I've been writing about my adventures in weaning my almost two year old daughter from da Boob. It's her most favorite thing ever! She gets so excited when I whip that sucker out. She loves it so much that she will volunteer "more boo boo peess mama" (translation - more boob please mama) without any coaching from me. I started the process of weaning her about two weeks ago starting with the middle of the night feedings. Things were going pretty good. By the end of that first week I could say… Continue
Added by MamaTalesBlog on August 31, 2011 at 1:53am —
One of the decisions I felt strongly about was breastfeeding my daughter. I had a rocky time of it in the beginning but by the end of the first week I felt like a pro. I was whipping my boob out at her first feeding cues and I've loved every minute of it since. Now that she's approaching the age of two I've decided to wean her from breastfeeding and the process has been a mixture of relief, sadness, stress, frustration and exhaustion. I have never thought twice about breastfeeding and I still… Continue
Added by MamaTalesBlog on August 26, 2011 at 1:52pm —
When I started my journey to wean Izzy a week ago I was anticipating less sleep than I was getting. The first few days wasn't too bad. I was seeing progress so I was more than willing to go through the day more on the tired side as long as I kept seeing improvements. By the fifth night I the lack of sleep was getting to me. Even though Izzy was able to get some sleep I wasn't from spending most of my night in That Blasted Chair. I was irritated and some (okay most) of the frustration was… Continue
Added by MamaTalesBlog on August 21, 2011 at 1:51pm —
Last night was the best one yet. I hope I don't jinx myself. We had the same bedtime routine, milk, snack, diaper change and a story before bedtime. She had a little bit of nursing and was out in about 10 minutes. The only time she woke up was for about 5 minutes around 11:45pm because she was cold. After a little bit of back rubbing and a warm blanket she was fast asleep until 4am.
Added by MamaTalesBlog on August 20, 2011 at 2:28pm —
This past week I've been focused on one thing. No, that's not entirely accurate. My focus with Izzy has been on one thing. My goal is to wean her completely from nursing. She is turning two the second week of September and I would like for her to no longer be nursing for any amount of time by then. That might be an unreasonable deadline so at the very latest before we relocate to WA in October.…
Added by MamaTalesBlog on August 20, 2011 at 2:53am —
Last night was my fourth night at weaning Izzy from the middle of the night nursing. On the third night there was no crying or asking for the boob she just had a little trouble falling back to sleep. I was hoping, praying and crossing my fingers that last night would be at least the same or better. I was sadly mistaken. I recently put my foot down to wean Izzy by her second birthday which is less than a month away. The only times she nurses is before bed, before a nap and during the night. You… Continue
Added by MamaTalesBlog on August 17, 2011 at 2:10pm —
If you are of the male persuasion, you may want to skip this one. And if you choose to read, don't say I didn't warn you.
I HATE nursing bras. I figure that by the time I'm done nursing Elijah, I will have worn a nursing bra for two and a half years of my life. (Not consecutively. Cumulatively.) I've hated them from the beginning, and I hate them still.
First of all, they provide no support. None. I'm not exaggerating. Zero support. I get it. Underwire… Continue
Added by Erin DeVincenzo on July 13, 2011 at 6:04pm —
I'm amazed how many moms would opt for breast implants if they had the opportunity.
And I'm amazed how many moms believe the myth that breastfeeding was the cause for their sagging breasts. Pregnancy and factors like smoking causes breasts to sag, not breastfeeding.
As a breastfeeding advocate, I don't want that myth to be the…
Added by Dagmar Bleasdale on June 27, 2011 at 2:35pm —
Misadventures in Motherhood ...: Battle of the Boobs
: "After more than sixteen months of breastfeeding, I am excited to report that my breasts have finally been freed from their indentured servit..."
Added by Misadventures in Motherhood on May 26, 2011 at 4:34pm —
I gave myself a deadline, if you will, for weaning Aidan from breastfeeding. I did this because I am a planner and I like to do things in a well thought out and calculated manner. Giving myself the deadline of Memorial Day Weekend planted a seed in my mind that said in March and April I needed to pump pump pump and freeze as much breast milk as possible so that he could still have breast milk, just not from the “tap.” Then, in May, I’d start replacing one breastfeeding with a bottle in a… Continue
Added by Lauren Blackford (LaurDoone) on March 13, 2011 at 9:33am —
The first few weeks can be the toughest and rockiest part to developing your breastfeeding relationship with your baby. I knew it’d be work, but didn’t realize justhow overwhelming it could be!Here are my 10 tips (in no particular order) so you can focus on you and baby: 1 – Arrange for someone else to do chores and cook. You need this time to focus on establishing nursing and your milk supply. It’s work in the beginning because newborns are demanding. It’s true! It’s not their fault… Continue
Added by Darcy Zalewski on March 3, 2011 at 3:14pm —
When we are home I do not feed my children any white bread, flour, pasta, or rice. Since there is little nutritional value in enriched products, (it is enriched because everything nutritional was stripped then vitamins were added) I fail to see the point in feeding it to my family. I strive on giving them the finest whole grain organic fresh ingredients. Considering I don’t feed my family the above-mentioned food, why would I feed white rice cereal to my baby? I didn’t feed Baby Girl #1… Continue
Added by Granola Grizzly Mama on March 1, 2011 at 11:43pm —
Two months ago I was sick with the flu including a high fever for several days. Although weak and not eating very much, I was still able to breastfeed my five month old twice a day and then I supplemented the rest of her feedings with milk I had stored in the freezer.
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Added by Granola Grizzly Mama on February 20, 2011 at 1:23am —
As moms we have a lot of responsibilities to handle. Luckily we are naturally adept at being kick-ass multi-taskers (sorry guys, you got the "I don't need to ask for directions" gene instead). I had no idea becoming a mother would equip me to juggle my duties like a well-trained circus clown. Add breastfeeding to the mix of daily activities and I've either created a masterful circus of wonder or road-side freak show.… Continue
Added by Nacia Karim Walsh on February 18, 2011 at 11:52am —
I wanted to say thank you to all my 11,000+ Twitter followers and Dagmar's momsense readers and was able to get 24 companies to donate… Continue
Added by Dagmar Bleasdale on February 13, 2011 at 5:42pm —
When I think of women and our relationship with each other it seems to be love/hate. In our competitive society it seems that woman longs for that friendship and understanding that only another woman can offer. Yet we give in to judgment of that same kin. This kind of relationship spreads beyond being a woman and translates into all female roles, including and especially motherhood. It seems that truly… Continue
Added by Anastasia Irvine on February 4, 2011 at 11:30am —
When I think of women and our relationship with each other it seems to be love/hate. In our competitive society it seems that woman longs for that friendship and understanding that only another woman can offer. Yet we give in to judgment of that same kin. This kind of relationship spreads beyond being a woman and translates into all female roles, including and especially motherhood. It seems that truly excepting another woman’s choices, though not in agreement with your own, and without… Continue
Added by Anastasia Irvine on February 4, 2011 at 12:30am —
I wanted to have a big giveaway to show my appreciation for my 10,000 Twitter followers and reached out via… Continue
Added by Dagmar Bleasdale on February 2, 2011 at 2:06pm —
I hate complaining about something and not offering any solutions. And while my solutions often fall somewhere between “just hold hands and love each other” and “smite them all”, I often come up with something that works.
So, with that in mind, here are my thoughts on creating a positive, empowering and mother & baby friendly breastfeeding environment. I focus on my local hospital, the IWK, and my province but the information I provide can be used by…
Added by Shannon Hardy on November 26, 2010 at 1:09pm —
As a vocal breastfeeding advocate, a sex educator and a supporter of survivors of sexual abuse during their childbearing year I have ask myself many times about the validity of “pushing” bf’ing. Yes, breastmilk is best, but if we guilt woman into breastfeeding aren’t we hurting the cause?
And what do I mean by cause? Is it a cause? If we stopped pushing Breast Is Best as if it was a winning hearts and minds military campaign… Continue
Added by Shannon Hardy on November 25, 2010 at 5:30pm —