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My Experience with Postpartum Depression

My Experience with Postpartum Depression

I had my second daughter, Jasmine, on December 10th, 2010 at 1:47 am. She was my VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) that I had fought tooth and nail for. She was to be my redemption at breastfeeding as well. And while she was both of those things, she also ended up ushering in the darkest [...]

Having a Baby and a Dog

Having a Baby and a Dog

Our lab, Mackie was 13 months old when our daughter, Elizabeth, was born. Since my husband was deployed for most of my pregnancy, Mackie became very protective of me. He slept at the foot of the bed, was always next to me, and became very accustomed to daily trips to the dog park, as well [...]

The Coolest Things About Breastfeeding

The Coolest Things About Breastfeeding

Let’s face it, breastfeeding is hard! It’s not always fun and sometimes it hurts and it certainly is not always easy. But is it worth it? That answer, of course, will vary from mama to mama. Many mothers cannot breastfeed for a number of reasons, but for a mother who is willing and able to [...]

How I Survived the 4th Trimester

How I Survived the 4th Trimester

Even though being pregnant for nine months is quite enough (ask any pregnant mama), babies would really rather you be pregnant for a full year. For the first three months of their life, it’s completely normal for babies to want to be held all the time, rocked to sleep and then only sleep on your [...]

Breastfeeding in the 1970s and 1980s

Breastfeeding in the 1970s and 1980s

I had my first baby in 1978 in the San Francisco Bay Area. I was what you would call a “hippie” back then and I was able to have my baby “naturally.” And when it came to feeding her, there was no question I was going to breastfeed. I wouldn’t have it any other way. [...]

Bringing Home Baby: C’s New Baby Brother

Bringing Home Baby: C’s New Baby Brother

C loves being a big sister. And she’s good at it, too! When my daughter was about 10 months old, my husband and I decided we wanted to start trying for a second baby. A two year age difference sounded perfect to us. Since it took us about six months to get pregnant with our [...]

Bringing Home (a Second) Baby: P.S. It’s not that easy

Bringing Home (a Second) Baby: P.S. It’s not that easy

I have always told my husband that I wanted four children. A few weeks after giving birth to our second son, I have to wonder… what on earth was I thinking? FOUR?! I can barely keep my head above water with two. Bringing Home (a Second) Baby: P.S. It’s not that easy I was 100% completely unprepared [...]

Breastfeeding Duties for Dads

Breastfeeding Duties for Dads

 Breastfeeding for dads Breastfeeding can be a lonely challenge in the beginning. You will probably spend a lot of hours in a quiet room away from other people, alone with your nursing infant. Many late nights will be spent with just your baby in your rocking chair, or even worse: just you with the rhythmic [...]

Top Ten Postpartum Warnings

Top Ten Postpartum Warnings

When you’re pregnant with your first child, you find yourself bombarded with well-meant (but often totally useless) advice such as, “sleep now because when the baby comes you’ll never sleep again!” If only we really could bank sleep away like that, then maybe it would be somewhat helpful… but since how you sleep now won’t [...]

Postpartum Depression: The On-Set

Postpartum Depression: The On-Set

For most families, having a baby is a joyous occasion, something that everyone celebrates. You just built a human being in your uterus, that’s amazing! You didn’t have to take a course on baby design, you don’t have to flip through a baby model catalog, and there isn’t a store at the mall where you [...]

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