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Sustainable Mothering - Breastfeeding and the Law in New York

Sept 13, 2010 News from Sustainable Mothering Sept 13, 2010 "Breastfeeding and the Law in New York – Another News Report that Misses the Point " by Jake Aryeh Marcus, Mothering's Politics Editor read more

Is Breastfeeding in Trouble?

A Quiet Place Issue 144 - September/October 2007 By Peggy O'Mara Seventeen years later, in 1974, when I breastfed my first child, the breastfeeding initiation rate in the US was at 32.2 percent. In the ten years from 1970 to 1980, however, the breastfeeding initiation rate had more than doubled, from 26.5 percent to 55.3 percent. The rate continued to climb into the 1980s, and reached a high of 61.9 percent in 1982. Those of us who were breastfeeding advocates at the time thought we had won the war. Then, the impossible happened. The breastfeeding initiation rate... read more

Rumparooz One-Size Cloth Diaper Giveaway

Hi Mamacitas and Papacitos… How would you like to win 2 one-size, all-in one Rumparooz cloth diapers? I’ve got one Kangarooz print and one solid (in Root Beer). THe snap-in doublers make the AIOs quick-dry. Please leave a comment below to enter the contest. Thanks! Candace Subscribe to the Mothering.com Blogs Feed This entry was posted on Friday, September 10th, 2010 at 12:24 pm and is filed under Giveaways!, greener pastures. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0... read more

7 Things I Don't Understand, by Leone, age 10 months

  I may look little but I wrote this post. Ask my mom if you don't believe me! 1) Why, no matter how hard I tug, I can’t get the pretty soft stuff off Big Brother’s head. 2) Why, when I’m taking a bath and playing with toys and drinking some nice warm soapy delicious water, Mommy says “Yuck! Don’t do that!” and takes the cup away. 3) Why Daddy doesn’t like it when I suck on small rocks. 4) Why Big Sister #2 and Big Brother scream when I crawl over to play Legos with them. 5) Why no one wants to play with me in the middle of the... read more

a peek behind the scenes

Our September–October issue is out (still available only in digital format, but print is coming, we promise!), and here’s a sneak peek at one of my favorite photos in the issue. This one, to accompany an article on how breastfeeding helps fight postpartum depression, was taken by Laura Siebert—who is rapidly becoming one of my favorite photographers to work with. She’s got a great eye, is seemingly unflappable under stress, has a delicious sense of humor, and consistently creates top-quality photos. What more could an art director ask? (You may well... read more

Wordless Wednesday

by Jake Aryeh Marcus Find Sustainable Mothering on Facebook and Jake on Twitter. Photo Copyright Photographer Rachel Valley Much of my work as a breastfeeding advocate/lawyer is about securing a right for mothers to be in public space. That means having a protected legal right to engage in the act of mothering in all the places people get to be. Mothers must own the public space along with all other citizens. This striking photograph vividly represents the position breastfeeding women are forced into by a definition of public space that excludes mothers as mothers. ... read more

The Baby is Ten Months Old

“Come quickly,” my 9-year-old daughter Athena cries. “I need to show you something RIGHT AWAY.” I wipe my hands on a cloth and hurry out of the kitchen. Baby Leone, almost ten months old, is happily playing on the floor by the coffee table. “Look!” Athena points. “Look at her hair. In the back. It’s so LONG!!” We are all startled by how fast Leone is growing. Her light hair has started to curl in wisps around her head. Two more top teeth (she has four teeth so far, two on the top and two on the bottom) are coming in, and she is on the move, doing... read more

A Picture of Love

  If I was asked to draw a picture of loveI would draw a picture of a mother nursing her child.If I was then asked, "Why a mother nursing her child?"I would reply, "Because love is natural;It needn't be worked at very hardIt comes as you relax.Love is the best thing for us,God created us for love.Love that is true, like God's, gives and gives, demanding nothing in return,But is overwhelmingly pleased by return of affection in any degree." God is love.And when a women nurses her child,She is the mirror of God.   Read more poems   read more

An Answer

  Yes, I guess I am tiredif you mean could I use a napor a mealor a minute alone. Of course.But I flush with pleasureto remember the nighttime—eyes closed,warm hands roaming my ribs,the milky slow-dance of nursing.He is the most passionate person I have ever shared a bed with. Isn’t falling in love always like this?The nights are long and wakefuland the days are a thrilling blur."Tired" is not the first word that comes to mind.   Read more poems   read more

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding--Updated Eighth Edition!

We’re celebrating the arrival of the completely revised and updated eighth edition of the lactation bible: La Leche League International’s The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. This classic go-to guide has the 411 on just about every imaginable mommy-milk issue, from latching on to the most recent research demonstrating why breast is best. (Ballantine, 2010) —Melissa Chianta, Managing Editor The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding was the first book of its kind, written for mothers by mothers. Over the years, more than two million mothers have turned to it for ... read more

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