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Breast feeding: it's not my favourite sport

Breast feeding: it's not my favourite sport

We have clocked up three months of the intense sport of breast feeding and, in retrospect, we have fared quite well. Last time, by three months I was beginning to wean: I’d had five rounds of mastitis (with two more to come,) nipple thrush and a life spent eating, feeding and sleeping to keep the energy up to feed the twins had taken its toll...

Teething

Teething

Who would have thought a teething child causes more sleepless nights than a newborn.  Well this is my life right now.,,

Zac, me, childcare and sickness!

Zac, me, childcare and sickness!

After having Zac in childcare for 4 months now, I am beginning to wonder if it's all worth it! The amount of sickness we have had in this four months feels like what some people would have in a life time...

Challenging and changing the language of parenting

Challenging and changing the language of parenting

We use all words, phrases and ideas to describe newborns, parenting and motherhood. Jane Fisher explores whether these are helpful ...

Kelly and Zac at 10 months

Kelly and Zac at 10 months

We have hit the 10 month mark...I can’t believe how time has passed by so quickly.  My baby is no longer a baby – he is a little person now...

Taking on your new role as a 'parent'

Taking on your new role as a 'parent'

Becoming a new parent is a bit like starting a new job except that you probably have none of the required skills ...

My mum

My mum

As Alex learns, becoming a parent can give you a newfound appreciation for your own ...

The waiting game...

The waiting game...

I am now in my third week of maternity leave and I am not quite sure what to do with myself as my baby has been threatening to arrive since the second trimester...

It's essential to share the load

It's essential to share the load

As Alberto has discovered, it's essential to share the load of both paid and unpaid work when you have a baby.

Pregnancy, babies and budget papers ...

Pregnancy, babies and budget papers ...

Kelly O'Dwyer, Federal Member for Higgins, reflects on pregnancy as a first time parent ... and what life will be like juggling a new baby and the nation's budget papers!

Men and postnatal worry

Men and postnatal worry

What are the common sources of worry for new fathers?

How will technology effect my new baby?

How will technology effect my new baby?

One of the things that stands out to Alberto most, as he settles into his new role as a father, is how different the world is now to when he was a boy.