Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Picking the Right Books for Your Baby

Reading is very important to me...I am an English teacher after all...and I wanted to read to my son right away. I know how important it is for my son to be exposed to language from the very beginning and that the first years of his life he will learn more than in the rest of his years combined...needless to say I want to get him started on the right foot.

In my research to understand what the best kind of literature for my son is I came across this really awesome website that seemed to put things into perspective for me. After reading this article we were off to Barnes and Noble for a fun shopping trip!

Early Moments is a company that offers children's book clubs. I didn't opt for the book club at this time but will consider using them when my little guy is a bit older.

http://www.earlymoments.com/Promoting-Literacy-and-a-Love-of-Reading/Benefits-of-Reading-to-Babies/

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Some Articles to Support Mama's in their Breastfeeding Endeavors

Breastfeeding is not easy. It is uncomfortable, at times painful, time consuming, and socially complicated. In the world that we live in today there is very little respect for a Mama who chooses to breastfeed publicly. There are angry looks, rude comments, and those who will ask you to go somewhere else or cover up. Since breastfeeding is not easy the negative pressure from society does not encourage a Mama to keep on keeping on when times get tough. We are already giving so much up to be Mama's why banish us and isolate us further? I have felt many times since my son was born that because I have chosen to breastfeed I must either stay home, where I can't offend anyone (except my mother-in-law when she comes to visit), rush around like a mad women in the brief time I have between feedings, pump and carry milk around with me along with bottles, or hide in my car (which in southern CA is simply not the safest choice).

Here are some articles I have read that helped me feel supported and comforted when things got difficult and I felt like I didn't have public support. We have to stand firm and continue to nourish our children in the way that is best for them- by breastfeeding them. If we stand together then we are not alone.

Breastfeeding as Worship- a look at the Christian faith 
"What if we, the Church, declared that the act of breastfeeding reveals God's glory?  What if went so far as to say that because it invites communion with the Creator, because it glorifies Him, and because it speaks volumes about the Sustainer of Life, that breastfeeding is a beautiful act of worship . . . an act of worship to be honored, not hidden; an act of worship to be encouraged, not embarrassed of?"
http://www.sortacrunchy.net/sortacrunchy/2011/08/breastfeeding-as-worship.html

A Practical Solution to Nursing in Public
http://sortacrunchy.typepad.com/sortacrunchy/2010/05/a-practical-solution-for-nursing-in-public.html

Celebrate National Breastfeeding Month
http://blog.christianitytoday.com/women/2010/08/celebrate_national_bfeeding_mo.html

Religion and Breastfeeding- a look from the Jewish faith
“Breastfeeding is more than milk,” Padwa says. “It’s a mother’s love in liquid form.” But a careful reading suggests it’s even more—far from immodest, it’s a natural extension of God’s overflowing, nurturing love.
http://www.breastfeed.com/nursing-mothers-life/breastfeeding-religion

Lactivism and Public Breastfeeding- a look at Victoria Secret and their response to breastfeeding
"Satan hates what is natural and good. He loves what is unnatural and evil. When we look at breastfeeding in this context, it makes perfect sense that our society does not object to public displays of breasts when they are in the context of sexuality. Men love to be able to walk past Victoria’s Secret and to see vivid images of other women displaying their near-perfect bodies. But in the context of something that is natural and good, such as a woman nursing her baby, breasts are somehow repulsive. We have exchanged the natural for the unnatural. And I guess we must like it that way."
http://www.challies.com/articles/lactivism-and-public-breastfeeding

Breastfeeding: Join the Boob-olution!

Her.meneutics: Breastfeeding in Church, and Other Petty Crimes

What a great article.


Her.meneutics: Breastfeeding in Church, and Other Petty Crimes