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8 Reasons Why You Need a Breast Pump

I know that some of you are planning on staying home with your baby and don’t think you need a breast pump — breast pumping is annoying, why do it if you don’t have to? I’m here to tell you that regardless of what you have in mind for you and your baby — get […]

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Momming with Chronic Migraines

Migraines have been a chronic unwelcome guest in my life since 2008. I had them sporadically as a teenager, but they decided to come and stay for the last 10 years. They have added stress to my marriage, decreased fun on vacation, made me familiar with medication names, and caused me to buy more ice […]

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Old Wives’ Tales: Having Babies After 35

Carrie Underwood came under criticism in 2018 for remarks she made during an interview with Redbook. When asked if she wanted a large family, Carrie responded: “I’m 35, so we may have missed our chance to have a big family.” Her response sparked an internet storm of emotional comments from fans and followers, all of […]

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The Guilt of Mothering After Miscarriage

Although miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant mortality have occurred throughout history, it wasn’t until 1988 that President Ronald Reagan designated the month of October to its observance. By 2002, October 15th was specifically recognized as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day.  Since then, much of the stigma surrounding these type of losses have been erased. This […]

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Lessons Learned from Breastfeeding, Including the Importance of a Massive Cheeseburger

As a breastfeeding mother, I’ve had my fair share of inappropriate comments, questions and unsolicited advice. Sometimes I’ve been dumbfounded. Rarely I’ve been mad. But occasionally, you get a piece of advice right when you need it. I nursed four babies for differing lengths of time, but until my first pregnancy, I never really thought […]

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Parenting in a Villageless Society

  Finding your way when a village doesn’t exist Perhaps it’s one of those nostalgic, rose-colored glasses perspectives, but it often feels like the days when parents had an established village was a lot less overwhelming than modern-day parenting. That’s not to say parents — moms especially — never experienced stress or frustration in their own […]

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