December 29, 2011

Before you read this post be sure to catch Ecological Breastfeeding Part IPart II and Part III

I know mothers who follow all of the ecological breastfeeding standards except the two that we are going to talk about today.  And guess what?  They don’t benefit from the same blessings that following the entire plan give.  Of course, following five of these principles rather than none is definitely a good thing, but you and your child are still missing out on ecological breastfeeding and the gifts it can give your family.

So, I ask that today you keep an open mind.  Don’t immediately disregard this phenomenal method of parenting your baby until you have heard all the facts.  I know that many people will read the next two standards and think “There’s no way I’m ever doing that.”  But just wait, make an informed decision; you owe it not only to your child but to yourself as well.

Standard #4: Sleep with your baby for night feedings.

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December 24, 2011

Jake and I decided early on in our marriage that we wanted to celebrate all twelve days of the Christmas season.  We loved the idea of being able to relax a little more on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, toning down the presents and lifting up Christ.  It’s not that we wouldn’t exchange gifts just that, with twelve days at our disposal, it would be much easier for the gifts to be a very small part of our Christmas traditions.

Also, as a soon-to-be pastor’s family, we knew that the Advent leading up to Christmas would be a hectic time, not a time of rest.  Since Christmas Day itself will likely be a work day, having the rest of the season as a family would be important.  This is our first real year in “Church work” mode.  Jake is a vicar rather than just a student, so he’s actually in the thick of it as far as working alongside Pastor this Christmas.  And I’m so glad we have our twelve days…

Tonight there are two Christmas services, one at 5:30 and one at 7:30.  If we...

December 20, 2011

Like I promised… I am finally getting around to Part III of my Ecological Breastfeeding Series.  If you haven’t yet, read Part I and Part II first.

Today I wanted to talk about the 2nd and 3rd Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding.

Standard #2: Pacify or comfort your baby at your breasts.

Some people may be surprised to find that nursing is not just for nutrition.  Babies are naturally comforted by nursing.  The sucking motion helps to relieve tension, and the closeness of the baby to his mother encourages a feeling of safety.  Some may already know this but think that breastfeeding for comfort is dangerous, or a bad habit, and that you should only feed your child when he is hungry.  

There are some misconceptions about this and, I think, it is mostly confusion caused by the widespread use of bottles as a substitute for a mother’s breast.  One of the biggest concerns is that if you nurse for comfort your child will learn that eating is for comfort, which will lead...

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