Ditching the Idea of "Self-" in Self-Soothing Babies!!
Carrying our Babies Towards Easier Parenting
Fun fact! Your baby simply doesn’t have the brain architecture available to “self-soothe” for many years.
I know, this sounds absolutely off the wall as we navigate a culture expecting our babies to be independent, to eat quickly and efficiently, to sleep alone and to generally not need us very much. Your baby’s brain is growing every day, especially in the early months.
Kids dealing with power and control at school...
As I have journeyed through mothering three children, attending many births as a doula, supporting families as a gentle parenting coach, and eventually becoming a busy IBCLC, I have realized that one single skill has made its way into each of my personal and professional toolkits. Babywearing.
Feeding babies at night is OK, regardless of what doctors might say!
I’ve been reflecting on a response to a facebook post about teachers needing sensitivity training. I had to think on it... I would love to create a safe bubble around my babies forever, but its just becoming less and less realistic. They are starting to experience all sorts of harshness, unreasonable boundaries and expectations, cruel reactions and moments of true power imbalance. And I'm no longer there.
Someone recently asked about the nighttime breastfeeding needs of their 8-month old... their doctor let them know that at 8 months, feeding at night isn't needed and not nutritious. Even though we know better, this messaging is still coming from medical professionals..