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Winner -- Where did you find your baby name?

Thanks for taking part and answering the question, “Where did you find your baby name?” EVERY response was so beautiful and unique, thank you mamas for sharing all of these amazing baby naming stories. You can read all of the responses on the original blog post and on facebook. The winner, chosen randomly, is… “Anna says: My daughter’s name is Erin Hope. Since we are Irish, I wanted a traditional Irish name for her first name, but my mom pretty much vetoed every name I liked. Then I found Erin in a baby name book, and realized that while it... read more

Thank Full.

I was going to take this evening, the night before school begins again, to write a few anecdotes about college as a single mom, or maybe tell my birth story, or possibly discuss the dangers of spanking & the benefits of peaceful parenting (I promise to touch on all of these topics in the future ) but I just viewed a 5-year “anniversary” special on the horror that was Hurricane Katrina, & I felt I needed to reflect on the sentiments I gathered from what I saw.  I am not writing this solely from the perspective of a single mama, nor even from the point of motherhood... read more

Cloth Diaper Giveaway: Wee Bonnie Botts FattyCake Fitteds

Sarah at Wee Bonnie Botts sent us two bee-yoo-ti-ful cloth diapers for an A la Mama giveaway. And if you decide to place an order, mention Mothering or my name in your email to get a 10% discount. These are so sweet, my teeth hurt. Right? And I love the name Fattycakes. A size small “Jacob’s Cowboy Adventure”: (100% cotton outer, organic Bamboo fleece hidden layer, organic bamboo and microfiber soakers, suedecloth staydry inner.) Small: Rise 14″-16″/Waist 11″ to 20″/Thigh 6″ to 13″ A size medium “My Exotic Fattycakes” flower... read more

The Baby is Finally Crawling

I appreciate all the encouraging comments about my idea to take my daughters on a bike trip along the Canal du Midi. I’m still looking for affordable tickets and thinking about when—and whether—to take the trip. I spent more than an hour on the phone with an airline company but then their computers froze and I couldn’t purchase the tickets. A sign we shouldn’t go? The same day my friend Carla, who used to bike tour all the time, said she had panniers we could borrow. A sign we should go? Whatever we decide, I promise to keep you... read more

Breastfeeding Advice and a Winner!

What wonderful advice you offered to new moms in the Share Your Breastfeeding Wisdom post yesterday. Thank you Mamas!! The winner of the Breastfeeding Support Kit from Earth Mama Angel Baby is Rachel!! Please write me at webeditor {at} mothering {dot} com to claim your prize. Here is some of the wisdom you shared… Andrea T says: Get the baby nursing as soon as you can after birth. Learn to nurse lying down, which is so great for much needed rest. Leah says: Relax, your body knows what to do and baby knows what to do! Take advantage of the laction consultant at the... read more

Share Your Breastfeeding Wisdom and Win!

Many of us are celebrating World Breastfeeding Week by sharing information that will help new moms feel confident to establish a strong breastfeeding relationship.  By sharing what we have learned, new mothers can feel secure in their decision to nurse and we create a circle of support. What would be the one thing that you would tell a new mom to help her in her breastfeeding  journey? Share your wisdom in the comments section and you could win a Breastfeeding Support Kit from Earth Mama Angel Baby for yourself or to share with someone who needs it. One winner will be... read more

When Breastfeeding isn't Easy

by Sarah Juliusson of www.MamaRenew.ca – Find Mama Renew on Facebook & Twitter In honour of World Breastfeeding Week I want to explore a bit the emotional landscape of breastfeeding challenges. In a story I have seen repeated all too often, my early months of breastfeeding featured an achingly low milk supply, conflicting professional advice, and well-meaning but deeply hurtful commentary.  This blessed time in my life also included a not-so-nice dose of postpartum depression, a rented scale to measure intake, a supplementary nursing system, formula,... read more

Nursing Again: Big Girl Will Nurse

In honor of Breastfeeding Week, I wanted to share a story of nursing outside the box. The details of this story are being published in an article I wrote for The Mother Magazine, UK, but I wanted to share the crux of the matter here. I had a beautiful, unencumbered nursing relationship with my first born daughter. We nursed to sleep, nursed in the sling while out and about and she was always with me, nursing on demand. When she was 15-months old, I conceived her brother and continued to nurse while pregnant. This was demanding as I was exhausted and famished but I... read more

The International Breastfeeding Symbol

In 2006 the image of a baby bottle on an airport sign announcing the location of a "parents lounge" infuriated us and got us thinking: Isn't there an international symbol for breastfeeding? We called around. Spoke to lactivists and breastfeeding organizations all over the world. No one had seen or heard of an international symbol for breastfeeding. So, Mothering launched a national call for submissions---and out of it came the International Breastfeeding Symbol (at right), designed by Matt Daigle. The purpose of an international symbol for breastfeeding is to increase... read more

World Breastfeeding Week!

In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, I thought I’d illustrate the many sincere reasons why we so desperately need such a week to promote awareness.    My knowledge that others clearly need some enlightenment in the breastfeeding department began as soon as I aquired the Internet.  I had read many books about the benefits of breastfeeding & it was such a natural, easy notion that bottle-feeding never occured to me, but I had no idea how controversial the topic is until I got a computer for school & started exploring the World Wide Web & its plethora of opinions.  It... read more

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