Breast Not Always Best for Moms with Chronic Illness

I’m a breastfeeding mom. I fought hard to nurse my son. And I believe in women’s right to breastfeed.But I don’t call myself a breastfeeding proponent. Instead, I prefer to be an advocate for mothers with chronic illness (like myself) and their babies. What does that have to do with infant feeding? Actually, a whole lot. ...more

Breastfeeding Series: Reward Yourself for Breastfeeding

We've talked about clothes, pumping and storing milk and all of the weird places I've had to pump. And now to wrap up the series, I have one final piece of advice: Reward yourself for breastfeeding. If you are a full-time breastfeeding, full-time pumping, part-time nursing/part-time pumping mama, you are doing an amazing thing. This is a time-consuming, self-sacrificing action. If it didn't work out for you, fine, but if you are in the middle of it, you know you need to hear those words. ...more

Breastfeeding Series: Developing a good breastfeeding routine

Breastfeeding is all about supply and demand. So getting into a good routine is important to establishing and maintaining a healthy supply....more

Breastfeeding Week: Breastfeeding advice from a three-time mom

This week, I'm devoting my blog posts to my breastfeeding journey. It's not a path I ever thought I'd walk, but it turns out, it's a route that I loved and traveled down several times. I'm hoping that my experiences and breastfeeding advice can help someone else learn to love it too....more

Breastfeeding Week: DIY Nursing Cover

One of the hardest parts of breastfeeding initially is maintaining a feeling of modesty in a very vulnerable situation. Before my second daughter was born, I made a DIY nursing cover and it really helped me gain a sense of comfort when breastfeeding in public....more

Local Business Offers Top of the line Breastfeeding Supplies to Military Moms

This post was shared on Huffington Post blog I wrote.  I wanted to share this with my Blogher 's military moms. I had the opportunity to chat it up with a local breastfeeding supply owner about her big WHY To helping military moms & starting her own business.  Her model sounded so yummy and cozy, it made me want to be a kid again and be a part of her family!...more

5 Helpful Tips to Bring Back Your Boobs After Having a Baby

By the time you hit your second trimester, you were probably loving your suddenly huge stripper boobs (most women increase by one or two cup sizes during pregnancy).  And then your milk came in, and they briefly doubled again. But now that your hormones and your baby’s feeding schedule have plateaued, the ‘girls’ seem to be deflating (in a sad and droopy way), and the realization can be quite depressing. This is especially true for women who had C cups (or larger) to begin with… the damage done will seem more drastic. ...more

I Force-Weaned My Child, And It Was Awful, For A While Anyway

She didn’t wean herself. There was no gradual decline in the frequency of nursing sessions, no mounting interest in outside activities, no moment of clarity in which she realized she didn’t need breastmilk. Breastfeeding is magic, until it's not. And when the magic ceases, in my case anyway, it does so quickly, and with great resolution. This is a photo taken when it was magic. ...more

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My Breastfeeding Story and Four Tips I Have For You

“When you hold a child to your breast to nurse, the curve of the little head echoes exactly the curve of the breast it suckles, as though this new person truly mirrors the flesh from which it sprang.”- Diana Gabaldon, Dragonfly in Amber  Without as much as a may I? she reached into my v-neck pajama top and cupped my left breast in her mitt-like hand.I was stunned.And exposed....more