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Laughter Travels: A Breastfeeding Chuckle

By Lisa Johnson Issue 116, Jan/Feb 2003 My son, Izzy, was not quite ready to succumb to the nap sandman this morning, so I did what any intelligent breastfeeding mom would do: I shoved a boob in his mouth. Grabbing the nearest magazine soaked with baby drool, I found an article I'd meant to finish two months ago. We had 20 minutes before I had to leave the house. If Izzy fell asleep, I could tuck him into the car seat and avoid a wrestling match. No such luck. You know that bridge between sleeping and waking, when babies seem totally peaceful and... read more

World Breastfeeding Week Resources

In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week, Aug 1st-7th, we have put together a list of some of Mothering’s articles, blog posts and resources for you to enjoy and share. Please feel free to post your own favorite breastfeeding resources in the comments. Keep your eye on Mothering’s Facebook page for information about our upcoming Community Breastfeeding Event and our Breastfeeding Photo Contest!     Mothering Community General Breastfeeding Forums Breastfeeding Beyond Infancy Child-Led Weaning Breastfeeding Challenges Lactivism Forum Community Wikis:... read more

A Nursing Triad

By Elrena EvansWeb Exclusive - June 20, 2008 A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.~ Ecclesiastes 4:12 She loves him the moment she sees him, walking into my hospital room wearing her "Big Sister" shirt and clutching her daddy's hand. At 22 months she is suddenly huge, grown up overnight while I birthed her brother. I reach for her and she climbs into my arms, heavier than I remember. "What's that?" she breathes, peering at the bundle of blue scrunched up beside me, sensing the magnitude of the moment. "That's your new baby brother," I answer. She reaches out... read more

SH*T People Say To Breastfeeding Women

A humorous look at breastfeeding that was inspired  by the Sh*t Crunchy Mamas Say video from Mama Natural. Written by Pam Diamond of First Daze & Nightzzz, LLC and friends who have been there heard that!!! Inspired by “Sh*t Crunchy Mamas Say” and “Sh*t New Moms Say.” Filmed by Nathan Diamond. Music by Zach Diamond. 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 parenthood as worthy of one's best efforts and are at once fierce advocates... read more

Lactivism Resources

This is a Resource intended to be a compilation of helpful MDC threads, Mothering articles and member-recommended websites to help promote and support breastfeeding advocacy. Please PM admin to nominate a helpful thread or website for inclusion. Thanks! Mothering Magazine Articles Lactation and the Law Ban the Bags Formula for Profit Case Closed: Breast if Best Breastfeeding, Biomonitoring and the Media A complete list of Mothering Lactivism articles can be found here. Helpful MDC Lactivism Threads Unwanted Formula Samples Online Lactivist... read more

Your Walking Medicine Chest

By Liz LaingIssue 133, November/December 2005 Mother's milk is the perfect panacea for a whole host of ailments - from pinkeye to acne. Just a squirt will do the trick! Most people know about the health benefits of breastfeeding, but few know about breastmilk's medicinal benefits. Breastmilk is sterile, antibacterial, and has many healing properties. It can be used to treat a variety of ailments and can be applied topically for eye and ear infections, minor skin injuries, sore or cracked nipples, diaper rash, sore throats, and stuffy noses. Is breastmilk an everyday... read more

New "Extreme Parenting" Show to Air This Fall

A new reality TV show titled Extreme Parenting is likely to hit the airwaves this Fall. The show is being developed by Jeff Collins, creator of such sensational programs as The Pregnant Man and Bridezillas, and will showcase the “extreme” lives of attachment parents–including at least one mom from the well-known TIME feature. Collins is quoted as saying: Breastfeeding beyond infancy is just one of the topics we plan to cover. We’ve discovered people are raising kids in all kinds of un-traditional ways these days and some people find their methods to be extreme. I’m... read more

From a baby's perspective

Having my first baby rocked my world.  Used to controlling my own life, my own mealtimes, shower times, working space and appointments, suddenly my life was turned upside down.  The question was not when I could shower, but if I could shower.  I no longer had the satisfaction of writing appointments in my diary, and being on time to them.  Nothing was predictable, and this in itself was a huge change.  I often look back and reflect on how hard I found it because my baby and I seemed to be working at cross purposes.  Why, I wondered, was she on a different team? We often... read more

Breastfeeding Molly

Breastfeeding Molly: My Special Needs DaughterBy Melissa Sokulski Issue 112 May/June 2002 My daughter Molly was born at home, as planned, with a direct- entry midwife. Soon after the delivery, I noticed that Molly was very warm. She remained lethargic and silent and did not open her eyes. We took her temperature; her fever of 101 alarmed the midwife, who insisted we transfer Molly to a hospital. Against all my instincts, we finally agreed, taking her to the very place we had wanted so much to avoid. At the hospital, after blood draws, spinal taps, chest... read more

Working It Out: Encouraging Nursing is Good Business

By Elizabeth N. Baldwin, JD, and Kenneth A. Friedman, JD Issue 93 March/April 1999 Breastfeeding should be so easy and so widely supported. It's natural, inexpensive, requires no special equipment, and lulls even the fussiest infants to sleep. For the practical minded, it is also staggeringly cost-effective. Individual households can save nearly $1,000 in healthcare costs during their baby's first year if the mother nurses. Nationwide, up to $4 billion a year could be saved in healthcare costs, and $93 million a month in lower food-package costs if all women nursed... read more

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