How important it is to talk about breasts
Reading The Breast Book by Emma Pickett, I was reminded how important it is that we talk about breasts and the amazing things they can do. Emma writes about the science of breasts and breast milk, arguing that if people are more aware of how the process works, they are more likely to understand problems when they breastfeed. Throughout the book are women’s stories about their breasts and this inspired me to write mine down for my daughter. She will probably be eye-rollingly embarrassed if I suggest we talk about it, so I’ve written my story for her to read and discuss when she is ready.
Different ways we can do our best to reduce our environmental impact
In this issue we have focused on eco disposables. However much we may aspire to throw away as little as possible, sometimes life gets in the way and we find ourselves appreciating the convenience of a disposable nappy or cotton bud. Or we might not yet feel ready to make the step to washable sanitary pads or nappies. The climate issues can feel really overwhelming at times, and working on this feature has helped me remember that every little step, every moment of acknowledgement, every bit of effort really is important.
How eating the right food helps…
Meghan Douglass-Ellis writes honestly about how a change of focus in her diet and her approach to food helped her feel more energised and positive about her parenting. I’m sure this is something many of us can empathise with. I know that reading this article has made me reflect on some of my less healthy habits.
….and how eating disorders can affect anyone and everyone
While reflecting on some of my less healthy habits, I am also trying not to obsess about them! As with all things in life, I believe our approach to food has to be about balance. When that balance is lost, life can get tough. Samuel Pollen writes very movingly about how an eating disorder crept up on him as a young teen and how his friends and family helped him through it.
The importance of feeling good in what we wear
We all know that feeling – when you put something on and feel great, or when you put something on and it just doesn’t feel right and bugs you all day! What you wear becomes even more important when you are breastfeeding, as clothes have to be practical as well as making us feel good. A fantastic feature from Can I Breastfeed In It? reminds us how a lot of the things we already have in our wardrobes can work for breastfeeding to help us reinvigorate our approach to clothes when nursing.