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A Letter: To the Mum with the kids who don't sleep

We see you.


We know you think it’s your fault, because you’re the mum, so if they can’t sleep you must be doing something wrong.


We see you.


We know that when you share with others why you’re so tired, you are bombarded with advice. You have to politely show interest and say, ‘Yeah, I’ll give that a go.’ But we know you already tried that.

What exercise as a mum really looks like…

I’ve been doing that thing. You know, that thing I go through every few months. 'I’m going to get fit', I say! I’m going to eat better! I will not eat another family bag of M&Ms, to myself! (I say as I literally pop a few in my mouth).

I joined an online exercise program. One for mums. I was excited! I was motivated! And to be honest really enjoying it for the 4 days that I’ve been trying.

When my husband told me to give my baby as much breastmilk as our baby wanted ...

 

Sometimes you feel like feeding your baby is your role and yours alone. You’re the one physically supplying the milk when you’re a breastfeeding mum, so that job can, at times, bear weight on your shoulders.

But when you have a partner or support person who encourages you and supports you in your decision, the role becomes lighter, more enjoyable and more doable! You know you’re not alone and it is indeed a team effort.

This was definitely the case for me.

And so this is Christmas!


In the spirit of Christmas, Kayla reflects on her own experience a few years ago. The Christmas holiday season is an exciting time. But sometimes — despite the expectations, the decorations, the planning and the reuniting of family — the reality is far more interesting and let’s be honest …a little bit funny. Well, once you look back in hindsight.

It begins with the drive

Have you made the call?

As we approach the festive season and look towards celebrating the 10th anniversary of the ABA’s National Breastfeeding Helpline, I have been thinking about how lucky we are to have an organisation on call 24/7, helping us to feed our babies.

What can often be perceived as a simple part of life can at times be very overwhelming and may come with a few challenges. However, with the right support, these can be overcome.

When you look back...

 

I’ve been drowning. Drowning in mess. Drowning in tantrums. Toddler urine. Soiled clothes. Trying to leave the house. Trying to get home in one piece. Drowning in just a few of the difficult elements of what being a mum entails.

After having my second baby and despite loving having this sweet little human in our lives, keeping my head above water with a toddler as well (not to mention those of you who have even more children) has been a new adventure.

Why your mummy friends will be the best friends you'll ever have

Through every stage of life, we encounter people who become integral parts of our existence. Some connections may even last a lifetime. But the friends you make when you become a mum are unlike any other friendship you will ever have.

Motherhood is no mean feat. The great highs and lows associated with this all consuming role requires a circle, a network, a village to survive. These mums become your shoulder to cry on, your witness to milestones, and the sunshine during a stormy day.

Mums need mums.