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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

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

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

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Fact Sheet on New Workplace Pumping Law

by Jake Aryeh Marcus Find Sustainable Mothering on Facebook and Jake on Twitter. After much speculation on the impact of a new federal law requiring certain employers to give unpaid pump breaks to certain employees (and my advice to Curb Your Enthusiasm), the U.S. Department of Labor has issued a Fact Sheet. Fact Sheet #73: Break Time for Nursing Mothers under the FLSA restates the requirements of the amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act which went into effect this past March and which requires unpaid breaks for certain employees to pump breast milk and private... read more

Tornado vs. Toddler

I was awoken at 2am this morning by piercing sirens signalling that a tornado had been spotted in my city’s skies.  I was trembling as I hurried to pluck my 2-year-old son from his slumber so we could rush to safety in the gnarly basement of my apartment; I’m sure my pupils were gigantic from the sudden burst of adrenaline.  My son, the light sleeper that he is, woke & was scared while I turned in circles trying to grab things to bring with us, finally settling on just the one blanket within reach before bolting out the door. We huddled in the crumbling basement as I... read more

Breastfeeding Revisited

I was ushered into the natural parenting lifestyle– with all its different names & notions– gradually during my pregnancy but very suddenly after my son was born.  I became a single mother with a host of lofty ideals.  During my pregnancy I read many books, learning about eco-friendly ways to add another human to the earth, learning to question vaccines & disposable diapers, & I gathered enough facts about breastfeeding to inform the most uninformed & arm myself against the strongest critics.  As can be expected, in hindsight, it is all conjecture until the little one is... read more

The winner of the Sprout Change cloth diaper is...

April! Congrats, April, author of the 171st comment. Thanks to everyone who participated, and thank you for sharing your cloth diaper info and fave colors. I’ll be posting more cloth diaper giveaways in the next couple of days: stylie gDiaper covers with cloth inserts, and super cute Charlie Banana cloth diapers. Subscribe to the Mothering.com Blogs Feed This entry was posted on Tuesday, July 20th, 2010 at 1:00 pm and is filed under Uncategorized. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0... read more

Vocabulary of an 8-Month-Old

“When did she start talking?” A surrprised friend asked a few days ago. Baby Leone loves to have long involved conversations. She makes unintelligible noises (”Ah bah, bah dee dah!” is what she’s saying right now) and claps her hands, or bangs the ground with a pen, or flails her legs for emphasis. But our friend was noticing that she’s also consistently saying some words. She started “talking” about two weeks ago. Here’s the dictionary: “Beh” = bye “Bah” = ball “Hhh” = hi “Mama mama” = random consonant and vowel sounds... read more

Night Weaning a 2-year-old

Just yesterday I took my 2yr old son to see a homeopathic doctor. For the last 4 months (ever since starting part-time day care) he has been sick with symptoms ranging from high fevers, ear infections and cough to diarrhea and cold sores. Sometimes it's just one or two of these symptoms, but other times (like right now)he has ALL of them. When I told the doctor that my son still wakes up every hour to nurse, she said he might not be getting enough rest and recommended night-weaning. This is something I have considered hundreds of times, because I am not getting enough... read more

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