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From Bashful to Brazen: The Indiscreet Breastfeeder's Manifesto

By Sundae HornIssue 109, November/December 2001 Recently I read a sweet little how-to article about nursing discreetly in public. It offered all manner of well-meaning and socially acceptable advice, the gist of which was to make sure the breast never sees the light of day. The key to success is keeping covered. If all is done carefully, the article suggested, no one except mother and baby need know that breastfeeding is taking place. This seemingly reasonable advice is offensive to me. I want people to know that breastfeeding is happening. I'm proud to say I have... read more

FREE TELECLASS! What NOBODY tells you to EXPECT for conception, pregnancy, birth & new motherhood!

By Jessica Williams, www.LoveParentingLA.com Free Teleclass: “What Nobody Tells You to Expect When You’re Expecting!” From Preconception through Early Motherhood. Hosted by Sheryl Paul of Conscious Motherhood SIGN UP NOW!! Featuring: Carrie Dinow, MFT, speaking about the mind-body fertility connection. Sheryl Paul, MA, speaking about pregnancy. Brandy Ferner, speaking about expectations for birth. Jessica Williams, speaking about new motherhood. Saturday, October 1, 2011 9am PDT/12noon EST CLICK HERE to reserve your spot now! Brooke Shields broke the taboo when she... read more

Listen to the groundbreaking "What Nobody Tells You To Expect!" Teleclass: now online!

By Jessica Williams, www.LoveParentingLA.com Click through to gain access to the recorded teleclass, What NOBODY Tells You To Expect, for preconception through new motherhood, presented by Sheryl Paul, MA. Last Saturday morning, Sheryl Paul, MA, Carrie Dinow, LFT, Brandy Ferner and I co-hosted a unique Teleclass called, “What Nobody Tells You To Expect.” Sheryl asked us to tell the truth about the emotional experience for women during preconception, pregnancy, birth and new motherhood. We worked under the context of Sheryl’s work with transitions: the first premise is... read more

Tandem Nursing

By Karen Plomp Web Exclusive You are nursing HOW many? Are you STILL nursing? Yes, I'm still nursing the baby-and my two year old, three year old, and four year old! I'm tandem nursing four siblings. It is just the way things worked out, because I had my babies close together, and I am letting them self-wean. Actually, it's not that big a deal, and not very different from tandem nursing just two. Nursing older kids isn't the same as nursing babies. They don't nurse as frequently, and they can wait a while if the location or time is not convenient for... read more

Isabel and the Angry Itch

By Meredith BowersIssue 124 May/June 2004 I did not plan to breastfeed Isabel beyond a year, but, well, you know how it goes. She loves her “nursey,” and I love having a few calm minutes to snuggle with my otherwise frenetic toddler. The weaning of Isabel has become somewhat of a joke with close friends and family—mainly because I talk a lot about it. But I know that when Isabel stops nursing has much more to do with her timetable than with mine. Right now, she proudly tells me that babies nurse, and that she is still a baby. So I tolerate the occasional curiosity of... read more

Breastfeeding? You already are a climate activist!

In the past few weeks much has been said and written about breastfeeding.  I totally agree with Peggy O’Mara’s take on this– that this exposure is a  sign that we are winning. From the Time Magazine cover to its SNL spoofs; from the image of women in uniform nursing their babes to Jessica Simpson’s comment that she finds it hard to watch her husband bottle feed– breastfeeding is being discussed by more people than ever.  And that can only be a good thing, because the more you shine a light on the act of breastfeeding, the smarter, healthier, more economical, and more... read more

Why is the medical profession so uneducated about the benefits of extended breastfeeding?

  Research shows extended breastfeeding has overwhelming benefits to mother and child. As an advocate of extended breastfeeding for the benefit of mothers and children, I was pretty miffed to read this article today  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2146870/Breastfeed-year-old-Thats-just-selfish-wrong.html.  Dr Cannon’s views, of course, are nothing new but it got me thinking about how scary it is that our medical profession are so ill-informed and, therefore dangerous, when it comes to providing advice regarding extended breastfeeding. Everyone is entitled... read more

My Life As A Nursing Mom

My Life As A Nursing Mom  By Kay Bolden Issue 119, July/August 2003 My son's first birthday loomed, and I braced myself for battle. Grandparents and aunts, in-laws and cousins, neighbors and friends-all descended upon us, all demanding to know when, when, WHEN was I finally going to stop breastfeeding this child? "He'll be spoiled," I was warned. "You know, the milk goes bad after a while." It didn't help that my son was not the sedate, quiet nurser my daughter had been. No, this child was born to lead the Olympic Breastfeeding Team to the gold. The sportscasters... read more

Maju for Two: The Joy of Tandem Nursing

By Rebecca FountainIssue 118, May/June 2003 This evening I strolled into my local medical center with my bare breasts sauntering beside me. My son was cutting mushrooms atop an unsteady accessory to our dining suite when he slipped and fell into the arms of my partner, who was wielding a frying pan full of bolognaise. After several attempts to douse him under the shower and apply a cold pack to his welting face, our two year old showed no sign of faith in our knowledge of burn therapy. A healing maju and a brief stint of television tranquilizer later,... read more

Breastfeeding - Simple, until it isn't.

Breastfeeding is our biological norm, and has sustained us as a species for thousands of years.  With that being the case, more often than not breastfeeding relationships develop beautifully, with little to no intervention necessary.  However, it does seem that we are experiencing problems related to breastfeeding that likely didn’t plague the generations of the past, while at the same time maintaining the assumption that breastfeeding is simple, and thus easily fixed when problems do arise. I’m an IBCLC in private practice and truly love what I do.  One of the biggest... read more

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