By contributing writer Sarah Nichols Have you ever wondered how rice cereal became the most recommended first solid to feed babies? I always just assumed that when I had kids I would feed them rice cereal and baby food. However, after the traumatic birth of my first-born son, I began to question most things that Read More
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Recently, the Weston A. Price Foundation kicked up a fuss with their unusual breastfeeding recommendations. I wrote my response to this last week. One take away from this situation, though, was that it does matter what you eat. Your breastmilk will be awesome no matter what, but diet does impact quality and nutritional content (not to Read More
First — please take note. I am not writing this to insult formula-feeding mothers. This isn’t a debate about what is “best” for any individual mother or child. There are a lot of social and emotional factors that go into making the decision on how to feed your baby as well. This post is intended Read More
Image by zorgum314 This is a guest post from Sara of A Joyful Mother. It goes without saying that Valentine’s Day is celebrated around the world with sweets and treats…it is just the way we roll! After all, what better way to say to your sweetheart or kids you love them than by a box Read More
Were you shocked to discover that breastfeeding isn’t always as easy as it looks? Or are you a mom-to-be that really hasn’t given it much thought? I had thought that because breastfeeding is “normal” that it just couldn’t be that difficult. I. Was. Wrong. This post is my attempt to share, not just my experiences, Read More
Image by Mel ‘GW’ Stampa I know a lot about nursing. Okay, so, my nearly 3 year old is still nursing [a little]. We nursed through my second pregnancy, and have continued with tandem nursing for about 18 months now. I’ve definitely “extended” nursed given their ages. I’m pregnant again and we’re still nursing through Read More
A recent post by Sarah of The Healthy Home Economist sparked a debate about the cost of formula. Her post was a video on how to create the Weston A. Price foundation’s homemade formula. Her stance that commercial formula is always bad, as well as her assertion that pasteurized breastmilk from a milk bank is inferior led to fierce debate: if one can’t breastfeed, what is the best option?
Sometimes it’s hard to have snacks around for real-food kids. Most kids just eat store-bought crackers, chips, granola bars, and snacks marketed especially to babies and toddlers. Real food kids typically don’t. So what can you feed them?
As babies get older, breastmilk is no longer quite enough for them. They also get very interested in what we’re eating and start to grab it off our plates! So, they need to start eating solids. But when? What should they eat? How should they eat it? I’ve posted before on Baby-Led Solids, so that’s a good starting place for some ideas. But now that Daniel is 9 months old and I’ve had some more experience with feeding a baby solids, I wanted to share additional thoughts with you.
I’m writing this article because I believe that what you choose to feed your baby is of utmost importance. Whether that ultimately means you breastfeed or use formula, you need to know exactly what you’re getting into. We’ve already discussed the benefits of breastfeeding, so now we’re going to talk about formula: the good, the bad, and the ugly. And there are all three.
Now it’s time for a bunch of common breastfeeding questions! If you have one that’s not answered here, feel free to ask it below. I’m answering questions because I have 2+ years of breastfeeding experience, including breastfeeding two newborns, breastfeeding through pregnancy, extended (after age 2) breastfeeding, and tandem nursing. I’m also working on my certification as a Certified Lactation Educator (CLE) through CAPPA.
If you have kids, or are thinking about having kids, chances are you’ve already been told “breast is best.” You may have heard it even if you’re not thinking about kids yet. But you may not know WHY. A lot of people talk about the benefits of breastfeeding, but in kind of a watered-down way, as if the benefits just might exist, but really it’s not a whole lot different from formula feeding. And anyone who tries to say differently is called a “breast Nazi” or worse.