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What your baby needs most

Before I gave birth to my first baby I was overwhelmed by the various babycare products I thought I would need.  A crib or cot, a moses basket or bassinette– what’s the difference?  Why would a baby need so many different places to sleep (in the end, my baby’s bassinette became our laundry basket!)?  Bouncy chairs, fancy applique bedding, matching curtains and trash cans, pumps, sterilizers, blankets, blankets and more blankets…  Looking at babycare catalogues boggled my mind as I tried to piece together a list of what we would really need for our little... read more

Attachment Parenting Begins at Birth

Following on last week’s post about planning for a calm birth, and in honor of Attachment Parenting Month, I want to share some thoughts about the incredible and beautiful first hour after birth and its importance to the bonding between mother and baby. First, though, what do I mean by the term “attachment parenting”?  In The Attachment Parenting Book, Dr. William Sears defines “attachment parenting” as an approach rather than a set of rules: Above all, attachment parenting means opening your mind and heart to the individual needs of your baby and letting your knowledge... read more

The Name Game-post 2

One of my favorite girls’ names is Ramona. According to our name books (we own several), it means “wise protector” and is derived from archaic French. I love how it sounds. And we love the spunky, willful, imaginative Ramona who Beverly Cleary writes about. Plus, there’s a novel by Helen Hunt Jackson, a little known 19th-century American writer, called Ramona. Ramona Statue, Grant Park, Portland, Oregon I also like Ramona because it’s a name few people have but everyone has heard of and knows how to pronounce. “We hate it!”... read more

SH*T People Say To Breastfeeding Women

A humorous look at breastfeeding that was inspired  by the Sh*t Crunchy Mamas Say video from Mama Natural. Written by Pam Diamond of First Daze & Nightzzz, LLC and friends who have been there heard that!!! Inspired by “Sh*t Crunchy Mamas Say” and “Sh*t New Moms Say.” Filmed by Nathan Diamond. Music by Zach Diamond. About Melanie Mayo-Laakso is the Content Manager for Mothering.com. Mothering is the birthplace of natural family living and attachment parenting. We celebrate the experience of parenthood as worthy of one's best efforts and are at once fierce advocates... read more

Dr. Gordon Neufeld Discusses Attachment

By Jessica Williams for kidsinthehouse.com   One of the cornerstones of Mothering.com is the idea of creating a secure and lasting attachment with our children. Dr. Gordon Neufeld is a developmental psychologist with over forty years of research on child development. He is the author of Hold On To Your Kids and the founder of the Neufeld Institute.    Kidsinthehouse.com had the opportunity to film a series of 1-2 minute videos with Dr. Gordon Neufeld discussing attachment, discipline and the development of identity. Watch this video on the development of attachment... read more

Texas Teacher Resigns After Being Refused Time to Pump Breastmilk

A Marlin, Texas elementary school teacher has resigned after the Principal of the school, Wes Brown, refused to provide her with time away from her classroom to pump breastmilk. Anna Johnson-Smith requested teacher’s aids to cover her classroom for short durations during the day so she could pump on the schedule suggested by her daughter’s pediatrician. In an email sent to newly hired Principal Wes Brown on Aug. 1, Smith informed him she was a nursing mother and would need a room for pumping and coverage for her class at 9:30 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. She said her... read more

Lactation and the Law

By Jake Aryeh MarcusIssue 143, July/August 2007 Most women who breastfeed their children will, at some time or other, find it necessary to nurse their children outside of their homes. For most women who nurse in public places, feeding their children will be no more stressful than nursing at home. Other people often do not notice when someone is breastfeeding near them, and those who do notice are generally indifferent or even supportive. All too often, however, we read stories of women who have been told to use a bathroom to nurse their children, asked to cover... 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

Worried You Aren't Making Enough Milk?? Watch This Video!!

By Jessica Williams for kidsinthehouse.com   Corky Harvey and Wendy Haldeman co-founded The Pump Station & Nurtury. They are each International Board Certified Lactation Consultants, and Registered Nurses with a Master’s Degree in Maternal/Newborn Nursing. In this Kids in the House video, Corky explains why so many women worry that they aren’t making enough milk for their babies and what they can do help increase breast milk production.     In this Kids in the House video, Wendy explains what to do and what not to do to increase milk supply.     Click here to... read more

The International Breastfeeding Symbol in Use

Mothering launched the International Breastfeeding Symbol contest and received an overwhelming number of responses - all beautiful graphic expressions of mother and child and the nursing bond. Here we share photos of the winning symbol in use sent to us by readers who have captured it in all over the nation and world. Download a copy of the icon. Read the winning symbol story.   Magnet from Seton Center for Women & Infants' Health "We give [the magnets] to breastfeeding moms when they are in the hospital to put on the door frame of their room to... read more

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