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Dr Virginia Thorley, OAM, PhD, IBCLC, FILCA

International Board Certified Lactation Consultant


Online info and support - websites

Posted on June 13, 2019 at 5:07 AM Comments comments (98)
With the  proliferation of websites offering information on many topics, including breastfeeding, I was wondering what sites are currently popular with mothers of new (or not-so-new) babies. If you are a new Mum, what websites do you go to?  Do you go to the well-known ones, such as KellyMom (US based), the (Melbourne) Royal Women's Hospital site, and the ABA site? Do you visit other sites you find helpful? Which ones?

As there is a mix of good and not-so-good advice online, which sites do you find relevant and reliable? What features make you suspect that a site isn't up to scratch - that it isn't for you?

Do you interact with an online mothers' group? Is it local or does it provide fellowship and support across time zones? For instance, if you are up at night with a baby, do you go online to chat with mothers for whom it is daytime?

By the way, on the LINKS page of this website I have posted links to other websites with helpful information on particular topics, for instance, safe sleeping or when to start complementary foods (solids). The links are there as a service to you.

Vegetables and toddlers

Posted on November 29, 2017 at 5:01 AM Comments comments (6)
Toddlers and vegetables have been a topic of concern for mothers for years. In this post I'm not going to give an overview, but just mention something that worked in our house. At one stage one of my boys wouldn't eat potato but he  would eat yellow vegetables (carrot or pumpkin). His brother was the opposite - he would eat potato and disliked yellow vegetables.  Later, they reversed their preferences - so confusing! What both boys would happily eat was "yellow potato". Yes, you guessed, both types of vegetables mashed together. They would eat it just mashed together and they would also eat variations of it, made into potato cakes with an egg mixed through, or as "bubble and squeak" with left-over peas or greens.