World Breastfeeding Week: Exclusively Expressing 3 years on

For those of you who may not know the backstory, I documented our early experiences in previous posts about our antenatal diagnosis and the first year of exclusively expressing. I haven't got round to more of an update than that, but this week seems fitting as it's World Breastfeeding Week and will also be the... Continue Reading →

Almost 3!

I realise that I haven't updated for quite a while now. It's been hectic to say the least; Isabelle started school, Phoebe was born two days later, Isla started preschool & medical needs have continued to keep us busy. That's without general day to day life! It's Cleft Lip & Palate Awareness Week so I've... Continue Reading →

Exclusive pumping – the lowdown

So you're exclusively pumping. Some start this journey by chance, others know this will be their only option or choice before birth. Either way, it's really important to get the right information and support. Not many health care professionals are clued up on exclusively pumping but there are some great pockets of other information and... Continue Reading →

The most magical place

We booked a 4 night, 5 day trip to Disneyland Paris at the end of last year. We are huge Disney fans and when I found a great deal, after a pretty awful year for both girls, we decided they deserved a special treat. As usual, packing was a mammoth task in itself. We had... Continue Reading →

Pumping and slings!

I've discussed this topic so many times with a group of ladies who are part of an exclusive pumping Facebook group I am in. There is guidance and information pages for breastfeeding and bottlefeeding in slings. But what about when you need to pump but can't put the baby (or toddler) down? I decided to... Continue Reading →

Things tube feeding parents want you to know

Yes, we did try hard enough After palate repair, we tried every specialist bottle/teat combo imaginable, every cup, syringe feeding, different temperatures of milk, every feeding position imaginable, pain relief, thickeners, reflux medication, mixing milk with food, feeding little & often, feeding 3 hourly, topping up with the tube hourly, not topping up until the... Continue Reading →

Life with a gastrostomy tube

Isla has had her new feeding tube for almost 3 weeks now so I thought I'd write an update and explain a little more about the third type of tube Isla will have in a few weeks time. Because Isla had open surgery and things were in the wrong place, her surgeon was unable to... Continue Reading →

Top 10 hospital stay essentials

We are no strangers to hospital stays in the Young household. Every time we are admitted, whether elective or emergency, there are always some things to take with us! So here are my top 10 essential items for a hospital stay with little ones. 1. Sling If I could only pack one thing, it would be this.... Continue Reading →

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