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

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

Breastfeeding 3 Boys: Beth's Story

August 11, 2005.  That is the day my oldest son Lucas was born and the day my breastfeeding adventure started.  I had taken a breastfeeding class at the hospital and read some books to prepare.  I was going to breastfeed my son.It was easy; everybody can do it, right?!...more

Michelle and Preston: A Low Milk Supply Story

I was a breastfeed idealist. I happily made my way through an easy pregnancy naively thinking I would never have a problem nursing once the baby arrived. After all, my mother birthed all three of her children naturally with a midwife, nursed all of us bountifully until we were in the toddler stage and I thought my journey would be no different. I admit, I judged those who chose to formula feed their babies and thought, “why would any mother want to do that when you have what is most natural and healthy for your child right in your own body?”...more