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Breastfeeding and Bonding: Trying out the new Boppy Nursing Pillow

  We know that breastfeeding is one of the most important parts of the new mama and baby attachment process, and we’re always on the lookout for products that help ease that transition.  The Boppy Pillow is a longtime favorite of Mothering moms looking for a nursing aid.  As part of our Mothering Mavens program, three of our Mothering Mavens tried out the brand new Boppy Nursing Pillow and told us all about their experiences!   Providing Support: Why use a breastfeeding pillow?   The three Mavens who participated in this program all had newborn babies who... read more

A Sober Look At Neonatal Care: Foundations of Violence?

With barbeque grills across the country barely cooled off from Father’s Day, I’m reflecting on the pre-release screening I attended last week of Janel Mirendah’s film The Other Side of the Glass — a birth film for and about fathers which has important implications for this idea of raising a generation of peacemakers. The U.S. mentality for every problem is to go to war: the war on poverty, the war on cancer, the war on drugs, the war on child abuse, the war on terror, begins with the experience of birth imprinted in our neural system. –Janel Mirenda,... read more

Breastfeeding Triplets

Breastfeeding Triplets: Advice from Successful Moms By Ellen Zagorsky-GoldbergWeb Exclusive Sheri of Port St. Lucie, Florida, nursed her first child for almost two years. Three years later, when she discovered she was pregnant again, she had no doubts about what her feeding choice would be. Then she found out that she was carrying triplets. Some of Ingalls's healthcare providers were very negative about even the possibility of nursing triplets. Ingalls, however, was determined to breastfeed, and her perinatologist put her in touch with The Triplet... read more

Cloth Diaper Cost…is it worth it?

Each day of Real Diaper Week will focus on a different way to advocate for or educate about cloth diapers.  On Wednesday, 4/18, we’ll focus on the savings that families can achieve by choosing reusable cloth diapers, making them a great choice for low-income families.  Read on to educate yourself, then find a way to bring Real Diaper Week to your community. There are many reasons to consider using cloth diapers. You may hear things like “Do you have *any* idea how long disposable diapers will be in landfills?!” or “Have you seen the super cute new prints... read more

Can't Get Away for Some Much Needed R&R, Try These Suggestions Without Leaving Home (Or The Couch)

By Brian Leaf     Before I was a parent, I was a yoga retreat addict. You could find me at The Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health or at The Omega Institute, or certainly at a yoga class downtown. But, now, I'm happy to get ten minutes of sun salutations with my boys on a weekend.   According to Jessica Berger Gross in her Yoga Journal blog, Enlightened Motherhood, I am not alone. She writes, "Once upon a time, in a distant far off galaxy known as the time before I became a mother, I used to occasionally save up and attend personal retreats—studying yoga... read more

He's Not Still Nursing, Is He? The Joys of Breastfeeding Past Three

Tough guy Etani living in West Africa, who nursed well past three This week we’ve been talking about extended breastfeeding at Mothering Outside the Lines. (At least I hope we have. I scheduled these posts in advance and I’m actually across the country conducting interviews for the book I’m writing. I made the bold move of leaving my computer behind. So here’s to hoping the technology has been working.) On Monday we talked about nursing past one and on Wednesday I interviewed Vanessa Lowe about her radio documentary. For the third and final installment of this series,... read more

Babywearing Tips

By Christine Gross-Loh Issue 113, July/August 2002 Six tips to help you wear your baby comfortably and safely. 1. Try several types of carriers. Different ones serve different purposes. Soft structured carriers such as the Ergo are popular among many babywearing parents. Wraps, such as the Moby or GypsyMama are also very versatile, and gorgeous to boot. I highly recommend buying or borrowing a few other types as well. I consider a ring sling to be all-purpose and easy to get baby in and out of, a soft structured carrier or mei tai helpful for longer... read more

Going with the Flow

By S.K. Valenzuela     As parents, so much of what we do involves paddling against the current. We routinely thwart our children's wishes when it's in their best interest for us to do so, and we weather the consequences of their displeasure. We push back against influences in the culture around us--influences we perceive as harmful or negative or just plain wrong.  Often struggling to be a good parent is just that: a struggle.  But there are times when going with the flow is exactly what's required.     Taking a baby-led approach to caring for your infant... read more

The International Breastfeeding Symbol

In 2006 the image of a baby bottle on an airport sign announcing the location of a "parents lounge" infuriated us and got us thinking: Isn't there an international symbol for breastfeeding? We called around. Spoke to lactivists and breastfeeding organizations all over the world. No one had seen or heard of an international symbol for breastfeeding. So, Mothering launched a national call for submissions---and out of it came the International Breastfeeding Symbol (at right), designed by Matt Daigle. The purpose of an international symbol for breastfeeding is to increase... read more

Traveling with Breastmilk

By Kittie Frantz, RN, CPNP-PCWeb Exclusive - March 16th, 2007 When our country goes to orange alert at the airports, everyone is asked to endure the minor inconveniences required to pass through security checkpoints. One group of travelers in particular faces additional challenges: mothers traveling without their children, but with expressed breastmilk. Primarily this means working, breastfeeding moms traveling for business. Conventional wisdom has been to keep pumped breastmilk on ice, so women often took it in their purse or carry-on bag.(1) Now, however, toting... read more

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