Moms needed to beta-test new breastfeeling sampling subscription service

I have a new client focused solely on expectant mothers, and existing mothers of new borns, who are, or plan, to breastfeed.  I'm looking for 11 gals to participate in a beta-test of ...more

Modern parenting may be hurting our kids' brain development

I'm FAR from being a perfect parent. I raise my voice to my kids, let them eat candy and sometimes let them watch FAR too much TV so I can get work done. But there are some things I think I got right. I nursed my daughter until she was 3.We still co-sleep with our kids (now 5 and 7) most nights.I have refused to buy video games.My kids love all fruits and veggies.I took prenatal vitamins....more

On Judgment and Breastfeeding

If you know me at all, even a little bit, then you know that I am a person who loves breastfeeding. I think breastfeeding is great, and will talk about it until you are super bored and/or uncomfortable. Half of the population of Toronto has probably seen my breasts by now, and not just because of my preference for low-cut tops. Most of the time I’m pretty sure my kid loves me, but there are days when I wonder if he loves my boobs more....more

Don't Lose Sleep Over the New Co-Sleeping Study

A new study has found that women who co-sleep with their babies are possibly more prone to stress than those who don't. I co-slept with both of my kids, and I could not disagree more. According to a Fox News article, "Breastfeeding and co-sleeping with baby affects mom's welfare," the study followed 195 women in a Chicago suburb for six months after they gave birth. The study showed that mothers who slept with their babies had "less-than-optimal daily rhythms" of the stress hormone cortisol....more
Thank you for this post! I am happy that there are still a lot of parents that find co-sleeping ...more

7 Ways Dad Can Bond with His New Baby

"I plan to pump and make bottles once in a while so his dad can feed him and bond with him, too.""We do formula at night so Daddy can take the night feedings. He needs that bonding time.""If I breastfeed exclusively, then how will his dad bond with him?""I want to make sure my husband has a chance to bond with my baby, too, so I think he should handle some of the feedings."...more

Breastfeeding a Toddler

My youngest is 13 months old and "still" breastfeeding. It's not as if I expected him to suddenly stop when he turned one. I also don't have any intention of cutting him off at some arbitrary and magical age. He and I will both know when he's ready to taper off and stop. What this means is that I am now officially breastfeeding a toddler. And that is a whole new ballgame. He's no tiny baby anymore!...more

Post-Weaning Blues: Late-Onset Postpartum Depression

Several months ago, I stopped nursing baby C for a number of reasons, but primarily because it was growing increasingly difficult and stressful to try to fit my pumping schedule into my full-time work schedule. I was able to breastfeed C through his first 10 months of life and it’s honestly one of my proudest accomplishments thus far, but the weaning process brought with it some unexpectedly dark days....more
This happened to me with my son. I nursed him for 13 months and slowly weaned. It was a ...more

When Public Breastfeeding Goes Too Far

I can assure you that my nursing adventures never, EVER garnered accusations of "sexualizing breastfeeding!" My bra size went from a 34B to a 38L. When the boob buffet closed, I was at a loss. Truth be told, I still miss it. When I see a nursing mother, I don't think "look at that smokin' hot breast" or "how dare she show her ladies in public!?!?" I sadly think, "I will never breastfeed a baby again." Maybe I have breastfeeding PTSD?...more
@HouseTalkN yes, luckily we are close enough to visit a few times a week, to give my daughter a ...more

How are new moms supported in Bangladesh?

So often when we hear stories from developing countries, it is all about despair. That is partly reality and partly a result of the way media covers things. I didn't know exactly what to expect in Bangladesh, but I certainly thought "despair" would be part of it. Interestingly, after two days of learning about and visiting the programs being implemented by Save the Children and its parters in Bangladesh, I've seen more progress and results and hope than despair....more

La Leche League Rejects Transgendered Man, So I Resigned

When I began my journey to becoming a La Leche League Leader, if someone had told me I would send my resignation a few short years later, with a flourish over a transgendered man, I would have raised my eyebrows, and laughed.Yet, here I am. ...more
Thank you for speaking out and sharing.  Hopefully as suggested in the comment thread, this will ...more