I hate to admit it, but most the time the holidays are more stressful than they are fun. Traveling with a baby to multiple houses, in multiple states, to visit family during the holidays is challenging. And for me, it becomes a bigger challenge when my in-laws start insinuating we are not spending enough time at their house during the Christmas vacation…
Every generation has their share of motherly myths – from how to induce labor to determining gender in the womb. There are even myths about breastfeeding -- will going out without your little one affect your milk supply? We have the answers.
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!
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…
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.
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.
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.
Its almost National Breastfeeding Month! Breastfeeding is not always easy, it can become challenging at any given moment during the breastfeeding journey and the journey is different with each child. It's not just as black and white as being a breastfeeding mom or a non-breastfeeding mom. It's rarely perfect, but in the end it's 100% worth it. No one's journey looks the same, so whatever your breastfeeding goal may be, be kind to yourself.