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My Journey Through Postpartum Depression and Anxiety

 They say that hindsight is 20/20, that when we look back on experiences we can see them more clearly and understand them more fully.  Oftentimes this is the case.  But occasionally time can seem to only distance us from events while still leaving them fuzzy. I don't know what I expected exactly when I brought my eldest home from the hospital after she was born.  I know I was excited about getting to use all my new baby gear.  I was excited about getting to cuddle her and photograph her and read to her.  But in terms of day to day life, I was pretty in the dark about how... read more

This Is Our Last Baby … I Think

By Jessica Rassette for Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers     There is nothing better than a baby bundle. A lump of baby all bundled up on your chest with their frog legs curled up underneath them. Chest to chest, heartbeat to heartbeat, their big fat cheeks covered in drool just begging to be munched on. Yep, nothing is better than a baby bundle.   I’ve been doing the baby bundle with our youngest a lot lately. He’s five months old and my baby bundle days are numbered. Any chance I get I grab that boy around his big ol’ belly and squeeze him as... read more

Mothering with Covert Postpartum Depression

Exactly 23 years ago I marveled at my 7-hour-old daughter, my Eve. In those blissful early moments I thought I might have slipped the skin of pain that had cinched me for a long time after my son's birth 3 1/2 years earlier.   But it was not to be. After a momentary grace of one season...three months...of empowered, unfreighted mothering, Life circumstances stepped in to pull me down again. Into postpartum depression, again.   As odd as it sounds, my children were both in their teens before I realized that I had experienced postpartum depression with both of them.... read more

Shit Happens, Parenting Style

  Cloth Diapers: Shit happens and then you scrape it.   Helicopter Parenting: Shit happens. Where? I’m on my way!   Young Dad: Shit happens. #gross.   Authoritarian Parenting. Shit happens. But not on my watch.   Nursing: Shit happens. And it’s liquidy and yellow.   Playful Parenting: Shit happens. Tickle, Tickle.   Permissive Parenting. Shit happens. Is that OK?   Cry It Out: Shit happens. Shh. They’ll get over it.   Tiger Mom: Shit happens. Now spell it!!!!   Free Range Parenting: Shit happens and my kids can handle it.   Elimination... read more

Thoughts on Nursing in Public

By Olivia Hinebaugh     I remember the first time I nursed in public. The strangest part for me was that the sensation of cold air on my nipples was reserved for being at home, being naked, dressing, showering or having sex. As soon as that sensation hit, I might as well have been totally naked. It just felt...wrong.   I was a first time mom, and as much as I was figuring out how to be a mom, the people in my life were figuring out how to be around me in this new role. My father-in-law would leave the room when I started nursing. I don’t think he was... read more

Cosleeping in a Coca-Cola Commercial

I'm not a Coca-Cola fan for all sorts of reasons, but I'm thrilled to see cosleeping represented in this new Coke ad from Argentina. And I'm wondering if the fact that Coca-Cola included cosleeping in the ad reflects a move toward the normalization of cosleeping or if it simply reflects a difference in sleeping practices between the United States and Argentina?       About Brian Leaf   Brian Leaf is author of forthcoming parenting memoir, Misadventures of a Parenting Yogi: Cloth Diapers, Cosleeping, and My (Sometimes Successful) Quest for Conscious Parenting as... read more

Should You Care About the Photo of Gisele Bundchen Nursing Her 1-Year-Old?

I am thrilled to feature the following guest post from Avital Norman Nathman, author of the anthology The Good Mother Myth coming out in January.     A few days ago, supermodel and mom Gisele Bundchen posted a picture of herself nursing her 1-year-old daughter. The photo, which Gisele captioned “What would I do without this beauty squad after the 15 hours flying and only 3 hours of sleep #multitasking#gettingready." showed her sitting in a chair being made up by a team of stylists while donning a white robe and breastfeeding her daughter.   It’s no surprise, that... read more

Phases of a Nursling

  All sleepy eyes, yawning mouth, contentedness, tiny burps you need to coax out. It’s always a little bit of a scramble to get them in the right spot, that floppy head, those randomly flailing limbs. It’s so sweet when they latch.   The moment. The moment when your baby looks up at you and catches your eye and they know that your breast is your breast and that your smiling face is the one they get to see when they nurse. Unlatching, just to smile. It makes your whole day.   That first glorious time where you present your breast and they latch by themselves. To... read more

Developmental Milestones to Marvel At

One helpful aspect of parent awareness throughout your child’s life is to know when developmental milestones typically occur, while also respecting the individuality of his or her unique timetable. I was reminded by last week's Wall Street Journal article about waving bye-bye, of just how delightful "milestone spotting" can be over the course of a child's unfolding! (The article points out that a baby typically acquires the bye-bye wave between 10-12 months, and that premature infants have a delayed and different bye-bye wave.)     Here are a few other enchanting... read more

A Difficult Conversation

Speaking about vaccinations can get pretty charged. Like a time, before kids, when my wife and I were hanging out with our friend Nora. Gwen and Nora were both pregnant. So of course we were talking kids and diapers and sleeping and toys and vaccines. We all need to feel that our choices are best because we all want to do the best we can for our kids. So telling someone that their way is wrong does not go well.             Nora and I were talking vaccinations, the granddaddy of touchy topics. And at some point she said, “Well if it’s good enough for everyone else, it’s... read more

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