What I Learned From Science This Week: Worry About Yourself

I often tell my children, "worry about yourself," meaning as long as they are making the right choices for themselves, they need to stop sticking their nose in the decisions of others. Most recently, this played out when my daughter decided to tattle on her brother, whom she had deemed to be rewarding himself with an extra helping of Girl Scout cookies without clearance from me....more

I Don't Care About the Delta Breastfeeding Scandal: I Know My Rights

I'm sure by now you've heard about Delta's recent breastfeeding debacle in which a breastfeeding mother asked via Twitter about the airline's policy. She was informed she must cover or feed a bottle. I knew right away no such policy exists and that it was just an under-educated customer service rep misspeaking. ...more
BeyondMommying sgamer0425 Why did you have to do it in a checkout line? Would the kid have died ...more

MY Breastfeeding Truth

I am extremely pro-breastfeeding (all my previous posts on breastfeeding can be found here).  I believe every child deserves to be breastfed if possible....more

Can ANY Mother Breastfeed?

When I tell people that I am a board certified lactation counselor, I tend to get one of two reactions.The first reaction is, "Oh, cool! That's interesting..." or something along those lines....more

Why I Didn't Breastfeed My First Baby

My oldest son is 7. He was mostly formula-fed from birth, and completely formula-fed from about 7 weeks of age.Given the person I am now, the breastfeeding advocate and educator, who has successfully breastfed three subsequent children, sometimes I look back and can't quite believe he wasn't breastfed. But his birth and my experience with him is what made me so passionate about birth and breastfeeding in the first place.But why wasn't he breastfed?...more

Why the Mandatory Breastfeeding Law has Nothing to do with Babies.

The passage by the United Arab Emirates' Federal National Council of a clause in their Child Rights Law requiring new moms to breastfeed their babies for two full years has gone viral....more

Can You Be Addicted to Your Baby?

Breastfeeding has a subtle but incredible effect on me: It makes me addicted to my baby. I've never thought about it in those terms before, but now that I'm on my third nursling, I actually noticed this pattern. When I'm agitated or upset, the first thing I do is seek out my baby and go cuddle with him, and nurse him if he's willing. ...more

Breastfeeding on the Go: Taking a Road Trip with a Breastfed Baby

We took a 6-day road trip at the end of December with our four boys, ages 7, 5, 2, and 2 months. We traveled from the Bay Area, California, to Las Vegas via Yosemite and Death Valley, then from Vegas on to our old stomping grounds near San Diego, and from there back home to the Bay Area. It was a great trip, and the boys did very well in the car....more

Super Mom Closes A Chapter With A Small Defeat And A Big Win

I love that I don't have to worry about packing bottles when I go out, or making one in the middle of the night.I hate wondering if I'm eating enough, drinking enough, consuming too much caffeine, causing her gas, if she's getting enough nutrients, or if she would just freaking cry less if she were drinking formula.I love that I stuck through the rough first 6 weeks and can be proud of myself for that feat....more
formula rocks!  my kids screamed and wanted to feed constantly so i never thought i was making ...more