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100 Awesome Things About Breastfeeding That You Don't Find In Studies

 by Sarah Clark               There are all kinds of facts and figures and studies on the benefits of breastfeeding.  But let’s be real, this is a subject that is about far more than studies.  It is emotional (you can even prove that with science!) sacred, yet every day.  Here are  few things about breastfeeding that are awesome and that you deserve to know about.     1.  Looking in your babies eyes.   2.  Holding your sweet little one.   3.  Getting a BREAK to sit down with a super good excuse.   4.  Makes you... 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

World Breastfeeding Week Resources

In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week, Aug 1st-7th, we have put together a list of some of Mothering’s articles, blog posts and resources for you to enjoy and share. Please feel free to post your own favorite breastfeeding resources in the comments. Keep your eye on Mothering’s Facebook page for information about our upcoming Community Breastfeeding Event and our Breastfeeding Photo Contest!     Mothering Community General Breastfeeding Forums Breastfeeding Beyond Infancy Child-Led Weaning Breastfeeding Challenges Lactivism Forum Community Wikis:... read more

Your Walking Medicine Chest

By Liz LaingIssue 133, November/December 2005 Mother's milk is the perfect panacea for a whole host of ailments - from pinkeye to acne. Just a squirt will do the trick! Most people know about the health benefits of breastfeeding, but few know about breastmilk's medicinal benefits. Breastmilk is sterile, antibacterial, and has many healing properties. It can be used to treat a variety of ailments and can be applied topically for eye and ear infections, minor skin injuries, sore or cracked nipples, diaper rash, sore throats, and stuffy noses. Is breastmilk an everyday... read more

Laughter Travels: A Breastfeeding Chuckle

By Lisa Johnson Issue 116, Jan/Feb 2003 My son, Izzy, was not quite ready to succumb to the nap sandman this morning, so I did what any intelligent breastfeeding mom would do: I shoved a boob in his mouth. Grabbing the nearest magazine soaked with baby drool, I found an article I'd meant to finish two months ago. We had 20 minutes before I had to leave the house. If Izzy fell asleep, I could tuck him into the car seat and avoid a wrestling match. No such luck. You know that bridge between sleeping and waking, when babies seem totally peaceful and... read more

From Bashful to Brazen: The Indiscreet Breastfeeder's Manifesto

By Sundae HornIssue 109, November/December 2001 Recently I read a sweet little how-to article about nursing discreetly in public. It offered all manner of well-meaning and socially acceptable advice, the gist of which was to make sure the breast never sees the light of day. The key to success is keeping covered. If all is done carefully, the article suggested, no one except mother and baby need know that breastfeeding is taking place. This seemingly reasonable advice is offensive to me. I want people to know that breastfeeding is happening. I'm proud to say I have... read more

Tandem Nursing

By Karen Plomp Web Exclusive You are nursing HOW many? Are you STILL nursing? Yes, I'm still nursing the baby-and my two year old, three year old, and four year old! I'm tandem nursing four siblings. It is just the way things worked out, because I had my babies close together, and I am letting them self-wean. Actually, it's not that big a deal, and not very different from tandem nursing just two. Nursing older kids isn't the same as nursing babies. They don't nurse as frequently, and they can wait a while if the location or time is not convenient for... read more

My Life As A Nursing Mom

My Life As A Nursing Mom  By Kay Bolden Issue 119, July/August 2003 My son's first birthday loomed, and I braced myself for battle. Grandparents and aunts, in-laws and cousins, neighbors and friends-all descended upon us, all demanding to know when, when, WHEN was I finally going to stop breastfeeding this child? "He'll be spoiled," I was warned. "You know, the milk goes bad after a while." It didn't help that my son was not the sedate, quiet nurser my daughter had been. No, this child was born to lead the Olympic Breastfeeding Team to the gold. The sportscasters... read more

Newark and Nestlé Partnership: There’s Nothing Sweet About it

Thank you to Maria Parlapiano, RN, IBCLC for this guest post.  For decades, Nestlé Corporation has hidden behind a vale of creamy, luscious chocolate. Perceived by Americans as harmless, Nestlé has its sticky fingers in almost everything from bottled water to dog food. In the US, Nestlé owns Gerber and Beechnut brands. Now, with their recent purchase of Pfizer’s Infant Nutrition Division, they rain supreme as the largest purveyor of infant formula and baby food in the world. On February 11th, Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, NJ accepted a $100,000.00 check... read more

A Breastfeeding Journey: night weaning and nursing while pregnant

As the Mama of a just-turned-two-year old, I’ve been breastfeeding for 24 months. This feels both commonplace and absolutely extraordinary. I’m fortunate that my breastfeeding journey has been relatively easy. Other than my blistered nipples and her blistered lips that first week, and a few bouts of clogged milk ducts along the way, it’s been a pretty smooth journey. With my supportive husband by my side, I’d call the first two years of my breastfeeding journey successful and fulfilling. The fact is, I’ve loved breastfeeding. Loved it. Knowing... read more

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