Category Archives: Children’s History

Nursing dolly

Over the last few weeks, I have been working on a new project, which is really exciting. Together with other members of staff at Cardiff University, we are planning an event for the National Eisteddfod of Wales, which is a … Continue reading

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Breastmilk and other bodily fluids

UK news have been awash with breastfeeding this last week. A mum of a 12-week old baby was told to cover up while nursing at posh hotel Claridge’s. This was followed by a media frenzy, with commentators on both sides of the … Continue reading

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She-Wolf

Today Big Boy T and I went to Ostia Antica, the ruins of the harbour of Rome. I thought I would blog about the midwife Scribonia Attica (second century CE), whose tomb is supposed to be somewhere in Ostia. Let’s just say … Continue reading

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A dragon lives forever but not so little boys and girls

It has hit me: Toddler G. is no longer really a toddler. Age-wise, he still is only under 30 months, but he does not toddle any more, except when he runs (and he runs a lot – and fast). And … 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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The Milky Way

 So I have gone back to the office… my year of maternity leave has come to an end. It can only be a bitter-sweet moment. Although it was hard work at times, I have enjoyed this year a lot. First … Continue reading

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Some teething problems

Teeth: I am dealing with a teething baby at the moment and I must say I wish humans were born with their teeth like some other animals. I am sure there are reasons why homo erectus is born toothless, but they … Continue reading

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