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Savvy Homeschool Moms Talk Breastfeeding

So Beckie and I initially thought…well we’re past breastfeeding age (our youngest are 6 and 7), and since breastfeeding really has nothing to do with homeschooling, per se, we don’t really have anything to contribute to World Breastfeeding Week, right? But then we thought about it some more. We were both extended nursers…Beckie figures that between her 3 kids she nursed a total of like 96 months! And for my 2, I was right about 78 months…so I suppose we do have something to contribute on the subject! Tina: So Beckie, how old were each of your kids... read more

The Benefits of Breastfeeding While Traveling with a Baby

Our daughter enjoying a view of Germany from the sky. I met her eye across the crowded terminal shuttle taking us to our airplane. She was another young mom, cradling a squirmy baby under one arm while keeping a tight grip on her stroller and carry-on with the other. We exchanged pleasantries and I detected a faint accent in her Romanian. She revealed that she was traveling back to her native Paris after visiting her husband’s family in Romania and I explained that we had come from a similar family visit with my relatives. On the flight, we found ourselves sitting in... read more

Breastfeeding and early attachment: Why our culture is so against it.

To honour World Breastfeeding Week, I have include an extract from Chapter 3, The Socialisation of Mothers (The Shepherdess: A Guide to Mothering without Control) available in November 2012. It has been well-researched that close attachment  is better for us and our children. Why then is society so against us mothering this way? Why, when we mothers have perfectly good working breasts, do we use an inferior milk product, fake teats and a plastic receptacle to feed our babies? Why are we encouraged to use cots and prams and other ‘mother eplacements’ rather than hold our... read more

SH*T People Say To Breastfeeding Women

A humorous look at breastfeeding that was inspired  by the Sh*t Crunchy Mamas Say video from Mama Natural. Written by Pam Diamond of First Daze & Nightzzz, LLC and friends who have been there heard that!!! Inspired by “Sh*t Crunchy Mamas Say” and “Sh*t New Moms Say.” Filmed by Nathan Diamond. Music by Zach Diamond. About Melanie Mayo-Laakso is the Content Manager for Mothering.com. Mothering is the birthplace of natural family living and attachment parenting. We celebrate the experience of parenthood as worthy of one's best efforts and are at once fierce advocates... read more

100 Awesome Things About Breastfeeding That You Don't Find In Studies

 by Sarah Clark               There are all kinds of facts and figures and studies on the benefits of breastfeeding.  But let’s be real, this is a subject that is about far more than studies.  It is emotional (you can even prove that with science!) sacred, yet every day.  Here are  few things about breastfeeding that are awesome and that you deserve to know about.     1.  Looking in your babies eyes.   2.  Holding your sweet little one.   3.  Getting a BREAK to sit down with a super good excuse.   4.  Makes you... read more

World Breastfeeding Week Resources

In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week, Aug 1st-7th, we have put together a list of some of Mothering’s articles, blog posts and resources for you to enjoy and share. Please feel free to post your own favorite breastfeeding resources in the comments. Keep your eye on Mothering’s Facebook page for information about our upcoming Community Breastfeeding Event and our Breastfeeding Photo Contest!     Mothering Community General Breastfeeding Forums Breastfeeding Beyond Infancy Child-Led Weaning Breastfeeding Challenges Lactivism Forum Community Wikis:... read more

Your Walking Medicine Chest

By Liz LaingIssue 133, November/December 2005 Mother's milk is the perfect panacea for a whole host of ailments - from pinkeye to acne. Just a squirt will do the trick! Most people know about the health benefits of breastfeeding, but few know about breastmilk's medicinal benefits. Breastmilk is sterile, antibacterial, and has many healing properties. It can be used to treat a variety of ailments and can be applied topically for eye and ear infections, minor skin injuries, sore or cracked nipples, diaper rash, sore throats, and stuffy noses. Is breastmilk an everyday... read more

Mothering Radio: Safe Babywearing

  Special Presentation on Safe Babywearing read more

Laughter Travels: A Breastfeeding Chuckle

By Lisa Johnson Issue 116, Jan/Feb 2003 My son, Izzy, was not quite ready to succumb to the nap sandman this morning, so I did what any intelligent breastfeeding mom would do: I shoved a boob in his mouth. Grabbing the nearest magazine soaked with baby drool, I found an article I'd meant to finish two months ago. We had 20 minutes before I had to leave the house. If Izzy fell asleep, I could tuck him into the car seat and avoid a wrestling match. No such luck. You know that bridge between sleeping and waking, when babies seem totally peaceful and... read more

FDA Bans BPA from Bottles and Sippy Cups

The New York Times reported today that the FDA has banned bisphenol A, otherwise known as BPA, from infant bottles and sippy cups–despite its reluctance to admit to any safety hazards associated with the chemical. Manufacturers have already stopped using the chemical in baby bottles and sippy cups, and the F.D.A. said that its decision was a response to a request by the American Chemistry Council, the chemical industry’s main trade association, that rules allowing BPA in those products be phased out, in part to boost consumer confidence. But the... read more

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