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West Virginia's Pending Breastfeeding Bills: I Have Good News and I Have Bad News

by Jake Aryeh Marcus Find Sustainable Mothering on Facebook and Jake on Twitter. West Virginia is one of only three U.S. states (along with Nebraska and Idaho) that has no law whatsoever protecting breastfeeding. So I was glad to read that this month not one but two bills were introduced in the West Virginia Senate concerning breastfeeding. Unfortunately, one of the bills could result in a law that helps breastfeeding mothers and the other … well, not so much. West Virginia Senate Bill Number 80 adds “currently breast feeding mother” to the list of people disqualified... read more

Elimination Communication Resources

  Elimination Communication Resources This Resource list is intended to be a compilation of helpful MDC threads, Mothering articles and member-recommended website links dedicated to Elimination Communication.  Mothering Articles Mothering, Mindfulness and a Baby's Bottom MDC Discussion Threads Who's Here: Introductions Best Tricks for New Moms Late Starters Support Thread Favorite Places for EC Supplies Member Recommended... read more

Diapering Resources

This resource list is intended to be a compilation of helpful MDC threads, Mothering articles and member-recommended (not self-promotional) website links of general interest with relation to Diapering. MDC Discussion Threads New to Cloth Diapering? Cloth Diapering 101 Rate Your Detergent Wool/Fleece Pants List Favorite Diapers Inexpensive Fitteds Favorite Cover, Favorite Cover Newborn and Favorite Wool Cover Favorite All-in-One (AIO) Favorite Pocket Diaper Nighttime Leaking Trainers Stinky Diapers, Stripping is Not Working & What Else Can I Try? Mothering Magazine... read more

Take Action Against Dangerous Food Dyes that Harm Children

Making Our Milk Safe (MOMS), an organization working on “protecting the health of our babies by eliminating the growing threat of toxic chemicals and industrial pollutants in human breast milk, “  has issued a call to action concerning the dangerous food dyes found in breakfast cereals marketed to children. Take action now–visit the MOMS blog post “The Food Revolution Begins At Home.” 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... read more

President Obama Orders New Federal Breastfeeding Policy

January 03, 2011 The Washington Post reports: "President Obama is asking federal personnel officials to draft "appropriate workplace accommodations" for federal employees who are nursing mothers. The president issued a memo this week to the Office of Personnel Management asking that the new workplace accommodations be published when ready. " Read the Story: "Obama orders new federal breastfeeding policy" by Ed O'Keefe, December 21, 2010     read more

Foreskin Knowledgeable Physician List

The list below is a work-in-progress with suggestions offered by MDC members and is no way considered exhaustive or all-inclusive. This list does not represent an endorsement or recommendation of any provider by MDC/Mothering, and we are not responsible for the accuracy of this information. We suggest that you contact the individual care provider prior to seeking treatment to ask questions specific to your child's care.   This list is not designed to be a review system. DO NOT POST NEGATIVE COMMENTS ABOUT PRACTITIONERS OR PRACTICES.  ALABAMA ALASKA Dr.... read more

Breastfeeding VS. Sears

I’m not sure why it took me so long to get good photos done of my son & myself but he will be 3 in May & I finally got some beautiful pictures taken just before Christmas this year.  I never did professional photos when he was born; I was too busy bucking mainstream mom stuff I suppose, but now I wish I had.  My mom gave me a gift card to a Sears Portrait Studio last Christmas & I was excited to get some good pictures of my son; I gave him his first legit haircut recently & he has gotten taller so he is looking very much like a child instead of a baby these days–a... read more

Things We Keep Hidden

I came across this book by accident about a year ago, and found it for $5. Quite a bit of luck since this book retails for $50 or more. Flipping through it, I’ve seen quite a different version of Sylvia Plath-that of an extremely talented artist. Not at all the version that has been pounded out in literary culture: that of a near-mythical, tragic poet who wrote furious poetry and, eventually, stuck her head in the oven when life became too much to bear. However, within the last ten years or so, there have been several books delving into Plath’s life, attempting to debunk... read more

He's Not Still Nursing, Is He? The Joys of Breastfeeding Past Three

Tough guy Etani living in West Africa, who nursed well past three This week we’ve been talking about extended breastfeeding at Mothering Outside the Lines. (At least I hope we have. I scheduled these posts in advance and I’m actually across the country conducting interviews for the book I’m writing. I made the bold move of leaving my computer behind. So here’s to hoping the technology has been working.) On Monday we talked about nursing past one and on Wednesday I interviewed Vanessa Lowe about her radio documentary. For the third and final installment of this series,... read more

Don't Talk About That!

Please please watch this brilliant talk on the taboos of parenthood. Each of their four taboos resonated so deeply for me – I look forward to your thoughts – mine are below : Click Here to watch the Video:  Parenting Taboos   Taboo #1: You Can’t Say You Didn’t Fall in Love the 1st Minute I definitely experienced this myself, and remember the horrible guilt and disappointment. Love does indeed grow over time!  Whenever I mentor a prenatal class I am sure to include a discussion of this phenomenon as we talk about the first moments postpartum. ... read more

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