Breastfeeding advice

Brilliant post by my friend Jenna on breastfeeding advice!

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After speaking to many new mums it became apparent that there isn’t enough info given during pregnancy about the realities of breastfeeding. I’m glad I’ve been quite public on Facebook and Instagram about the fact I’m breastfeeding because it’s meant a couple of people have felt able to reach out and ask me for help or tips. Some of this I learnt from a friend of mine, who’s little girl is 6months older than Harvey and has been wonderfully helpful during not just our breastfeeding journey but absolutely anything I’ve needed help with.

You’ve gone through labour and there is suddenly a tiny human in your arms. As soon as possible skin to skin, and hope baby knows what to do, because it seems we certainly don’t.
Ask for help. There are breast feeding peer workers, health visitors, midwives all around to help. Some better than others. Having breastfed doesn’t…

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5 Ways I’ve Survived Maternity Pay

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Maternity pay varies depending on your job and situation. Some companies offer full pay for a whole year, imagine that! Others offer a middle ground of a top up with a written contract that you have to work an agreed amount of weeks upon your return or else you have to pay the top up money back. Others don’t offer anything and you are left with statutory pay. So you have up to 12 months off work with your little one, but after a few weeks or months you soon realise your maternity pay SUCKS.

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Xavier’s Birth Story Part 2: Labour

So there we were on Wednesday 9th November getting ready to go to Bolton Royal to be induced. On the way I remember my back starting to ache quite a bit, but I just put this down to being uncomfortable. We arrived and were shown to a bed in a bay where we were left to wait for about an hour before anyone came and saw to us. In this hour I was so uncomfortable, jumping up off the bed and onto the chair, then up and went and found a birthing ball to try and sit on. I just could not get comfortable but again I put this down to just being anxious about everything. Continue reading

Xavier’s Birth Story – Part 1: The Long Game

So I’ve decided to write up my labour story, it wasn’t the best experience, but was by no means the worst either. My baby arrived safe and healthy and I’ve come out the other side doing just fine too. I’m not writing this to unsettle any pregnant ladies, I think the more you know and are prepared for labour, the easier it is when unexpected events crop up. I found that my ante-natal classes were quite basic and didn’t cover a lot of things that happened to me, and didn’t say anything about what can happen when you are induced. Continue reading