"We feel as though we need to follow society's stigma on what we should look like when in fact we should just do what we feel works for us."
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.