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That’s not a headline about big breasts being better for breastfeeding (I wonder if there’s research done into that… could end up arguing women should fatten up/slim down to improve baby’s chances!), rather an article reporting that Kathryn Blundell, deputy-editor of Mother and Baby magazine, has written an article about her choice to formula feed (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/women_shealth/7857192/Breastfeeding-is-creepy-says-parenting-magazine.html).

It’s interesting mainly because she claims she did it because she wanted her body back and she found it ‘creepy’. Fair enough. Apparently there’s been the usual backlash from the usual suspects, but I’m glad to see a woman standing up for herself and her own choices.

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Just saw this in the Mail:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1287357/Clegg-vows-end-tradition-women-doing-bulk-parenting-offering-flexible-leave-dads.html
Clegg is apparently saying we need to challenge the idea that mothers will be the main carers. Hallelujah. What’s not so clear is what will happen to the pre-election Labour promises. From 6th April this year new regulations are supposed to mean that parents of children due or adopted on or after 3rd April 2011 can choose who will take leave to look after them. More specifically, fathers should be able to take up to 26 weeks additional paternity leave and this can be paid if taken during the mother or partner’s Statutory Maternity Pay period.

Clegg is setting up a new ‘Childhood and Families Ministerial Task Force’ to look into how more equal parenting (amongst other things) might best be achieved. Let’s hope the Labour plans aren’t ditched in the meantime as they are a great step in the right direction.

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