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A Moment of Kindness

  My breastfeeding journey is not unlike many others; there were difficulties and mistakes, some regrets, some heartache. There were triumphs and bliss and quiet moments I’ve tucked away next to my heart.   But my favorite breastfeeding story is none of those things. It was really only a fleeting encounter in the end but the impact rippled out immeasurably from there, became not just about breastfeeding, but a reminder to give people the benefit of the doubt and a boost of courage when I needed it most.   Sebastian was a difficult, exhausting baby who took... read more

Breastfeeding: Fighting for Another Chance

                  I sat down on the couch today, and I pumped milk.   It has been nearly a month since I started having stomach problems that required multiple trips to the er and many, many doses of pain medications as well as quite a few other medications that are not recommended while nursing.  I have battled through the highs of pain meds, the fatigue of dehydration, and searing pain in my abdomen that brings me to my knees.  I went in today for some tests that required ansesthesia.  I came home with no new medications and advice that I would just need... read more

Breastfeeding Images from Our Past

In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week we hope you enjoy these beautiful historical breastfeeding images. Which one is your favorite?      Migrant agricultural worker's family. Nipomo, California 1936     "The baby and the bear nursing" 1903     Inuit Woman Breast-feeding Baby, c1908     Beatrice Baxter Ruyl, in white cape, breastfeeding infant (Ruth Ruyl) 1905     A Javanese family at Tasik Malaya, Java 1902     Inuit woman breast-feeding two babies. c1904     "The Cornstock... read more

Breastfeeding for IQ: Really??

Don't get me wrong -- I'm a huge fan of breastfeeding. I devote swaths of print in Parenting for Peace to the reasons and ways it contributes to raising a peaceful (i.e., empathic, innovative, flexible, self-regulating, and yes, intelligent) generation. But I frankly get annoyed when media trumpets the connection between breastfeeding and IQ, when it is social intelligence we desperately need for the survival of our human family!   Yes, Boston Children's hospital followed 1,300 mothers and their children and found that children who nursed for the first year... read more

Gisele Pierced Her Baby's Ears- Why Are We Freaking Out?

    Today in my news feed I saw this article about how "mommy bloggers" were freaking out and attacking the famed beauty and new mom, Gisele Bundchen.     Well, I would probably be considered a "mommy blogger" and I have to say, a woman piercing the ears of her infant daughter doesn't freak me out even on a bad day.     I am sure there are those that would compare piercing ears to circumcision, but in my book the two have some very obvious differences and don't make much of a comparison as comparisons go.  (A circumcision removes something that was there... read more

"Blog about Breastfeeding" and Win!

Welcome to Mothering's 1st Annual "Blog about Breastfeeding" Event to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week Aug 1st-7th!   This event has ended--you can find a list of all participating blog posts and winners right here. Thanks for taking part everyone!   Support breastfeeding by posting your nursing story during World Breastfeeding Week and we'll share your blog post PLUS you'll be entered to win some awesome prizes from Baby K'Tan Carriers, Moon Rabbit Teas and Barefoot Books! All of the details can be found below.     What is the "Blog about... read more

What I Wish I Knew as a New Mom

                 With the birth of the royal baby all over the news and news of new babies in my own life every time I answer the phone, I have become nostalgic thinking back to those first early days as a new mama.  In honor of all the new mamas out there, I figured I would share a list of the top five things I wish I would have known back then.   1.  The baby will come in his or her time or and his or her own way.  It seems there are two camps surrounding birth in our culture: the type that just figures everything will happen as it should, and the type that... read more

Child Spacing: Waiting For Number Two

  Growing up, I thought I wanted my children two years apart. I'm almost 5 years older than my sister, 7 years older than my brother, and 15 years older than another sister. I felt like the age gaps were generations. Though I'm close to my siblings now, I didn't have a warm, fuzzy childhood of sibling bonding, and I wanted that for my own family. Now, I realize that it's an unpredictable mix between a crap shoot and family dynamics that creates a close family, rather than a specific age gap.   There are so many articles and forums and Facebook pages teeming... read more

Breastfeeding and Bonding: Trying out the new Boppy Nursing Pillow

  We know that breastfeeding is one of the most important parts of the new mama and baby attachment process, and we’re always on the lookout for products that help ease that transition.  The Boppy Pillow is a longtime favorite of Mothering moms looking for a nursing aid.  As part of our Mothering Mavens program, three of our Mothering Mavens tried out the brand new Boppy Nursing Pillow and told us all about their experiences!   Providing Support: Why use a breastfeeding pillow?   The three Mavens who participated in this program all had newborn babies who... read more

Trying Out the New Ergobaby Swaddler

  Sleep.  Every newborn needs it, and new moms don’t seem to be getting enough of it.  Skin-to-skin contact, breastfeeding and babywearing are a huge part of calming, bonding and closeness in the early days with a new baby, and swaddling is another way to calm babies, which might help new parents catch a few extra Z’s.   Ergobaby has long been a favorite babywearing brand among Mothering moms, and this week they’re launching an exciting new product to help make correct swaddling easier - the Ergobaby Swaddler.  The key to swaddling is for it to be tight around... read more

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