Whew.  That post title is a mouthful!  But it’ll all make sense in a few…


My day has been jam-packed with work.  It’s my day on the job (the Husband stays home on Fridays so I can work), and I’ve been frantically plowing through my list of To Do’s.  I did take a lunch break, of course. 


All prepared by Kristien using various leftovers.  Yum.  Kind of a Mexican salad of sorts.


Kristien is also multi-tasking today… he ate while feeding Henry, and now he’s washing the carpets with Henry in a carrier.  He knows the fastest way into my heart is via baby care, food, and clean floors. Winking smile


For Your Reading Pleasure


It’s Friday and it’s almost quittin’ time.  You know what that means!  Here’s a round-up of the most interesting articles I read on the Interwebs this week.


The Ideal and the Real of Breast-Feeding


By far the best article I read all week.   A new study from Scotland suggests that, in order to improve breastfeeding rates (as well as women’s attitude about breastfeeding), more realistic and achievable goals and positive rhetoric should be used.  “The authors concluded, “Six months exclusive breast-feeding is considered unrealistic and unachievable by many families, and promoting this is perceived as setting parents up to fail.”  They recommended that rather than dictate how babies are fed, health professionals should have open-ended discussions with families to see how well a particular feeding regimen would fit into family life.”  I really enjoyed this article because – as an exclusively breastfeeding mother – I can tell you that 1) it is way harder than I imagined; 2) it is way more time consuming than I imagined; and 3) I’m annoyed by rhetoric of some medical professionals despite being in the breastfeeding camp!


Who Can Improve on Nature? Magazine Editors


An interesting article on how the magazine industry considered – and rejected – industry standards to regulate Photoshopping on magazine covers, deciding to allow individual magazines to self-regulate instead.  What I thought was most intriguing about this piece was the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan’s statement that they do not alter the bodies of cover models – who knew?


The Unproven Claims of Fitness Products


“In a recent survey of the performance-enhancing claims made for dozens of fitness products [such as sports drinks, oral supplements, footwear, clothing and devices like wrist bands and compression stockings], researchers found not a single one that could be supported by rigorous scientific research. Moreover, the few fitness products that have been thoroughly evaluated appear to have no effect on strength, endurance, speed or reduced muscle fatigue.”


Unleash Our Kids


In 1919, kids were allowed to roam, on average, up to six miles from home; up to one mile in 1950; half a mile in 1979; and only 300 yards today.  However, crime is at a 40 year low, the percentage of children who are hit by cars continues to drop, and only 100 kids are abducted by strangers every year.  This article highlights the “anti-helicopter parents” who want to change our extreme and overprotective attitude and let kids have more responsibility. 


Your turn!  What do you think about the ‘real v. ideal’ of breastfeeding?  Should the magazine industry regulate Photoshopping – if so, how?  Have you ever bought a fitness product and been surprised that it actually lived up to its gimmicky claims?  And how far were you allowed to roam from home?  I’ll tackle the roaming question – I was allowed to roam about 1.5 miles from home (but that was within a gated residential community in Miami… although I can’t say the security was very tight).



  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats July 27, 2012, 2:43 pm

    I totally agree with the kids thing, when I was younger we could ride our bikes all around the neighborhood and to friends houses, at least a mile away!

  • Britt July 27, 2012, 2:50 pm

    I can’t remember how far I was allowed to roam. I can tell you that the first time I was allowed to go to the mall by myself was when I was 14. My mother made me wear a whistle around me neck. “If someone comes near you, blow this as hard as you can to get attention! It’ll scare off the rapists and murders and child abducters… Do you really HAVE to go to the mall with your friends? I could come, too.”

  • Whit July 27, 2012, 2:51 pm

    That unleash our kids article reminds me of this editorial I read a while back http://www.nysun.com/opinion/why-i-let-my-9-year-old-ride-subway-alone/73976/

  • Lauren T July 27, 2012, 2:58 pm

    I think it’s about time that photoshopping in the magazine industry was regulated especially when it comes to altering bodies, faces, skin, etc. Even though I know when I see celebrities on covers they are digitally altered to be “perfect,” I still feel like I should be working to look that way. Everyone’s skin is so smooth and without bumps, dimples, scars, etc. in magazines, but no one’s skin is like that in real life. I don’t understand why our society continues to promote unattainable bodies, skin, hair, etc. It’s so harmful to young girls especially, but even older men and women are affected. I don’t have a problem with alterations to things in a shot to make the copy stand out more, but altering the way people actually look is wrong.

  • Angela July 27, 2012, 3:04 pm

    You do have to be careful how far you let kids wander or this happens!


    • HTPDad July 27, 2012, 8:32 pm

      I’d love it if I had an 11 year old that could pull that off!

  • SaraJoan July 27, 2012, 3:07 pm

    What do you think about the ‘real v. ideal’ of breastfeeding? I’m breastfeeding my 4th and have worked full-time outside the home with all four (husband is a SAHD). Given that context, I really think we need to (a) find ways of encouraging breastfeeding when possible and desired, while (b) acknowledging that it’s not going to work for everyone and there are acceptable alternatives. I have two SILs who wanted to breastfeed and truly couldn’t, one due to physiological realities and the other due to incompatibility between meds she absolutely needed and breastfeeding. One of the reasons that ragging on nursing in public so infuriated me is that this is totally an area where we can change things for the better. I can’t give another bf-ing mom more time or make it less physically demanding to nurse her child, but I can darn sure stand up for her right to do so in any environment she belongs in! [end rant, sorry…]

    Should the magazine industry regulate Photoshopping – if so, how? Be nice if they did, but I don’t see practically how they can. So I make sure my kids are informed and know that photo does not necessarily equal real. Something they need to know in general, actually, not just about fashion magazines.

    How far were you allowed to roam from home? I was actually kept on a pretty short leash, at least when young (5-12) in the late 70s/early 80s. I’m hideous with distances, but I know I didn’t go too far. Luckily for my folks there were several great play spaces within a couple blocks of our house, including a big “park” right across the road (no playground equipment till after I was grown, but trees and a big field in which to play all sorts of games.

  • Nicole July 27, 2012, 3:16 pm

    I live in an area where I would feel safe letting my kids ride their bikes to the park or walk into town and I am over joyed that they will have that privilege. The sense of community here is such that I know if my kid was up to no good that someone would say something either to them or me-likewise if they were engaged in unsafe behavior someone would step in. I feel like part of the puzzle is that community spirit, because I trust my literal village to help “raise” my children I can feel safe letting my kids wander.

  • Michelle @ Eat Move Balance July 27, 2012, 3:22 pm

    I don’t know that this is gimmicky . . . but I always thought paying so much money for a Vitamix was ridiculous. Then, I finally splurged, and life has never been the same. It totally lives up to being the best blender ever.

  • Kendra @ My Full-Thyme Life July 27, 2012, 3:27 pm

    Loved the breastfeeding article! I know as a full-time working mother that the more realistic approach to breastfeeding would have washed away so much of the guilt for me! I just couldn’t keep going after 3 1/2 months of exclusively pumping, working with two men (who don’t have kids) in a small office and in a building without a decent place to sit and pump. Instead of looking at my reasons for stopping as logistical I was left feeling like I was a failure and I was depriving my son of something so good for him. I felt like a quitter and the guilt was through the roof! Truth is it just didn’t fit into my life and I can say that now and feel comfortable with it because I have a very happy and healthy toddler but at the time it was really hard.

    LOVED the bottom line of the article! Thanks for sharing!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) July 27, 2012, 3:33 pm

    I had the six month goal in mind while breastfeeding my first son and I’m glad I set that goal. His father was a SAHD and I pumped at work. No, it wasn’t easy and there were frustrations with clogged milk ducts and having to pump in the one bathroom in my workplace, but I did it and am glad I did. Once I got to my goal time, it was so easy and routine that I was glad I pushed myself to get there. I don’t know where people got the idea that it would be easy or that it would take no time at all. Seriously, you have to sit down and actually give your child time to eat. I think the need to do too many things all at once and to do these things quickly has led to a less patient society. It’s frustrating to hear people say it takes too long to breastfeed as a reason they don’t like it. My kids are 14 and 11 1/2…and while we are still a close group, I would give anything to have that moment of bonding for just one second. Not to mention, there are so many women out there that can’t breastfeed that would enjoy taking the time to be able to do so. I do think the medical community needs to help parents understand that not everyone is able to breastfeed, but if you can, it is completely worth it!

  • Sam July 27, 2012, 3:34 pm

    I grew up spending summers from 6 years old on hopping on my bike at 9am and not coming home before dinner. In the interim it was biking around town, to the library, out to the country, to the town pool, to the candy store, to friends’ houses. We weren’t scheduled for camp or lessons or playdates. We never told anyone where we were going because they knew we couldn’t get too far (the next town was 22 miles away). Ahhhh, the rural midwest. (Btw, this was 1990, not 1960.)

  • Amber K July 27, 2012, 3:35 pm

    I wasn’t allowed to go farther than my street when I was a kid. I think it was less about what strangers could do to me, and more about what trouble I’d get myself into. lol

  • Megan July 27, 2012, 3:48 pm

    1. I still think that a year of breastfeeding should be what we aim for for every one. Rates are going up, slowly, but they are going up. Just because it is hard doesn’t mean we shouldn’t aim for it.

    2. I have not really done much research or reading on photoshop. I guess I just always figure things are photoshopped, and always will, and will teach my son and daughter the difference between photoshop and real beauty.

    3. I have never been tricked into believing that the right shoes or right supplements will make me bigger/faster/stronger, so I’m not surprised!

    4. I was just talking to 7 year old about this today. We were on a bike ride and he asked how old he would be before he go to to his friends house (that is 3/4th mile away) by himself. We decided “probably 10” but it just depends. It’s not a busy road but it’s a hilly one! I know at his age I was riding my bike all over the neighborhood, but it was a neighborhood and my parents could see me from the yard in half of the neighborhood, and my friends parents could see us from the other half. We don’t live in a neighborhood, and I think that is a big reason why he doesn’t go to friends without me. He can play in the backyard by himself/with friends. Some friends come over by themselves but I don’t allow him to go to certain friends houses either becuase 1) the parents are smokers 2) I don’t know his parents well at all and I don’t want him in their house. He can play in their yard with them.

  • Emily July 27, 2012, 3:55 pm

    We used to go miles. A big group of kids of various ages from the streets around where I lived. Out into the countryside, across town etc. Especially in the summer holidays we’d be gone half the day. Sometimes we took a picnic and were gone all day. I lived in a medium sized town in the north of England and am 23. There were always basic rules – be home when you said you were going to be, don’t talk to strangers, always cross roads carefully and use crossings where they existed, never ever leave anyone behind..

    When I moved to London I found it extremely unsettling that there are no kids around. Even in the leafy suburbs that are safe and almost traffic-less. There are no kids. Where I grew up as soon as school kicked out there were kids playing in the street, and now no one does it. They do ‘play dates’ instead, or the kids stay inside.

    Before I have a family I want to make sure I live somewhere I feel my kids are safe to play out. I feel that the freedom is important. And also that the time to get bored sometimes is important for children and their creativity and parents spend too much time entertaining their kids when they need to learn to entertain themselves.

    • Megan July 27, 2012, 3:57 pm

      lol, my kid has been “BORED” the past few days. I say, “GREAT! Go play, read, get dirty, take a nap! Being “SO BORED” is when you have your best ideas!”

  • Megan July 27, 2012, 3:55 pm

    I agree with the previous comments, too… This world is NOT the same world we grew up in on a “long leash.” People are BAD. Much worse than when we were kids. Of course my kids are young (2&7) but at this point I don’t know when I’d feel comfortable dropping my kid off at a public place (mall, movies, etc). Definitely not for a long time. Thank goodness all the kids expect cell phone by age 10 these days… :/ I used to think it was ridiculous but the older my son gets the more I see it as a safety device.

  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles July 27, 2012, 3:58 pm

    I lived in the country growing up, so my wandering wasn’t really an issue, unless I wanted to wander into the middle of a cornfield.

    If my brother and I wanted to go for a walk or whatever, we were allowed to go up to the bridge about a 1/2 mile from the house.

  • Breanne July 27, 2012, 4:05 pm

    Up until 3rd grade, I lived in the country and we roamed all around our property (10 acres) and our neighbors properties. Some friends lived in a gated area that we were also allowed to freely roam.

    When I moved to the city, I would say that we were allowed to go about 2ish miles from home (farther if we were walking somewhere specific like Grandma’s, etc).

  • Megan July 27, 2012, 5:12 pm

    Breastfeeding – great for the baby but not at the cost of women’s emotional health. I think the all or nothing approach makes women feel bad about themselves for their decisions. I had issues nursing my daughter because she was premature at birth and absolutely needed formula while at the hospital for two weeks in the days between her birth and my milk coming in (from there on out I pumped). I was so upset for a month because I was pumping / giving formula where my milk supply had a deficit while I learned to breastfeed her. I almost gave up because I felt like I couldn’t do it – and agonized over this for days- it was my mindset that got in the way a little bit and once I told myself that it was okay if breastfeeding didn’t work, I relaxed and we got the hang of it. Now we’ve been chugging along well since.

    Can I just say, if I had to go to work in an office (I quit my job when my baby was born), and pump, breastfeeding most likely would’ve ended quickly, because I noticed a huge difference in my output when my baby nursed compared to pumping. So people need to understand what women go through who are pumping exclusively or at work – huge sacrifice – and I give them major credit for what they are doing for their children.

  • Marissa July 27, 2012, 5:45 pm

    Parents need to let kids GO. Kids are too supervised and its cutting down on what it means to be a kid. Kids should be free to have fun without their parents breathing down their necks and making sure everything is “safe”. The best part about being a kid is being unsafe, getting hurt, learning and laughing! My best memories from when I was little was going off with my friends for whole days at a time, starting when I was about 9 or so. We would play in the woods all day long. We would have climbing races to the tops of trees, fall into the creek trying to jump across, skin our knees running down rocky hills, pester the old man that lived in the cabin until he chased us off with a shotgun in hand. All that was just part of being a kid. If my parents hadn’t learned to let go, I wouldn’t have had any of that. When I got to middle school, I was gone–literally. I spent most of my time at a horse barn several miles down the road, or with my friends at my gymnastics gym. I still came home at night by about 8 or 9 PM. But I was living and it was fun. Then I got anorexia and spent all my time at home with my parents. I’m sorry, but parents are poison for teenagers. And the worst part is I didn’t realize it because I was too sick. Now I’m recovered… and I’m gone more than ever. I’m with my friends more than my parents, and that is the way it should be when you’re a 16+ year old teenager. I wish I had seen it sooner. I see my parents a couple times a week at most. Otherwise, I’m off at my job, or out with my friends until all hours of the morning, or if I have the day off, we’ll go hiking or to the lake. Half the time, my parents have no idea where I am or what I’m doing. Its the way it SHOULD be. I’m so passionate about this. All the time I wasted under my parents’ wings… thinking they were my “friends” and I was having fun doing family things all the time… it was such a waste of life that I wish I had back. Supervision is choking and restrictive. You only have so much time to be a kid and have fun. So just freakin’ let kids have their FUN! They’ll get hurt, sure. They’ll make bad choices, sure. But the vast majority of us have some sense of mortality. And we’ll always be with friends–because being a kid and being alone just doesn’t work. We’ll watch out for each other, keep each other safe. Kids surprisingly can make their own decisions pretty well if the parents loosen up and let them do it.


    • Mary Nell July 28, 2012, 8:31 am

      I’m just curious–you sound like you feel like you were duped in some way, i.e. “thinking…I was having fun doing family things all the time.” Do you look back now and think you really weren’t having fun? What shifted? You put “friends” in quotes like you have discovered your parents aren’t fun to hang out with any more. Help me understand.

      • Marissa July 28, 2012, 3:30 pm

        I was very sick with anorexia and all tied up in my own head. I was isolating myself without even realizing it and I thought I was perfectly fine at the time. I had no idea what I was missing out on by secluding myself inside my little family circle. I truly feel like I wasted several years of my teenager life living inside a little bubble where my mom was my best friend. Don’t get me wrong, I love my mother. But having a close family is not the same as friends you can laugh and do crazy things with.

        • Juli July 28, 2012, 9:04 pm

          Your comment has weighed heavily on my heart as I am the mother of a former anorexic teenager. While I do agree that you should not isolate yourself to your family, no one will ever love you like your family does. Friends will come and go, but your family will always be there. Your parents may have seemed like “poison” to you, but I feel sure they were trying to do the best thing for you, and it sounds like they were there for you during a very difficult time. The reason parents supervise their children is because they love them so much. You’ll understand better when you have children of your own. Don’t live in a bubble – but there is nothing wrong with your mother being your best friend! I guarantee she loves you far more deeply than any of your friends and she has your best interest at heart.

  • Tanner July 27, 2012, 5:56 pm

    I’m laughing hysterically at the comic strip because my husband actually bought some of those shoes (the ones banned by the NBA), thinking that they would improve his game…his “game” meaning the once weekly game he plays with some buddies from work. When they came in the mail, he actually tried to get me to judge whether or not they made his jump better by wearing his normal shoes and jumping around and then putting on the new shoes and jumping around. He wanted to know if I could tell a difference…I said that he was achieving the same level of dumba$$ that he usually does. 🙂

    • jennyv July 29, 2012, 10:44 pm

      I seriousy LOL’d!! Hilarious 🙂

  • Jill Will Run July 27, 2012, 6:32 pm

    My brother and I probably roamed about a 5 mile radius from our house in the early 80’s (when I was about 7.) And now that I’m expecting a child, I can’t imagine letting a kid wander around my gated community alone. Then again, I grew up in a small town and right now I’m living in Las Vegas… big differences there.

    I’m not entirely sure how to regulate the Photoshop use, but I do agree it needs some kind of reigning in… Yeah right Cosmo doesn’t alter their models’ bodies.

  • AmandaonMaui July 27, 2012, 6:42 pm

    There was a double standard when I was a kid about how far I could go from home by myself, or where I could go in town by myself. Girls weren’t allowed to travel as far as boys. My step-mom believed that boys had the strength and skills to take care of themselves whereas girls did not. So, while I could ride my bike up and down or rural dirt road, I couldn’t go further than that (though it was probably good for me not to ride on those country roads where people would speed all of the time, and where there was no shoulder to ride on).

    • Anna D July 28, 2012, 12:44 am

      I had the same problem–even now I have this problem at home!!

  • Christine @ BookishlyB July 27, 2012, 7:05 pm

    We were allowed to go up and down our street and the next over as long as we checked in every hour. When we got to be about 12 we could go up to McDonalds and Baskin Robbins on our bikes, which was about a mile or two away. I think the world is definitely changing, though, especially in regards to letting kids younger than 13 or 14 go off by themselves. And, as a high school teacher who hears the crazy stories, I’m a huge proponent of making sure your kid is venturing away from home with at least one or two trustworthy kids.

  • Morgan July 27, 2012, 7:53 pm

    I am a stay at home mom and I still found breastfeeding ridiculously demanding and exhausting for the first 6 months. It wasn’t as hard for me because I didn’t have to juggle work, and I did not have any production issues. I did however develop thrush when my daughter was 13 months, and I can see how these supposed minor inconveniences of breastfeeding cause people to quit. Whenever people ask me about nursing I tell them to try it, but realize it is not an all or nothing proposition. Do you hate pumping? Give the baby formula occasionally so you don’t have to. Any breast milk is better than none. And the number one thing is that the baby is fed and the mommy is happy to care for her baby. I do think doctors need to have a better dialogue with parents about how it is working. our pediatrician was great about checking in on how things were going, and giving encouragement and support when things were rough. I think her supportive (and not pushy) attitude is the reason I nursed for close to 15 months.

    As far as letting kids roam. I agree that kids probably need more freedom to roam, and are capable of more independence than they are allowed. However, I do question the validity of those statistics. Yes children being hit by cars and abducted has gone down, but is that because there are less kids out alone? Correlation does not always equal causation.

  • Kelli Noel July 27, 2012, 8:32 pm

    Great articles!

    Here’s one that I found interesting this week:

  • Jenn July 27, 2012, 9:44 pm

    Small correction 🙂 you are not “exclusively” breast feeding because Henry is getting a bottle- even if it is breast milk.

    • Caitlin July 27, 2012, 10:28 pm

      Oh really?? Thanks for letting me know!

    • megan July 28, 2012, 10:22 pm

      ummm.. no, that is still exclusively breastfeeding! you are feeding him only milk made from your breasts….

  • Stephanie C July 27, 2012, 10:09 pm

    Up until I was 8 years old I was allowed to walk to school by myself… but that was only about two blocks. However we didn’t live in an extremely safe neighborhood and I was once followed by a man in a car on my way home.
    Besides that I was allowed to go to the convenience store as long as I was with another friend.
    I have mixed feelings about the issue. It really depends on your neighborhood and whether your kid is trustworthy/mature enough.

  • Amy July 27, 2012, 10:22 pm

    We live in a gated community in Northern CA….by all standards extremely ‘safe’. That being said, our home was robbed in broad daylight two years ago. I am not a helicoper parent, but my kids don’t go far from my husband or myself. There have been attempted abductions of kids walking home from school (several last school year) and if I am able to drive my kids to and from school, I will. I’d rather be safe than sorry…JMO.

  • j3nn July 27, 2012, 10:49 pm

    I heard about the book Free Range Kids awhile ago and I think it’s fantastic! Children should learn through their own experiences and be trusted to make good decisions. Helicopter parenting is detrimental to their development of social skills and critical thinking. I think it’s wonderful to trust children to explore and discover on their own, at their own pace, on their own time. I think it sets the standard for independence and the constant need to learn new things as they grow into an adult.

    I was pretty much a free range child with few rules and no curfews. My nanny was overprotective, in a loving way, but my parents allowed me to be free and I think I am a better person for the freedoms I have always had.

  • Anna D July 28, 2012, 12:43 am

    My parents won’t let me roam. I couldn’t go around the block on my bike by myself. Even now, at twenty, when I visit home, my parents aren’t comfortable with me going to the library (two block walk) alone. I live in a neighborhood with four country clubs, and we leave our doors unlocked. I just don’t understand.
    My brothers, though, have always been allowed to wander wherever they please.

  • Marissa C July 28, 2012, 2:23 am

    Hmm…the breastfeeding article was interesting, but a little too negative for my tastes.

    I think a lot of women give up before they get to the “payoff” stage of breastfeeding. The first two months SUCK. I was dealing with awful sore nipples, a baby who wouldn’t latch well, the annoying nipple shield, and feedings that took 45 minutes. And then it slowly got better. 3 months was way better than 6 weeks and by 4 months things were so much easier. In the end it takes less time/effort than bottle feeding formula–pop a boob in their mouth on the go. Feedings were rarely more than 10-15 minutes after 4 months. At almost 8 months, we’re down to 5.

    And being able to nurse at night…amazing. We both slept while she nursed. I’m hoping to start lying-down nursing even earlier with my next child.

    I did go back to work at 10 weeks. I pump in the rooms my company provides (so nice) and I am lucky enough to have a job that allows me to continue plugging away on my laptop while I pump.

    So while formula feeding is so much easier in the beginning, I wish more women would get to experience how great breastfeeding can be after the hellish first weeks.

  • Sophie @ threetimesf July 28, 2012, 7:17 am

    I lived in a little village and so there wasn’t really anywhere for me to go – I was lucky in that respect!

  • Mary Nell July 28, 2012, 8:27 am

    I have mixed feelings about roaming. I grew up in the country and we roamed through the woods and I loved it. But I live in a city now–more suburban than urban. There are gangs in some areas of the city so Friday nights at the mall are a bit scary. And then there are just the distressing stories you hear–we had a girl from the high school get hit by a car last year when walking to a gas station with her friend around 2 am (they had snuck out of the house). Maybe it is because I work in a high school so I see both types of kids–the ones who can handle the responsibility, who babysit my kids, and who inspire you and make you believe the world will be a better place when they grow up…and the ones who are just wanting to “have fun” by doing drugs, not go to school because it is too restrictive and don’t have the type of support and supervision at home they need.

    As with many things in life, ultimately, I find it to be about balance–giving them room and space, but not just letting them completely go. And of course, where you live. Lastly, as I read your article, it made me wonder if abductions are down because children are more supervised and they are more educated themselves so making them less supervised just provides more opportunity.

  • Vicky (Little Baby, Big City) July 28, 2012, 10:18 am

    I agree that the breastfeeding article was a bit negative. I understand that some women need to give formula and breastfeeding is not easy in the beginning. But I believe it’s the best way…. Have you read in ingredient list in formula? I’ve need exclusively breastfeeding for just over 6 months! I love it!

  • KnSPeace July 28, 2012, 11:13 am

    I’m really enjoying these types of posts!
    I’m thinking that Cosmo means they don’t alter means they don’t change body SIZES but that doesn’t mean they don’t retouch and smooth skin (because it’s obvious to me that they do that!).

  • Crystal July 28, 2012, 5:39 pm

    Exclusively bf-ing drives me nuts. Neither of my children has had formula, but they had a few sips of water around 5 months b.c they wanted it so they don’t qualify.

  • Sarah July 31, 2012, 1:11 pm

    I just have to say thank you for linking to the breastfeeding article. So many moms (myself included) feel guilty when exclusive breastfeeding doesn’t happen.

    Like many moms, I work. I have a part-time job and own a business so that meant a “maternity leave” of about 2 weeks. I have three children and a husband who travels for work about 50% of the time. I just couldn’t just ignore my other two children (and duties) 4+ hours a day to feed the youngest one. Pumping proved faster and I kept that up for months. It was making me depressed and so stressed out. I felt as if I was failing at everything. It’s all about balance and you’re right, there should be more middle ground talked about. Right now it’s all or nothing and honestly sometimes exclusive breastfeeding mothers are SO judgemental.

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