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Posted on 08/02/2016

20 Things to Never Text Extended Breastfeeding Moms

Breastfeeding/ Family/ Parent Life

Extended breastfeeding is widely accepted in some countries, but the United States isn’t one of them. Here, it’s an uncomfortable topic thought of as socially unacceptable, and support is lacking. Some really hurtful and untrue comments are often thrown around, and it’s time to remove them from the conversation about what extended breastfeeding is really like and why parents do it. If you aren’t comfortable with extended breastfeeding, keep the negativity to yourself and avoid texting (or saying) these 20 comments to an extended nursing mom you know, or even anyone trying to breastfeed their kid past 6 months (yep, even before 1 year there are comments). Read more

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Posted on 01/29/2016

7 New Mom Essentials Not to Forget

Breastfeeding/ Mom/ Parent Life/ Pregnancy

During baby showers and pregnancy it’s easy to get swept up in the needs of your soon-to-be newborn, but it’s also important to remember what you’ll need to make the transition into mommyhood easier as a new mom, too! Be sure to click through these 7 not-to-miss items before you give birth (and check out the giveaway). Read more

Posted on 11/17/2015

3 Things I Learned After I Stopped Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding/ Mom/ Parent Life

Breastfeeding, is tough, whether you’re able to get it down or not. So there’s a LOT of learning to be done before you start nursing, then even more once you actually have a newborn there to figure out the right latch, pumping and everything else that connects to the fact that you’re breastfeeding. But I actually learned a few things after I stopped nursing that I really didn’t expect. Things that weren’t covered in my nursing manuals, or discussed by consultants. Here are my three, please share your own post-weaning surprises in the comments below or email them to me and I’ll post them as anonymous responses. Read more

Posted on 08/31/2015

​10 Questions to Stop Asking New Parents

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It’s no secret that new parents can get a bit defensive when you’re talking about their babies, and sometimes the most well-meaning comment can turn into a serious problem, but there are some things you simply do not say — ever. Here are a few so you’re prepared next time you meet up with fellow parents and friends who just had a little. Read more

Posted on 06/08/2015

5 Reasons I’m Done Hearing About a Breastfeeding 7-Year-Old

Breastfeeding/ Family/ Mom/ Parent Life

Last week someone posted this article about Denise Sumpter, who says she won’t stop breastfeeding her 7-year-old daughter until she tells her she’s done with breastfeeding. The comments started to roll in along the lines of how it’s too old, it’s wrong and unnatural, and so on and so on. It struck a chord with me, not because I’m breastfeeding a 7-year-old, but because when I started breastfeeding I decided that I’d let my daughter self-wean, too. Because we’re still going at age 4 (though I’ve been trying to wean), and people look at me as if I’m breastfeeding a 7-year-old. I get told by family that it’s wrong, too old. Honestly, I didn’t even know people breastfed past 6 months before having my daughter, and going past a year isn’t something I planned, either, but every parenting journey is different, every child is different (some take a bottle, some don’t, etc.).

I was the only person to comment about how fluffy the article is, and that it was only written for shock-value (you know, like how every single film school student makes a movie with drugs, sex and swearing in it to try to be edgy?). I wrote a quick little comment and moved on  . . . until a family member posted the same article a few days later. Then, comment explosion! I’m not sick of this mom’s breastfeeding bond, or coverage of her, but I’m sick of how this article is being used, and that the version of coverage about her being shared isn’t the original coverage. There’s a great Scary Mommy article that pro-extended breastfeeding moms have been passing around (I almost wrote the same post!), but it didn’t really apply to what I was thinking about as far as a response, so I’m summing it up here for anyone else who decides to post this article on their Facebook page for the thoughts of their friends. Read more

Posted on 09/02/2014

How MommyCon 2014 is Breaking Records (Plus Giveaway)

Adventure/ Breastfeeding/ California Events/ Dad/ Family/ Mom/ Parent Life/ Pregnancy/ Social Time

If you’ve never heard of MommyCon, this is the post to read. It’s a newer birth, baby and family event that started in Chicago and has spread throughout central cities in the U.S. over the last few years. MommyCon traveled to San Francisco (click for my review) for the first time in 2014, and created a Babywearing World Record at MommyCon LA in 2013 with 1003 babywearing parents. This mega event is a hit with attachment parenting style parents and crunchy/natural families, but is a remarkable experience for any family expecting soon or with a little one. Organizers describe the event as: “A boutique style convention dedicated to bringing together modern parents and mothers-to-be.  MommyCon focuses on natural and organic parenting methods while creating realistic expectations in this modern world.” Keep reading for the low down on the next two MommyCon events, and info about Savvy Every Day’s ticket giveaway (valued anywhere between $40-$50 each)! Read more

Posted on 08/10/2014

Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week: Live, Love, Latch!

Baby/ Breastfeeding/ Family/ Mom/ Mom/Dad/ Parent Life

For years I’ve heard mention of World Breastfeeding Week, but didn’t really participate in any breastfeeding week functions. This year I learned that a local La Leche League group was holding a Live, Love, Latch! event with potluck, raffle, local vendors, and a chance to get your nursing photo taken by photographer Shauna Oritz. This event is being celebrated throughout the United States all this week (see if the event local to you hasn’t passed yet, here) as part of World Breastfeeding Week to provide a space for breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding family members alike to join together in support of breastfeeding. Coordinators try to create a strong network and beat the previous years’ records for number of supporters in attendance. Read more

Posted on 07/02/2014

13 Things to Look Forward to After Weaning

Baby/ Birthing/ Breastfeeding/ Family/ Parent Life/ Toddler

Weaning can mean something different for every mom. It may be a welcomed change, bittersweet, or something that you just aren’t ready for yet as a parent. Whether you’re planning on baby led weaning or creating a schedule for weaning your child on your own, it is an extremely tough thing to do because there’s more to nursing that just feeding your child. There may be anxiety that the close bond you’ve created with your child will end with the nursing, or that your child may not want you around as much as their independence grows. It’s definitely emotional, for both the little one and mom. So, to make things a bit easier for those of you struggling with this right now, Savvy Every Day has come up with a fun list of things moms can look forward to doing again once their child has weaned. Focus on these positive, and know that your little one will always love you. Read more

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