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All good babies.

                Two weeks after my son was born the crying began.   He woke every twenty minutes during naps and nighttime and we’d nurse back to sleep again and again until sunrise.   Often he would not latch on so instead of nursing him to sleep I would stand in the darkness with him cradled in my arms, doing deep knee bends to quiet his tears.   I ached for sleep. I ached for silence. I ached for ease and grace.   And each night would finally end with the sun, and I would wake one last time to his sharp cries and we would rise and begin... read more

Surviving a High Need Baby

by Jill Vettel               There’s a lot of advice out there on how to fix a high-need baby; everything from a chiropractor to aggressive swaddling to aromatherapy to the always (not) helpful maybe he’s just picking up on your negative vibes.    But having a baby that defies all cures and advice and tricks- a baby that just cries, that needs more for no reason in particular- all of the fixes and advice just make the situation worse. In my darkest, most exhausted hours I wondered if it was my fault. After all, what kind of mother couldn’t even help her... read more

Advanced Babywearing: Tales from the Trenches

            So my precious little angel of a two year old seems to have some, er, difficulty when it comes to sitting quietly in church.  I’m sure that comes as a shock to many because I’m sure most two year olds absolutely adore the idea of sitting quietly in a pew full of tall people where they can’t see anything but the back of people’s knees.  But mine has troubles.  Serious troubles.   Since she has difficulty at 10AM when she is all fresh and well rested, I’m sure you could imagine my trepidation at taking her tonight at 5:30PM, right before dinner,... read more

Saying Good-bye to Breastfeeding

It’s National Breastfeeding Month and this year is bittersweet for me.   I began breastfeeding my first child 7 years ago. Three children and 66 months of successful breastfeeding later, I am approaching the close of one of the most significant chapters of my life.   I had never considered the possibility of feeding my babies any other way. Breastfeeding seemed so perfectly natural, convenient and simple.  My perception of “simple” and “natural” was quickly challenged though, as breastfeeing didn’t come easily for me. Without the support of my nurses,... 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

100 Inspiring Breastfeeding Stories from Our "Blog about Breastfeeding" Event!

      A few days before World Breastfeeding Week began Mothering launched our "Blog About Breastfeeding" event to encourage moms to share their breastfeeding stories with the world.   We know how important it is for nursing moms to have the support and inspiration of other parents, and we are very excited to announce that nearly 100 moms shared their stories on their own blogs or in our community thread as part of this event!   Below you will find the final roundup of contributed blog posts. We would like to thank the diverse array of talented moms who... read more

The Tale of Two Brothers and the Swim Goggle Nursies

                  How my children pretending to breastfeed in public made me aware of how I felt about breastfeeding in public.   It was a beautiful summer day and my friend invited my family to join hers at her neighborhood pool. My children, ages 2.5 and 4.5 at the time, enjoyed an afternoon of splashing, swimming in their life vests, and tossing the beach ball back and forth with my friend's husband. After awhile it was time to leave, so I had them towel off and relax on the beach chairs as I gathered their things. I don't remember exactly how it... read more

Join the Breastfeeding Revolution!

Hello everyone!  I am excited to share some of my experiences as a full-term breastfeeding single mother, and to let you know about an amazing opportunity to be part of a breastfeeding revolution video summit!   During my pregnancy I read quite a lot about breastfeeding and formula, and I knew with all my heart that I wanted to nurse my baby and avoid formula at all costs.   It was hard though.  I was alone, a new single mother.  I had never really seen breastfeeding before.  I didn't know what a good latch looked like or how to troubleshoot breastfeeding or... read more

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

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