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May 20, 2014 4:59 pm

Birth Story Extras

There were a few things that happened during and right after Thora was born that didn’t seem like they fit into the birth story, so here’s the down low on those things: Double Placenta At my 20 week ultrasound, the tech thought I had an accessory lobe on my placenta. Usually, accessory lobes are like… Read more > Comments Off on Birth Story Extras

December 11, 2012 8:57 pm

The Post-Nursing Toddler

On two separate days this past week, Wesley has requested to nurse. Well, I say that like was a beautiful moment with sunshine and bluebirds – what actually happened was that he was sitting on my lap and poked my boob and said, “I want t’ drink milk from yew bewwwbies.” And then he said,… Read more > 2 Comments >

April 4, 2012 5:41 pm

End of an Era

I’m going to go ahead and declare that Wesley and I are done breastfeeding. He was on the “every two weeks” plan for quite some time – two months, maybe – and it pleased me that we might be able to hit my goal of breastfeeding for two years. I don’t know if we “officially”… Read more > 8 Comments >

September 15, 2011 10:32 am

Texas WIC – Breastmilk Counts!

In sharp contrast to my last post, the WIC program in Texas has created a beautiful, informative resource for breastfeeding moms: Breastmilk Counts. Check out the 30-second TV spot near the bottom of the campaign page. It shows moms breastfeeding and details a ton of benefits associated with breastfeeding your baby. It tells you to… Read more > 2 Comments >

September 6, 2011 4:23 pm

Hey Evenflo – That’s not what I call support.

This morning, I saw a link to an Evenflo ad from somebody I follow on Facebook. I watched the whole video in horror as it perpetuated a ton of the most common breastfeeding myths and stereotypes while attempting to sell a product to breastfeeding mothers. The ad has since been marked as “private” on YouTube… Read more > 3 Comments >

September 4, 2011 5:04 pm

Disaster Shower

Most of the time, I try to time my showering while Wesley is napping, because I don’t have to worry about him getting into stuff or hurting himself while he’s awake. Today was a shower day for me, but I didn’t manage to shower before Daniel left for work. Wesley seemed cheerful, so I told… Read more > 6 Comments >

September 1, 2011 7:08 pm

My First LLL Meeting

I went to my first La Leche League meeting several weeks ago! I had been meaning to go for a while, but the nearest meetings are about an hour away so you really have to make a point of going. I accidentally left about 30 minutes late because I couldn’t get Wesley ready to go… Read more > 1 Comment >

July 22, 2011 1:08 pm

Nursing toddler-Wesley

Nursing Wesley right now is a difficult thing for me, but not for the reasons you might expect. He’s nearly 16 months old now, and he’s become a quick nurser – usually five minutes or so and he’s done, and he really only nurses a few times during the day. However, since he weaned himself… Read more > 3 Comments >

January 21, 2011 4:32 pm

Type 1 Diabetes Prevention

This article is driving me nuts. It talks about “special infant formula” that “may protect against Type 1 Diabetes” even though they are not sure exactly how the highly hydrolyzed proteins in that special formula actually help. I object to the complete omission of the fact that breastfeeding protects against Type 1 Diabetes (among other… Read more > 3 Comments >

January 13, 2011 2:52 pm

Booby Traps

Best for Babes is calling for women to share their “Booby Traps” – stories of being set up to fail at breastfeeding. They will present these stories to the Surgeon General and the media to try to illustrate the setbacks and hurdles women face when they want to breastfeed. Here are mine: C-section and delayed… Read more > 7 Comments >

November 15, 2010 8:30 pm

Breastfeeding on Sesame Street

My internet friend Megan recently shared this link to a clip of Sesame Street where a mama is nursing her baby. I LOVE IT. It’s so… normal. Refreshingly normal. There’s no judging, awkwardness, or apologizing. She’s even nursing without a cover! On national television! (Further proof that you CAN nurse discreetly without a cover.) I… Read more > 2 Comments >

August 31, 2010 8:29 am

Questions

I’ve heard of the four-month sleep regression, but is it normal for a five-month-old to forget how to eat at night when they wake up hungry? Wesley used to start snuffling to himself to wake me up, I’d give him a boob, and he’d eat and go right back to sleep. I’d often fall asleep… Read more > 10 Comments >

August 13, 2010 7:27 pm

Old Navy endorses formula-feeding

I was browsing Old Navy yesterday looking for some clothes for Wesley when I happened across a onesie that gave me pause. (Keep in mind I was looking for clothes to buy for my baby – I did not go to this site with the intention of finding something that irritated me.) I came across… Read more > 7 Comments >

August 2, 2010 12:21 pm

Not Militant, Just Irritated

Even though I am personally committed to breastfeeding, I’m not crazy-militant about it. You know this. Basically, I firmly believe in doing what’s best for you and your family and if that’s breastfeeding or formula-feeding or just supplementing or whatever, GREAT. However, I have seen several breastfeeding-related things recently that made me very, very irritated…. Read more > 10 Comments >

July 26, 2010 4:42 pm

Reason #943 Why I Love My Husband

This afternoon, on the phone with Daniel. He just finished telling me that Wesley’s Nana Tami and Papa Dave have taken him to the music store and wouldn’t be home when I got home from work: Me: “Awh dang. Well… hm. I guess I can… partition my milk in peace?” Daniel: “Hahaha!” Me: “Thrilling, right?… Read more > 1 Comment >