My second child has recently turned one and I find myself once again breastfeeding a wriggling, giggling, distractible toddler. I have been either pregnant or breastfeeding for the best part of four years, which is incredible when I think how hard it was to establish breastfeeding with my … [Read more...] about Finding the right support
LLLGB members receive a bi-monthly publication in the post or via email. Here are a selection of articles from recent issues of the magazine.
I never for a moment doubted that I would breastfeed, it had never even crossed my mind that I might not be able to breastfeed; unless you count the times I imagined what would happen if I died or became hospitalised and wasn’t allowed access to my baby. During pregnancy, I couldn’t really think … [Read more...] about My breastfeeding journey
Before my first baby was born, I fully expected that I would happily return to the teaching work which I loved, and that in most ways my life would carry on as before. My husband and I had just bought a house with a mortgage that depended on our two salaries. I had accepted the terms of my … [Read more...] about Moving heaven and earth
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
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