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  • Have breastfeeding trials been a success

    Have vouchers for breastfeeding trials been a success

    When the government first announced its ‘Vouchers for Breastfeeding’ scheme there was mixed reaction. The trial scheme was introduced in order to address lower rates of breastfeeding in more deprived areas of the UK. Initially, Mums in three different areas of South Yorkshire and Derbyshire were offered shopping vouchers, valued up to a total of

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    Dealing with difficult babies

    Dealing with difficult babies

    As a mum-of-two, I wouldn’t say that either of my kids were ‘difficult’ babies. Sure, we had the colic, the weaning issues and a few sleep blips, but broadly I feel that I got off fairly lightly. For some parents their reality seems very different. From the outset their babies are restless, fussy, and difficult

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    What I wished I’d known about labour and birth

    Every mum will have their own birth story or tips they’ll share with you; from where they were when they went into labour to the magical moment their precious little bundle entered the world. But there’s often a few crucial facts that seem to get left out of the equation. Facts that most mums to be

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    choosing baby names

    Choosing baby names

    Choosing a name for your baby can be great fun. But where do you start? When I was pregnant with my first child I eagerly read books and logged into countless online lists for ideas. It quickly became overwhelming. At first I looked alphabetically, but there are so many options under the letter ‘A’ alone

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    Coping when Friends are Falling Pregnant but you Can't

    Coping when Friends are Falling Pregnant but you Can’t

    There is a line that countless women cross every day – the one that sees them shift from ‘Simply Female’ to ‘Prospective Mum’. The decision to try for a baby is thrilling. It’s life changing. And for the majority of women the new status of ‘Prospective Mum’ shifts to ‘Happily Pregnant’ relatively quickly. But for

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    What happens if maternal instinct doesn't kick in

    What happens if maternal instinct doesn’t kick in

    No matter what your views on babies and children before you fall pregnant, once a woman conceives it’s expected that maternal instinct will suddenly appear from nowhere. But for some expectant and new mums that just isn’t the case. What is maternal instinct? The Collins English Dictionary defines maternal instinct as: “The natural tendency that

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