How to Parent Your Child the Milky Way! Ellie Stoneley, Author of an Award-Winning Children's Story Book, Tells Niamh Griffin about the Parenting Support She Got in Ireland

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How to Parent Your Child the Milky Way! Ellie Stoneley, Author of an Award-Winning Children's Story Book, Tells Niamh Griffin about the Parenting Support She Got in Ireland


Byline: Niamh Griffin

As an older first-time mother, Ellie Stoneley admits that the whole concept of breastfeeding her new baby daughter made her feel anxious and doubtful about her ability to cope.

Yet the obvious health advantages and extraordinary bond she felt when her baby was born persuaded her to give it a try - with results that have transformed her life in many ways.

Her experience was so positive that she decided to write a book on the subject - but not a self-help manual for new mothers like her. Instead, it's an illustrated rhyming book for children and families aimed at normalising breastfeeding within the family and wider community.

'When m daughter was born, I didn't know much y n, ch about breastfeeding. I was 47 so was an older mum and I was scared. Everyone was saying breastfeeding the best bit but the cards I got just d-I m d. ayg is all ust had bottles on them, the same with children's books. There was nothing depicting breastfeeding.

Ellie's book, Milky Moments, is a beautifully illustrated story that celebrates the joy of childhood and mothering and introduces youngsters to breastfeeding as a part of everyday life. Notfun, its aim is to educate and inform. And much her delight, the was voted a winner by the public in Britain's annual People's Book Prize.

just f also t infor to he book win publ ann Boo Ellie Stoneley studied psychology and English literature and has worked all over the world, writes ng and particularly in Ireland. She regularly about mothering about being an older first time mother on her blog Mush Brained Ramblings. …

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