Breastfeeding Essentials (and Some Nice Extras to Have)

As I enter my 50th month of breastfeeding, preparing to welcome my third nursling, I’m thinking a lot about what I really need to nurse this child and, of course, some things that sure would be nice to have around.

I’ve come up with a list of my very favorites, and tried to consider . . . → Read More: Breastfeeding Essentials (and Some Nice Extras to Have)

Book Review: How Toddlers Thrive

How Toddlers Thrive: What Parents Can Do Today for Children Ages 2-5 to Plant the Seeds of Lifelong Success arrived in my mailbox, hot off the presses, by Tovah Klein, director of the Barnard Center for  Toddler Development, which has been studying toddlers and their behavior for decades. I first worked with Tovah as a source . . . → Read More: Book Review: How Toddlers Thrive

Guilt-Free “Candy” for Your Baby

My mother always makes everyone an Easter basket. She doesn’t care if you’re five days old or 35 years old. You get something in your basket (last year I got egg-shaped lip balm!).

Lucky for my mom and others looking to include wee babies in this Easter tradition, we’ve started carrying teethers that look like chocolate . . . → Read More: Guilt-Free “Candy” for Your Baby

Night of Joy Fundraiser: Combatting Postpartum Depression

We’ve been writing about postpartum mood disorders, speaking with local mothers and care providers as well as discussing national resources. Unfortunately, one local family was unable to find support through postpartum depression. 

Pittsburgh mom Alexis D’Achille gave birth to her child in August 2013 and suffered from severe postpartum depression. She sought help, but . . . → Read More: Night of Joy Fundraiser: Combatting Postpartum Depression

Nursing Through Pregnancy: One Day at a Time

Last week I casually mentioned that we are expecting our third child. Surprise! We had intended to wait until Felix weaned to get pregnant again, but…surprise!

Could this be me in a few months? Image source 

So here I am nursing through pregnancy again. The first time I did this, I found nursing . . . → Read More: Nursing Through Pregnancy: One Day at a Time

Supporting New Moms: Coffee Shop Props

I walked into my neighborhood coffee shop today hoping to do some work. As I stood in line for my drink, I heard a very unhappy newborn wailing from inside the bathroom. (I know from experience that bathroom doesn’t have a changing table, so I could just imagine the poor kiddo being changed on . . . → Read More: Supporting New Moms: Coffee Shop Props

Breastmilk Research in the News: Responding to Recent Milk Sharing Publications

A few months ago I signed up to participate in a study looking to speak with both mothers who have informally shared and informally received breastmilk. The study is called “The Anthropological Contexts of Milk Sharing (AnthroCOMS).” While I was never a habitual recipient of donated breastmilk, both my boys have drunk donor milk in . . . → Read More: Breastmilk Research in the News: Responding to Recent Milk Sharing Publications