The Good, The Bad, and The Baby

Breastfeeding – Take Two

The blog is now a year old and it seems fitting to start this year the same way as the last. Edward (our second) was born this Spring and it turns out breastfeeding is a little different each time. With Victoria I had ample milk, it came in well and I produced a lot. After…

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Baby Drinking Bottle

Formula Bashing

As some of you know I am very much pro-breastfeeding. Having said that, I want to share something. At 6 months old I had to switch to my daughter to formula. It was a very hard time for my daughter and I. I was overwhelmed with guilt. It was partly (read: mainly) due to the…

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Public Breastfeeding

Public Breastfeeding

I’ve always found public breastfeeding a frustrating topic. There are so many people who feel they have the right to comment on how you’re nourishing your child. Guess what? They don’t. I read a comment recently on a new mother’s support page where a mom said: oh well I was never able to breastfeed but…

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Blanket Over Her Face In Bed

Judgement

My last post was a little heavy so I wanted to change it up a bit. Today I want to focus on judgement because it is a big issue. I’m sure many of you have seen those videos and posts going around about moms needing to support each other’s choices in raising their families. You…

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91st to 3rd

This is one of the hardest things for me to talk about. It was the day we went to the IWK Children’s Hospital for Victoria’s cleft lip repair. We went into the hospital as prepared as we thought we could be when our daughter was having her first major surgery. We were so completely unprepared…

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Jen and Victoria one hour old
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Battle for Breastfeeding – Part 2

Last post the Battle for Breastfeeding had begun and I left off where we had been noted to be ‘potentially difficult parents’ who were not ‘following instructions’. Thankfully this caught the attention of the charge nurse, who had a relative with a cleft palate so she came to see how we were doing. The charge…

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Jen and Victoria one hour old
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Battle for Breastfeeding – Part 1

Breastfeeding. Sadly I’ve come to find this one of the most controversial issues out there. If you don’t breastfeed your child you’re a bad mother. If you breastfeed past a certain age you’re weird and warping you child. If you’re feeding in public it’s wrong. If you’re feeding in a washroom it’s wrong. If you…

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Department of Health and Human Services

US National Breastfeeding Month 2014

August is National Breastfeeding Month in the United States, a campaign backed by the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health (say that five times fast). Their website has a great list of local campaign organizers and some serious looking charts and graphs.   These are some of the more interesting…

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World Breastfeeding Week 2014

Today is the start of World Breastfeeding Week. Here’s a look at this year’s goals: As a new mother in her 20’s I see the effect that #4 is having. While there is still a lot of bashing (both for and against), more and more young parents are having legitimate and educated discussions about this…

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