Breastfeeding: The End & How I stopped at 19 months

I made a decision I’ve been thinking about for a long time at the start of the month. I stopped breastfeeding Arlo. To some it may not seem like a big deal but as anyone who is or has breastfed their baby will know, making the decision to stop isn’t one that can be taken lightly. On the first of November I just decided to stop  breastfeeding Arlo (with my boobs, obviously I have been giving him food!) and surprisingly it has been easier than I thought. I’ll get on to how I did it in a bit but there were two main reasons why for me making the decision to stop after 19 months and even though I know that that’s a lot longer than many people breastfeed for…

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‘Still feeding’ #WorldBreastfeedingWeek

Yes, we are “still” breastfeeding. Although why people ask like that I’ve no idea really. The WHO advises breastfeeding till two if it suits mum and child. Arlo is 16 months old and shows no signs of stopping whatsoever. He’s never had a nursing strike and would feed all day every day if he could. He certainly attempts to feed all night as it is. I’m not going to pretend I’m all crunchy earth mother about it and love feeding him, gazing at his little face as he guzzlers away. Far from it in fact. I would LOVE to sleep all night without having to a) swap sides every hour when he wakes up pawing at my chest because he’s drained one boob and b) sleep with a duvet keeping…

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Breastfeeding: Hot Milk Chic Nursing Bra

Arlo and I are fast approaching our ‘golden boobs’ award, that’s a year for the uninitiated. It’s true that your boobs change as your breastfeeding journey continues and mine have now shrunk a little compared to what they were in the first few months. All but one of my nursing bras were used when I was feeding Athena so when Hot Milk got in touch to see if I’d like to pick a bra from their new range I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to get a nice new bra in the right size!

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Babywearing: BabyBjörn One Carrier

If you follow me on instagram you might know I’m a big fan of babywearing and being a mum to two children close in age wouldn’t be half as easy if I didn’t carry Arlo so much. The newest carrier we’ve been using is the BabyBjörn One. Now the BabyBjörn name has been synonymous  with baby carriers for many years, in fact my is fairly certain that she had a ‘Bjørn’ when I was tiny in the mid 80’s! For a long time BabyBjörn didn’t make a carrier that was designed for use with a child on your back, then along came the ‘One’ that allows for safe back carries, has an ergonomic seat position, and has been acknowledged as a hip-healthy baby carrier by International Hip Dysplasia Institute. Never one…

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Babywearing: Visiting a Sling Library (Blogtakeover)

So you’ve heard about slings and babywearing, and fancy giving it a bash. ‘OK’ you think, ‘off to mothercare we go’ and you trot off in search of a sling, only to be overwhelmed by a confusing selection of uncomfortable looking contraptions and untrained sales staff. If you’re lucky, you might come away with one of the ergonomic carriers they stock, but if you’re not, you’ll end up with something that is uncomfortable for you and baby that puts you off babywearing forever. Or you might see a friend rocking a great looking sling, get one yourself, and then wonder why the hell you can’t get it to work while your friend trots around town hands free!

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Baby led weaning: the start

I always aimed to wait until Arlo hit 6 months before we started weaning but he was grabbing at food (and playdoh, leaves and grass) and shoving it in his mouth with such determination that we actually started a couple of weeks prior to six months, as we did with Athena. However this time we’re heading down the baby led route 100% with no faltering. I wish I had done the same with Athena but was too led by ‘normal’ weaning and her first tastes were manky baby rice and avocado, along with finger foods a week or two later. I’ve borrowed the Baby Led Weaning book from a friend and am hoping that it will mean that Arlo is less of a fussy eater than Athena is now (although this…

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Shared Baths & Win with Earth Friendly Baby [ended]

I love baths, they’re one of my favourite things ever, and much as I do love a nice long soak on my own in a hot tub with a good book these days a family bath is pretty good fun! I’ve always had baths with Athena, right up until the night before I had Arlo in fact, so was really looking forward to the time when Arlo was robust enough to withstand being in the tub with me and his sister, who loves to splash and pour water over people’s heads! He’s perfectly happy getting dunked because of all his Waterbabies lessons, so can withstand jug after jug of water being tipped over his head by Athena. I really recommend having a bath together as a family, not only does…

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