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Rack 'Em and Stack 'Em Print E-mail
Friday, 22 June 2007

You know how, when you have a second child, you think about how much money you’ll save because you’ll be able to use all your old stuff again?

Ok, set that thought aside for a second and think about this: remember how, when you stopped nursing your first child, you swore you’d gleefully burn all your nursing bras, so much did you hate those stretched-out, fugly, sour milk-stained things?

See where I’m going with this?


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Things I Forgot About Nursing Print E-mail
Monday, 18 June 2007

Let me start with the one thing I DIDN’T forget about nursing: at first, it hurts. And all those books that talk about the joy and peace and easiness of nursing forget to mention that fact. I’d even go so far as to say that most of those books actually make it sound like you’re doing something wrong if it hurts. And sure, there’s lots that can go wrong that causes nursing to be painful. But I have yet to meet a woman who didn’t go through a week of sore, cracked nipples with a newborn, proper latch or not.

So believe me, I was prepared for the pain, since I’d vowed the first time around to never forget that tidbit. But there was plenty about nursing I didn’t remember, including:


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Double Whammy Print E-mail
Friday, 01 June 2007

Two things:

1. Colic

2. Mastitis

Let the good times roll!


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A Surprise Ending Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 December 2006

I think Maddie’s weaned, and it just sort of happened.

For the past few months Maddie has been pretty much weaned anyway; she’s been only nursing to go to bed, and then if she wakes up crying in the middle of the night. She’d been a rather good sleeper this fall, so it was only a nursing once or twice a month in the wee hours.


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Second Guessing Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 September 2006

So all jokes about weaning plans aside, I did something “unscheduled” recently.

I weaned Maddie off of her nap nursing, cold turkey.

I’ve been wanting to let Maddie wean naturally – lose interest, transition to other rituals, etc. But with a vacation looming (read – no guarantee of ritual availability) it seemed prudent to make sure Maddie didn’t need to nurse to go down for a nap.

So last Monday, I went through everything up to the nursing, hugged her tightly, and put her in her crib.

She started wailing, of course, looking at me with confusion, betrayal, and hurt. At least, that’s what it looked like to my mommy eyes.

Whereas she used to be put in her crib still awake and go to sleep without a fuss, she rolled over, stood up, and ran screaming towards the door where Mommy was beating a cowardly retreat. I stood outside the door and began watching the clock.



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