Nursing Nuisances: What Is a Tongue Tied Baby?

A tongue tied baby is, in layman’s terms when there is a malformation in the baby’s frenulum and it is too tight. Approximately 2% of babies are born this way and it is genetic. One of the particularly tricky things about trying to breastfeed a tongue tied baby is that while it may be immediately apparent that the latch isn’t quite right (pain in breastfeeding is almost always an improper latch), it may not be apparent why. A good pediatrician or IBCLC should be able to identify the problem upon examination. However, if you can spot the problem yourself, you … Continue reading

Baby Blog Week in Review: Feb. 10 through Feb. 17

Did you miss anything this week? We’ve gone through news stories, potty training, feeding and more. Check here to see if you need to catch up with reading the baby blog! Saturday, Feb. 10 Babies in the News: Cocaine Laced Breastmilk This is a sad and heartbreaking story. It makes me wonder how moms like this slip through the cracks. Sunday, Feb. 11 Tales from the Potty: The Right Method Continue with me on our journey as we potty train our 20 month old twins. In this article, I share the method we are using to potty train our twins. … Continue reading

Nursing Nuisances: The Nursing Strike

A nursing strike is very simply when your baby decides that he or she is not going to nurse. They most commonly occur between six and nine months of age and very rarely result in permanent weaning. Many moms assume that a nursing strike means that the baby is ready for solid foods but in fact, few babies “strike” to eat solids. There are several factors that can cause a nursing strike. The most common is when mom yelps during a nursing session after baby has taken a bite! However, a yelp of pain is a normal response to a … Continue reading

Ouch! Alternative Ways to Deal With Teething

Oh, we had a dreadful teether in our house. I remember the Christmas that my daughter was one and a half. She was getting eight teeth at the same time. On Christmas Eve, I was up all night because she absolutely could not sleep, not even with a dose of pain medication and all of the alternative treatments I could muster. The only thing that I could do was to bounce her on my back to a rock CD and bake Christmas cookies at 2 am, because the moment I put her down, she would shriek in pain. If your … Continue reading

The Older Nursling: Twiddling and Fiddling

Ah, my days of twiddling are long gone. Yet I still remember them with a little exasperation. My daughter nursed for a good long time. At first, we were desperate to begin. It seemed like my milk would never come in. Then we had latch issues. She lost weight, we pumped and supplemented. Nursing was such a struggle at the beginning. Yet by the end of six months, we were champion nursers. Heck, we could nurse upside down and backwards if we had to – well, at least we could nurse in all sorts of crazy positions that I never … Continue reading

What La Leche League Can Do For You

Yes, I sound like a PR person for La Leche League, I know. But really – how many of you think that La Leche League is an organization for radical breastfeeders? Hands up! Ok, check. That’s what I thought too. However, that was until I actually met the folks in our local group. Granted, LLL groups differ, but here is what you can expect from an LLL meeting. You can expect a well-run meeting, but one that is more casual than you might be used to if you’ve been in the corporate world. La Leche League meetings tend to have … Continue reading

Valorie’s Breastfeeding Index

Later today I will post a review of the baby blog of 2007 so why does breastfeeding get its own category? Well, in part as an answer to readers who want to read what I’ve written on breastfeeding. I’ve written so much on breastfeeding at this point that you all have asked for an index of sorts so it’s easier to find what you’re looking for. It’s also in part because I’ve become known as the breastfeeding lady. . .guru. . .whatever you want to call it. I’ve been at this breastfeeding business for a long time and many of … Continue reading

What Child Led Weaning Is Not

We’ve recently been discussing how old is too old to be breastfeeding in the forums. As a result of this discussion, I’ve realized that there’s lots of misinformation regarding child led weaning. Since we were already talking about weaning in the baby blog anyways, I though it would be helpful to start our discussion with what child led weaning is NOT. It is extremely rare for babies to wean themselves before one year of age. I would actually go so far as to say it is not the norm for babies to wean themselves before 18 to 24 months. Yet … Continue reading