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THE BABY BREAKOUT… STEPPING OUT FOR THE 1st TIME

Staying home and snuggling down with your newborn is bliss, but what happens when cabin fever sets in and you need some fresh air (or a loaf of bread)?

Getting out is essential for everyone’s well-being, but if you’re more shackled than delighted by the notion, it would be understandable. 

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SLEEP BETTER – SWADDLE AND BAG THAT BABY!

The number one issue I deal with as a post natal doula is sleep deprivation!  Let’s face it, sleep is a most basic human need, and we all, in the least, go a little loopy when we’re low on it.  When I was having babies, my husband and I would refer to it as ‘wake torture’.  And it was just that.

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YOU KNOW YOU’VE GOT A NEWBORN WHEN…

When talking with expectant mums, I’ve always majorly underplayed the extent to which their life is about to change.

Sure, there’s going to be lots of new joy, wonder, and excitement, but a newborn, by nature, can leave you a little rattled, scratching your head, wondering how the heck you got yourself here (although I’m sure your memory isn’t quite that bad).

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PREGNANT AGAIN AND GOING OFF THE RAILS ON THE CRAZY TRAIN…

If you’re asked how many weeks pregnant you are and you need to do a quick calculation, resulting in a ‘vague ball-park’ answer, this is likely NOT your first pregnancy. 

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6 Reasons mums STOP breastfeeding

At no point have I ever called me a staunch breastfeeding advocate.

When I was pregnant, I simply assumed that I WOULD breastfeed and that it would be as simple as that.  A generally positive outlook on life (and the fact I was a little clueless) meant I never entertained the thought that breastfeeding could be difficult.

I was in for a rude awakening.

My early breastfeeding days would set the stage for cracked nipples, engorged breasts, infected milk ducts and a baby who would slip off, just when I thought I’d mastered her latch. Read more