Breastfeeding Older Children in Public, Part One

Do you care about whether a mother and older child are breastfeeding? Or do you care about whether a mother and older child are breastfeeding in public?   The first question is the important one as the financial and societal cost of not breastfeeding and the personal benefits to mother and child are arguably well-established.…

I Will Sleep When I Am Dead

This post is part of the first Humor in Parenting (and Breastfeeding!) Blog Carnival inspired by the anthology Have Milk, Will Travel: Adventures in Breastfeeding, a collection edited by Rachel Epp Buller and published by Demeter Press in August 2013. The anthology looks at the lighter side of nursing. All of its contributors found something…

Gratitude for Those Whom We See Only Briefly

I was recently reading yet another one of those articles judging a parent based on a short period of observation. I certainly don’t feel influenced by a parent feeding their kids fast food while surfing their cell phone across the parking lot. But, the authors of those articles seem to be.   However, I have…

Strategies for D-MER while Tandem Breastfeeding

One of my favorite things about birthing at home is being able to snuggle in bed with my new baby(ies), my older children and my partner. My midwives take care of us physically, spiritually, and emotionally. I am treated like a birthing goddess while they are respectful of our family bonding space. The midwives make…

Guest Writer: Cosleeping: I’m doing it wrong – or am I?

Today, I am honored to share this guest post from MendyLady with you.  The anti-cosleeping campaign in Milwaukee has stirred up controversy, when safe cosleeping is quite simple. Don’t drink or do drugs while cosleeping, don’t cosleep if you have a medical condition that makes it unsafe for those around you, and use common sense…

Breastfeeding Quiets the Multiple Minds

I was feeling stupid in the middle of the room with martini-drinking, well-coiffed, pencil-skirted women. They had the vocabulary for our conversations readily available to them. I needed an extra tick or two just to recall non-child words for contemporary issues. And it was reflected on the faces of the women I was talking with.…