Sunday, July 31, 2011

Sunday Surf: Kicking off World Breastfeeding Week

Welcome to the Sunday Surf! Here are some of the best links I've read this past week.

breastfeeding Skinies cami and dress at wedding
A quiet nursing moment during the wedding festivities
We went on our first trip as a family of four this weekend. We kept it small: a road-and-ferry trip to a friend's wedding that brought us about four hours away, and a night in a cabin. Still, it was on bunk beds, so that counts for something.

And here we are, back in one piece! (Or, I guess, four pieces. It's not like we accidentally got melded together on the road.)

Enjoy some links, then!

via on 7/30/11
I was trying to think of what I wanted to say about the new no-kids ban in that restaurant, and then I thought: I'll just wait till someone I like says something clever. Procrastination pays off. This is a parody making a favorite point of mine (that if it were any other group banned, we would all rightly be up in arms about the discrimination), and here's a sarcastic post for further reading: Love 'em both. For those who don't like kids being out in public, I keep thinking: You know, you can choose (usually) not to HAVE kids, but what you can't choose is that you WERE a kid once. So be nice. And that's about all I have to say.

via on 7/29/11
Really thought this guest post on relative adoption from the side of the birth mother was so interesting. Read more from Jorje on the topic at her own blog, too:

via on 7/29/11
Great defense of why asking breastfeeding mothers to "just" cover up when nursing in public is not at all simple or advisable. I was also shocked at the author's own NIP-confrontation story: Check out how covered she is in her picture — and yet she was still asked to move along!

Thank you! Another passionate voice for rear facing kids in cars as long as possible (which is to the limits of the car seat). Cars are astonishingly dangerous for kids. Rear facing saves lives!
If something is shown to be 500% safer than something else, and proven to save 92 out of 100 lives, why would you not do the safer thing?

World Breastfeeding Week

Enjoy breastfeeding-related posts here this week as well as on Natural Parents Network.

Feel free to link up your own breastfeeding posts on our bloghop linky, enjoy the ones listed there, and paste the code on your own blog to encourage the conversation. Happy WBW!

Submit to the August Carnival of Natural Parenting

Carnival of Natural Parenting -- Hobo Mama and Code Name: MamaWrite for the August Carnival of Natural Parenting — submissions are due this Tuesday night, August 2, on the topic of Creating With Kids. Tell us how you and your little ones make messes and masterpieces.

Carnival round-up

Speaking of carnivals, I've created a linky page for blog carnivals of relevance to natural parents: Natural parenting blog carnivals

You can enter upcoming carnivals to the list, or take note of the submission deadlines so you can write in community with likeminded parents.

Submissions to the linky are moderated (to make sure carnivals are relevant) and will be removed as the live dates pass so it will keep (mostly) up to date. I'll leave carnivals up at least a bit past the live date so you have time to surf on over, as I've been enjoying doing.

Visit Natural Parents Network

From Natural Parents Network in a week on Ecological Responsibility


I've created a new ongoing linky for natural parenting giveaways to draw attention to relevant giveaways. Instead of being lost in the bigger giveaway linky lists, jumbled in with products that don't speak to our lifestyles or values, your giveaways can shine in this list tailored to attachment parents interested in a natural lifestyle. It will also help highlight the "little-guy" prizes: products from WAHMs and Etsy shops, self-published books, and unique and niche offerings.

If you're a natural parenting blogger and are hosting a giveaway, enter it in the linky! Please note that entries are moderated, so it will take time for your submission to appear.

And if you're a natural parent, go check out the full list of giveaways to see what you can win!

There's also a Facebook page for giveaways by parenting bloggers created by Jennifer of Hybrid Rasta Mama. If you "like" the page, you can promote your own giveaways there as well or find out about new ones.

Here are the current giveaways around here:

You can find more shared items during the week at my public Google Reader recommendations feed.

Check out Authentic Parenting, Baby Dust Diaries, Navelgazing, Momma Jorje, I Thought I Knew Mama, Enjoy Birth, A Domesticated Woman's Adventures (various), Fabulous Mama Chronicles, Kelly Hogaboom (Fridays), The Parent Vortex (weekends), Ichigo Means Strawberry, TouchstoneZ, Hippie Housewife (Saturdays), Multiple Musings, Motherhood Moments, Mama and Baby Love, and A Little Bit of All of It for more Sunday Surfing! (If you also participate in a regular link list, whether on Sunday or not, let me know and I'll add your link.)

Feel free to add your recommendations in the comments. Happy reading!


Momma Jorje said...

Thanks for the link-up. I'm liking your new style of SS, too. Looks like we definitely read some of the same stuff this week, too. But that shouldn't be surprising. :-)

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