Last month a study of siblings found that breastfeeding conferred no health advantages, while a second study declared older paternal age to be associated with psychiatric problems in children. A third study found no link between saturated fats and heart disease. It was a month of unexpected, and sometimes unsettling, science.
My son comfort-nursed for hours at a time in the early days and then reverted to nursing through the night, much more frequently than every two hours, in the later months. But through the almost year-and-a-half adventure, I started to notice there were six types of reactions to a mother breastfeeding her child.
Would you expect baseball players to play well without a coach? Without fans? Then why would you ask Mrs. Murphy to play the biggest game of her career by herself?
I've breastfed and I've formula fed and I double dog dare you to be correct when you tell me which child is which.
This is why I can't come out to your concert, or have dinner with you, or indulge in that delicious second glass of wine. I love you. I miss you, my friends, I really do. But the ultimate truth is that my boobs don't feel the same way.
Precepts scare me. My mind can turn any set of precepts into another explanation of why I have failed and my family will need some serious therapy. Ju...
Tiger Mom: Sh*t happens. Now spell it!!!! Mindful Parenting: I am aware that sh*t is happening.
Have you heard the news? It turns out that nursing your baby is a big waste of effort because formula is just as beneficial as breastmilk.
Without acknowledging the steep learning curve, and without putting in place good support systems, the message is that early motherhood is just another everyday task and that caring for a new baby is a natural skill that will come easily.
I'd rather be a real-life lifeline than a fairy godsister. Because, you know what? You've got this. I know you do.
A community of love will help NICU families become the best advocates, nurturers and champions for their precious babies.
We need to open an honest dialogue about the first raw days of new parenthood and how we can help each other through it. That can start by acknowledging the offensive and hurtful things we sometimes say to each other.
"What nobody made clear to me was how difficult it might be to actually have children if I waited too long. At age 39, no husband in sight, I decided to conceive on my own. Somehow that decision sent a message to the universe because my husband showed up a few weeks later."
This week, a widely reported sibling study by Colen and Ramey concluded that breastfeeding has "no effect" on "child well-being." But, what's the truth here?
No one should ever feel embarrassed or ashamed to feed her baby in a restaurant or mall. Moms should feed their babies anywhere they like.
When my newborn daughter came home from the hospital, her weight dropped because she was not receiving enough milk from me. I felt utterly helpless because my body was not able to do the one thing I most needed it to do: supply nourishment for my newborn daughter.