Breastfeeding & Birth
I was a bit shocked by this story. I lived in Germany for five years (and yes, I know they’re different countries), but Europeans always struck me as leaning more towards traditional, natural options. Makes me hope even more that The Leaky Boob spends some time in Paris, if this is true. They need her!
Wonderful article about the many ways birth is successful and why the image of a quiet, easy birth doesn’t do justice to the diversity of life out there.
Beautiful, beautiful hospital birth story. Not everyone feels comfortable giving birth at home, so this is wonderful inspiration for how lovely a hospital experience can be.
I find this topic endlessly fascinating. Why are girls doused in pink nowadays, and when did it start? Why are we so afraid of the implications of not having a masculine boy or a feminine girl? I don’t feel like my childhood was that long ago (or maybe it was . . .), but pink definitely wasn’t the standard and I remember tomboyish pursuits being perfectly acceptable, if not celebrated. Lots of food for thought.
Another wonderful article from PhD in Parenting about how breastfeeding gets a bad rap when it comes to the shape of our breasts.
A brand-new blog that’s started out very promising so far — a look at plus-size pregnancy and motherhood. She’s smart and sharp.
Ok, I’ll be totally honest. I haven’t bought raw milk yet. Even though every part of me knows it’s irrational, unless I can actually see the farm, talk to the farmers, and see the cows, I’m not ready to drink it. But the implications of going after the raw dairy industry is far-reaching in its effects on small farmers and a different paradigm for feeding our country.
Child Development & Sleep
I was going to share Janet’s most recent article, about toddlers and structured classes, but she posted this archive and I was overcome with the wisdom of it. Most articles written from the perspective of babies and toddlers generally focus on their helplessness. This one will surprise you. And while you’re there, look at her latest posts. There is so much good stuff there!
A few weeks ago I wrote about my correspondence with Imogen of Alternative Mama and her sleep troubles. She’s studied up and made some changes, and chronicling her experience as an AP mother trying to balance her own needs and the needs of her children.