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Adoptive Mom Builds Bonds through Baby's Feeding

April 12, 2016

 

Becoming a mother through adoption has been an incredible journey. My husband and I adopted two boys, five weeks and two cities apart. They’re our version of twins. Choosing this route (or sometimes, this route choosing you) obviously means that some things that come naturally in biological parent-child relationships require sacrifice and a little creativity. Having always wanted to become a mother, I held onto images of what that would look like -- pregnancy, birth, nursing. With our boys coming to us through adoption, I had to let go of those images and allow new ones of an adoptive family to enter in. I also had to let go of feelings of inadequacy and embrace a different style. But that didn’t mean I didn’t grieve the loss of breastfeeding and physical bonding, it was still real, and that’s OK. I yearned to physically bond with my baby; I just had to think beyond the boob!

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The Confusion about “Nipple Confusion”

April 11, 2016

 

No, babies do not confuse a bottle for their mom’s breast—which is why the term itself is rather confusing. But as with anything in the lactation world, it’s not that black and white. Let’s dig in to why…

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Building Lifelong Bonds with Baby: Adoptive Mom

April 04, 2016

 

Building bonds with your baby can be an emotional endeavor if you are convinced there are only a few basic ways to do it, but relax -- there are plenty! As an adoptive mom of two boys born five weeks apart, we’ve learned to think beyond the boob -- there are so many ways intentionality can lead to strong bonds that bring families together in special, intimate ways that are unique to you.

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Jessica Shortall: Moms Going Back to Work

April 03, 2016

Dear Working Mom About to Go Back to Work After Having a Baby,

I know what you’re thinking. You’re going back to work, probably criminally soon after having a baby, and you’re suuuuper excited. Not only do you get to leave your baby and not fit into your work clothes…if you’re breastfeeding, you get a whole additional prize package!

  • Leaking through your work clothes while talking to Tim from Accounting? Check.

  • Talking to the person who signs your paycheck about your breasts and a bodily fluid? Check.

  • Explaining to your co-workers why you have to leave every meeting halfway through? Check.

Awkward conversations are THE staple of being a breastfeeding, working mom. I’m here with my top three tips on how to survive them.

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Building Bonds with Baby through Knowledge

March 22, 2016

 As moms, we all want the best for our babes, and whether we physically bore our kids or welcomed them through adoption, healthy attachment is a priority for us. In my case, we adopted two boys five weeks apart. Attachment through feeding was definitely a priority of mine for my boys, but I was also thinking about building bonds in other ways and the challenges our unique family faced. We’re white, they’re biracial and African American, respectively. So not only was I concerned about bonding with my boys as babies -- after all, I didn’t birth them and I wasn’t breastfeeding them -- forming healthy attachment with them as future boys and men was on my heart, too. How would our different ethnicities create a natural barrier? Would our choice of open adoption mean they’d be “too” bonded to their birth parents and thus take away from our connection?

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Top 4 Items for Breastfeeding Moms

March 02, 2016

 

Remember when a certain celebrity mom (whose name rhymes with Lake Ively) revealed the contents of her purse? Everyone was shocked that she had a baby bottle nipple in her bag – everyone except new moms, that is. In partnership with Stork Maternity Consulting, we’ve put together a list of items that all you new moms should have in your bags, if you don’t already. 

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Q & A: Top 4 Breastfeeding Questions

March 02, 2016

 

While there are many benefits to breastfeeding for mom and baby, it may not always come easy. You're not alone, Momma. Here are the 4 most common breastfeeding questions, answered by Katie Coyne, MS, IBCLC, with Stork Maternity Consulting. 

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6 Must-Haves For New Moms Going Back To Work

January 20, 2016
 

This article originally appeared on Working Moms Against Guilt.

Whether you’re pregnant, want a baby, or are home right now (exhausted) with a newborn, you’ve probably wondered what it will be like going back to work. I mean, how do people DO it?

Well, I did it, and millions of other moms have too. It ain’t easy, but it is possible.

Over the years, we’ve collected lots of wisdom and advice from many women on what it takes to go back to work like a champ. In a partnership with mimijumi, the back-to-work baby bottle brand, Working Moms Against Guilt is sharing our top tools and tips to make the back-to-work journey guilt-free for all moms. I think you’ll find this list of must-have gear and habits invaluable, whether you’re breastfeeding, formula feeding, pumping, or a combination that works for you.

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Milk Sharing-An Adoption Story

January 01, 2016

 

Bryan and I felt moved to adopt after a few years of trying for biological children. We met with a few agencies to no avail, but we knew that we had found “the one” when we met Molly, owner and social worker at Choice Network. We deeply connected with their focus on birth mothers before, during and long after the birth and adoption process. 

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Changing Countries, Changing Habits

November 30, 2015

 

When I got pregnant with my first child, I was living in England (that’s a long story) and had a full time job that I loved.   

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