I remember the first time I discovered I was pregnant. I looked in disbelief at the pregnancy test. The joy that I felt was immediately overcome by concern.
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n no other line of business, no other profession, do we judge ourselves, our very nature, so harshly as motherhood
Apparently, we are fighting over everything. It starts pretty much right away when we are at our most vulnerable. Most neurotic. Most pregnant.
On the sixth-floor maternity ward / Of a hospital called Lenox Hill, / Two new parents of one little girl / Paid a very big hospital bill.
It seems as though a healthy moderate version of parenting -- where our shame about our bodies and our sexuality, our traumas and our resistances to connection are addressed -- is where most of us, ultimately, really want to fall.
This is the story of my breasts, and how they fed my children in a wide variety of ways and for different lenghths of time through their early years.
Although I do not like the cover photo TIME magazine chose, the magazine has at least started a national conversation about extended breastfeeding.
Embrace the concept of "Good Enough." Breathe it in, breathe it out. Let it wrap around you and soothe your tired, worried, guilty soul. Everything is going to be okay.
"Are you mom enough?" Seriously? TIME magazine should be ashamed. As if Moms aren't hard enough on themselves.
Breastfeeding is not a macho test of motherhood, with the winner being the one who nurses the longest. In fact there ARE no macho tests of motherhood.
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