Source: Breastfeeding in Public: Cover Up or Let It All Hang Out?
Those of us with newborns know the cry - the one that means "Feed me now or there's going to be trouble!" When out in public, many mamas find a private corner to breastfeed discretely, while other moms will simply sit and offer a breast without worry, not caring about the side-eye looks from others.
I remember being in a megastore with my little one and hearing that cry. I searched for a quiet spot to nurse and ended up sitting in a corner of the ladies' lingerie department until an upset woman complained. I gathered my yowling babe, scurried to the bathroom, and finished breastfeeding my little one while standing in a bathroom stall.
Several celebrities aren't shy about public breastfeeding, comfortably nursing whenever babe is in need. Mama celebrities such as Gwen Stafani and Angelina Jolie have openly nursed in public. With lots of comfortable nursing covers available and many stores offering cozy areas for
- LilSugar | Parenting – Tue, Jul 31, 2012 7:38 PM EDT
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Smear on the sunscreen; track down the sand bucket and shovel There's still time for a sandy getaway. We've found the best family friendly beaches from coast to coast.
Ogunquit, MaineBest East Coast Charm
The Native Americans were spot on with their name for the slice of Maine coastline known as Ogunquit. It means "beautiful place by the sea." Amble along the Marginal Way (there are plenty of benches for little ones to park it on the way), soak in the view, and greet the fishermen (and ice cream cones) at Perkins Cove.
Ogunquit, Maine (ogunquit.org).
Miami's Crandon Beach is famous for more than just palm trees. Get there early in the morning to score a private cabana with a shower then journey to Crandon Park Visitors and Nature Center to explore dunes, mangroves, and seagrass beds. Afterward, wade out on the sandbar (take tots who haven't mastered doggie paddling yet).
Crandon Beach, Miami (miamidade.gov).
Mitt Romney should choose a mom of young children for his vice president.Mitt Romney should choose a mom of young children for his vice president.Read More »from Does America Need a Mom for Vice President?
Yup, you heard me. I want to see a mother of school-aged children in more high-profile elected positions to bring a mom sensibility to important issues being decided in Washington. So what better place to start than the White House?
Current political wisdom seems to be that Sarah Palin's presence on the 2008 GOP presidential ticket pretty much killed any chance for other Republican women in the foreseeable future, although Romney's wife Ann has been vocal about the fact that her husband is seriously vetting some women for the number two slot.
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Call me crazy, but there are plenty of women for the GOP to choose from!
I've taken a lot of heat over the last few years for saying that I think we need more moms of young children in positions of power. But hear me out - we already have the dad of young kids as the President of the United
- Babble.com | Parenting – Tue, Jul 31, 2012 2:10 PM EDT
A lot can happen over the course of eight years and four kids worth of parenting. The mundane day-to-day things I used to worry about when I had my first baby don't even register on my radar now as something to even concern myself with as a 4th time mom. Here are 7 things I used to obsess over that no longer stress me out.- By Emily Elling
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- Astrology.com Momscopes | Parenting – Tue, Jul 31, 2012 1:49 PM EDT
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
The full Moon highlights the need to front-burner those summer plans. Even with limited time or funds you can still throw a barbecue. As far as your friends and your tyke's buddies are concerned, it really is the company that counts.
Today's Aries Reading: Free Sample Destiny Reading
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
There's no point making firm plans if no one will go along with them. But on this full Moon day you will find it a breeze to stick to the schedule and to gain cooperation from those around you, even your little one. Keep an eye out for career opportunities.
Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Career Strengths Reading
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Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
Are you super busy -- going nowhere? This full Moon day points out the importance of being selective in the activities you sign up for and
7 Ways to Stay Organized ... with KidsIt's Monday morning, and my home is in a semi-state of ruckus. This is pretty much the norm around here, a new continuum that I have been challenged to embrace. When I say semi-state, I mean there will always be toys somewhere, waiting for an arched foot to greet them. There will always be at least a few dishes in the sink and crumbs on the floor. Mere seconds after tidying, washing and scrubbing. That's just how it is when one has little people in the mix. By all appearances, one without children might think we are not very organized. Which is far from the truth. We have lists, we have ways, we have systems, people. If we didn't? Epic disasters would ensue. Mad havoc, I tell you. Anyone running a household knows this to be true. I'm the type of person who can't function living day-to-day without planning or organizing. No way, now how. So here are my top 7 ways to stay organized with kids, week to week.
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Tue, Jul 31, 2012 1:37 PM EDT
Many people sit down before they become parents and work out the big details. Work, insurance, money, time. Adoption is no different; it has it's own issues that should be talked out before the process begins. Here are 9 important questions to ask yourself before adopting a child. - By Diana Stone
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- Parentables | Parenting – Tue, Jul 31, 2012 1:05 PM EDT
An evil bottle of formula.Let me start off by saying that I'm an advocate for breastfeeding. I breastfed my daughter for a year. (I mean for meals, not for a whole year. That would be a world record.) However, I know many excellent moms who, for one reason or another, were either unable to breastfeed or chose not to breastfeed for very long or at all. These decisions and circumstances weighed heavy on the hearts of these mothers; they had to look at the whole picture of how they were raising their babies in the context of their very own private lives and homes. In the end, they did what is best for their families.Read More »from NYC Hospitals to Make Formula Feeding a Total Nightmare for New Mothers
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In light of that, I am appalled at this New York Post article. Starting Sept. 3, 27 of New York City's 40 hospitals will begin participating in the city Health Department's voluntary Latch On NYC initiative. Advocates of Latch On NYC are under the impression that more moms will breastfeed if accessing formula while in the hospital is
- Parenting.com | Parenting – Tue, Jul 31, 2012 10:26 AM EDT
By Elina Bolokhova
Mixing a career with mommyhood is never easy. There are dozens of questions that can plague a new, working mom: will she go back to work? If so, how soon? Will she have to work on her maternity leave (like a certain, high-profile CEO)? Questions that are, in short, mostly focused on what happens after the little bundle-of-joy arrives. But a new study from the University of Essex might inspire more consideration on the before, as it has found that working after eight months of pregnancy is as harmful to babies as smoking, reports the Guardian.
Women who continued to work after they were eight months pregnancy had infants half a pound lighter than those who left work between six and eight months. Babies whose mothers worked or smoked throughout pregnancy grew more slowly in the womb. Stopping work early in pregnancy was especially beneficial for women who had fewer levels of education, which suggestsRead More »from Working After Eight Months Pregnant is as Harmful as Smoking
5 Things All Moms Want But Don't Register ForI don't know about you but I had a lot of fun building our baby registry. Maybe it's my love of online shopping, maybe it's the reality that building your registry adds to your pregnancy -- whatever it is, I had a blast curating the perfect collection of goodies to welcome our son into our lives. Still, there were some things I didn't register for. In fact, I think there are things all moms secretly want but don't register for. Those 5 things are...
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1. A massage
I literally ached for a massage every day. I would have LOVED to register for a bunch of prenatal massages. (One for every day past 30 weeks - ha!) Most moms probably feel like a massage is too frivolous to ask for, but I can guarantee you they all want one.
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I couldn't even reach my toes, let alone try to paint them. By the time The Bubs came into the world, my toes were in disrepair. And then after he came there
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