Breastfeeding: How Old is Too Old?

I’m a big believer in breastfeeding. That being said – while I breastfed my youngest, I bottle fed my oldest. During his stay in the NICU, my older child refused to eat and was therefore losing weight. Rapidly. I was offered a choice: Give him a bottle or they’d give him a feeding tube. Not wanting my little 4-pounder to have to endure any more tubes shoved down his throat, I chose the bottle. Eventually, he ended up with a tube anyway. I tried for weeks to get him to take to my breast once we got him home. It wasn’t happening....more
I don't base my opinions on breasfeeding on "ew" or "shudder" factors, but rather real data, ...more

Pacifiers Suck

Pacifiers suck. Just as much figuratively as they do literally I think. Sure, they seem like a good idea when your little bundle of joy takes one for the first time all swaddled and looking at you like you’re the smartest person in the world to have invented such an amazing contraption. It’s a miracle worker. There is nothing that little apparatus can’t fix. There is no job too big to be conquered; screaming, yelling, crying, whining, mad, bored, tired… put a plug in it. Then, that little bundle of joy turns one. ...more

Child-led Weaning: They Aren't Going to Nurse Forever

A little more than two years ago, I wrote about my experiences nursing a preschooler. At the time I discussed the fact that my nearly 4-year-old daughter was still nursing and how I never planned or expected to be nursing a 4-year-old, yet it just happened. ...more

I breastfed all 6 of my kids at least until 8 mos. My 6th I am still nursing, and she is 13 mos ...more

Regaining My Independence, Mind, and Breasts

Tonight I am celebrating the turning point in my nursing career with my 18-month-old by starting this blog, which I have been dreaming about for the past six months. I'll admit that I still have not gained all the necessary skills mothers that actually mother their children AND have a mind and voice of their own, have. So with that said, I basically mean, that I'm not sure if I can make much sense yet of all the opinions and experiences I've gathered from the last year-and-a-half of parenting. But hang with me and a common thread will appear!...more

The Cuddling Rebellion: The Bittersweet Transition from Baby to Toddler

So this is why you get pregnant again!! ...more

You have nailed it. This is totally why I want another baby. Good work, detective!


Mommy Week in Review: Biting nursers, scheduling snafus, blogging for more birthdays

So, at nine months, breastfeeding has become so painful, thanks to the baby’s four extremely sharp teeth. This is a common story: Christina at a MommyStory even nicknamed her baby “fang.” It’s not even that he bites me, although he has, it’s that he can’t nurse without cutting me.  His chompers are so sharp and he is so busy while nursing, grasping, moving around. So I feel guilty about wanting to wean him. ...more

To Wean or Not To Wean

Baby is almost ten months now, and I am faced with a breastfeeding dilemma. The plan was to nurse her until one year, just as I did her sister. No one will be able to say that she got anything less than the first kid. Start them out on equal footing, so to speak, even if baby already has fewer photos (everyone told me that would happen). If she turns out to be a serial killer, it won't be because I didn't nurse her and get all her vaccinations... ...more

Making Time For Daddy - My Bittersweet Wish Comes True

My son's birthday was ten days ago and at two he is now officially a toddler. I've been warned that as he seeks his independence we may hit a rough patch or two. We are all familiar with the "terrible twos" but I have been convinced by my pediatrician to call this period the "teachable twos." I can deal with the change in his disposition because I realize that his behavior is perfectly normal for his age. My challenge is dealing with the surprises that throw me for a loop. The main one is his increased attachment to his father which translates into spending fewer precious moments with me. ...more

My son is 5 months old and I half dread the day he might prefer Daddy over me, as much as I ...more

The Weaning Decision

I think I’ve finally made up my mind about this weaning business.  This decision has been an emotional rollercoaster filled with questions and uncertainty, so I greatly appreciate all the wonderful commentors who gave me so much information to consider. ...more