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Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday.  Sometimes, it seems like the only holiday that has been left relatively untouched by the overarching, plastic coated, consumerism that has slowly overtaken every other celebration. But Thanksgiving is still a holiday about a virtue – gratitude, thankfulness, noticing the good and being grateful for it.  What can be more wonderful than that?

Today I am grateful for so many things.

Birth  What other gift is more wonderful than this one?  The ability to grow closer together as a couple and as you welcome a bundle of pure innocence. 

Education  I am so grateful for the quick and easy access to knowledge that we have in this day and age.  I am especially grateful for the education that helped make all my birth experiences wonderful. 

Motherhood  It isn’t always easy, but every mom must admit that being a mother is simply amazing.  You spend the journey of motherhood thinking that you are giving and sacrificing only to one day wake up and realize that you have received more than you could ever give. 

Family  Family is what it is really all about, isn’t it?  Growing babies and raising children and being happy together.

May your Thanksgiving holiday be filled with happiness, good food, friends and family and may we all be a little more grateful for the many gifts we have been given.

Happy Thanksgiving!




Breastfeeding in Public With Ease

Many new mothers worry about the first nursing session in public with their new baby.  This does not have to be a stressful time though, if mom is comfortable and prepared.

One thing you can do to prepare is to practice!  Nursing in front of a bedroom mirror may show you how covered you already are while nursing and give you confidence to do so in public.

Another thing that helps is layering your clothes.  A simple and inexpensive tank top worn underneath your regular shirt is an easy way to stay covered while nursing.  Simply lift your shirt, pull the tank down, and latch on the baby.  No tummy will be exposed and your over shirt will keep your breast covered.  While many people use covers, they can draw more attention than simply nursing in your clothes.  Also, many women find that as their babies get bigger they push off a cover anyway.

Keeping a hand near the breast to pull down your shirt quickly should the baby suddenly pull off is another simple thing that a worried mother can do that will make her feel a little more confident when nursing in public.

Nursing a baby is a beautiful and loving experience- but it doesn’t need to keep mom cooped up in the house all day!

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