WITH HINDSIGHT: My Maternity Leave

My 9-month maternity leave is drawing to an end.  I’m back to work in less than a week.  I’m looking forward to it with a mixutre of excitment and apprehension.  I like working, and I always have.  It gives me a sense of accomplishment and with the jobs I’ve chosen I know I’m making a difference in the grand scheme of things. I also love being a Mum and I’ve loved being with little dude every day.  I love seeing him grow and develop. I’m concerned though on how he will settle without me, and how he will cope without being breastfed during the day. I’m going back full-time so he’s doing 2 days nursery and 3 days grandparents.  Continue reading →

WITH HINDSIGHT: Breastfeeding, what I wish I’d known

I’ve been breastfeeding solely nearly 5 months.  I’ve been lucky and it’s been really easy for us from day 1, and we’ve never had a problem (well apart from the time I got mastitis, soooo painful!!).  However, the little man isn’t taking a bottle, even with expressed breastmilk.  He takes one look at it, and bats it away with his tiny hand.  I know I should be persevering with introducing the bottle, but I want an easy life and don’t want to deal with the fussing that accompanies it. Plus, he’s going to be weaned soon, so this will be a moot point. Continue reading →