Posts Tagged ‘Postpartum’

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World Breastfeeding Week!

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Today begins World Breastfeeding Week! We are big fans of breastfeeding. You know, because we are human and all.  (Sort of like saying, “World Oxygen Week. We are big fans of breathing!”)

How big a fan, you ask? Let’s see….I have been breastfeeding for over 14 years…..straight.   Read More

Breastfeeding

Today begins World Breastfeeding Week! We are big fans of breastfeeding. You know, because we are human and all.  (Sort of like saying, “World Oxygen Week. We are big fans of breathing!”) How big a fan, you ask? Let’s see….I have been breastfeeding for over 14 years…..straight.  

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Nighttime Parenting

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When I had my first child I read books about letting your baby cry it out and sleep in her own crib.  It was supposed to be “better” and make my life “easier.”  Instead, it made me a nervous wreck.  The more I learned about my baby as an individual the more I felt uncomfortable with training her that way.  At that point I don’t think I had ever heard the term “attachment parenting” and I had never read a book on it.  I just prayed and started following my own instincts.  Which meant that she spent most nights in our bed.

Little-by-little my parenting style evolved into co-sleeping, baby-wearing, extended-nursing earthy-crunchy momma.  You can call it old-school and primitive or you can call it progressive.  To me, though, it has been what has come naturally.  I learned that I could consult all the child-rearing experts in the world, but I was the expert on my baby.  No one knew her better than I did.  If I paid attention to all the experts I’d have to change my parenting style every other week.  There is always some new study, new author, new PhD that has the answer to all parenting woes.  Some new gadget or method is supposed to make us happier or smarter or better adjusted.  What I find amazing is that we think that as a society we are so much more evolved than the rest of the world.  We think that modern research trumps ancient wisdom.  But, that is not necessarily the case.

The puzzling question of co-sleeping

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The puzzling question of co-sleeping

When I had my first child I read books about letting your baby cry it out and sleep in her own crib.  It was supposed to be “better” and make my life “easier.”  Instead, it made me a nervous wreck.  The more I learned about my baby as an individual the more I felt uncomfortable […]

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13 Lessons from 13 Years of Breastfeeding

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My breastfeeding journey started 13 years ago.  I’ve been continuously breastfeeding all that time.  Through seven pregnancies and eight children.  And there doesn’t appear to be an end in sight–thanks to an 11 month old and a 2 1/2 year old who love the boobies.  They share.  Sharing is caring, you know?

Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding

My breastfeeding journey started 13 years ago.  I’ve been continuously breastfeeding all that time.  Through seven pregnancies and eight children.  And there doesn’t appear to be an end in sight–thanks to an 11 month old and a 2 1/2 year old who love the boobies.  They share.  Sharing is caring, you know?

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Post-Partum Foods to Nourish Your Body

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Let’s be clear, from the get-go, I don’t believe in a list of foods you are not allowed or shouldn’t have while breastfeeding. Read More

Post-partum

Let’s be clear, from the get-go, I don’t believe in a list of foods you are not allowed or shouldn’t have while breastfeeding.

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Preparing For Breastfeeding

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This post will not contain antiquated ideas of toughening up your nipples, nor advertisements for breastfeeding gear or strange apparatuses to purchase.  That’s not really helpful in preparing to breastfeed.

No, this post is a look back on my breastfeeding experiences and sharing little tidbits that made it not only possible, but enjoyable.

As of today I have been breastfeeding for 11 years, 11 months and 11 days.  Straight.  My daughter is almost 12 and that is the beginning of my breastfeeding journey.  But, since then I have had six other children and am expecting another in July.  I have nursed through seven pregnancies and tandem nursed, allowing my children to lead the way in weaning.

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11 years.  11 months.  11 days.

There have been great days.  There have been really tough days.  There are definitely days I felt like quitting.  Some children have been “easy” nursers.  Some have been finicky.  Some caught on right away and some took their sweet time and had quite the learning curve.  But, we have persevered.  I’m not afraid to say that I am proud of the fact that we have been breastfeeding this long. Read More

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This post will not contain antiquated ideas of toughening up your nipples, nor advertisements for breastfeeding gear or strange apparatuses to purchase.  That’s not really helpful in preparing to breastfeed. No, this post is a look back on my breastfeeding experiences and sharing little tidbits that made it not only possible, but enjoyable. As of […]

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Preparing Your Home For Your Lying-In, Part 2

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(Read Part 1 here.)

I heard Bridget Lynch, a midwife from Canada, speak at a DONA conference in 2004. This was after my first three children (which I did not observe a lying-in time) but before the birth of my fourth child (after which I did observe a lying-in time). She spoke about the loss of lying-in time in the U.S. and Canada. She asked the question, “Where did our post-partum culture go?”

In her talk she listed four facets of post-partum rituals: Read More

Educating women at a baby fair.

(Read Part 1 here.) I heard Bridget Lynch, a midwife from Canada, speak at a DONA conference in 2004. This was after my first three children (which I did not observe a lying-in time) but before the birth of my fourth child (after which I did observe a lying-in time). She spoke about the loss of lying-in […]

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Preparing Your Home For Your Lying-In, Part 1

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Question from reader Noel:  I was wondering if you have some tips for getting prepared for a new baby.

GREAT question!  And yes! We do have some tips!  I have seven kids, so there have been seven post-partums.  Some I prepared for so well; some….well, not so much.  So I can tell you first hand that preparation makes a HUGE difference!  The answer to this question will take two parts. Read More

Daddy and our seventh baby.

Question from reader Noel:  I was wondering if you have some tips for getting prepared for a new baby. GREAT question!  And yes! We do have some tips!  I have seven kids, so there have been seven post-partums.  Some I prepared for so well; some….well, not so much.  So I can tell you first hand that […]