Monthly Archives: April 2013

Crying over spilt milk

 ‘No need to cry over spilt milk’: the person who first came up with that saying surely must never have spent half an hour trying to express an ounce of milk. So goes the ‘joke’ amongst breast-feeding mothers. To me, … Continue reading

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Navigating the high seas

This week I interrupt my series on the history of breastfeeding to describe my most daring experiment with ancient cosmetics yet. How fitting then that the recipe I attempted to recreate is attributed to a certain Pelagia, whose name evokes … Continue reading

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Plus ça change…

Women who choose never to breastfeed sometimes do so for aesthetic reasons: breastfeeding, they argue, will damage their beautiful bosom. Does breastfeeding damage boobs? The jury is out on this one. Breastfeeding advocates maintain that this is one of the … Continue reading

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