How to Wean Your Toddler

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A friend recently asked me about weaning her toddler. After 23 months of breastfeeding her second child, she was done. Her first child had weaned without fanfare, but her second continued to be quite attached. How to ease out of a long-term nursing relationship? While some mom & tot pairs could nurse on and on, it’s also normal for a woman to have a sense of being done, for having completed that phase of her relationship with her child. Finding new ways of relating to and enjoying your child, and discovering new aspects of parenting is one of the joys of raising … [Read more...]

4 Guidelines for Self-Care

"I don't have the time or a babysitter to be able to schedule a haircut. Before I became a mom, I just picked up the phone & made an appointment. Now, I'm "letting" my hair grow out." "I used to get my eyebrows waxed. Since having a baby, I "love" my full, thick eyebrows." "We went to a family wedding, and I stayed with the kids the whole time so my husband could celebrate." "I feel bad leaving my spouse with our 3 kids." "I don't have any time for me, and I don't know how to get it." "Self care is taking a shower, right?" That's what I heard this weekend from a group of … [Read more...]

Self-Care from Ahhh to Zzzz Self-Care Ahhh to Zzzz

So I was thinking I'd change the name of this Mamahhh blog to Mamazzzz once I've mastered self-care. :-) OK, not really, but those ZZZs? That is the epitome of excellent self-care for me: consistently great sleep. What is first-rate self-care for you? Self-care is an ahhh to zzzz kind of practice (and ample ahhhs usually lead to the best zzzzs), and I'm excited to spend all day tomorrow talking about this crucial topic with women in Athens, Georgia. In the morning, we'll check in at the Georgia La Leche League 2012 Breastfeeding and Parenting conference. Snuggles, shared laughs, … [Read more...]