Begrudging Breastfeeding

In the past 17 months of breastfeeding my daughter, I have not ONCE said to myself, “what was I THINKING when I decided to breastfeed??”At least not until this past Saturday.Let me make this clear: I am a TERRIBLE sick person....more
 @Laine Griffin no pressure. no pressure. I promise to be patient. :)more

Stop Calling Us Nazis!

(originally posted @ My Really Real Reality) I cringe every time I hear the phrase.  It makes my skin crawl.  And yet, as a breastfeeding counselor and advocate - I hear it being tossed around all the time by those who do not support breastfeeding or believe "Breast is Best" as well as by those who do.  The term "breastfeeding nazi".  (aka: boob nazi or nipple nazi) Nazi?  Really?  Are we really comparing the (sometim...more
Very excellently said, Beckey. Though this is the first I hear of this, I am stunned, really ...more

When is your child too old to breasfeed?

When you ask your little one not to talk with their mouth full, and their mouth happens to be full of your breast, then you have to wonder: Is it time to stop breastfeeding?...more
Hello there, Mindy! I had trouble nursing and a BIG baby, so I nursed for only a month before I ...more

I Am Not the Enemy, Nor Am I a Bully

"Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me." We are all familiar with the ending of that childhood taunt, right? Well unfortunately interactions of such immaturity don't only exist on playgrounds, between children. In the recent years since I have become an outspoken advocate for breastfeeding education, I have been called names. Recently this included "bully," "breastfeeding Nazi," and "Mom cop." Why? ...more
 @amlindsey I am so sorry to hear about your experience. You are doing a wonderful thing by not ...more

I Broke All of the Breastfeeding "Rules"

I read a lot of information on the internet before E was born on what can lead to successful breastfeeding, good latching techniques, when to introduce a bottle, how pacifiers are the devil, etc. I also “broke” every last one of the recommended “rules.”...more
I broke a lot of rules too, and we're still going strong at 9 months!more

Saying Good-bye to Breastfeeding

Well, I think we're (finally, yes!!) done breastfeeding. BoyWonder hasn't nursed or asked to nurse in four days. At this point, even if he did ask, I don't think he'd blink twice if I said no. If he does, we may nurse once more, just so I can tell him "last time." But then we're done. I'm calling it. It's funny how something that's been such a big part of our lives can just slowly drift off like that. No fanfare. No drama. No tearful farewell. It's like breastfeeding just silently tipped its hat and sauntered off into the sunset. ...more

Breastfeeding: What She's Really Thinking While She Nurses

I wanted to title this post, "Breastfeeding: What She's Really Thinking While She Sucks My Boobs" but I was worried I might accidentally attract people looking for porn. So, I tried to tone it down a bit. ...more
 @hollowtreeventures Ladies, as always, I'm glad to know I'm not the only one! I'm glad my ...more

Stop The Presses Beyonce Breastfeeds!

Beyonce sparks public breastfeeding debate.  Whoop-ti-do!!  Apparently, the star was seen nursing Blue Ivy at a public restaurant.  I'm baffled that this is making national news.  Some people frown upon mothers choosing to nurse out in the open, and I don't get it.  I've been nursing for 18 months strong and make no excuses for breastfeeding in public.Click here for complete post. ...more

Nursing Diaries (Part Seven)

"Change of Heart" ...more

The Benefits of Extended Breastfeeding

Because of the culture we live in, mothers tend to think that their milk is no longer good or needed past the first birthday.  In fact, in our culture, breastfeeding for the entire first year is looked at as quite an extensive amount of time.  And it is wonderful if a child is so fortunate to be breastfed for this length of time.  But I'd like to just share the many benefits of breastfeeding past the first 12 months of babyhood for those mothers who are interested and would like to know what difference it would make. ...more