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I don’t dispute that breast is best but it’s really not as simple as that.

When I was pregnant with Kitty there was not a doubt in my mind that I was going to breast feed for as long as possible.  I was certain of it.  I was convinced that it was the most natural thing in the world and the very best thing that I could do for her.  I had friends who told me that their supply hadn’t been up to the job but I had considered that to be more about confidence than biology.  Of course you had enough milk,  everyone...

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A heartfelt tribute to women who suffer with Severe Morning Sickness

Until relatively recently, it was believed that ‘Morning Sickness’ was psychosomatic.  It was a hysterical reaction by hysterical women to a situation that they were suddenly quite frightened off. The cure was getting the hell over it. Fortunately we know a little more these days but there is still sometimes a feeling that the discomforts of pregnancy are something that women should forebear with a smile.  I understand, there...

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Why I’m having a second Child

Here’s a funny thing. There was a time when having more than one child was so normal that the decision not to have a second one needed to be defended. I know, I grew up, an only child, in that era. This week I announced that I was pregnant with my second and have been told that I am ‘brave’, even ‘crazy’. Parents with one have commented how busy they already are, as if to say that the whole thought of having two children is terrifying. It...

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