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Texas Teacher Resigns After Being Refused Time to Pump Breastmilk

A Marlin, Texas elementary school teacher has resigned after the Principal of the school, Wes Brown, refused to provide her with time away from her classroom to pump breastmilk. Anna Johnson-Smith requested teacher’s aids to cover her classroom for short durations during the day so she could pump on the schedule suggested by her daughter’s pediatrician. In an email sent to newly hired Principal Wes Brown on Aug. 1, Smith informed him she was a nursing mother and would need a room for pumping and coverage for her class at 9:30 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. She said her... read more

Super Foods for Breastfeeding Moms

Focus FOLATE! And where do you find folate?  In foliage!  Dark leafy greens!  If you’ve never tried this Americanized version of bibimbop for breakfast today is the day.  Especially if you want to have strong steady energy all day long.  When I have a big day in front of me and need to stay sharp BE BOP BREAKFAST is the best morning meal.  Brown rice sauteed with scallions, egg over easy, braised dark leafy greens and some sassy condiments.  Printable recipe here.  Trust me.  Cereal from a box does not even begin to... read more

It Takes a Village

This past week I have been doing some online research on mothers from around the world. How mothering is done the same, and how mothering is done differently. Perusing images of mothers from all corners of the globe. Why? I guess I have been yearning for some sort of connection. It is very grounding to think that I would have anything in common with say, and African woman who lives in a small village with no running water or electricity, for example. But our commonalities are vast. We both use our clothes to mop up spit up. We both wear our babies close throughout the... read more

Collaborative Maternity Care Improves Birth and Breastfeeding Outcomes

Fewer cesarean births, shorter hospital stays and higher breastfeeding rates were the outcomes of a recent collaborative maternity care study that included more than 1200 women at the South Community Birth Program in Vancouver, reports the University of British Columbia today. The program’s midwives, family physicians, nurses and doulas provide care as a team, with many of the women and their partners receiving some of their care and counseling in a group setting. The study compared those women’s outcomes with an equal number of women receiving standard care at other... read more

The Reluctant Co-Sleeper

(Photo courtesy of http://katelyndemidow.blogspot.com/)         I am going to commit a huge natural parenting faux pas and admit something…. I kind of hate co-sleeping. I don’t actually 100% hate it.  There are lots of beautiful things about sleeping with your kids.  But, since I am complaining (I will get back to the good stuff later) I should mention some things that make me think I won’t miss this stage. ~Being squished ~Waking up numerous... read more

Pride Goes Before Tiny Bite Marks

  I don’t take credit for my children’s many accomplishments. They are their own remarkable people. As a new mother I didn’t have this quite figured out. Yes, I knew that babies arrive on this planet with all sorts of traits wired in. I knew it’s up to us to gently nurture them, shelter them from harm (including the damage cynicism can do), allow them to take on challenges, help them learn to trust themselves, and let learning unfold in delight. But I had a few early years when I thought, probably with obnoxious smugness, that my wonderful parenting had something to do... read more

Win an Organic Baby Hammock from Hushamok!

This giveaway has ended. Thanks to everyone who entered! The randomly chosen winner is Jennifer!  Jennifer says, ”4th baby due in October. This looks so relaxing!”  Congrats!! You will be contacted by email.  Win an Okoa Sustainable Beechwood Stand and Organic Baby Hammock (valued at $500) from Hushamok! To Enter “Like” Hushamok on Facebook and make sure you are a fan of  Mothering on our Facebook page - and then leave a comment on this blog post for entry. For a Second Entry Share this giveaway with friends and post a... read more

The Most Difficult Promise

By Diane Selkirk Web Exclusive, October 9, 2006 My labor was induced. I sobbed when I walked into the hospital room I had never planned to see. My midwife tried to reassure me that I could still have a beautiful birth, which I did, but she missed the fundamental reason for my tears. During my pregnancy I had begun to see childhood as a sacred journey—a journey that should progress in its own way, and on its own schedule. I believed that my pregnancy would end when my baby was ready to enter the world, not at an arbitrary hour deemed best for us. Maia's early birth... read more

Breastfeeding Resources

  We have put together a list of some of Mothering's best breastfeeding articles, blog posts and resources for you to enjoy and share.  Mothering Community General Breastfeeding Forums Breastfeeding Beyond Infancy Child-Led Weaning Breastfeeding Challenges Lactivism Forum Community Wikis: Breastfeeding Breastfeeding Product Reviews   Peggy O'Mara's Blog Breastfeeding Champions: La Leche League The International Breastfeeding Symbol Story What is a Baby Friendly Hospital? Hospital Formula Sampling: What You Can Do US Gets Crash Course on Normal... read more

Extended Breastfeeding

By Kyla Steinkraus Issue 144 September/October 2007 I attempted to wean my son, Caleb, at 12 months because most of the articles I'd read stated that a mother should breastfeed for six months to a year. When I hit the one-year mark, I thought I'd met my goal, but Caleb had different ideas. We had gradually weaned during the day, and only nap and bedtime nursing remained. One night, a few days after Caleb's first birthday, I refused to let him nurse at bedtime. Tears spurting down his cheeks, he turned to me with huge, wet eyes and stricken gaze, as if to say, "What... read more

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