There is an excellent article by Adriano Cattaneo in Breastfeeding Review on infant/ child feeding – where, how, by whom and why. Ms. Cattaneo is attached to the unit for heal services research and international health of the Institute for Maternal and Child Health. Ms. Cattaneo makes some very important points: “We are mammals and thus we breastfeed.” World Health Organization ( WHO) recommendations are … Continue reading Starting Solids
If you are or have been a breastfeeding mother, you have probably been asked “How long are you going to keep that up?” or some question to that effect. And it has probably occurred to you to wonder why that question is so important to some people. They seem to be looking for some reassurance that you won’t go beyond some arbitrary length of time … Continue reading Weaning: When and for Whom?
Nursing Two Babies When You Are Home Alone: One Step at a Time There is the rule never to wake a sleeping baby. Then there is the guideline to feed your multiple babies at the same time. Clearly, these are contradictory. I wouldn’t always wake my twin girls. I couldn’t bring myself to do it if one was learning to sleep longer stretches. So I … Continue reading Two Breasts for Two Babies, Part Two: My Experience Nursing Twins to 22 Months
I always planned to breastfeed my children. I remember my mom nursing my brothers. It seemed the logical choice. It was cheap and easy. But, I didn’t go into nursing with a real plan. I figured I would nurse at least until my daughter needed solids and go from there. Then I did some research and learned that the recommendation was to nurse for a … Continue reading Our Unexpected Journey: How I become one of those “toddler nursing moms”
This post originally ran on November 8, 2010 on Waking Up Singing. Thank you to Megan for sharing this beautiful story with us. Every single day for the past 6 years and 3 months, I have had the great privelege of nurturing a life with my body, either through pregnancy or breastfeeding or both at the same time. Every day. For more than 6 years. … Continue reading Bittersweet