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25 Children's Books That Depict Breastfeeding

We recently asked the Mothering community to share kids' books that depict breastfeeding and were thrilled by the response. We could not include all of the wonderful suggestions here, but we have pulled out the top 25 most highly recommended with some comments from those who suggested them. Some of these books discuss breastfeeding itself but many simply show the normal act of nursing within the story itself. Enjoy!       Welcome With Love   Really a book about a homebirth but the baby nurses once born. I... read more

Cosleeping in a Coca-Cola Commercial

I'm not a Coca-Cola fan for all sorts of reasons, but I'm thrilled to see cosleeping represented in this new Coke ad from Argentina. And I'm wondering if the fact that Coca-Cola included cosleeping in the ad reflects a move toward the normalization of cosleeping or if it simply reflects a difference in sleeping practices between the United States and Argentina?       About Brian Leaf   Brian Leaf is author of forthcoming parenting memoir, Misadventures of a Parenting Yogi: Cloth Diapers, Cosleeping, and My (Sometimes Successful) Quest for Conscious Parenting as... read more

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

Loving Your Postpartum Body

  To the mothers who don’t like what they see in the mirror:   I can’t say it enough.   Your body is amazing.   Amazing. Awe-inspiring. Perfect even in its imperfections.   Your body grew a baby. Stop and think about that for a minute. Your mother grew you. Her mother grew her. Every single person in this world grew inside of their mother. It’s ordinary and every day, but in every way this is extraordinary and once-in-a-lifetime.   You grew a baby. Somehow, magically an egg met a sperm and from that moment you were doing the most important thing in the... read more

7 Principles for Peaceful Parenting

In my 25 years of being a parent, a student of human development, a human in constant development, an impassioned researcher of the human sciences, and a parent coach engaged with the challenges and triumphs of real moms and dads, I have gathered a superabundance of excellent information. But I’ve also come to recognize that a great gift in this era of information overload is to arrive at the other side of a gazillion helpful facts to a few solid peaceful parenting principles. I wrote Parenting for Peace around seven such solid-gold nuggets -- principles informed by... 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

Breastfeeding 101: Beating the Booby Traps

by Kristen Tea of MotherWise   In the past 4 years since becoming a mother and an enthusiastic breastfeeding supporter, I have learned that myths about breastfeeding and formula are running rampant.  I am left frustrated and concerned that our formula culture has won, that our mothering instincts have been trampled by the corporations that would prefer a dollar over a healthy child. Most significantly, I have seen many, many mothers state that their breast milk never came in, or that it dried up after a couple months.  I know that some women genuinely... read more

Protect Your Uncircumcised Son: Expert Medical Advice for Parents

By Paul M. Fleiss  Increasing numbers of American parents today are protecting their sons from routine circumcision at birth, but as their boys grow up, they often find themselves at odds with doctors who cling to old-fashioned opinions and hospital routines.  I often receive calls from distraught parents who say that a doctor insists that their little boy needs to be circumcised because there is something wrong. When they bring their son into my office, I almost always find that there's nothing wrong with the child's penis. Occasionally there's a slight... read more

Who the Heck First Thought Up the Cry it Out Approach?

  What is Cry It Out? I’ll tell you, but first I have to climb into the nook under my staircase so no one knows what we’re discussing.   Cry It Out is an approach to getting babies to sleep. It was first proposed by Dr. Emmett Holt in 1895 in The Care and Feeding of Children. Holt is considered to be the father of pediatric medicine, though I suspect midwives might propose that medical care for children has been around a bit longer. In fact, with his designation as the pioneer of pediatric medicine, I suspect thousands of years of doctors, shamans, medicine men,... read more

Five Best Baby Carriers: Recommended by the Mothering Community

Babywearing offers a huge amount of benefits, but choosing the right carrier isn't always easy. Recently, we started a conversation in the Mothering community to ask for baby carrier recommendations and the response was wonderful. Check it out here.   Below you will find the top five baby carrier picks from our members.    You can read more reviews, or leave your own, in our Babywearing Reviews Section. And discover everything our members have to say about babywearing in our Babywearing Forum.      Beco Butterfly II Carrier    Review from Mothering Member... read more

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