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Staying Mum: What Your Mum Forget to Tell You and Your Best Friends Never Dared!

ISBN: 978-1-74216-994-1
232 pages
January 2011, Wrightbooks
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Becoming a mum is an incredible journey that will change your life forever, but not always in the way you expect ...

Mara Lee's Staying Mum tells it like it is, offering valuable advice about how to stay sane during that first year when, among other challenges, you'll be required to master the art of breastfeeding with bursting bazookas, bottle-feeding without a guilt chaser and settling your newborn baby to sleep on next to no sleep yourself.

Featuring expert advice and seriously useful tips, Staying Mum breaks the code of silence about life as a new mum by revealing the truth about the good bits, the bad bits and, yes, even the ugly bits.

Whether you're expecting your first baby or you're an experienced mum who's ready to look back and laugh, go no further than Staying Mum for a hilarious but practical account of the most exciting challenge most women will ever face.

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Table of Contents

About the author.


1 Honey, it's time!

2 From me to mum.

3 Maternity ward mayhem.

4 Newborn know-how.

5 Getting out and about with baby.

6 Making a boob of breastfeeding.

7 Getting to know your baby.

8 Desperately seeking support.

9 Coping with sleep deprivation.

10 Days from hell.

11 Bottles, babysitters and bedroom antics.

12 Finding formula.

13 From partners to parents.

14 Getting away from it all — with baby.

15 Choosing child care.

16 Six months — the halfway mark.

17 Get set for back to work.

18 The business of being a working mum.

19 Home, safe home.

20 Happy first birthday, baby.

Postscript: staying mum.


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Author Information

Mara Lee has been knee-deep in motherhood since the birth of her own two children, now 11 and nine. She is the long-standing editor of Australia's favourite parenting magazine, Practical Parenting.
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