, awake in his stroller:


And here is my precious little guy, awake in his wrap:


Do you see a theme?

Awake.

Yes, I appear to have birthed an unsleeper.

Or more specifically, another unsleeper.  Because this is my second child to laugh in the face of Sleep.

Breastfeeding in Parliament


Larissa Waters, co-deputy leader of Australia’s Green party, made history this week when she breastfed her baby in Parliament.

The Perils of having an Early Reader



A child will only ask the questions that she is ready to hear the answers to.

This little pearl of wisdom has been an invaluable component of my mommy toolkit over the last five years.  It's been a steady and comforting rule for me, as my daughter has raised questions about death and war, injustice and sacrifice.

Yet when I placed my mommy trust in this golden snippet of clarity, I forgot to take into account one tiny factor:  The Perils of having an Early Reader.