Alex Smith: The why and how of induced lactation and shared breastfeeding

Why would anyone want to encourage their body to produce breast milk, if they’ve never been pregnant or had a baby? In a worldview comprised of mum, dad, and 2.5 kids, inducing lactation or sharing breastfeeding often doesn’t rate much of a mention. But there are many situations in which inducing lactation, or sharing breastfeeding between both parents, makes sense. ... Read More »

Alex Smith: “Are you feeding that baby again?!” – normal breastfed babies vs social expectations

If you’ve ever breastfed a baby, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve also heard someone – a friend, a family member, a work colleague, a random stranger in an equally random place – pipe up with an offhand comment seemingly designed to undermine your breastfeeding confidence and cast doubt on your intuition. Top of the list for many parents when it ... Read More »

Alex Smith: Dude, where’s my village?

gaybymama breastfeeding

My first column for My Big Gay Family. No pressure, but here’s hoping I do alright. This is a feeling all too familiar from the early days of parenting and breastfeeding: No pressure, but here’s a small, entirely dependent human being. Don’t mess this up. Oh, and we lost the instruction manual, every model is unique, and we don’t accept ... Read More »