Amanda & Miguel’s Story

Miguel’s Storyby Amanda Hooper AlcarazAs you know, we came to you the first time when Miguel was only a week old and had an awful latch....more

Breastfeeding: My Most Rewarding AND Challenging Feat

August is National Breastfeeding Month, and the first week marks World Breastfeeding Week. A few years ago, these events would have passed without significance, but after having my son and experiencing a long and rewarding breastfeeding relationship, I feel compelled to encourage and support other breastfeeding mothers and breastfeeding mothers-to-be. ...more
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Most Adorable DIY Crocheted Nursing Necklace

About a month ago, I received an email from a friend of mine who recently had a baby. She asked if I would be interested in seeing if I could make her a nursing necklace. In case you didn't know (because I had no idea before she emailed me), a nursing necklace is a long, chunky necklace made with wood beads and cotton yarn. (It can be made with plastic or other materials too, but the wooden ones are what my friend wanted.)...more
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I went from Judgy Breastfeeding Mom to Formula Feeder

I breastfed my first child for twenty months.  I said that I was only going to do it for six months, but he was still little at six months, so a year seemed more appropriate.  A year came and went and he was still, well, little. I wasn't planning on becoming an extended breastfeeder, those odd women nursing kids old enough to ask for milk, but when it was my son making the baby sign for milk (he was on the late side of talking) it didn't seem weird anymore.  ...more

When I grow up I want to be a nurse; A Celebration of National Nurse's Week 2014!

In celebration of National Nurses Week, I asked several nurse friends why they wanted to get into the profession.  Since I was curious about reasons behind their choices to be a nurse, I thought others might be too....more
SunbonnetSmart.com Just read the Wikipedia bio and she was amazing.  No doubt she had spunk, ...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

Mac & Cheese

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Can't Cry Over Spilled Milk

During my first few weeks of motherhood, my breast felt like they were going to explode. And they did- literally. I woke up one day with a puddle in my bed. I was ready trade my breast pads for a puppy wee-wee pads....more

Breastfeeding longer = higher IQ later for child

The ever-hot topic is back: breastfeeding.This is a neutral post; no judgment of moms who don't or can't breastfeed, or who only do it for a week or who do it for 3 years. Just the facts, ma'am.A new study published in JAMA Pediatrics indicates that the longer a mom breastfeeds, the higher the child's IQ later.Why? Apparently the milk boosts the baby's brain because it has lots of DHA, which is essential for good brain development. (It's also why they recommend fish intake during lactation.)In the study they found that:...more