By A.M., IANtB Science Editor
Jamie’s blog inspires some of the most colorful commenters. Recently, in response to an article that featured a breastfeeding five year-old, one very articulate individual commented, “This is how serial killers are made.” Well, this happens to be an area that has lately been of great interest among child psychologists, sociologists, and pediatric anthropologists. But let me start with extended breastfeeding itself, then I’ll talk about how serial killers are made. (When a mommy serial … Keep Reading!!!
My almost 4 yr old daughter still nurses for a few minutes before her nap and bedtime. Occasionally she wants to nurse when she wakes up also. We don’t nurse in public anymore now that she’s older but I do share that information with other moms of toddlers when the subject comes up in conversation. Moms need to know that it is healthy and within the range of normal.
Did you practice child led weaning with your child? … Keep Reading!!!
Lithuanian born photographer Ivette Ivens has done a beautiful series on breastfeeding. The 25-year-old mother of 2, who now lives in Chicago, breastfed her son until he was 3 and has made it her mission to help normalize nursing in the American culture.
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I nursed them both anywhere I wanted. From church to parties, from farmers market to high-end designer stores. I believe that mothers should nurse their little ones whenever they want to. Children know when it’s time to
Happy International Breastfeeding Normalization Day! That’s a mouthful. To celebrate we’ve put together some of our favourite breastfeeding images from the days of yore.
1- A mother waits to board a Greyhound bus in Chattanooga in 1943.
2 – During The Great Depression, when everyone worried about food, babies were fed when and where they needed to be.
3- This picture, from 1871, depicts a woman feeds her baby during church service.
4 – A wonderful screen … Keep Reading!!!
I breastfed my 4th child till a few months past his 5th birthday. I tandem nursed for more then 3 years, and while I’m still nursing my 5th child who is almost 4 I am also pregnant with #6 and am looking forward to tandem nursing again if #5 should continue to nurse through this pregnancy. -Jessica Wylie
(Photo credit: Heather Marie Marshall)… Keep Reading!!!
Oliver was born full-term, at 37+3 weeks gestation. He was small, weighing only 5lbs 8oz, which the medical staff attributed to the placental tear and pre-eclampsia I had developed. There was some fetal distress during delivery and he was born dusky, but crying. Immediately, the MD who delivered him noticed that he had a significant tongue tie. In fact, his tongue wouldn’t extend past his gums at all. The attending pediatrician brushed it off, … Keep Reading!!!
The full-term breastfeeding story I’m going to begin by telling is my story. I don’t remember it, though.
I was exclusively breastfed by my own mother in a time and place when doing such a thing was rare. I nursed until shortly after my little sister arrived when I was two and a half, tandem nursing with her until I moved on.
I have no memory of actually breastfeeding. I clearly remember the … Keep Reading!!!
Images and text by Susan May.
On July 2nd of this year, 2014, I will mark 8 (EIGHT!) straight years of breastfeeding. I’m almost positive (like 99.99% sure) that there was not even a day in that 8 year stretch that went by without at least one session. I know this sounds quite impressive or even unbelievable to many people. Some might think that it is even a “sacrifice” on my part. But honestly I don’t often think … Keep Reading!!!
Images and text by Lesly Simmons
The birth story I wrote in my head for my first child was radically altered at the 20-week mark, when I was diagnosed with complete placenta previa. I went from planning an all natural birth to expecting (and ultimately having) an emergency c-section a month early. Thankfully our baby girl Mia arrived small but healthy, and our breastfeeding journey began a few hours after she was born. It continues now at 15 months, and … Keep Reading!!!
I was breastfed as a child.
Currently, with a rise of acceptance of breastfeeding, and a greater
awareness of its benefits- both health and emotional- that statement is not
that unusual. However I need to add one more detail to that; I was also
adopted as an infant.
I don’t remember the first time that I knew I was adopted. It was such a
common term and reference to me that until I was much older it never seemed
odd … Keep Reading!!!
Images and Text by Jill Petrush Rogers
“My son hasn’t asked for ba-ba’s in 3 days, I’m sad”- my sister-in-law posted.
I thought to myself, “Wait, what?! He’s two. He’s still breastfeeding…really?!”
You see, before my nephew was born, I was never really around a breastfed baby, let alone a toddler!
When I became pregnant, I knew that I wanted to breastfeed (thanks to my sister-in-law and a few other close friends), but my original goal was still one … Keep Reading!!!