Sunday, August 7, 2011

Sunday Surf: World Breastfeeding Week celebration

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

In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, I'm wrapping up with the breastfeeding bloghop linky chock full of breastfeeding posts for you to read!
Before that, I'll share just a few links in particular. We've got information on the history and purpose of WBW on Natural Parents Network.

We also have good news. Dionna of Code Name: Mama, Kelly of Becoming Crunchy, and I were interviewed by Voice of America about breastfeeding support, NPN, and communicating about World Breastfeeding Week.

You can listen to the interview on the VOA site as well as read a basic transcript of the recording.

I've always said I had a face for radio.

A portion of my babbling, with the "uh"s removed:

Her friend, Lauren Wayne, had a very different experience. She says there was no such help in the hospital where she gave birth to her first child, four years ago.

“There was a nurse there who was very passionate, but misinformed about breast feeding," Wayne says. "She convinced us to feed him formula. We got a rough start there. Fortunately, I had a midwife who came to visit me at home once we were out of hospital. She was able to get us back into a very good breastfeeding relationship.”

For Wayne, there is nothing is better than breastfeeding.

“It’s the easiest way. I don’t have to sterilize bottles and worry about the right temperature. I’m also able to nurse at night and not really wake up, my baby just can sleep with me. It’s made me close to my 4-year old. It’s been a good way to connect.”

Reducing nighttime breastfeeding without night weaning

Thank you also to Dionna for a fabulous and timely guest post on gentle ways to reduce night nursing for older nurslings. If you need help cutting down access to the breast and ending twiddling behaviors, whether because of pregnancy discomfort or lack of sleep for one or both of you, check it out! (And happy birthday, Dionna!)


I've been so glad to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week with Natural Parents Network! It's been such an inspiring week, filled with posts informing, empowering, and inspiring — and building the community necessary to give breastfeeding parents the support they need.

If you still have breastfeeding posts to link up, feel free — it will stay open for a few more days. Enjoy reading, commenting on, and sharing the posts collected here and on Natural Parents Network.

(Visit NPN for the code to place on your blog.)


I've created an ongoing linky for natural parenting giveaways to draw attention to giveaways we all love: cloth diapers, breastfeeding supplies, green cleaning products, and other delights.

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!

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, Anktangle (happy birthday!), 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!


Unknown said...

Thanks for the happy birthday! =)

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