Got Milk? Yeah, Right Here In My Breasts.

A friend of mine is once again baring her breasts in public....more

A World Wide Web of Hope

I was recently searching my computer’s bookmarked web pages looking for an orzo salad recipe I had enjoyed a while back when I came across a page titled, BabyCenter.Com- First Trimester. I smiled, remembering those early days of pregnancy when I searched the Internet for answers to the questions that kept my prenatal brain in a constant state of curiosity. Why am I so tired? Doesn’t any store besides Old Navy sell maternity clothes? What the hell happened to my breasts??...more

I should probably pay better attention to these things

I have just realized that the two big feature articles I wrote for New Beginnings Magazine (a publication of La Leche League International) are both available online. They weren't at the time the print magazines were published, so I kind of ... eep, forgot about them. ...more

Lactophobia

According to a recent article in the New Yorker, here's “A brief history of food: when the rich eat white bread and buy formula, the poor eat brown bread and breast-feed; then they trade places.” Right now, the rich breastfeed, and apparently also pay exorbitant amounts of money to wear their babies like women in the developing world (I just shelled out $73 for a Guatemalan sling).  In popular childrearing books like Harvey Karp’s “Happiest Baby on the Block” we read how “primitive” cultures like the San Bushmen have had happier babies than us in the West, and we mimic their techniques in hopes of quieting our babies. ...more

What you are doing to prepare is excellent.  But do yourself a favor- don't over think it. ...more

Overcoming jaundice, nipple confusion and other interruptions in early breastfeeding relationships

If you live in the Western world, you've no doubt heard the catch phrases "Babies were born to be breastfed" and "Breast is Best." Many women start out with the best of intentions for breastfeeding their new bundles of joy, but sometimes circumstances beyond their control can cause interruptions in early breastfeeding relationships. ...more

My son had jaundice and the nursery gave him formula from a bottle without ever even telling ...more

Breastfeeding until age 3, 4 or 5 - more common than you think?

When my daughter was born four and a half years ago, I had no plan for how long I would breastfeed her, I just knew that I would start off breastfeeding and then go with the flow. It so happens that in our case going with the flow meant that one month shy of her fourth birthday she was still nursing (albeit only once a day), and as I would soon discover, we weren't the only ones on this path. I wrote my thoughts about this shortly before her fourth birthday in a post titled On Nursing a Preschooler. ...more

My little one is approach 5yrs old and I am still breastfeeding. I have seen African women ...more

Study: First-time moms want more information about life with new baby

A new study including 151 mothers in Brisbane, Australia has found that first-time moms want more information about what life with a newborn will be like and says they often don't feel prepared for the recovery period after giving birth and emotional toll of caring for a new baby. ...more

I think I was in a semi-permanent state-of-shock after my son was born.  Besides having a ...more

Why Do More Moms Stop Breast-feeding Early?

Breast-feeding is supposed to be a special bonding time for mother and child with added health benefits for newborns. Many new moms even receive lactation counseling at the hospital before they bring Jr. home. So why are so many moms stopping breast-feeding early?   ...more

Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week: Mother Support

World Breastfeeding Week, celebrated by 120 countries worldwide Aug. 1-7, is just eight days away. This year's theme is "Mother Support: Going for the Gold" and, in my opinion, is such an important one. ...more

Thanks so much for your comment and sharing your experiences, TW. The double standards suck ...more