The truth about nursing for years

Nursing Zoebelle through the years

I'm tired of nursing. 2014 is the year of the Great Wean for us. One way or another, it will all be over soon. I'm hoping it will be on her terms, and we're doing everything we can to make that happen. I have no regrets. Not many babies nurse as long as Zoe has. I say that not to brag, but because it's a fact. According to the latest CDC Breastfeeding Report Card: 77% of American babies start out breastfeeding 49% of those babies are breastfeeding at six months 27% are breastfeeding … [Read more...]

Are you mom enough?

Nursing my beautiful 2 year old

Words cannot possibly describe how much I hate the headline on the cover of the current issue of Time magazine. You know, the cover everyone's talking about - with the oh so controversial breastfeeding photo. When I first heard there was a mom nursing a toddler or preschooler on the cover of Time, I was so happy tears literally came to my eyes. Mainstream media coverage of attachment parenting and extended breastfeeding? Hallelujah! But then I saw the cover, and I was horrified. Not by … [Read more...]

Nursing helps alleviate working mom guilt

Don't feel guilty, mommy!

My working mom guilt started even before I had Zoe. I was still pregnant when I began agonizing over how hard it would be to separate myself from the little life growing inside of me - to not just be in two different bodies after all this time together as one, but two different bodies in two different buildings with potentially miles between us. When I toured daycare centers early in my pregnancy, I  burst into tears while visiting each infant nursery (so embarrassing). Some of the babies … [Read more...]

How to be a breastfeeding superstar

nursing at COSI

There are two types of mommyblogs - those that focus on product reviews and those that get super personal with intimate details of their lives. All of my favorite momblogs are of the latter sort, and so is this one you're reading now. So, with that disclaimer of sorts out of the way, here is the first of several posts I'll be sharing about breastfeeding and how to rock at it. This is what I am calling part 1, for pregnant chicks or those who may someday become pregnant. First-time … [Read more...]