Feed with Love and Respect

Weaning Early

January 4, 2013

I didn’t think much about parenting before I became a mom, but when it came to breastfeeding, there was never a question in my mind that we would nurse. From the moment she latched on, I knew we would be doing this for a long, long time. And so, on the week of her first […]

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Eating the Rainbow

January 2, 2013

I have not had an easy relationship with food. My childhood food experience could be summed up by the phrase, “nothing in moderation.” No that is not a typo, I lived in a home of extremes, NO sugar!  NO salt! Handfuls of vitamins! to name a few of my most vivid memories. I know that […]

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What About Bob?

November 20, 2012

I don’t know how Bob got the name.  Something about Bob wanting to break up with Ben, my son. I said it in jest and it just took. During the times I didn’t want to breastfeed, somewhere between a meltdown and bad day, I would say to myself or maybe even out loud, “Ben — Bob wants to break-up […]

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Why babies don’t “behave”

November 6, 2012

Have you ever had someone comment to you how “well-behaved” your baby is? If not, don’t worry, just read on. This compliment reflects a pervasive Western misconception about how babies function. Have you ever met an under-one-year-old who understood what society expected of him and adjusted his behavior to accomodate those expectations? I haven’t. I […]

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Motherhood: The New Frontier

October 15, 2012

I kept detailed journal entries in graduate school for an independent study course on motherhood I designed while my son was a baby. It was called, Motherhood: The New Frontier.  I picked five books to read, and basically had free reign to write whatever I wanted to about motherhood.  Well, to say the least, these […]

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The End of Extended Breastfeeding

October 10, 2012

In the attachment world, we hear a lot about the importance of breastfeeding. And lots of women breastfeed for an extended period of time. In our culture, more than a year is considered extended breastfeeding. So that’s what we call it. I just considered it breastfeeding. I was nursed until I was 3. My mother […]

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Feeding Solids With Love

October 8, 2012

Feeding with love is an incredibly challenging yet important part of our parenting adventure. My husband has a ridiculous number of food allergies, as a toddler I had tons of allergies and my daughter is at risk for allergies. Early in my pregnancy, I came to the decision I would delay solids for our daughter, […]

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Fighting the Battle Against Oversupply

June 12, 2012

And just because someone has the opposite problem, doesn’t mean that oversupply isn’t a problem in its own right. This was originally posted on the blog of Pittsburgh area doula and childbirth educator Vanessa T.  Fighting the Battle Against Oversupply With less than half of women breastfeeding at the six month mark we have to […]

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