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    While there have been great strides in normalizing breastfeeding for babies, there still remains quite a bit of drama surrounding the practice of a breastfeeding toddler. This guest post originally published in 2015 is a good reminder for us all to learn and to share our knowledge with other...
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    By Megan Leary My dear toddler, You were tired. It had been a long morning in the car and then visiting with strangers. You rubbed your eye with one hand and said, "Nurse?" At home I would have scooped you in my arms and cuddled you close while you nursed yourself to sleep. Then, I would lay...
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    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...
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    Fifteen years ago I became a mother for the first time, and my breastfeeding journey began. Through the birth of five children, and with a few little breaks between babies, I have now actually breastfed for twelve years. And now this journey seems to be at its end. I have breastfed in trains...
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    You know those people who ask you why you don't just cover up while breastfeeding? Here's photographic proof why it's not as simple as those people think. I have been a nursing mom for 2 years and 10 months. I was unaware of the nursing-in-public debate prior to that time, assuming there was...
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    There seems to be almost constant drama in the online community concerning nursing-in-public, covering, Facebook rules and deleted pictures, disgruntled Target employees and offended nursing mothers asked to leave. In response there is outrage, well-shared nursing pictures of various degrees of...
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    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...
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        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...
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    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...
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      Not everyone knows this about me: I'm still nursing my boy. He turned three over the summer. I'm not embarrassed by this fact. In fact, I take a page from my son's book and don't really see it as a big deal. It's just something that we both still enjoy. We snuggle. It calms him when he's...
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      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...
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      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...
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          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...
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    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...
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      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...
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    Don't get me wrong -- I'm a huge fan of breastfeeding. I devote swaths of print in Parenting for Peace to the reasons and ways it contributes to raising a peaceful (i.e., empathic, innovative, flexible, self-regulating, and yes, intelligent) generation. But I frankly get annoyed when media...
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    Welcome to Mothering's 1st Annual "Blog about Breastfeeding" Event to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week Aug 1st-7th!   This event has ended--you can find a list of all participating blog posts and winners right here. Thanks for taking part everyone!   Support breastfeeding by posting...
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      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...
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    Author Ray Bradbury pointed out, chillingly, "You don't need to burn books to destroy a culture -- just get people to stop reading them." Similarly, you don't need to actually ban nursing to decrease the incidence of breastfeeding -- just make it more and more difficult to do.   The ways our...
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