For many new mums breastfeeding can be fraught with hurdles and insecurities. It’s little wonder, therefore, that new research has revealed that though almost three-quarters (73%) of women in England start breastfeeding after giving birth, less that half (44%) are still doing so two months later. The survey of 500 mothers commissioned by Public Health England (PHE) found that fears about breastfeeding included that it could be painful (74%), prevent them taking medication (71%) and be embarrassing in front of strangers (63%).
Well, ok you don’t necessarily lose all your mates the minute you give birth, but you may find you’re no longer on the same page as your besties. What you need is some mummy mates to help support, guide and gossip your way through the motherhood minefield. Well, step forward new app Peanut, a sort of Tinder for new parents which aims to help hook up mums with similar interests and experiences.
Janet Jackson has given birth to her first child at the age of 50, whom she called Eissa Al Mana. A statement said that her and her husband Wissam Al Mana were “thrilled” to welcome him to the world – and, according to the BBC, that “Janet had a stress-free healthy delivery and is resting comfortably”.
Do your friendships change post motherhood? If you found making time for your mates pre-kids tricky you can forget about it post mummyhood, friends you swore BFF allegiance to over porn-star martinis disappear into the night never to be heard from again and the mere thought of a girly gossip in the pub has you yawning. The friend-ing post-baby topic is something that’s caught the attention of parenting blogger Jess Bovey of New Mum Club.
Blogger Constance Hall finally decided to speak out about the criticism she received after one particularly blatant incident of double standards. Writing on Instagram, the mum explained how she had recently had to change her baby daughter’s nappy in the park because there weren’t adequate changing facilities.
“While putting Christian’s pool hat on, a woman (maybe mid 50s) comes up and makes conversation with me about Christian. Lexi later joked she thought about hitting her – but, after taking a deep breath, delivered a calm and collected response.
The internet is jam-packed with new mums competing to show the grim reality of motherhood. Labelled “motherhood uncensored”, Amanda said that she was sharing the image on Facebook because it was “real”.
After her three sons started receiving criticism for having long hair, one mum has hit back on Facebook by writing her very own ‘Little Boys’ Hair 101′. “There is actually no reason you need to know what a child has between their legs.
For most women make-up is the last thing on their minds when they’re in labour - while awaiting painful contractions, thoughts of primers and lipstick shades probably don’t register. Alaha Majid made sure she had her kit to hand during her labour, turning her hospital bed into a bonafide beauty station in order to apply full makeup. “I was pausing during contractions and picking up where I left off once the contractions passed.
A mum’s sarcastic post about super-healthy chicken nuggets has gone viral, having struck a chord with parents everywhere sick of being lectured to.
In fact, Stacey said her first word just a week before before her daughter, who is now nearly three years old. Stacey, now 25, said: “I was learning to do everything again at the same time as my youngest, Aurora, who was learning for the first time. Following her stroke in March 2014, Stacey, who is also mum to Leo, seven, and Tommy Lee, four, had to learn to do everything again with the help of husband Jason, 30.
In comparison to the other Kardashian-Jenner women, Kourtney is relatively private and tends to steer clear of posing for racy magazine covers and sultry selfies. The Kardashian-Jenner Cosmo cover has received mixed reviews.