My husband and I joke that our only child is our test-pilot kid: we do what we think we should be doing to raise him right, and if we make a mistake, we chalk it up to a learning experience for the next one (if there will ever be a next one). A very terrible… Continue reading Nursing Tales: Changing Course
Mommy Tribe: A small group of women united by the ties of motherhood and friendship. Members of the tribe often share similar parenting beliefs and hold similar values. Babysitting each others children for free, bringing food when a fellow’s family suffers from illness or a family death, and monthly or bi-monthly gatherings sans children plus… Continue reading Finding Your Tribe & Dream Diapers Gift Card Giveaway!
As human beings we tend to divide our thoughts into binaries: black and white, sun and moon, good and evil, and while a good portion of us are fighting so hard for gray, for worldwide acceptance of all love, of all skin colors, of all beliefs, we can’t seem to get our minds out of… Continue reading Nursing Tales: Silencing the Sanctimommies: Fearless Formula Feeding
William Shakespeare often ingrained in his plays two concepts regarding life after death: you can either write something well enough that people continue to read your words after you die, or you can have children. Either way, you live on. I’ve mentioned before that I come from a rather large Polish Catholic family. Last Thursday,… Continue reading My Grandma Taught Me That
Okay, so you’re getting ready to have your first baby (or maybe your seventh, we don’t judge) and you’ve set up nursing and diapering stations around the house, washed the baby clothes, found a place for ALL THE THINGS you registered for, (Why did you register for so much stuff? Only a few things will… Continue reading Saving Your Undercarriage: Taking Care of You Postpartum
Not all babies are fed at the breast, and that’s okay! A fed baby is a happy baby. However, when a momma wants her baby to receive breastmilk but hasn’t had success with nursing or can’t nurse due to medications or is adopting a baby, she does have options other than formula. Before I… Continue reading Nursing Tales: Alternatives
Dear Antepartum Me, You know how that woman at Texas Roadhouse put both of her hands on your face the other day and told you, “You look radiant. What an incredible thing this is!” That was bizarre, right? You felt both completely weirded out and yet strangely at peace with it at the… Continue reading Dear Antepartum Me: Trust Your Gut
A lot of mommas struggle with breastfeeding at the beginning before mastering the latch and entering the bliss filled part of nursing. Some babies have low tone and can’t suck properly. Some babies have tight jaws and latch too tightly or can’t open their mouths wide enough at first. Some mommas have flat or inverted… Continue reading Nursing Tales: Overcoming Obstacles
I could tell you that breastfeeding is all rainbows and butterflies, but that would be lying, and Pinocchio taught me that’s not in my best interest if I wish to keep a face with fairly good proportions. So, if you’re looking for someone to tell you, “It will all be okay. You’ll be a natural.… Continue reading Nursing Tales
I recently inherited the kitchen table that used to take up 80% of my grandparents’ kitchen in Stanton, Michigan. It used to remind me of a large wooden bus with its curved U-shaped grooved windows in the front and back between the legs, its circular foot rest in the center on the floor, and its… Continue reading For the Love of Food & Family: Happy World Breastfeeding Week!