If I was to write to myself 10-years ago, I honestly don’t know what I would say.
In terms of the facts of life that would unfold, it would go along the lines:
“You’re going to have a baby, hate being mum, feel a complete failure at it, develop postnatal depression that lasts for 3 years.
But it’s okay, you’re going to be grand...eventually.
It really is time to call time on so many myths about reflux, colic and food allergies in babies.
I believe that these myths are more doing far more harm than good. They let the medics off the hook for treating babies properly, they allow longer term suffering to continue and they completely ignore the knock-on effects to a mothers mental health, the emotional health of her partner and the...
Histamines. Something we are starting to hear more and more about in relation to reflux.
I was first confused as to why some babies with reflux were being prescribed piraton, citrizine and ketotifen. All these medications are anti-histamines of one sort or another, and I could not figure out why they were being prescribed to help babies with reflux.
When I spoke to my local friendly pharmacist,...
Reflux has a cause you say?
Isn't it just something that some babies have and they will grow out if it?
Have you been told that "reflux is normal"?
I'm here to tell you something different. Very different. The complete opposite in fact.
Reflux is not a disease. (despite it's name).
Reflux is not normal, it is common. These are not the same thing.
Reflux can be resolved (I prefer to use...
Do you accept that your baby is born immature?
I mean, they cannot walk, they cannot talk, they can't even see properly at first. And it take quite some time for these skills, and others to develop.
And we accept that the invisible stuff is also immature - like their emotional development, their bone structure, their muscle control and much more...
So why then, do we assume...
I know I really couldn’t give a toss about romance and love when I was buried deep under vomit and diagnoses of colic, reflux and post natal depression.
Yet our partners are there.
They are standing by.
In my case, my hubby was the outlet for my frustration, my anger, my inner feelings of failure at motherhood.
He was my safety net and he got it...
When we google symptoms for reflux there are so many lists that appear.
The trouble with these lists is that they do not make the differentiation that reflux itself, is a symptom.
I believe, 100%, that when we look for the cause of the reflux, that we can address this specifically, and resolve baby's pain. Additionally, when we have read the symptoms properly, taking the action that...
I don't believe in "colic".
I believe that babies are crying, that babies are distressed, that babies need our help and support.
I fundamentally disagree with the definition that a colicky baby is crying for no reason.
Equally, I think Purple Crying is another useless term.
In fact, I believe that both colic and purple crying are phrases coined to allow the medical profession to...
With permission from the amazing Jessica Wimer, I have changed her original blog on www.ScaryMommy.com into a poem. I honestly believed I had seen this in poem version before, but Jessica assures me she is not aware of it!
Jessica is a mom, a certified lactation consultant and is passionate about providing superior support to breastfeeding mums and supporting bottle fed...
Twice this last week I read of doctors stopping special milk for babies, one 6 and the other 9 months old. Both of whom had confirmed Cows Milk Protein Allergy (CMPA).
I immediately reacted with my internal siren blaring “What is wrong with these doctors? And who are they to determine the point at which it’s appropriate for a baby to stop specialised milk?”