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Larissa Waters Breastfeeding – The No Win Situation For Women

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Larissa Waters Breastfeeding In Parliament Shows the No Win Situation For Mothers   Larissa Waters does yet another breastfeeding first https://t.co/A5a18083VE pic.twitter.com/BXMh7vYH5M — Karen Barlow (@KJBar) June 22, 2017   First time I've had to move a Senate motion while breastfeeding! And my partner in crime moved her own motion …

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When Mothers Regret Motherhood

The Project recently aired a segment about mothers regretting becoming mums. Which has naturally a divisive topic. But I think it’s an important topic to allow people to talk about. 

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Why We Don’t Need More Gilmore Girls

gilmore girls

So, I think I’m not the only one who’s first reaction to those final words was to basically panic and search the internet for any kind of indication that they were planning to make more. They can’t end it like this! They can’t. It’s not okay.

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Census and Religion – Just Mark The Right Box

2016 census

The Census is tomorrow and there’s been a few signs around explaining to people that if you are not religious anymore than you should mark the “No Religion” box on the census to provide the most accurate information.

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You’re Entitled To An Opinion But

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You’re probably aware that Sonia Kruger made some remarks about stopping Muslim immigration into Australia yesterday, suggesting it should be “stopped now, because I would like to feel safe....”

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How Target Stole Christmas

target stole christmas

If you haven’t heard (are you living under a rock?!?! It’s all over Facebook!) Target are not having a "Greatest Toy Sale On Earth" this year. So Target are not offering their usual 6 month layby for Christmas alongside the toy sale that they're not running.

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Boy Falls Into Gorilla Enclosure

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People are blaming the mother for "letting" her child fall into the gorilla exhibit. There’s even been a Change.org petition calling for her to be held accountable for the death of the gorilla, 17 year old Harambe.

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Safe Schools Program

safe schools program

The way I see it, there are two main kinds of people in this world. The ones who like strawberry jam and the ones that don’t. Some people say it’s actually a much broader spectrum than just liking jam or not, but whatever. I’m not judging or anything.

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My Concerns with Gender Selection

gender selection

Recently a celebrity I’ve never actually heard of before the last few days, in America, spoke about her IVF process and shared that her doctor allowed her and her partner to choose which of their multiple embryos they would use.

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Do What You Can For Who You Can – #LetThemStay

let them stay

Do What You Can For Who You Can – #LetThemStay   This has been on my mind for a few days, I’m not sure I’m going to express this quite right, because I’m super passionate about this, but I also genuinely want to encourage people to give some thought to …

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No Contraception No Dole – No Deal

Former ferderal Labour MP Gary Johns has written a book titled “No Contraception - No Dole”. This is not a new line for Gary Johns, he wrote a column for The Australian back in December 2014, of the same title.

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No One Is Stealing Christmas

christmas carols ban

Have you ever played that board game, Fact or Crap? The one where you have to sort out the truth from the absolute rubbish? Christmas is getting kind of like that.

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Your Nutella Fail

your nutella

Dear Nutella,We have to talk.Firstly, I want to tell you that I do I love you - and I hope we can work this out. Up until now I felt like we’ve had a pretty good relationship.

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Sesame Street and Autism

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One of the happiest moments for me this week, was news that the awesome people at Sesame street, had introduced a new Muppet named Julia.

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Stephen Acott – “Who Breastfeeds a Three Year Old?”

stephen acott

I recently read your opinion piece published by The Daily Telegraph and I noticed you asked a lot of interesting questions. Perhaps you were being rhetorical but clearly this entire post came from a place of genuinely not understanding and so I would like to take this opportunity to answer some of your questions for you.

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No Valid Argument Against Marriage Equality

marriage equality

This is something I’ve thought about writing for a while and the main reason I haven’t is it feels like it is so incredibly obvious that it really should go without saying. BUT here goes. I’ll say it.

There is absolutely no valid argument against marriage equality.

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Mother Banned From Breastfeeding Because of Tattoo

Mother Banned From Breastfeeding

A NSW Family Court has overturned Federal Circuit Court Judge Matthew Myers' decision to grant an injunction to stop a mother from breastfeeding her son.

The father of the baby raised concerns about the baby’s safety after the mother got a tattoo last month.

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Recent “Helicopter Parenting” Study

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“Helicopter Parenting” is back in the news as a recent study at Brigham Young University has shown that even with parental warmth and love “Helicopter Parenting” may still have a negative impact on a child.

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Budgets, Babies and Back-Flips – Paid Parental Leave

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Everyone is buzzing with the talk of the budget and specifically, the changes to the government Paid Parental Leave Scheme.

The government Paid Parental Leave scheme was first introduced by the Labor government in 2011 and granted all working women 18 weeks of parental leave paid at the national minimum wage.

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KidzAid CPR Challenge

KidzAid CPR Challenge

Today we went along and participated in the KidzAid CPR Challenge, which was to set the world record for the most people learning pediatric CPR in the same place in an 8 hour period.

I was keen to go along and get involved, it’s something that I’m passionate about myself - I think all parents and even grandparents or casual babysitters - should empower themselves to be able to handle an emergency and maybe save someone’s life.

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50 Shades of Ughhh

50 shades

50 Shades of Ughhhhh…..not really my thing.

He stalks her, taps her phone, he’s manipulative and intimidating, he’s not big on gaining true and informed consent and even though he’s a hot billionaire, he does not float my boat, for all of the above mentioned reasons.

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Boys Toys and Girls Toys

With Christmas fast approaching I am faced with an issue that is really bugging me.The whole gendered toy thing.Being a former day carer I completely believe all toys are for all children.

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Why I Don’t Like Mark Latham

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Mark Latham recently wrote an opinion piece directed at Lisa Pryor, titled “Why Left Feminists Don’t Like Kids”.As a lefty and a feminist, I had to click on it. I’ll admit I knew going into it that I wasn’t going to like what he wrote, but I was imagining it was a rant directed at women who choose not to have children (maybe because they’re pursuing a career politics instead – something like that)

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Feminism is the new F-word

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Julie Bishop was raised on a South Australian cherry farm. She grew up and studied hard, eventually graduating with a Law degree. She worked her way up through the ranks of a couple of law firms (notably Clayton Utz where she attained managing partnership) before entering federal politics. She is currently the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party. The first female to ever hold that title and only the third to ever hold the title of Deputy Leader of the Opposition. She is also the current Minister for Forgein Affairs. She is the only female member of Cabinet. Her list of achievements and political portfolios held is far too long to list here.

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Thermomix TM5 – Thermostorm

thermomix TM5

The Thermomix is known for its ability to help you cook up a storm in the kitchen, but the recent launch of the newest model, the Thermomix TM5, has caused a storm of a very different nature.In a nutshell, the new model was launched by Vorwerk without any advance warning or notification- even to their consultants. Consultants were told to be available on the day for new training and were then told of the launch. Meaning people who had taken possession of their TM31 even up until the day before paid full price for what is essentially a superseded product.

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R U OK?

r u ok

Today – and any day – is a good day to ask people that simple question; “R U OK” You might start a conversation that could change someone's life.According to Beyond Blue in Australia:1 in 6 people will experience depression at some stage in their lives.1 in 4 people will experience anxiety.1 in 7 mothers will experience postnatal depression and 1 in 10 mothers will experience antenatal depression. Anxiety is likely to be as, if not more, common.

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Children, Respect and Saying No

children have no respect

This letter was written by 9 year old Chloe. It says: “Dear Parents, It seems you both are a little overly strict tonight. Therefore I do not wish to read with you tonight. But if you change your additude I will be happy to. Goodnight.  From Chloe L Smith.” It’s …

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Diaper Boy Doll Kerfuffle

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A mother bought a doll from Toys’R’Us. This doll was dressed in blue, and labelled as “Diaper Boy Doll” with also the words “Baby cries when he wets” on the front of the packaging. So, this a boy doll that can wee. Now, I can understand having a bit of …

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There is Nothing Wrong with Modern Parenting

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Emma Jenna has been a nanny for 20 years, she is the author of “Keep Calm and Parent On” and she’ has recently written a blog post  “5 Reasons Modern-Day Parenting Is In Crisis” which has gained a lot of attention from parents both applauding her and disagreeing with what she has to …

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If You’re Not Nice On The Internet

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If you're not nice on the internet, you're not nice.Simple enough idea, right?On Friday, Sunrise ran a segment about Alexis Rodriguez, executive director of public relations for Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, and mother, who wrote an article for Yahoo, titled “Beauty after baby: The Honest Truth”The opening paragraph reads:“Two months ago, I gave birth to a baby boy. I’m madly in love with my son and feel blessed that I was able to have a child and that he is healthy. I know how lucky I am, but I have to admit that I resent what pregnancy has done to my body. I understand that the stretch marks, scars and baby weight are badges of honor, but it doesn’t really change how I feel.”

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Nurse-In at Westmead Children’s Hospital

nurse in at westmead children's hospital

Tomorrow (6th of June 2014) between 1pm-2pm Lactivists Australia are hosting a Nurse-In at Westmead’s Children’s Hospital after a mother, Alison Smith, was told by staff in the sibling childcare centre of the hospital that she couldn’t breastfeed her crying child there – she was told she would bother the children and was directed to breastfeed in a nearby storeroom.

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Breastfeeding Beyond Infancy

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So, there’s this women in the UK who’s breastfeeding her 5 year old. Her picture is all over social media. People have been commenting “That’s sick!” “There’s no nutritional value!” “Who is it for, the mum or the child?!” and so on

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Ban Childcare Waiting List Fees

National parent advocacy group The Parenthood is launching a campaign to see all childcare centre waiting list fees banned in Australia.Their data found that in Sydney, in the inner west suburb of Leichhardt 60% of childcare centres are charging parents between $15 and $100 per child just to put their names on a waiting list – this is non-refundable and not a guarantee of a placement. In contrast only 9% of childcare centres in the outer west suburb of Penrith charge for putting a child on a waiting list and they only charge between $10-$50 per family.

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“Helicopter Parenting” is on the Rise.

We've been hearing for a while now that "Helicopter Parenting" (or the academic term "Intensive Parenting" ) may have a detrimental effect on children. By hovering, and managing children's play times, parents may be interrupting their child's creativity and problem solving. Then by swooping in to save children from any discomfort or challenges, their children aren't getting the opportunity to learn from their mistakes, or resolve things on their own, then gaining confidence and independence.

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Dr Christian’s Embarrassing Comments

Dr Christian Jessen is quoted in the magazine as saying: “Breast milk boosts a baby’s immune system, but only for the first six months. After that, it has no effect. As long as they child is having a healthy diet, there’s no harm in breastfeeding. But breastfed older children risk becoming psychologically dependant on their mother. This could result in behavioural problems as they grow up.”

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Newborn to Toddler Apptivity Seat

The Newborn to Toddler Apptivity Seat by Fisher Price  is one of those things that when you’re exhausted, and baby or toddler will not let you put them down for long enough to pee (and you’re sick of either peeing with someone small screaming at door OR peeing with someone small …

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Paid to Breastfeed

Under a pilot scheme in the UK, mothers will be paid to breastfeed their own babies.Mothers involved in the initial trial will be paid $340 in food vouchers in instalments at 6 weeks, 3 months and 6 months if they continue to breastfeed

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Why are we angry with Disneyland?

Disneyland-Rules

Disneyland has just recently changed their rules about lining up for rides with disabled children. If you had a child with disabilities, they were given top priority to cut to the front of the line.

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Early Childhood Educators Shortage

Early Childhood Educators Shortage

Childcare and Nanny Agencies have to recruiting early childhood educators from overseas to meet childcare needs in Australia. As reported by News.com.au, Michael Crosby, from the Childcare union United Voice said “Educators are leaving at the rate of 180 every week. They love the work, but they cannot afford to stay.”

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Lose That Baby Weight!

Is anyone else just completely fed up with the pressure to be thin, sexy, and beautiful – all the time? I’m over it! Completely and utterly OVER IT. Even Facebook keeps telling me, on a daily basis, that I have to lose my baby weight...

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The BIG Latch on 2013

"The Big Latch on” will be held at hundreds of sites around the world, with mother’s breastfeeding for one minute.

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Got to Love Royalty!

Well if you have had your head buried in dirt the past 24-48hrs. You would of heard that the Prince and Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. A nice 8pounder. News reports say it was a natural birth, and they are still discussing names.

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Australian University finds father’s Sperm link to children obesity

Researchers have found obese father’s sperm could increase the risk of their children in being overweight. Dr Tod Fullston, of University of Adelaide, has revealed in a study, using mice, a connection between the father’s sperm and obesity and diabetes-like symptoms in up to two generations of offspring. Dr Fullston …

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Royal Baby Watching

After reading about the history of breasting in the British monarchy I started to wonder how much choice and freedom will Kate and Will have to decide how they parent their own baby.

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“Clueless” Star Promotes Milk Sharing

“Clueless” Star Promotes Milk Sharing Two weeks ago, Alicia Silverstone, star of the movie “Clueless”, started a milk share on her blog The Kind Life, inviting mums to share or ask for donated breast milk for their babies, also providing a platform for mothers to ask specific questions about the donor …

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Blood Test for PND

As reported in the Telegraph, doctors in the UK have developed a blood test which may be an early indicator of post natal depression.

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Barbie is Unrealistic

As great as it was to see an average person doll made, and to see the differences in Barbie and the every day woman. I think we have forgotten that Barbie, was never meant to be REALISTIC. She was meant to be a character, a make believe being like a cartoon character.

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Michael Jackson enticed “Lost boys”

Michael Jackson enticed “Lost boys” After reading this article by “The Mirror UK”  – I am beginning to, no longer be a sit on the fence person when coming to Michael Jackson, and the victims of Neverland. More then 10 kids have come forward over the years, and it’s been a long …

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Child dies after swallowing battery

Child dies after swallowing battery A four year old Tewantin girl, died after swallowing a button sized lithium battery on Sunday night. She was rushed to hospital than air lifted to Brisbane, but could not be saved. Within one to two hours of becoming lodged in a position, Lithium Batteries, start …

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Nurse In at KB Thai

Nurse In at  KB Thai On Friday 10th of May, Bruce Sands posted this message on KB Thai, a restaurant on the Woy Woy, NSW, Facebook Page: According to Bruce’s message his wife, Ling Sands, was breastfeeding their three month old baby at KB Thai restaurant, a staff member had approached them and …

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Mother Drowns Her Two Sons (Reponse)

On Facebook this morning, I came across a friends post about a case currently in the media where a woman with severe mental health issues drowned her two young sons, and I wanted to discuss depression and what should happen to someone who did this to their own children. Click here for the link.

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Satellite Cafe Nurse In – No Apology

Satellite Cafe Nurse In – No Apology The turn out was great, a lot of mums, dads, beautiful babies and toddlers, members of the community and media came out to Satellite Cafe this morning to show their support to Reagan Matthews who was discriminated against by the owner of this …

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Nurse In At Satellite Cafe

Yesterday in Sydney, in a Newtown Café, a mother was asked by a staff member to stop breastfeeding her baby following complaints made by other patrons.

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