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Dear Attachment Parent: Is my baby growing well?

Dear Attachment Parent: Help! I’m not sure my baby’s growth is on track. What should I do? Note: We are Pocketful of Pebbles are not medical doctors, so we always advise getting a professional opinion if you are concerned about your child’s health. Unfortunately, not all pediatricians are up to date with accurate information, especially when breastfeeding is involved. Our …

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Dear Attachment Parent: How do I wean?

Dear Attachment Parent: My baby is almost 18 months old. I never thought I’d be breastfeeding a toddler, but my child is so attached to it. How do I wean?? Many moms today feel pressured to wean their children before either party is ready because of pressure from a society that doesn’t support breastfeeding. They may be too embarrassed to nurse …

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7 Uses for Breastmilk Beyond Breastfeeding

Breast milk. Liquid gold. Double lattes. Whatever you call it, this magical fairy juice has many uses beyond nourishing our babies. Here is a list of things that you can use breast milk for beyond breastfeeding your child. (NOTE: THIS IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE AND I AM NOT A DOCTOR. CONSULT A PHYSICIAN FOR YOUR MEDICAL NEEDS! SOME OF THIS …

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The 6 biggest lies I believed before having kids

Just about all of us had a few wrong ideas about raising kids before we became parents ourselves. Some of these ideas might have been based on our own wacky ideas of how we would do things differently than everyone else. Other ideas we take for granted as new parents, only to realize later how laughable the idea was. Below are six …

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7 Ways to Respond to Someone Offended by Breastfeeding in Public

Have you ever encountered a person that gives you the side eye when you “whip out” your boobs to feed your baby? Or that person that actually dares speak to you about it? We are here to help you with some quick and easy responses to these ignoramus people. 1. Blink. Give a few exaggerated blinks and then continue on …

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Mourning The End Of The Breastfeeding Relationship

  I metaphorically stand up here today, shaking in my boots, to share my journey of breastfeeding my son until he was done. The Internet can be both a wonderful and terrible place for breastfeeding moms. We can find bands of women who offer us unconditional acceptance and support; who offer us knowledge and wisdom. Unfortunately, the Internet also offers …

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Closing the All Night Milk Buffet: A Gentle Approach to Night Weaning

Night weaning. Two little words that get thrown around in gentle parenting circles like sleep training does in their mainstream counterparts. Mamas who are nursing on demand throughout the night for one, two, three plus years are tired. Deep down tired. Tears are shed, wills are broken and sometimes we just can’t take it anymore. I’ve been there. When my …

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There’s #NoShame In Breastfeeding

I’ve lost track of the number of times that I’ve been challenged for sharing breastfeeding pictures online, or the number of occasions that I’ve read about moms who have been shamed for feeding their children at their breast. It’s 2016 and stories of moms being shamed for breastfeeding hit headlines regularly — it appears that our children’s nutrition is newsworthy… …

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Nursing – I Used To Love It

I love our second born with all my heart.  I’d do anything in the world for her. So why do I have to stop myself from wanting to throw her as far away from me as possible when she’s nursing?! I used to love nursing her. Honestly I wish it just hurt. I wish it just felt annoying. I wish …

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8 Things I’ve Learned in 4 Years of Bedsharing

  1. It’s safe. When my oldest was born, we set up a crib right next to my side of the bed. I loved the idea of snuggling up together at night, but I wasn’t sure whether it was safe. I started poring over the research.