Nursing a Two Year Old

Jan 26, 2015 by

12-10-14 S nursing doll

My youngest and most likely my LAST baby turned two this weekend. TWO! As in she’s a toddler and not even a baby anymore. That’s her above, nursing her baby doll. Monkey see, monkey do. At two years old, she’s still nursing at bedtime every night that I’m home. I told myself, and her that we’d probably stop when she turned two. But on the eve of her second birthday, I asked her if she wanted to be done nursing and she said no. And I feel the same way. There is nothing wrong with the arrangement we have now. I in no way feel tied down or like my body isn’t my own. She knows we only nurse at bedtime and rarely asks to nurse during the day. She’s never pulling at my clothing in public and she doesn’t bite me.

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ADHD Mom: Weaning Your Nursing Child to Start Medication

Dec 14, 2014 by

 

Disclaimer:  Dammit Jim, I’m a … uh, not a doctor.  None of the following should be taken as medical advice!  Also, this is not a paid endorsement for Strattera.  If the drug doesn’t work out, I will be ditching it and will be back on here to tell you how miserable the experience was.  I’m really hoping that doesn’t happen though!

I was recently prescribed Strattera (atomoxetine) for the sort-of-but-not-really-a-surprise diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder I received a few months ago.  I was waiting to start this prescription because I’m still breastfeeding my younger daughter.  That was what my doctor recommended, anyway, although she did give me the trial pack and told me I could start the medication as soon as I wean her.

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In defense of pumping moms everywhere

Nov 24, 2014 by

As a person who has complained in the past about the lack of resources for moms who exclusively (or mostly) pump breast milk, I was intrigued this week when I came across an article about pumping.  When I saw the title, “The Unseen Consequences of Pumping Breastmilk,” I was hopeful.  It seemed like my incredibly difficult decision to pump for my daughter when breastfeeding was just not happening was finally being recognized as just that – an incredibly difficult decision that had a number of consequences for me and my family that I never could have foreseen at the outset.

Unfortunately, I was wrong about this article.  I strongly encourage everyone to read it, though with The Rage bubbling up to my eyeballs, I’ll admit that it was difficult to get through.  Though there were a few sympathetic remarks made toward pumping moms, the article cites scientific research and a number of “experts” who basically offer up the “news” that pumping isn’t the amazing miracle we all thought it was (sarcasm alert).

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Why I am Relieved World Breastfeeding Week is Over

Aug 13, 2014 by

I swear I started writing this during World Breastfeeding Week, but for a variety of reasons didn’t finish. I debated whether to even post this, being that we’ve likely reached our limit on boobie stories. But then I thought, everyone has a different experience with feeding their newborn, and as much as you may have read or heard, you don’t know my story. Maybe you can relate, maybe not. Regardless, I am one of the millions (billions?) of women that have an experience with, and an opinion on breast feeding. So alas, my (late) post on World Breastfeeding Week.

 First of all, when I found out it was World Breast Feeding Week, I cringed. And that reaction surprised me. Wasn’t I confident in my decision to stop breast feeding after 8 weeks? Apparently I wasn’t. Of all the articles, blog posts, TV bits on the subject, the overall message I received was “Breast is best; however breast feeding is not always feasible, and in that case, whatever works best for mother and baby is best.” This is a wonderful, supportive message. And yet. And yet I still feel guilty.

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This Is Why I Blog!

Aug 11, 2014 by

Last Friday, I had the opportunity to appear on NBC Connecticut with Melanie to talk about World Breastfeeding Week!  The whole thing was pretty unreal.  Seriously, if you had told me a year ago that I would be on live TV, let alone writing for this incredible site, I never would have believed it.  Life is funny, right?  Melanie posted some of her follow-up thoughts in her Saturday post, so now it’s my turn.

Me and Melanie with Kerri-Lee after our segment.  (photo courtesy of Melissa Muszynski)

Me and Melanie with Kerri-Lee after our segment.  Kerri-Lee seemed SO TALL in person, but looking at this, I think I’m actually quite a bit taller than her without heels!  Ugh, tall people problems. (photo courtesy of Melissa Muszynski)

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