Mastitis in a crisis

Mastitis in a crisis

It is a scary time for new mums.  Most of us don’t want to “bother” the NHS with anything and definitely don’t want to leave our homes for support. However, I am hearing from a number of women who are battling severe mastitis (and worse) at home and not seeking the...
Everyone else is coping

Everyone else is coping

Becoming a new mum can be totally overwhelming at the best of times. Add in a global pandemic, and the sense of loss, isolation and sadness is palpable. In my work supporting women with feeding, I am hearing from many mothers who feel like they are the only ones not...
Breastfeed, top up, express, repeat

Breastfeed, top up, express, repeat

When a newborn baby is not putting on as much weight as expected, or has lost more than about 8% of birth weight by day 5, mothers are often advised to “top up” after feeds. A typical pattern is to spend a set amount of time attempting to breastfeed and then offer...
Overwhelmed with advice?

Overwhelmed with advice?

“My mother in law insists that I put my baby down so that he learns to fall asleep on his own.  But I don’t want to, I like cuddling my baby to sleep.” Mothers regularly talk about the (often conflicting) advice they receive from family, friends, online and from and...
But the app says…

But the app says…

“Cathy, my app says he has been at the breast for a total of 4.5 hours today.  Is that enough?” “Sorry I missed the drop in, the app says that he is meant to be sleeping right now” There are so many baby tracker apps available to new parents these days.  In the first...