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Keeping your baby skin-to-skin

Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a magic potion that could cure all breastfeeding problems?  Mothers and babies who struggle with latch-on, poor positioning, engorgement, blocked ducts, mastitis, oversupply, low milk supply, stress, irregularities of temperature/breathing/heartbeat at birth, and pain might wish that they could flick a switch or swallow a pill that will make it all better.  All of these scenarios often involve seriously hard work for mother and baby to find a resolution.  The amazing thing is that there is one simple mother-led intervention that can be a... read more

Who is Your Action Hero Mom?

A Sponsored Post from Hyland’s Homeopathy Like Atlas, she can uphold the weight of the world without flinching an inch. She can transform ordinary vegetables into delicious meals in minutes! With one gentle kiss she can melt away a bad day. Whether it’s yourself, a friend, or your own mother, we all know of that amazing mom whose abilities rival that of any action hero. They are their families’ first line of defense and most secret weapon. One Mother’s Day a year is not enough time to celebrate these exceptional women. As a tribute to moms everywhere Hyland’s has... read more

When the going gets tough...

At LLL meetings mothers often talk about what kept them breastfeeding, even when they were experiencing problems.  Some say it was an inner determination, others say it was the loving support of a partner, friend or breastfeeding supporter, still others comment that a particular phrase or something they read in a book helped to spur them on. I didn’t really know anyone else who was breastfeeding when I had Iona nearly 9 years ago.  I had to rely on books and a telephone helpline to get support.  I had multiple problems: a poor latch, oversupply, engorgement and mastitis.... read more

Exclusive Excerpt from Mothers on Trial: The Battle for Children and Custody

Thank you to Phyllis Chesler for providing this excerpt of her newly updated book “Mothers on Trial: The Battle for Children and Custody.” Find more information about Chesler and the book at the end of this post. Myths about custody still abound. Most people still believe that the courts favor mothers over fathers—who are discriminated against because they are men—and that is how it’s always been. This is not true. In the first edition of Mothers on Trial, I challenged the myth that fit mothers always win custody—indeed, I found that when fathers fight, they win custody... read more

One Breast is Enough

By Patricia G. Blomme Issue 129 March/April 2005 I have been blessed in my lifetime—I have had the pleasure of placing five children to my breast. That singular term, breast, is very accurate. Four of my children have benefited from my having nursed them to the best of my abilities as long as I could.  My breastfeeding tale is fairly unremarkable compared to those of other breastfeeding mothers, who have tried and, with difficulty and lack of knowledge, eventually succeeded in fully nourishing their babies at their breasts. My situation is different—I am a unilateral... read more

Alanis Morissette Practices Attachment Parenting!! Hear ALL in this Intimate, Meaningful, EXCLUSIVE Interview!

Alanis Morissette By Jessica Williams, www.LoveParentingLA.com My friend and colleague, Sheryl Paul, MA, hosted an exclusive interview about new motherhood with the lovely Alanis Morisette. I had the pleasure of Alanis’ company at a small gathering in Venice, Ca, one evening years ago and she made quite an impression; she is a soulful, beautiful person. This interview is intimate and meaningful as Alanis faces the transition of becoming a mother with honesty and courage, sharing her discoveries with you. Alanis talks about her HOME BIRTH, the intensity of being an... read more

Share Your Favorite Babywearing Pictures!

Celebrate International Babywearing Week with us by posting a favorite pic of you wearing your little one in the comments below. Can’t wait to seem them! Here’s some inspiration: LOVE the beautiful image of Mothering founder Peggy O’Mara wearing her son in 1976 posted on her blog today, and this one of Mothering contributing editor Jennifer Margulis wearing her toddler last summer at a train station–posted yesterday on Adventures in Babywearing. And the one below from MDC moderator Almadianna is just gorgeous. Add your own! Note: you can add an image already stored... read more

Attachment Parenting and Feminism

  When I was two days past my due date, I started to read baby books. A little late, I know, but I had timed my pregnancy to the very end of my graduate program and somehow my homework always took precedence. And when I did manage to reflect on the future, childbirth was far more riveting. I could read Ina May Gaskin til the cows came home; diapering and newborn reflexes were somehow remote. I had to cross one major bridge before I could turn my attention to sleep schedules. But a family I had babysat for gave me their battered copy of Dr. Sears’ Baby Book, and since I... read more

The Birthing A New Mother's LIVE INTERVIEW with Alanis Morissette.

Alanis Morissette The Birthing A New Mother LIVE INTERVIEW with Alanis Morissette By Jessica Williams, www.LoveParentingLA.com Long before babies, when I was steeped in rock and roll, I happened to share a memorable evening at an intimate gathering in Venice, California, with Alanis and some of her friends. We shared meaningful conversation that night and it made a lasting impression. Embracing the profound transformation of becoming a mother, Alanis has done so with eyes wide open, courageously recognizing all feelings therein. On Friday, September 16, at 7pm EST, and... read more

Babywearing Basics

By Peggy O'Mara Founder, Mothering.com   What do Miyam Bialk, Brad Pitt, Brooke Shields, Gwen Stefani, and Rachel Weisz have in common? They wear their babies. Babywearing means carrying your baby or child in a wraparound sling, ring sling, pouch sling, mei tai, soft structured carrier or structured carrier. A baby carrier can be as simple as a long piece of cloth or as sophisticated as a Gucci or Louis Vuitton.   Babywearing is a necessity for women all over the world who carry their babies while they work and do domestic tasks. This practice has been around... read more

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