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World Breastfeeding Week: The Importance of Supportive Partners

World Breastfeeding Week: The Importance of Supportive Partners

The benefits of breastfeeding are both immediate and lifelong – it provides on-tap nutrition as and when baby needs it and creates the building blocks of brain development and immunity that will carry your child through life.  The fact that something is natural doesn’t mean that it comes naturally or is easy and breastfeeding is no exception. It takes practice ... Read More »

Beyond the ‘Baby Blues’: Recognising & Supporting Post Natal Depression

Beyond the ‘Baby Blues’: Recognising & Supporting Post Natal Depression

Becoming a mother is expected to be a joyous and happy occasion, full of Kodak moments.  The transition to motherhood is a period of intense change – physically, emotionally and mentally – that can be incredibly overwhelming. When the dreams about motherhood don’t always match the realities, it can be both frustrating and disappointing. At first, when they come home ... Read More »

Love Parenting Survey

Love Parenting Survey

At Love Parenting we really value your feedback! We are always trying to improve our website and can only do this if you tell us what you like and what information you find helpful.   This survey will take approximately two minutes to complete and  if you wish you may enter a draw for two €25 Boots voucher.   *Please be aware that we ... Read More »

Parenting through grief: It was the best of times; it was the worst of times….

Parenting through grief: It was the best of times; it was the worst of times….

Our family of three was now a family of four and I felt we were now complete. The unbridled joy at welcoming my second daughter is a joy familiar to many. What was different in my scenario was that just under three weeks after my daughter’s birth, my father died. The absolute conflict of feelings at a time, when emotions ... Read More »

Positive Affirmations for Pregnancy

Positive Affirmations for Pregnancy

Positive affirmations are positive words, phrases or sentences said repeatedly with conviction and attention. Rather than blanket positive thinking, affirmations are simply a way for you to take the steering wheel on your thoughts, and therefore have a huge effect on the way you feel and the experiences you have. Positive affirmations can have a dramatic effect on one’s outlook ... Read More »

6 Effective Ways to cope with Labour

6 Effective Ways to cope with Labour

We all worry about how we are going to cope with labour and it is daunting the first time around. Of course each labour is different so there is always some apprehension, even for mums heading into their second or subsequent labour. If you feel prepared and understand labour, it somehow helps you and your partner to cope more effectively. ... Read More »

Birth Plan; Do I need one? Yes!

Birth Plan; Do I need one? Yes!

“Do I need a birth plan?”  I hear you ask.  Who will read it? Sure will I just go with the flow as labour can be so unpredictable? YES, you do need a birth plan, whether you actually write it down or not, is up to you. It is very important to discuss this with your partner. There is no ... Read More »

Avoiding a Crysis: Advice for parents on understanding and coping with a crying baby

Avoiding a Crysis: Advice for parents on understanding and coping with a crying baby

Crying is necessary for a baby to communicate. It helps parents understand their baby’s needs. A baby’s persistent crying which continues despite parents best efforts is the most shattering and piercing sounds you can hear. The sound can churn up parents emotionally and can lead to weariness, frustration and a sense of failure. Society often suggests that a good baby ... Read More »

Top 10 Tips for a Great Labour

Top 10 Tips for a Great Labour

Many mums ask me is there any way to predict when their labour will start and my answer is no; we don’t fully understand what triggers the onset of labour and there is no way to predict exactly when it is going to start. Pregnancy is an exciting time but many mums worry about how they will cope with labour ... Read More »

Helpful Hints for New Dads

Helpful Hints for New Dads

Expecting a baby can be a stressful, confusing and emotional time for dads too. Sometimes it is hard to know where you fit in. What’s the right thing to do? Don’t be afraid to ask questions and get advice. Talk to each other about how you are both feeling. The baby will seriously disrupt your love life. Talk about this ... Read More »