Yvette O'Dowd

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Yvette O’Dowd is not your typical grandmother. While her peers are busy making plans for their retirement, in a typical week you will find Yvette running a discussion about breastfeeding, leading a babywearing meet and hanging out at the playground with a group of toddlers and their parents!

Mother of three and grandmother of two, Yvette has been a breastfeeding counsellor since 1992 and remains active in the Australian Breastfeeding Association as leader of a group in south-east Melbourne. In 2014, Yvette founded the Southern Natural Parenting Network (SNPN) and South Eastern Babywearing Group. With a membership of more than 6000 parents across Australia and internationally, SNPN has become a key community for parents seeking a gentle, natural pathway. With a particular focus on five core practices: breastfeeding, babywearing, co-sleeping, baby-led weaning and modern cloth nappies – the network has more than 70 sister-groups and meets regularly in Melbourne and beyond.

Yvette is an Early Parenting Contributor for BellyBelly.com.au and writes a regular “Granny’s Guide …” in Peninsula Kids magazine. She is passionate about supporting parents to follow their instincts when it comes to raising children. She describes herself as an “attached grandmother” who has a strong connection with her 2 granddaughters as well as her 3 adult children.