My last-ever baby is 10.5 months old. When he turns one, I will stop pumping my milk for him while I’m working. I have no intention of weaning him, but boy! I’m excited to never pump again. Has anyone ever sat down to a breast pump and thought, wow! Isn’t this great? No.
I only . . . → Read More: The Final Countdown: Stopping Pumping at One Year
“My baby won’t take a bottle!” How many of us have had this experience, where we prepare to return to work and our nursing babe just won’t accept an artificial nipple? It’s frustrating. It makes working feel impossible, with preoccupied thoughts of a starving infant at home.
Thankfully, there are alternative feeding methods that . . . → Read More: Cup Feeding: An Alternative to the Bottle
While pregnant with my first child, I had visions of a decadent maternity leave. The first week, I imagined, I’d probably be a bit sore and tired, so I’d likely sleep a lot and just chill with my family. After that, since babies sleep all the time, I planned to do All. The. Things. . . . → Read More: How to Spend Your Maternity Leave
One of my favorite days as a parent so far was July 17, 2012–the day my oldest son turned 3 and, thus, eligible for the free childcare at our grocery store. This happened about a week before my neighbor’s youngest child turned 3. She painted a picture of grocery shopping I still fantasize about: I ran through . . . → Read More: Free Grocery Store Childcare? Sold!
As a freelance writer, I enjoy a very flexible schedule. This is fantastic in terms of pumping milk for my baby during my work day. Ordinarily, I just set my timer to pump, put down my work, and hop to it every few hours.
Recently, I took on an exciting assignment. The only downside? . . . → Read More: Scheduling Pump Breaks at Work
I went back to work when my first son was 6 weeks old. I was teaching at a university and the semester began when it began, so I left him at home with a nanny. He took a bottle just fine, voraciously drank anything we handed him.
My second son never took a bottle. . . . → Read More: Sending My Baby to Daycare
Let’s be realistic. Pumping milk from your breasts is never going to be awesome. It just isn’t. But! I was finally convinced (5 years into my nursing journey) to buy a hands-free pumping bra and lo! It does make things better.
I hesitated so long because I didn’t understand the logistics of the bra. . . . → Read More: Hands-Free Bra Makes Pumping Better