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#OrlandoStrong

Exley reaching up to the LGBTQ flag

We stand with everyone in the LGBTQ community, your family and friends. We mourn the lost lives with you and feel your power in the aftermath of this hate crime. We think of you every time we look in or out our window. I am dedicated to teaching my sons love, peace, acceptance and that they can love whoever they want. #OrlandoStrong

This is Life

Every night at 8pm I come out of our bedroom after nursing Jack to sleep. I meet my husband in the dark hallway who has just come up from rocking Exley to sleep. I pull my left breast out of the top of my shirt. I place my left hand on Exley’s back and my right hand under his bottom. My husband places his right hand on Exley’s lower back and his left hand on Exley’s arm. I scoop Exley to my breast. I carry him into our room and lie down next to Jack while Exley nurses for a few minutes. I slip my nipple out of his mouth. I stand up and look back at my 2 little boys sleeping next to each other as I quietly leave the room. [Read more…]

Breastfeeding Is Not Private

Breastfeeding isn’t private for me. At all. It’s no more private for me than eating, sipping water, holding my husband’s hand or hugging friends. It’s private for some people and that’s totally cool. That’s just not my personal story. No one would ever interrupt my husband and I holding hands while eating dinner to tell us we were being inappropriate. I don’t see any reason to do this to a breastfeeding mother. Ever. There is never a reason to treat a breastfeeding mother any different than anyone else on the street. Unless she is about to wander into traffic just let her be.

Abby Theuring, The Badass Breastfeeder, breastfeeding in public

My Ugly Belly Bulge

This past weekend I was getting dressed for Easter Sunday brunch. When I put on my dress I realized I had forgotten my shaper, which is really just high-as-hell underwear to cover up that little bugle I have that sticks out over regular underwear or pants. I stood in the mirror scolding this belly bulge and myself for forgetting the most important piece of my wardrobe; the one that covers up my true body shape. [Read more…]

Weaning: Your Story. You Own It.

By Wendy Wisner

Wendy Wisner breastfeeding son

We need to come up with new language for long-term breastfeeding.

Here’s the thing: I’ve used all the terms myself. I have said I’m doing “child-led weaning.” I’ve called it “natural weaning.” I say often that I am nursing my children “until they are done.” I have called myself an “extended breastfeeder” and I have said I am nursing my kids “long-term.” [Read more…]

How to Get the Perfect Family Photo

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Any parent can look at this photo and instantly tell why it’s the perfect family photo. When have you ever seen an entire family that includes a 3.5-year-old and a 6-month-old all looking at the camera? We were all shocked. Let me tell you how it happened!

I have a camera that can be set to continuous shot while on a timer. I set the continuous shot for 10, pushed the button and ran into the picture. The camera then flashed 10 times. By the 10th time even the baby was looking over to see what all the noise and light was. Viola!

Abby Theuring, MSW

“You’re Making Me Feel Guilty”

Sharing information is not an attack on you. It is not designed to make you feel guilty. In fact, NOT sharing information is a direct attack on our authority as parents. Not having information is directly related to many of our regretful parenting decisions (certainly for me). [Read more…]

Go With the Guilt

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Go With the Guilt

She Shouldn’t Have…

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She Shouldn’t Have…

It’s Not About the Boob

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It’s Not About the Boob