by Whitney Barthel posted in Mom Stories There is nothing that can kill the mood like having a baby. It is really a miracle that I have managed to have children three consecutive years in a row considering my near nonexistent sex drive. Pair drastically lowered self esteem, sleep deprivation, and oversensitive nipples due to… Read…
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by Jenni Buckley posted in Mom Stories If there is one thing that has indirectly ruled my life for the past 3.5 years, I’d have to say it is breastfeeding. I breastfed my first child until she was about 2 years and 9 months old. I’m still breastfeeding my 18 month-old. I’ve only had to… Read more »
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My first time breastfeeding in public took place on the outdoor patio of a restaurant. We had already given our daughter the bottle we brought, but as soon as our food was served, she began to cry, and we realized she was still hungry. There was a group seated at a long table right next to us, mostly men, all in sports gear, and I felt self-conscious. Our two friends shifted their seats to block me from view as I unclasped my nursing bra and lifted my shirt. Once my daughter started nursing, I draped her swaddle blanket over my shoulder as I’d seen other mothers do. But unlike the silent babies I’d seen, tucked discreetly under blankets or scarves or nursing smocks, my baby unlatched and cried until I stopped smothering her, at which point, she resumed her meal.
I remember hoping that no one from the long table would see me as they walked past us on their way in and out of the restaurant. I remember worrying that I was making the bussers uncomfortable when they cleared our plates.
Ironically, as soon as I stood up to leave, I saw that seated at the head of the long table was a mother with her shirt unbuttoned, nursing a baby, her breast bared, engaged in a lively conversation with her dozen or so friends. For a long time, when I felt self-consciousness creep in, I conjured the memory of that mother in all of her easy, glowing confidence.
With each month, I worried less about breastfeeding in public. I began to choose nursing spots based on comfort rather than privacy, though the two sometimes went hand in hand. I accepted early on that my daughter detested having anything over her head when she nursed, so instead, I learned to wear shirts that drape easily, providing enough coverage to make me feel at ease. (The bare-breasted woman from the restaurant is still my heroine, but I’m more comfortable when I’m a little less exposed.) When my daughter began to smack her lips or root around or whimper, I took the cue to take a break and feed her - in parking lots and on park benches, in mall lounges and restaurants, in the lobby of the ER when her fever surpassed 105°F and under the canopy at my friends’ wedding while people made toasts.
Now my daughter is 16 months old and more overt in her demands. She begins by locking eyes with me and pointing at my chest with her index finger. Soon, if I don’t take the hint, she simply pulls my shirt down. We can be at home together or standing in line at the grocery store - it’s all the same to her. And though I’ve become skilled at creating brief diversions - ”Look! These are mints in a tin! Let’s shake them!” - I have also gained the confidence to breastfeed wherever I am in the world.
Just yesterday, my daughter and I were in a downtown cafe. I had ordered lunch, but it hadn’t yet arrived to our table. All around us were businesspeople on their breaks, but when my daughter locked eyes with me and pointed to my chest, I went ahead and let her nurse. I didn’t worry about what all of those strangers would think. Instead, I looked down at her deep blue eyes and her wispy hair. She’s growing so quickly. Before long, we won’t have these particular moments of quiet closeness, so until then, I’ll welcome them whenever - and wherever - she wants them. http://bit.ly/1qSLX9s
by Stacy-Ann Gooden posted in Mom Stories The topic of breastfeeding in public is still a taboo subject in some parts of the country. But with the help of support groups like The Niagara Region Breastfeeding Coalition, that may change sooner than you think. The association sponsored a life-size cardboard cut-out with one goal in mind… Read…
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Breastfed babies don’t only take their milk from the breast. While lactation consultants suggest waiting at least three weeks before introducing a bottle, breastfeeding mamas often abide by their own schedules. Finding a bottle that truly mimics the motion, flow, and feeling of the breast is often the hardest part of making the switch. We’ve put countless bottles to the test, and narrowed our list down to nine. Check out our picks for the most breast-like bottles on the market, and let us know which one you (or your children) prefer. http://bit.ly/1qMNNIX
Virginia has always been a place for lovers, but it may soon become a state for breastfeeding moms. The Virginia Breastfeeding Task Force recently designed a specialty license plate that supports and empowers breastfeeding moms. The license plate, which has yet to be produced, features the international symbol for breastfeeding as well as the quote “Building Bonds For Life.” If 450 people commit to purchasing the $20 specialty plate, the nonprofit will produce them. We personally prefer this to a “Honk If You Support Breastfeeding” bumper sticker, don’t you?
by Jennifer Borget posted in Mom Stories The license plate. It’s an easy way to show off your pride for a certain subject without sticking a cheap bumper sticker on your car. To some it’s their way of saying I got their back or this is so me. When I got my first car I… Read more »
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by Jenni Buckley posted in Mom Stories There are many things, when it comes to raising kids, that moms simply do not agree on. But I think we can almost all agree that traveling with your kids is stressful. I find that even the most non-eventful flight can raise my blood pressure when I’m flying… Read more »
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by Sara McGinnis posted in Celebrities It’s safe to say Snooki is having a rough go of recovering from the birth of her second child. Opening up about delivering daughter Giovanna, the reality star told Podcast One, “Thank God I got to the doctors at that time because it was the perfect time for me… Read more »
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by Gwen Dewar, Ph.D. posted in Mom Stories We get it from fish, and synthesize it from the fats found in certain fruits, nuts, and seeds. Our brains require it, and studies suggest that it makes us smarter. Kids who grow up with plenty of DHA have a cognitive advantage. But where does it all… Read more »
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by Whitney Barthel posted in Mom Stories Having three little, little kids and trying to work from home can be difficult. What am I saying? It is difficult. In order to get things done, I am usually multitasking. Writing and feeding the baby breakfast — done. Participating in a phone conference and changing poopy diapers… Read more »
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by Gwen Dewar, Ph.D. posted in Mom Stories Imagine an international test of academic skills. Kids in 28 countries take part, and researchers want to see if there is any relationship between test scores and diet. So they pick a favorite food that’s consumed everywhere, but varies from country to country in a potentially important… Read…
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by BabyCenter Guest Blogger posted in Mom Stories By Juanita Farris When I got pregnant with my first child I was terrified. I took birth classes and devoured information on everything from epidurals to sleep training. I wanted to do my best and everyone had an opinion. Right from the beginning there was so much… Read more »
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by Jennifer Borget posted in Products & Prizes This post is part of a sponsorship with Playtex . I’ll never forget my first baby shower and being surprised when I got snack cups for my baby that wasn’t even here yet. Wow! They’re thinking way ahead I thought. Fast forward six short months (seriously, they’re shorter… Read more »
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by Melissa Byers posted in Mom Stories To say I committed to breastfeeding my children is an understatement. I was nearly militant but it was because I thought that was a requirement. There was no formula. Ever. There were only a handful of bottles of pumped milk. Looking back, I think my level of dedication was… Read more »
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