Sweet Peas, Pods & Papas: All About Birth, B@@bs & Babies
I'd like to introduce our readers to Neve Spicer, writer and founder of We The Parents. She is sharing some very important information about breastfeeding disparity. I thought it especially important to share this information during Black Breastfeeding Week, in the hopes that a change-maker sees today's post and can help take action on the steps that Neve outlined inTHISpost. You can scroll to the end of today's post to see those steps, although I encourage you to click on the link and read the whole article.
Postpartum Wellness Series – Nutrition
Welcome to our Postpartum Wellness
Series. Each week we will look at one
area you can influence to help the days and weeks after you bring your baby
home be just a little bit smoother.
These early days with your sweet pea are the
most precious – they will never be this small again. It is a good and worthy
endeavor to make these first memories as well as they can be made for your
family. My goal with this 8-week series is to offer some practical tips that
you can employ without any extra purchases outside of your normal postpartum
Thank you toFTD Floristfor providing today's guest blog post - wishing you a joyful day today as you spread kindness in your corner of the world. ~Krystyna There is a lot to be thankful for this year. Friends, family and the memorable times that you spend together are just a few. This World Kindness Day (November 13th) show those you love just how much you appreciate them. To help you get in the mood and brainstorm ideas on ways you can be kind this World Kindness Day, FTD has rounded up 30 of the best
Postpartum Wellness Series
Welcome to our Postpartum Wellness Series. Each week we will look at one area you can
influence to help the days and weeks after you bring your baby home be just a
little bit smoother.
These early days with your sweet pea are the most precious –
they will never be this small again. It is a good and worthy endeavor to make
these first memories as well as they can be made for your family. My goal with
this 8-week series is to offer some practical tips that you can employ without
any extra purchases outside of your normal postpartum needs.
For Part I of Erica and Scarlett's breastfeeding journey, clickHERE
PART II: Making Breastfeeding Work at Work, and Beyond
went back to work when Scarlett was 4 months old. I was a teacher, and needed
to pump twice a day, every day. That meant during my prep period, I pumped, and
during lunch, I pumped. It was hard, but I wasn’t about to be gone from my baby
AND take away her food. She started reverse cycling to where she would barely
eat at daycare, and wanted to nurse as soon as I came home, and all night long,
to make up for lost time.
PART 1: My
Breastfeeding Journey: The Greatest Gift of My Birth Experience
I’ve been breastfeeding my daughter,
Scarlett, for a little over a year now, and it continues to be a very important
part of our lives. I know many women in the United States choose to discontinue
breastfeeding at a year, or sooner, for a variety of reasons. I have no
judgment towards them. I can say I know that I won’t be one of them. I’m not
sure how long we will continue to nurse, but I don’t see us stopping any time
If you haven't read my previous posts, you're missing stories of my struggles with breastfeeding, but that's okay. For purposes of this update, you only really need what I wrote last year about tandem breastfeeding. You can find thatHERE (2016)
and one of my newborn stories is HERE (2012)
Nothing much has changed in the last year. My nurslings are now 2 years old and 5.5 years old. The 2-year-old no longer trolls his big sister. Instead he beats on her if he's feeling feisty.
Today's #MondayMantra is a fun affirmation that there is something quite wonderful and unique about making milk for your Sweet Pea.
If you have chosen to breastfeed and you are making milk...own it!! You are a true Wonder Woman.
Amy & Ollie 2016
I never thought I'd be breastfeeding my toddler. I certainly
never thought I would be doing so while pregnant! Here I am, 30 weeks pregnant,
writing this while my toddler who just nursed down for a nap, is sleeping.
When Ollie was a baby he nursed on demand; now he nurses before nap time, if
we're together, and at bedtime, if mommy is home. Ollie's first Birthday came
and went, and we were still nursing. When I got pregnant, Ollie was about
18-months, we contemplated weaning.
There is no time like the present to let go of the situations and the people that are not serving a positive purpose in our lives, or from which (or whom) we have finished learning the lessons they were meant to teach us.
Pregnancy and postpartum are time of threshold and initiation. They are times when things are new, when things are in transition, and when quite frankly, they are sometimes completely turned around and upside down.
In times like this, the extra stress of situations that bring negativity are the things that keep us from being present for ourselves and for our baby.