breastfeeding bottle feeding and a call to action!

I vaguely remember meeting Aram for the first time.He was three days old and they wheeled me into the NICU. One of the nurses rolled me up to a little plastic container holding him.I went to peek in but before I could see him another nurse stopped me. “I’m sorry, I just need to check your ID bracelet and make sure it matches the baby’s. I know, you’re thinking ‘but I know my own baby!’ I’m sorry, it’s just protocol.”  Overwhelming sadness came over me. I had never seen him before…I wouldn’t know my own baby and I was happy she was checking the bracelet to make sure....more

Needful Things: A Reflection on the Changing Dynamics of Being Needed

I'm a little embarrassed to admit this (so when has that stopped me?) but the biggest shock I received when I became a new parent was how needy newborns were. Crazy right? Like I totally should have known this going into to it. Like, of course you dumbass what did you expect a Golden Retriever? On an intellectual level, I suppose I did know this, but I also think it's one of those you can't really know until you live it....more

Feeding babies, the epic version

So the nursing bras are in the garbage bin. Most of them were almost 7 years old – which sounds ancient, but overall they were only really worn for about a year and a half. Two of them were new, only a year old, and even had underwire – woooo. But they still didn’t support like a regular bra. I have to say, I’m very happy to be back in the regular bras. Happy and perky.I briefly contemplated burning those bras as I chucked them in the bin, but thought it best that they not go out with a bang. We had a complicated relationship, breastfeeding and I. And now it has come to an end....more

The Beginning of the End (of Breastfeeding)

Like many things in life, this is one of those good thing/bad things that makes me happy/sad. Emmy is starting to wean – probably not so much because she wants to, but more because my milk supply has taken a second-trimester-of-pregnancy nosedive....more

Why I'll Be Breastfeeding This Father's Day

Bear with me folks: This is a long one- once again, because there is something very near and dear to my heart; physically, mentally and even spiritually....more

Toddler Moms Debunk Extended Breastfeeding Myths

Myth: Breastfeeding will ruin your boobs! Truth: Your breasts will inflate through your pregnancy and engorgement when your milk comes whether your nurse your babies or not! Vanity has been known to get the best of me. I’ll admit it. If you fall in to the camp of women that occasionally puts a little too much focus on the outside instead of the inside, you’ll be glad to know that breastfeeding your kids is not responsible for your boobs going South! ...more
Could not love this more!! I nursed my 1st child until 18 months and I am hoping to go longer ...more

Boobies and Uniform: A Recipe for Criticism

In a recent article, Military Moms Breastfeeding in Uniform Stir Controversy, Yahoo! Shine Senior Editor, Lylah M. Alphonse explores the outrage surrounding a picture of two military moms breastfeeding their babies while in uniform....more

Breastfeeding: Few Helpful Facts

Breastfeeding is the best source of nourishment for your baby. It will also strengthen the immune system of your baby through the antibodies that is passed on to your baby while feeding. Here are a few helpful facts for you given below  if you are a nursing mom:You need to eat healthy food when you are nursing a baby. You should avoid the smoking and drinking habit that you have.Never wait for your baby to be hungry so that you can feed him as it will be very difficult for you to settle your crying baby before you  can breastfeed him....more

When Breast Isn’t Best

By now you have seen the—gasp—cover of Time magazine and read all the blog posts and watched all the talk shows. And so have I. But, I confess, it has taken me awhile to figure out what I really wanted to write (in 500 words or less) about all of this attachment/extreme parenting crap. As I sit here, I realize that I have experienced a wide range of emotions on the subject over the past couple of weeks—musings that are best dissected into three concise Acts....more
Thank you for writing this. I think that breastfeeding is a wonderful thing, but there is way ...more