When Baby is Fussy: All About Colic, Gas and Feeding

When Baby is Fussy: All About Colic, Gas and Feeding

Babies 0-12 months
A baby's fussiness, colic, gas or other tummy pains should never be ignored. While Babies can easily become upset, the quicker you can understand the problem and alleviate symptoms the sooner your child will calm. The many reasons for a baby’s upset stomach are not that dissimilar to the causes of an upset stomach in adults: lactose intolerance, constipation, overeating, hunger, stress, infection or illness. Additional reasons specific to infants include colic and sensitivity to formula or breastmilk. For some babies, an upset stomach may even be the result of something their mother has eaten before breastfeeding. The hardest part in uncovering the cause of an upset stomach is that babies cannot tell us what is causing the pain or where it is coming from. Instead, parents must listen, tune…
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7 Tips For Breastfeeding in Public Stress Free

7 Tips For Breastfeeding in Public Stress Free

Babies 0-12 months, Nutrition
Years ago as a new mom, I was a bit nervous about breastfeeding my first when I was not at home.  I initially resorted to sitting in the car or hiding away in dressing rooms.  But over time I became more confident and relaxed and ultimately, over the last six years, I have nursed three children in restaurants, playgrounds, parks, shopping centers, airplanes, on the beach and many other public places. These are some of things I have learned to do over time that have helped make breastfeeding in public stress free: Nurse as soon as baby signals that she is ready instead of waiting for baby to get a little fussy or crying. By feeding right on cue the chance of baby crying and increasing the stress for both…
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Essential Weaning Q&A

Essential Weaning Q&A

Parenting
**Today I am sharing a Q&A with Wendi Blaire, author of Hello Milk, Bye Bye Milk: An Expert Mom's Ultimate Guide to Breastfeeding and Weaning**  Let's start with the basics, what is weaning? Weaning is the process of switching a baby from milk to solid foods. It is ideally a slow process. Weaning cold turkey is harmful to the baby and to the mother. Unable to understand why he is suddenly deprived of milk, the infant may end up with baby colic. The mother may suffer from breast engorgement and maternal duress from the baby’s incessant crying.  It can also be emotionally difficult for both mom and baby to wean suddenly. When is the best time for mom to wean baby? Each baby develops at a different rate. The growth…
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3 Tools for Nursing Babies Through Bottles

Nutrition, Parenting
**This is a guest post by Miriam J. Katz is co-author of The Other Baby Book: A Natural Approach to Baby’s First Year** Before we become mamas and papas, most of us have an idea of how we'd like to parent. For many moms (and several exceptional transgender dads), breastfeeding is how we see ourselves kicking off a loving parental relationship. But for others, it may not be in the cards, and it might not even be on our radar. While breastmilk is the ideal nourishment for new babies, the reality is that most parents today feed their babies formula at some point. And there are three important tools to build a successful nursing relationship with your bottle feeding baby. Let's start with the basics - what is nursing? While typically…
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Weaning Gently: Three Special Ideas for Success

Weaning Gently: Three Special Ideas for Success

Nutrition, Parenting
Welcome to the Carnival of Weaning: Weaning - Your Stories This post was written for inclusion in the Carnival of Weaning hosted by Code Name: Mama and Aha! Parenting. Our participants have shared stories, tips, and struggles about the end of the breastfeeding relationship. Breastfeeding is a special time for both moms and babies. Often when mothers talk about weaning, they compare notes on the crying, the engorgement, the hassle and the confusion that it caused. The good news is that weaning can be a gentle and positive experience full of joy both for mom and child.  In deciding when the right time to wean is, I encourage mothers to find the timing that works best for them and their child. This particular post is intended for moms that are interested,…
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NO Diapers, Bottles,Cribs,Strollers or Daycare. Five Assumptions About Attachment Parenting Debunked.

NO Diapers, Bottles,Cribs,Strollers or Daycare. Five Assumptions About Attachment Parenting Debunked.

Parenting
Recently a few news segments, blogs and articles have reported on Attachment Parenting, making it seem a little bit…out there. “A new age way of parenting with no diapers, no cribs, no strollers, no daycare and no bottles” was how one news show summarized it. Now, I have been parenting three children based on the AP principles for six years so I’ll understand if you think I’m biased, but really Attachment Parenting is not about choosing a carrier over a stroller, not using diapers or some long list of “Can’ts”   it’s much more than that: So let’s see about these false assumptions on no bottles, no crib, no stroller, no daycare  and how they fit with attachment parenting: If you don’t breastfeed you can’t say you practice Attachment Parenting.  False.…
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Sharing Sundays #2

Parenting
Happy Sunday! In the second round of Sharing Sunday - here are a few articles and posts I came across in the past week that I really enjoyed: Love From Parenting from scratch: Children need encouragement, a lot of it, not to be confused with praise...Here is a great list of encouragement phrases to use with children daily. In the Daily Herald, Ken Potts shares why "There is never a good reason to hit a child." Although I don't agree with everything he says, I feel he can reach a really broad audience with his take on this.  I do agree with "All of us as responsible parents need to put this knowledge to use." Laughter This account from Critters & Crayons made me laugh so much, a great illustration that we…
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World Breastfeeding Week – Breastfeeding around the World

Babies 0-12 months, Nutrition, Parenting
It's World Breastfeeding Week -  So I thought I would join in the celebration by sharing some pictures of me in a few places around the world - Breastfeeding my babies. The  theme of WBW is "Talk to me! Breastfeeding in 3D" So here is my attempt to talk to you about breastfeeding - from the heart and to promote that it's natural and wonderful and totally OK! I have breastfed for the last 5 years, three children, at home and when out and about in the United States, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. [caption id="attachment_166" align="alignright" width="300" caption="At home in Massachusetts, USA breastfeeding with the dogs and little toes in my face."][/caption]                     I breastfeed everywhere and firmly believe that all…
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