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Tweet Jennifer P. About a year ago I gave birth to my baby girl, Pearl. I had taken Bradley classes, read Le Leche League’s book and been to a Le Leche League meeting. I also had very good support from my mother, my father, my husband and my mother in law after my baby was born. Even though no one in my family was familiar with breastfeeding, no one ever made me feel unwelcome when I would nurse my baby and everyone was helpful to me around the house. I had a home birth so I didn’t...

Tweet Tabitha B. Strength, Endurance, and Support for All Let me preface this with my story is not normal, nor is it common and it’s a bit long. I am a nursery/nicu nurse with plenty of experience to feel completely prepared for what, I thought, was about to happen when I had my son. I knew what was normal, what to expect, and how to take care of newborns before I ever got pregnant. In fact, I may have taken care of some of your babies. So let us fast forward a bit. My pregnancy was normal with...

Tweet The Big Latch On Event and Nursing in Public (NIP)   August 3, 2013 was a first for me, I attended my first public breastfeeding event…oh, how far I’ve come… As a new mom, I was proud to nurse, but struggled to even use the term “breastfeeding” (what a weenie, I know). Somewhere between only nursing shrouded in my van and breastfeeding in the park with over 30 mamas plus dads, grandmas, supporters, photographers, and kiddos…I became comfortable with my...

Tweet Crystal E. In 1980 I was born 2 months early and was in an incubator 2.5 hours from where my parents lived for 2 months. My mother was unable to breastfeed but many of the mothers in the hospital at the time heard my story and donated their breast milk. I thought it was so gross the first time I heard about it when I was younger. However, after learning about the benefits of breast milk and breastfeeding my own daughter, I think it’s pretty neat!   Jennifer E. I am a Registered...

Tweet Ollie’s Mom: I am the mother of an amazing little superhero named Oliver. After three years of fertility treatments, he came into our world in January of 2013. While I was pregnant, I did what everybody does: read What to Expect When You’re Expecting cover to cover, ordered Old Navy maternity clothes and got excited about breastfeeding. I mean, it was a win-win. Free, awesome vitamins and nutrients for him, weight loss for me. Score! Never in my wildest dreams did I think I wouldn’t...

Tweet August 1-7, 2013 is World Breastfeeding Week! The theme this year is Breastfeeding Support: Close to Mothers To celebrate, I will be sharing breastfeeding stories from different folks who were brave enough to share their adventures. Several of these stories have impacted my own breastfeeding journey.  No story stands alone I would pretty much guarantee that if you’re a parent…you’ve heard at least one breastfeeding story. Was it a positive account or a nightmare? Did it make you laugh...

Tweet I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about sippy cups. So here’s my 2 cents… As a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP), I have been taught to avoid sippy cups all together. The reason behind this instruction is based on the forward positioning of the child’s tongue when drinking...

Tweet The Baby K’tan Baby Carrier is a soft hybrid carrier that offers the ideal blend of a sling and wrap. Its innovative double-loop design allows mom or dad to wear baby in multiple positions, without any complicated wrapping or buckling! It is lightweight and compact, yet ergonomically designed to distribute baby’s weight across both shoulders. Retail value: $49.95. www.babyktan.com a Rafflecopter giveaway As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, it’s difficult for me to carry my...

Tweet For me, baby wearing is the equivalent of carrying my child. Secondary to my disability, I am unable to carry my kids “the old fashioned way” for any length of time simply because I need my only functional arm and hand for things like opening doors, getting a drink, picking a wedgie, wiping noses, and well, you get the point. Strength, balance, and endurance are also issues since I am only able to carry my kids on my left hip. I’ve tried many different carriers with my kiddos over the...