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Breastfeeding issues? Speak to Nathalie

Breastfeeding is good for your baby. We all know that. But it isn’t always easy. I’ve breastfed all three of my kids and I have overwhelmingly positive memories. But we’ve also been through mastitis, blocked ducts, reflux, tongue tie, allergies, torticollis (my kid’s neck was deformed so he could only feed on one side), thrush and more. Yes, I’m not new…
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Getting out of the funk: An expert’s guide

It’s been a tough week. My son suffered a severe anaphylactic attack and we suspect he’ll now have lifelong allergies, my newborn has bronchitis and I’m getting over pneumonia. Oof. But I’m positive that we’ll get a grip on my son’s allergies. I’m thrilled my blog seems to be taking off. I’ve met many wonderful people here in Chile that…
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Babarrun: a new old favourite play cafe opens its doors

My son, Rafa, recently suffered a severe allergic attack. Until we know what caused it, he can’t go to nursery, so I’ve been watching him 24/7. The thing is, he isn’t sick and he needs to play. He needs to socialise with other kids and he needs to run off his energy. In a moment of desperation when we all…
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How to find an Epipen in Chile

Last week was one of the most stressful of my life. My son suffered a severe anaphylactic allergic attack, we don’t know what caused it and Chile was out of stock of the Epipen adrenaline autoinjectors for use in case of an an attack. I barely slept last week as I messaged, texted, blogged, whatsapped to try and track one…
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Politics could kill my kid, not a pumpkin seed

Last week my son suffered a severe anaphylactic allergic reaction. He nearly died. While we suspect it was caused by a single pumpkin seed, we can’t be sure until we start allergy testing in around five weeks time. The second most disturbing thing, after almost losing my son, is the crazy, dirty world of pharma politics. There’s a global shortage…
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