Abby’s Story Part 2: The Crazy Banshee gets 2 Sisters!

Of course, by this time I was a nursing pro.  I was worried about a lot of things in anticipation of the girls’ arrival, but breastfeeding wasn’t one of them.  When Norah and Cecily arrived at 35 weeks and landed themselves in the NICU, I started pumping like a lunatic.  I tracked everything in an app on my phone – it was a sorry excuse for cuddling my newborns but I was proud to see my production increase and when the bab...more

The New Parents' Holiday Survival Guide

The holidays are fast approaching and this may be the first holiday with your new little one.  Often, there is a lot of pressure from family and friends to attend holiday gatherings so that everyone can see your new baby.  Even more often, there are grandparent wars.  Your mother-in-law may bare her fangs for the first time when you start discussing where your baby will be spending Christmas Day....more

Weaning-A Whole Lot of Mixed Emotions

I didn't think this would be so hard. I thought I was ready for this. I thought it would be harder for her than for me. But it's the exact opposite, which almost makes it worse. I could deal with it better if it was her not wanting to let go, but it's not. That thought hits harder than I ever thought it would. Juliet is completely ready to end our breastfeeding relationship.  ...more

Abby’s Story Part 1: The Crazy Banshee

A Quick Note from Katie:Big Thanks to Abby for not only writing this amazing breastfeeding story, but for recording it for all of you to hear!  Now, this is seriously amateur, so don’t judge us too hard, but for those of you who would rather listen than read, download and listen to Part 1 of Abby’s Story with my response!Part One:  The Crazy BansheeBy Abby Y....more

#NaBloPoMo 2014: Day 14: Herbs for Breastfeeding

Today I want to feature herbs dealing with breastfeeding, both those that support and reduce breastmilk supply. I am here to write another post, explaining what I recommend and why I recommend it....more

Everyday Parenting: An Interview with Emily K.

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Balanced Breastfeeding HACKS!

Hack:  to cut throw with heavy blows (for our purposes, taking a deliberate and forceful shortcut)Hack: to break into and steal someone else’s day (for our purpose, stealing other people’s shortcuts)This week I am going to introduce you to a term we are now and forever more going to use at Balanced Breastfeeding:  HACK. We will call these Breastfeeding Hacks, Pumping Hacks, Baby Hacks, and Life Hacks. ...more

Stay Right Here. Right Now.

As most of you may know, I have a daughter, Lucy, who is 7 1/2.  She is cute, hilarious, smart, kind, considerate…stubborn, bossy and a persuasive.  She reminds me a lot of her mother....more

The Breastfed Baby that Won't Take a Bottle

Every now and then I get an email or a phone call from a mom whose breastfed baby won’t take a bottle. Perhaps she is going back to work in a few short days or perhaps she just wants a few hours to herself to go somewhere or do anything that doesn’t involve having her baby, whom she loves dearly, hanging off her boob. A baby who won’t take a bottle is a scary thing. Suddenly you are looking down the barrel of months of feeling “trapped.” You are plagued with the question:What if my baby never takes a bottle?...more

Expect the Worst

If you expect the best and breastfeeding doesn’t go well, you are going to be devastated.If you expect the worst and breastfeeding goes really well, you will be pleasantly surprised.Expect the worst. I am going to be a little negative here. I am not trying to discourage you from breastfeeding. I am going to tell you the truth.I promise you that I will always tell you the truth....more