Meal Plan Monday – Getting Started On Weight Watchers

Happy new year lovely people. How are you all? I’m going to be trying to make quite a few changes with Southwarkbelle this year. More on that in a bit but, at risk of being a new year cliche, I’ve also got a few personal changes to make. The first of those is shifting some… Continue reading Meal Plan Monday – Getting Started On Weight Watchers

Paying Women To Breastfeed: A few things to think about

  Our old friend the NoSH study is back in the news today, I wrote about the feasibility study a while ago but they have now conducted and published a much larger trial looking at financial incentives to encourage women to breastfeed.   What is the Study?  The study looked at electoral ward areas where… Continue reading Paying Women To Breastfeed: A few things to think about

A Mum’s Guide To Dodgy Science: Cause v Correlation

Time for another in my (very) occasional series of posts giving you tips on how to spot a dubious science story. The previous posts covered Publication By Press Release and the problem of Comparing People To Petri Dishes. This one has a few less P’s in it but it’s a biggy, something that crops up… Continue reading A Mum’s Guide To Dodgy Science: Cause v Correlation

Would Women Be 50% Better Off Not Getting Their Health Facts From Jamie Oliver?

Celebrity chef turned healthy eating campaigner, Jamie Oliver, has been telling us all about the wonders of breastfeeding – Queue backlash and counter backlash but has he got a point and do his stats stack up? Embed from Getty Images //embed.gettyimages.com/embed/543731511?et=hZcAOr2zSqhJ-yDTmFmThQ&viewMoreLink=on&sig=cfSDW1KCjhnIXndtJmZYKsmaCYVUJqwctG_uAb6nqMM= I wasn’t going to, I really wasn’t, but then, yeah, stuff it, it’s my… Continue reading Would Women Be 50% Better Off Not Getting Their Health Facts From Jamie Oliver?

A Mum’s Guide To Dodgy Science: Publication By Press Release

Sometimes, it sucks being a grown up. I’ve actually had enough time to write some blog posts recently but other events have left me with a lack of motivation for anything other than eating cake and reading Tudor crime novels under a blanket (it’s a fairly niche slump). Anyway, in an attempt to drag myself… Continue reading A Mum’s Guide To Dodgy Science: Publication By Press Release

Breastfeeding: Not Glorious, Not Grotesque, Just Ordinary

So, inevitably, as soon as the media have finished telling us all how to give birth it’s time to start instructing us on how to feed those born as they should be babies. There were two main stories in the news this week about breastfeeding and a third which touched on it so, as this is my… Continue reading Breastfeeding: Not Glorious, Not Grotesque, Just Ordinary

Paying Women To Breast Feed – Update And Early Results

I wrote last year about a new study that aimed to see if mothers in deprived areas could be encouraged to breastfeed by giving them shopping vouchers if they did. I promised to report back when the results emerged and a few are to be presented soon at a scientific meeting organised by the medical… Continue reading Paying Women To Breast Feed – Update And Early Results