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

Abrupt Weaning

Before the blogger hiatus and my own vacation I had started talking about weaning. There are several ways and methods used for weaning and for today and tomorrow, we’ll just address the issues surrounding abrupt weaning. Very few moms I know use this method. Even moms who decide to be done at a certain age generally don’t abruptly wean but rather build up to it so that they’re done by the time they want to be done. Abrupt weaning is actually quite harsh and is not really good for either mother or baby–even an older baby who is on solids. … Continue reading

Baby Blog Week in Review: Feb. 18 through Feb. 23

From breastfeeding questions to potty discussions–we’ve covered it this week in the baby blog. Did you miss something? Check here to catch up on your reading, see which blogs were commented on, and add your opinion! Sunday, Feb. 18 Weaning: When Illness Interrupts the Process Our guest blogging friend Amy shares with us why she decided to ditch the weaning effort temporarily and comfort her daughter at the breast during illness. You can check out Amy’s other blogs in the Christian section of Families.com. Tuesday, Feb. 20 Tales from the Potty: Potty Mouths If you’ve potty trained, you know all … Continue reading

Weaning: The Introduction

I have written so much on breastfeeding for families.com that I think they could start their own little breastfeeding library between my blogs and the blogs of others who have also written on breastfeeding. However, I have focused a lot on how to get started and deal with problems. Indeed, this seems to be a much bigger issue for most women. However, someone recently pointed out to me that weaning a baby would be a welcome addition to the baby blogs. Sometimes weaning is from the breast to a bottle so that mom can go back to work. Other times … Continue reading

An Unusual Mother for Bobcats

You’d think with all the stories that periodically break, we wouldn’t be so surprised and fascinated when we hear about animals caring for the young of a different species. Yet it seems we can never get enough of such stories (at least I know I can’t), and it always comes as a bit of a shock to see a gorilla, for instance, cradling a kitten. This time around, the odd couple’s at least sort of from the same species. In South Carolina, a domesticated house cat is nursing a litter of baby bobcats. MSNBC reports that the baby bobcats were … Continue reading

Daddy Radio

One of the fortunate byproducts of our child being breech was our introduction to a number of techniques designed to help the baby turn which have now entered our daily routine. One that has particularly stuck with me is something I lovingly refer to as “Daddy Radio.” The technique is designed to lure the baby’s head towards the sound of daddy’s speaking voice low on the uterus. This turned into regularly scheduled broadcasts of “Daddy Radio.” Seeing this event must be quite funny as it involves my wife standing upright while I lean over and speak directly to the underside … 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

Is Your Pediatrician Breastfeeding Friendly?

It is always surprising to me the amount of bad advice new mothers get from their pediatrician regarding breastfeeding. It would seem that if breastfeeding is the best way to feed an infant nutritionally speaking, then a pediatrician would be highly knowledgeable about breastfeeding and yet this is not the case for lots of women. Truth be told, there is no required breastfeeding class in medical school. In fact, my pediatrician told me that she had one two hour lecture on breastfeeding and of course she dealt with it in her residency. (I won’t tell you where she was educated … Continue reading

Don’t Offer Don’t Refuse

Long before bloggers took their little break and I went on vacation, I promised that I would start discussing weaning your baby. So far we’ve gone over abrupt weaning and some of the intense consequences there are for weaning your child abruptly. However, it must be said that generally, mothers wean abruptly because of uncontrollable circumstances like illness, or an emergency. While it’s not best for either baby or mother–it simply cannot be helped. For the purposes of this article, we are going to assume that the ‘baby’ in question is over a year old. Babies under a year who … Continue reading