Pippa’s story – breastfeeding my tongue-tied baby

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Not too long ago, we published a blog about tongue-tie and how it may impact breastfeeding. Today, we give you the very personal, honest and emotional story of Pippa from Gateshead, and her husband Ad, both sharing their experience with their first son Toby.

Remember that each experience is unique, and we are not sharing this story to show you that IF your child has tongue-tie, it means that this is going to be your story too! Continue reading

Tongue-tie and breastfeeding – can mums and babies experience difficulties?

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The technical term to describe tongue-tie is ankyloglossia (but we can stick to tongue-tie, can’t we?), and it’s a congenital anomaly that can reduce mobility of the tongue tip. It happens because the membrane connecting the underside of the tongue to the floor of the mouth (called lingual frenulum) is just a bit tighter and shorter than in most people. Although this is just proof that we are indeed all different, tongue-ties can vary in degree of severity – this is also due to where, under the tongue, the frenulum is attached (either towards the tip of the tongue or towards the back of the tongue). Essentially, tongue-tie has the potential to have different effects on different people, and difficulties in breastfeeding (and then later on in life, if the tongue-tie is severe and not corrected), eating and speech are the most common effects. Continue reading

On Mother’s Day, our Natal wish to all expectant and new mums

Happy mother's day-1It’s Mother’s Day, and here at The Natal Family, we would like to wish ALL mums in the world a fantastic Mother’s Day!

Through our programmes we are very privileged to support expectant and new mums throughout their journey into parenthood (and dads too, but today it’s about the mums!)

One of the practices in our MummyNatal programme, is a kindness mediation – where we focus on the good things we wish for ourselves, our babies, our families and our births, rather than falling into the trap of spending our mental energy on the things we don’t want.

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Oh you’re pregnant!? Has anyone asked you how YOU feel about it?

pregnancy testsExcited, happy, overjoyed, lucky, grateful, impatient, disappointed, in denial, worried, scared, uncertain, anxious, guilty, ‘pressurised’, worried that I can’t share this with anyone yet, alone, terrified, in shock, ashamed, apprehensive while I wait for my first  scan, sad, scared of being judged, unhappy that my body is going to change, that “I can’t yet enjoy it”…

These are only a few examples of the feelings and emotions that a few of us admitted experiencing in early pregnancy. Quite a mixed bag, right? And perhaps some words and phrases in there that you wouldn’t normally associate with pregnancy?

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