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A million questions and so little time. Inspiration and support for the first year.

17 baby article submissions by the Mothering community.

Tandem Breastfeeding

By Christine Gilbert  for Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers   I have a secret. I’m still breastfeeding my three-year-old son, along with his three-month-old sister. They call it tandem breastfeeding, but they might as well call it shameful-secret-of-mommies-who-are-doing-it-wrong because that’s exactly what it feels like.   My husband and I have become adept at maneuvering around the major obstacles, hiding the fact from my Ob-Gyn while I was pregnant, since our first doctor said we had to stop immediately because our toddler was stealing nutrients from... read more

Thoughts on Nursing in Public

By Olivia Hinebaugh     I remember the first time I nursed in public. The strangest part for me was that the sensation of cold air on my nipples was reserved for being at home, being naked, dressing, showering or having sex. As soon as that sensation hit, I might as well have been totally naked. It just felt...wrong.   I was a first time mom, and as much as I was figuring out how to be a mom, the people in my life were figuring out how to be around me in this new role. My father-in-law would leave the room when I started nursing. I don’t think he was... read more

Phases of a Nursling

  All sleepy eyes, yawning mouth, contentedness, tiny burps you need to coax out. It’s always a little bit of a scramble to get them in the right spot, that floppy head, those randomly flailing limbs. It’s so sweet when they latch.   The moment. The moment when your baby looks up at you and catches your eye and they know that your breast is your breast and that your smiling face is the one they get to see when they nurse. Unlatching, just to smile. It makes your whole day.   That first glorious time where you present your breast and they latch by themselves. To... read more

My Husband, Breastfeeding Hero

  Wherein I attempt to list the ways in which my partner has been crucial to my breastfeeding triumphs. I think breastfeeding moms are pretty good at celebrating each other’s milestones. “You nursed in public for the first time! You go girl!” or “Six months down, six to go! Rock on!” I would like to celebrate breastfeeding hero of mine: my hubby Jason (fully realizing this may embarrass him since he is not at all the boastful or approval-seeking type.) This is just a short list of ways he has helped me breastfeed. He was a great labor partner. This... read more

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

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

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

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