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August 15, 2021
Health visitors are now advising that babies are breastfed until 2 years old (in accordance with WHO guidance). I have a really mixed response to this.🙌🏼 Great! Let’s normalize breastfeeding for as long as parents and babies are happy to do so and let them naturally wean when ready!But also...😬 Egh. So now pregnancy is going to be full of ‘when you have your baby you should breastfeed for 2 years!’ - whilst also failing to provide sufficient post-natal support with breastfeeding AND giving out breastfeeding unfriendly (and often inaccurate and out of date) information.🤓 Breastfeed your baby for 2 years BUT....🤚🏻 Stop breastfeeding if your baby’s not sleeping through the night by X months🤚🏻 Only breastfeed your baby every 3 hours🤚🏻 Introduce formula if your baby is not in a high enough centileEtc etcThere’s no point giving such a high goal if you’re not going to a) give adequate post-natal support and b) change the narrative about NORMAL baby behaviour! It just sets parents up to feel like they’ve failed - and that’s really awful. On so many levels.Breastfeeding is amazing. Often difficult, often bumpy, often beautiful, often amazing. So breastfeed for as long as you want to - or don’t want to. But it should be your informed choice. And you should be supported in that choice.Rachel xxx
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January 16, 2022
Babies change dramatically in their first year! One of the most frequent questions I discuss with my clients at Sarah Hart Photography, is the best ages to photograph their growing baby. Sometimes clients have missed out on the newborn stage which is quite short-lived in the photography world! Here's what I consider to be the key stages and some of the characteristics of the portraits that are generally captured at these ages.
January 05, 2022
The idea of giving birth in water is really popular – the majority of my clients say they would love to. But what is it that attracts us to birthing in water? And why do people rave about it so much?
Here are my top 5 benefits of giving birth in water...
December 16, 2021