Rebecca’s second son was born early, and spent several weeks in Special Care. Here she writes of that difficult early time, and of learning to balance her fragile newborn’s needs with those of her older child. Throughout my first pregnancy I felt like some sort of earth goddess woman – strong and … [Read more...] about Mothering through special care
Breastfeeding Matters is the LLLGB members' newsletter, with news and views from LLLGB and inspiring stories from our members.
You can support the work of of LLLGB by becoming a member, and receive six copies of Breastfeeding Matters a year. Here are a selection of articles from the newsletter.
My son - who is my second child - recently turned two, and just seems to cry really easily. I try to be patient and give him 'loving guidance' but it seems that as soon as anything happens that he doesn't like, he just bursts into tears. I'm afraid I'm getting a bit sick of this, and I don’t … [Read more...] about Have I mollycoddled my son for too long?
“I need some sleep! I'm at the end of my tether now my son is 10 months old. I thought his sleep had started to improve a little (he was ‘only’ waking once or twice a night) but in the past few weeks he's gone back to being up every hour, and always needing to nurse to settle. I'm just exhausted, … [Read more...] about I Need Some Sleep!
This article is part of a series discussing the LLL philosophy concepts. You may be aware that there are ten concepts underlying what LLL does. As Leaders we sign up to these, and they help to shape our responses, the way we run meetings, and the type of information that we provide. Breastfeeding … [Read more...] about Fathers concept – it’s not just about dads!
Vicky had a lot of troubles when she started breastfeeding her son: she turned to LLL for practical advice, and stayed for the emotional support that comes from being surrounded by like-minded mothers. 'I'll give breastfeeding a go but I'm not going to martyr myself or my baby doing it'. So I … [Read more...] about Finding my people
Laura reflects on how she came to be breastfeeding a toddler I never planned to feed a toddler. Like many mothers to be, I wasn't prepared on what it meant to breastfeed my baby. We wait later to have our children, we grow up, and move away from home. Many professional friends choose not to have … [Read more...] about Russian dolls
Karem explains her answer to this question that so many mothers are asked A few days ago my husband’s friend came for dinner and, as one does to be polite, sought to make conversation with me. Awkwardly unsure of how to phrase the question, he looked at me, stay at home mother of two toddlers and … [Read more...] about So what do you do?
Graziella faced an unusually steep set of challenges when returning to work, but with all three of her children she managed to fit breastfeeding into her schedule. Sitting on an hospital bed in December 2008, I had a mixture of feelings: trepidation in the wait to see my baby, worry about the … [Read more...] about My journey to returning to work
Estelle’s baby’s birth didn’t go to plan and they battled with getting breastfeeding started. Here, she writes about their path through a rocky first few weeks. I had decided long before my daughter was born that I was going to breastfeed: I spent a lot of time educating myself at antenatal … [Read more...] about When something just isn’t right
Rosie’s low milk supply has meant that she has used an at-breast supplementer since her son was five weeks old. Here she tells us the practical details of how this is working for her and her son. I have been using an at-breast supplementer system for six months now, and it has made a … [Read more...] about In praise of at-breast supplementers