Breast is best, but formula is fabulous

Breastfeeding bumming you out? Formula might be the solution!

“Breast is best.” (Yes, we knoooow!) There is so much information out there about the benefits of breastfeeding, and every first-time mother I’ve met intends or intended to breastfeed exclusively in order to give her baby the “best.” But what happens when the best isn’t an option, or when what’s best for baby isn’t best for mom?

We are so fortunate to live in a time and place that offers an alternative: formula. Because we also have access to clean water (in this country), formula is perfectly safe for babies, and it can be a lifesaver for those unable to breastfeed. Unfortunately, many moms feel overwhelming guilt and shame when they turn to formula, feeling that they’ve failed their babies by being unable or unwilling to continue breastfeeding. No woman should have to feel this way, and as a former breast-feeder, former exclusive-pumper, and current formula feeder, I want to share the awesome benefits of formula feeding for any moms who may need or want to use formula.  Continue reading “Breast is best, but formula is fabulous”

Toddler Marketing 101

Wondering how to convince your toddler to eat his peas? Check out our handy Toddler Marketing course!

Class, welcome to Toddler Marketing 101. I’m so glad you’ve elected to take this course, and I can say with some confidence that you will find the information we will cover this semester invaluable within the next 10 to 15 years. In fact, I would go so far as to recommend you hold onto your notes. While other marketing positions require someone to actually hire you, Toddler Marketing only requires one night of unfettered passion to become a survival skill more valuable than making fire.

As I’m sure most of you learned in fifth-grade science, the name of the Tyrannosaurus Rex is derived from the Greek words meaning “tyrant” and “lizard” and the Latin word for “king.” While that was probably the same year you learned that Pluto was a planet, this information is actually still correct. Now, a lesser known piece of trivia is the origin of the word toddler. The name is from the Greek word meaning “tiny” and the Latin word meaning “tyrant,” and there has rarely been a more accurate name for anything that roams the earth. Personally, I’d rather meet a hungry T-Rex than a toddler on the warpath.  Continue reading “Toddler Marketing 101”

This is the 1 gadget you need for introducing solids

Is baby ready to start gumming some real food? This tool will make introducing solids as smooth as pureed bananas!

“I’m sending you the link now. I’m warning you now: It’s not cute, it’s not eligible for Prime shipping, and I think it ships from Canada, but I’m telling you—this is the one.”

Ugh, no Prime shipping? From CANADA? What was my mother thinking? Not even a cute color?? Why in the world would I buy this baby food grinder?

One simple reason: it works.  Continue reading “This is the 1 gadget you need for introducing solids”

Why I Quit Baby-Led Weaning

Get the scoop on baby-led weaning – the good, the bad, and the very, very messy.

First off: I’m not a baby-feeding expert. I only have one baby, and he’s only 9 months old so we’re still trying things out.

My only qualifications thus far are:

1) I did read the book and tried Baby Led Weaning for at least a month. I have also fed purees so I can compare the methods.

2) My child is basically a goat who will eat anything I put in his mouth, so I probably haven’t messed up too badly so far with introducing solids.

3) I’m super lazy so you know anything I recommend is going to be easy and low-maintenance.  Continue reading “Why I Quit Baby-Led Weaning”

The Lazy Mama’s Do’s & Don’ts of Exclusive Pumping

Exclusive secrets to making exclusive pumping easier, cheaper, and all-around less sucky.

Before jumping in, a small disclaimer: I kinda fell ass-backward into exclusive pumping. I am not one of those wonderfully disciplined moms who tracks output and feeding volume and wet diapers in a tidy Excel spreadsheet (partially due to my complete and utter ineptitude at Excel).

I started pumping as a temporary solution to some breastfeeding issues, and just kind of… kept doing it. I think I was secretly hoping that I wouldn’t succeed so that I would have a “legitimate” excuse to quit, but my boobs had other plans. I also started pumping after 6 weeks of exclusive and *cough* enthusiastic breastfeeding, so my supply was already well established when I switched to the pump. There is a ton of great information about how to establish a milk supply, but that’s something I don’t have any experience with, so seek ye wisdom elsewhere on that.

This is the corner-cutting, time-saving, energy-efficient, ain’t-nobody-got-time-for-that guide to pumping, so proceed accordingly.  Continue reading “The Lazy Mama’s Do’s & Don’ts of Exclusive Pumping”