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Share Your Breastfeeding Wisdom and Win!

Many of us are celebrating World Breastfeeding Week by sharing information that will help new moms feel confident to establish a strong breastfeeding relationship.  By sharing what we have learned, new mothers can feel secure in their decision to nurse and we create a circle of support. What would be the one thing that you would tell a new mom to help her in her breastfeeding  journey? Share your wisdom in the comments section and you could win a Breastfeeding Support Kit from Earth Mama Angel Baby for yourself or to share with someone who needs it. One winner will be... read more

The Name Game-post 1

Our 16-year-old babysitter, who lives across the street, hates her name, which rhymes with her mother’s. “It’s so common,” she complained. She and I were in the bathroom helping the kids brush their teeth. “I wish I had a meaningful name. I wish my mother had thought more about it. She just named me after herself. I don’t want to do that to my kids.” I’m sure my children will be upset about some (many?) of our parenting choices when they are older. But they won’t chastise us for not thinking hard enough about their names. James and I both love... read more

Birthing A New Mother Home Study Program is HERE!

  Introducing Birthing A New Mother Program from Conscious Motherhood by Jessica Williams,www.LoveParentingLA.com   Friends, Last week I mentioned a free-video training offered by my friend and colleague, Sheryl Paul, MA, of Conscious-Transitions, in anticipation of the Birthing a New Mother home study program. The 8-week home study program is NOW AVAILABLE. This program “guides you through the emotional terrain of preconception and pregnancy so that you’re prepared to receive your baby with open arms.” It is one thing to chart your cycle each month without seeing the... read more

Holistic Moms Network Video Highlights Nursing Mothers

Inspired by an article in the Herald Sun (Australia) reporting that young women are reluctant to breastfeed their babies due to fear of public embarrassment, the Holistic Moms Network has launched a new project to highlight the beauty and confidence of breastfeeding women.  HMN members from across North America submitted photos of themselves proudly breastfeeding their children – everywhere from the Eiffel Tower to the Brooklyn Bridge – for the Nursing Our Future video. “Breastfeeding is one of the greatest gifts a mother can give to her child,” says Executive Director... read more

TIME Magazine Cover of Breastfeeding Mum to Three-Year-Old Causes Outrage

I was delighted to read this, but then equally saddened (although not surprised) that it caused outrage. What is interesting to me, particularly as a mum who tandem fed their 3.5 year old and 2 year old, is that the mother in question  has  given up trying to reason with the people who are appalled. Those who think it is perverse, weird, selfish (I know – what is that one about!), and generally just icky I do still try to reason with, but I must admit I have yet to get anywhere. Most just politely agree to disagree. I am convinced, though, that in fifty years (or maybe... read more

Things We Keep Hidden

I came across this book by accident about a year ago, and found it for $5. Quite a bit of luck since this book retails for $50 or more. Flipping through it, I’ve seen quite a different version of Sylvia Plath-that of an extremely talented artist. Not at all the version that has been pounded out in literary culture: that of a near-mythical, tragic poet who wrote furious poetry and, eventually, stuck her head in the oven when life became too much to bear. However, within the last ten years or so, there have been several books delving into Plath’s life, attempting to debunk... read more

ONLY WATER when Night Weaning

In my post on night weaning I stated: Grab some kind of bottle, sippie-cup, or thermos filled with your liquid of choice; water, almond milk, etc, and place this near the bed. You can offer this just in case they are waking for thirst. Having just been to the pediatric dentist, I would now recommend ONLY WATER in the bottle or sippie-cup as you night-wean. I gave my second child a diluted juice bottle at night and we have just found decay. I gave my first child only a water bottle and she is fine. Of course there are a multitude of factors at work, but I would now say... read more

Breastfeeding and Cavities

My husband is a dentist. Up until the time we met, he knew nothing about breastfeeding. Since we've been married and had our first child (a little boy, 11-months-old), he has been educated pretty thoroughly by me on breastfeeding and natural parenting philosophies. One of his biggest concerns that stem from breastfeeding is night-nursing and how it might lead to childhood caries (cavities). He's more concerned about it now that our little boy has some teeth. He's hinted to me to stop the nighttime feedings altogether. I can't bear to do that to my child yet. I believe... read more

Ahhhh-choo!

It’s that time of the year again when everyone in my family has a cold.  Headaches, runny noses and eyes, coughs and aches and pains– no one likes it and once one person gets it, it seems inevitable that we’ll all catch it. It can be particularly hard when your breastfed baby gets a cold.  His nostrils seem so full of gunk that he can’t breathe while he nurses.  Nighttimes are particularly tricky since he’s lying down and mucussecretions can make it so hard for babies to breathe with ease.  But breastfeeding is a brilliant way to help your baby feel more comfortable and... read more

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Fact Sheet on New Workplace Pumping Law

by Jake Aryeh Marcus Find Sustainable Mothering on Facebook and Jake on Twitter. After much speculation on the impact of a new federal law requiring certain employers to give unpaid pump breaks to certain employees (and my advice to Curb Your Enthusiasm), the U.S. Department of Labor has issued a Fact Sheet. Fact Sheet #73: Break Time for Nursing Mothers under the FLSA restates the requirements of the amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act which went into effect this past March and which requires unpaid breaks for certain employees to pump breast milk and private... read more

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