Freebies For You – Week of April 3, 2012

Freebies are fabulous! There are few things that make a shopping experience better than when you can get something for free. Usually, freebies are elusive, and they expire or run out quickly. Go grab these freebies before they disappear! This week, there are plenty of freebies on stuff for babies. Ben & Jerry’s will be celebrating Free Cone Day on April 3, 2012. Go to any Ben & Jerry’s store from noon until 8:00 at night. They will be giving out one FREE scoop of your favorite flavor. This year, you can ask for a FREE scoop of their new … Continue reading

Breastfeeding Rates Are at an All Time High

According to the CDC, about three quarters of new moms at least attempt breastfeeding for a little while. This is good news for the CDC, good news for hospitals and doctors and good news for newborns! Education The CDC attributes the rise in breastfeeding to several factors. The first is various education campaigns to get out the news that breast milk is the best possible foods for infants. Some of these campaigns have been very controversial. . .such as the ad that showed a pregnant woman riding a mechanical bull. The message was clear that you were putting your child … Continue reading

Benefits of Breastfeeding Are Over Stated

This is the post that almost wasn’t. If you’ve ever read my blog here, you know that I advocate breastfeeding whole heartedly. I do not believe that formula is just as good and I believe that many women who think they “can’t” simply didn’t have the support necessary to continue. Many of you have written me personally to tell me that I’ve helped you to continue by providing good information and support. (To those of you who have written me, I offer a big heart felt thank you–I’m so glad I could help.) But neither have I said that breastfeeding … Continue reading

Is Pumping the Right Answer?

There’s a new trend in breastfeeding and I’m not so sure I love it. But I don’t hate it either because after all, it does accomplish the same goal essentially. What is this new trend you might ask? Exclusive pumping. Exclusive pumping, at least in the United States, is becoming more and more popular. There are a variety of reasons for this and really I’m somewhat speculating. I realize that women pump when their babies are in the hospital or they pump when they’re having latch issues. I get that some women need to go back to work, etc., etc. … Continue reading

Most Commented On Baby Blogs of 2007

As a means of reviewing the year, I always love to look at the blogs that had the most comments! Sometimes controversial blogs get noticed. Other times it has more to do with a topic of interest. Sometimes a commenter sparks a discussion. Regardless of the reason, these are the blogs that got the most comments in the baby blog in 2007! Is My Baby Gifted? How to Tell Merry Poison Free Christmas Dad’s Weird Things You Should Be Giving Your Baby Soda!! Why Breast Pumping Isn’t a Good Substitute for Breastfeeding Is Swaddling Overrated? Watching T.V. While Breastfeeding Unwanted … Continue reading

Ask a Baby Blogger: The Gory Details

Question: I wanted to ask you, since you are clearly in favor of breastfeeding, what you think about women who put down other women for not breastfeeding? Also, do you think there’s a limit (please say yes) to how much information should be shared by other moms in a conversation regarding breastfeeding and child birth. I almost answered this question privately, as really it doesn’t have to do with babies as much as motherhood and manners. But then I went back to my own early days as a mother. . .even during my pre-mothering days when I was pregnant. I … Continue reading

Final Thoughts on the Breastfeeding/IQ Controversy

The internet is abuzz with controversy this week after a new study was released last week claiming that breastfeeding only makes babies smarter if they are already genetically predisposition to be smarter. One article, published by Newsweek implies that perhaps we won’t all be breastfeeding as much now that we all know it won’t make our kids smarter unless they have the gene for it. The unsaid conclusion is that breast milk and formula are equal. All I can say is give me a break! What I find interesting is that no one ever mentions exactly why all these studies … Continue reading

Ask a Baby Blogger: Breastfeeding In Front of Older Children

Question: I have a question. I have a newborn baby whom I am breastfeeding and two older sons ages 6 and 8. It makes me uncomfortable for them to see me breastfeeding the baby. I’m afraid them seeing me breastfeed will damage them psychologically. Are my fears unfounded? Your View of Breastfeeding I think you’ve really already answered your own question but I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s start with some basics. Breastfeeding is natural, and dare I say at the risk of offending someone, the way babies are supposed to be fed. Women have breasts for the purpose of … Continue reading

Why Enfamil Supports Breastfeeding

Enfamil is looking to make over its image and associate itself with breastfeeding by providing moms with an even more ‘pro-breastfeeding’ diaper bag. Really, most of the formula companies do this as well, but Enfamil has taken it a step further according to local hospitals in that it provides the ‘most complete source of breastfeeding and supplementing information.’ Hmmmm. Why exactly does Enfamil support breastfeeding mothers? A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing I decided to take a look at the newly improved Enfamil breastfeeding support bag. Make no mistake, Enfamil is a formula company. That is how they make money. Women … Continue reading

Why Banning Formula Isn’t That Awful

I mentioned earlier that New York City has placed a ban on free formula samples in all of its public hospitals. The announcement came this week during World Breastfeeding Week and as usual, the debate is raging. Many moms are saying that a ban on formula would’ve excluded them because they either couldn’t or didn’t want to breastfeed. Other moms are talking about how awful they felt when they were made to feel like an awful mother because they didn’t want to (or couldn’t breastfeed). So is banning formula a horrible thing to do, leaving out thousands of moms that … Continue reading