Pumping Tips for Stay-at-Home Moms

With my second and third babies, I intended to pump milk and build a freezer stash so that the baby could have a bottle once in a while if my husband and I went out. What I found was there's not much time or motivation to pump when you're with your baby 24/7, since preparing a bottle is more trouble than just putting baby to breast, and when exactly are you supposed to pump when you have to feed your baby every couple of hours?...more

thoughts on motherhood: part one

let me start by stating: mothers rule. before becoming a mother {just a little under a month ago}, i had no idea about the amount of anxiety i would experience about every. little. thing. i’ve spent more time googling things these past few weeks than i have in the past year. nipple confusion? acid reflux? baby poop colors, textures, and frequency? baby hiccups? baby lip quiver? when to introduce a bottle to a newborn? i’m not being dramatic. on top of the googling, i’ve been reading various philosophies about sleep training newborns and babies. phew. ...more

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal: Fast and Easy, Great for Kids and Nursing Moms!

      This easy pumpkin spice oatmeal recipe is a fast and hearty breakfast that my kids ask for repeatedly during the fall and winter months. It is also an excellent recipe for nursing mothers as it helps keep milk supply up and packs a real nutritional punch....more

Breastfeeding a Newborn: How Often Does My Baby Nurse?

I have a confession to make: I have no idea how often or for how long my baby nurses.That's right! Gasp! I don't keep track!When someone asks me, "How often does he eat?" or "How many times do you get up at night to feed him?", I don't have an answer beyond, "I don't know. It's not bad."...more
I never tracked either.  I had mixed feelings about it, but really didn't care.  I fed Baby when ...more

10 Stages of Infant Breastfeeding

Every baby needs to eat, and whether you breast or bottle feed your little lactose lapper, there is no denying that there are stages of infant mealtime.  Here I list the 10 stages I've experienced through breastfeeding 4 babies.1) YOU'VE OBVIOUSLY FORGOTTEN ABOUT ME AND I'M STARVING TO DEATH AND SERIOUSLY ABOUT TO DIE SO FEEDMENOW!They notify you of this stage by crying or screaming long and loud, with very little warning, and they cry so hard that they fail to notice the nipple brushing against their lips for at least 10 full seconds....more
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I Will Sleep When I Am Dead

I Will Sleep When I Am DeadNovember 18, 2013 by Zoie at TouchstoneZ ...more

Strategies for D-MER while Tandem Breastfeeding

Strategies for D-MER while Tandem BreastfeedingNovember 12, 2013 by Zoie at TouchstoneZ ...more

Coming Home with Baby: What to Expect on Days Three and Four Postpartum

Assuming you had an uncomplicated, vaginal birth in a hospital, you'll be going home on day two or three postpartum. Legally, in the United States, insurance is required to pay for 48 hours postpartum in the hospital, and it's up to you, your family, your doctor, and your baby's doctor whether you want to stay for that long or if you want to go home sooner....more

5 Big Fat Lies About Parenting

"It is more from carelessness about truth than from intentionally lying that there is so much falsehood in the world." - Samuel JohnsonLooking back over my 13 years of parenting so far, I see many common "truths" about parenthood that have proven to be more fiction than fact. Dishonesty sucks. As someone who prizes truth, especially regarding parenting, I thought I'd shed my own personal light on some of these beliefs.There are certainly more (feel free to add your own), but these five ring particularly untrue for me. ...more
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When Boobs Become Embarrassments

The Guardian reported this morning that Researchers from the University of Sheffield in the UK will be trying a pilot program to attempt to increase breastfeeding rates. Women in an area where breastfeeding is stigmatized will be offered a cash incentive to keep breastfeeding....more