Never in a million years did I anticipate I would be breastfeeding while pregnant. My mother breastfed my younger sisters and me and I always assumed I would do the same for my future babies. But I just assumed that would be for infants. I may have gone so far as to say that a child that was old enough to ask for milk was too old to breastfeed.
Well… when my daughter’s first baby sign at eight months was for “milk”, it just melted my heart. When she had her first birthday, neither of us had any desire to change our special connection. And when she mastered the word “milky”, I had nothing but pride. So when she was 16 months old and we found out I was pregnant, I didn’t really see any reason to stop nursing. (more…)
Some will tell you sex after baby is better than ever. Having three children, we have had a very different experience. Here are tips for bringing the spice back into the bedroom after baby enters your home.
Tip 1: Easy does it… Set no expectations
Set a schedule of when to enjoy some alone time together. However, remember to take it slowly. Whether it’s once per day, once per week, or every third day, set aside time for intimacy. Sensate focus is a wonderful means of rekindling the old spark. The most important thing is for you and your partner to agree that no matter what transpired throughout the day (between the two of you, with baby, with other children, at work, etc.), the two of you will enjoy “truce touch”, including gentle hugs and kind words. (more…)
There are many things a breastfeeding mom can do to help herself on her journey- while she’s pregnant and after the birth of her baby. What are some of the best ways to be successful at breastfeeding so you won’t need the help of a lactation consultant? How can you medical team make or break your experience? And what situations put mothers at higher risk for needing assistance? (more…)
Breastfeeding is often overlooked by pregnant moms as they prepare for their new babies. We often have no idea what breastfeeding really looks like until we’re nursing our own child. The “Mother of Midwives” Ina May Gaskin explains how mothers can prepare themselves for an enjoyable breastfeeding experience. Plus, learn how you can get an autographed copy of Ina May’s latest book! (more…)