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Life of the mind: Good mum/bad mum

Learning not to think in black and white

By Anna Blundy   June 2014

I have a patient who is breastfeeding her first child. I take glowing (though unwarranted) credit for this. A year ago she wasn’t sure she wanted a baby, thought she might hate him or her. She said she didn’t feel pregnant and was going straight back to work after the birth. Basically, she has spent most of her life trying as hard as possible to be a man. Now she was facing up to being a female mammal and she didn’t like it. Understanding why seemed gradually to allow her to accept being female.

For the birth she went abroad…

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