10 Good Reasons to Breastfeed Past One Year (And How to Know When You and Your Child are Done)

by Jillon June 11,2014 in BreastfeedingFamily JourneyNatural Parenting Style

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    1. “Nursing makes the job of mothering easier, not harder.” Norma Jean Bumgarner This has got to be one of my favorite reasons. Of course it’s so good for the child but also what mom doesn’t need  her life to be easier?! The good old reasons like “it’s always perfect and ready” still […]

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My Toddler Nap Hacks (Tips and Tricks For More Daytime Baby Sleep)

by Heatheron January 14,2014 in Baby_WearingBreastfeedingCo-SleepingGrowthHow-To TipsNatural Parenting Style

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  As I write this, my 18 month old daughter is taking a nice, long nap! Nap time is when I clean up the house for real and get work a bit of work done. Sometimes, ever-so-rarely, I crochet or read. My daughter has never been a stellar sleeper and in the past she tended […]

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Breastfeeding on Demand: a Cross-Cultural Perspective

by Nicholeon January 06,2014 in BreastfeedingHealth and WellnessHow-To TipsMommy Care

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I discovered the work of Gwen Dewar, Ph.D when ParentingScience.com covered her 2008 work on breastfeeding on demand, also known as “baby-led” and “on-cue” feeding. The basis of this practice is that baby, with the means they have developmentally at their disposal, initiates feedings with their mother. Feeding sessions begin with baby’s request and finishes when […]

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Working From Home with Kids (Ain’t Easy!) – A Day In the Life

by Kim Rosason August 15,2013 in BreastfeedingCo-SleepingFamily JourneyNatural Parenting StyleParenthood

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Each day starts about the same… slowly.  I’m not a morning person, and I never wake up “chipper” and ready to take on the world.  My boys will crawl into bed with me and often we can be found in a grumpy pile – my oldest lays his head on my bare stomach (his happy […]

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Would You Let Someone Else Breastfeed Your Baby?

by Heatheron July 31,2013 in BreastfeedingNatural Parenting Style

A couple weeks back I had a funny dream. I dreamt that I reunited with a friend back in the states (I live in Chile), who was meeting my now one-year-old daughter for the first time. Upon greeting us, this friend brought my girl directly to her breast as if of course this is how […]

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My (Un)Glamorous Expat Beach Mama Routine (A Day In the Life)

by Heatheron July 23,2013 in BreastfeedingFamily JourneyNatural Parenting StyleParenthood

I’ve talked here before about how I left the states to travel, fell in love on my first major stop (Chile), stayed, had a baby and am now living the expat mama life on a beach where I fell in love. It’s been a few months, and inspired by Jill’s Day In the Life post, I thought […]

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Our Little Breastfeeding “Miracle”

by Heatheron June 18,2013 in BreastfeedingFamily JourneyNatural Parenting StyleParenthood

A few months ago, in the thick of it, I wrote about the challenges my little and I were having breastfeeding. Long story short to recap the post, my baby had an ineffective suck and my supply tanked after a couple weeks, (almost) never to return, and we supplemented with formula to the point where […]

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Your Baby’s Breastfeeding Cues

by Nicholeon February 13,2013 in BreastfeedingHealth and WellnessLearning

This terrific new graphic developed and published by the Women’s and Newborn Services of the  Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) is offering new mothers and other caregivers a means to identify and meet a baby’s hunger cues. First and foremost a friendly promoter of breastfeeding and nursing, these RBWH tips can be used for breast- or bottle-fed […]

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Research: Breast Milk Contains More Than 700 Species of Beneficial Bacteria

by Nicholeon February 07,2013 in BreastfeedingHealth and WellnessResearch

More research dollars than ever are being put toward the discovery and a better understanding of what is already well known and promoted worldwide, that Breast is Best. And that breastfed babies are healthier and more robust babies who then grow toward being healthier and more robust adults. To understand why, researchers are looking to bacteria […]

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Book Review: The Other Baby Book, A Natural Approach to Baby’s First Year

by Nicholeon January 08,2013 in Baby_WearingBehind the ScenesBirthBreastfeedingChild DevelopmentHealth and WellnessMommy CareNatural Parenting StyleParenthoodResearch

Ready to get your cradle rocked? The Other Baby Books, A Natural Approach to Baby’s First Year, greets readers with this inviting question, before jumping into a wide range of family-centered topics that are delivered by the wonderfully likable voices of writers, Megan Massaro and Miriam Katz. The Other Baby Book creates a community of […]

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