Hi all! I was super thrilled to be invited on to speak with Shelley McClure of Pollination Mamas (definitely check out her other work).
We had a really great chat about the state of postpartum culture, my story and my work within the community (and world) to revolutionise postpartum mental health and care.
I really loved this interview - for so many reasons. And I'd love for you to give this a listen!
Ever feel like you're one tiny, shitty thing away from breaking? I talk a lot about feeling "on edge" in the online program and about how to learn to feel your emotions to alleviate some of that build-up. But this is a practice after so many years of being conditioned to believe that emotions are scary and uncomfortable. Well, they can still be those things. But we cannot forget our own skills and strength.
This is one woman's story.
Image: Sven Brandsma
I've linked some books as affiliate links within this article. If you purchase via these, The Postnatal Project receives a small commission at no extra cost to you. How awesome!
I’ve offered to share my experience with night weaning our second child. I hope it can offer some peer support during a very bittersweet time.
On one hand, we don’t want our babies to grow up. On the other, it’s been years now and sleeping in weird positions with one boob out and we’re feeling okay with that changing - even slightly.
We’re going to be doing things differently around here.
I have expressed my frustration most recently that I don’t have enough space in an Instagram caption to fully articulate my thoughts and processes.
Image: Mehmet Turgut Kirkgoz
Breastfeeding a newborn:
"Ohhh, nothing of more comfort than mum, hey? Do you need some water beside you?"
Breastfeeding a toddler:
"Oh, she's just doing that for comfort."
*preschooler yells for a snack and rips a book, washing sits wet in the basket, dinner burns, kind of need to go to the toilet, start walking around with toddler attached doing things one-handed, world implodes*
Image: Melissa Askew
I talk about this a lot and I'm nearly always met with a bit of resistance. And that's totally okay.
Becoming a parent CAN be traumatic.
The thing about trauma is that it is SO personal and so individual.
Did anyone see this poem by Annie Ridout?!
"I've just had a baby -
I was standing in front of Parliament House in Canberra in February of this year.
It was early in the morning and my teeth were chattering from the nerves and the cold. My alarm went off at 5am but I hadn’t slept. I’d breastfed and soothed a 12 month old through the night. I was due to be on live TV any moment. I was in Canberra after being selected as a Trailblazer as part of the ABC Heywire program. It was already an epic adventure - and to have this opportunity to talk about The Postnatal Project on primetime TV was massive.
A post by @bymariandrew on Instagram struck a chord with me this week. And I've been thinking about it ever since.
Mari wrote about the different types of loneliness. Check it out here.
The thing is, loneliness is so relative. What feels lonely to one person can feel like positive solitude for another. Motherhood is no exception. And there is no weakness in struggling with loneliness.
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