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Dial down the breastfeeding judgment: Nursing someone else’s toddler is not “just wrong”

<b>(Dmytro Vietrov via Shutterstock)</b><p>A photo of a mom with her “milk siblings” causes an online uproar<p>Mary Elizabeth Williams<p>August 12, 2015 7:33pm (UTC)<p>Our simultaneously prudish and T&A-obsessed culture has a hard enough time accepting the idea of women using their breasts to feed their own children. …

A Guide to Breastfeeding in Public With Confidence

August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, and we just wrapped up World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7). I hope you have seen some positive discussions about breastfeeding, but unfortunately, it's likely that you've also seen comments sexualizing and stigmatizing mothers who choose to …

Target’s Updated Breastfeeding Policy Turning Mothers’ Heads All Around The Country

Updates to the Target’s employee handbook have caught the attention of mothers and breastfeeding advocates everywhere. According to the <i>Bump</i>, the …

Readers Reveal: Surprising Ways Life Changes When You Become a Parent

You know your date nights will be numbered and you're going to lose sleep, but what about the changes you don't hear about every day? We asked our Facebook fans to tell it like it is; here, we share their best answers.<p>"Strange as it may sound, one overpowering new feeling I had when I had my first …

Visceral

Safe or Not? 10 Household Items Toddlers Love to Play With

Your toddler loves to climb into cardboard boxes, chew on your car keys, and squeeze lotion bottles. But could any of these (or other) household items be dangerous?<p>You did your research and bought your toddler the best toys for his development -- they're toxin-free, fair trade, and age-appropriate. …

Kids

Sleep Training: You Do What's Best for Your Family, I'll Do What's Best for Mine

If there's one topic that gets parents riled up more than any other, it's the issue of sleep training. That's right... I'm broaching the topic of sleep training.<p>I'm clearly up for a fight, right?<p>Let me be clear from the outset that I'm not a person who likes controversy. I shy away from it every …

Stop Calling It Morning Sickness

The trouble with morning sickness is that it's usually treated one of two ways: as a trivial (even amusing) rite of pregnancy passage, or as the potentially life-threatening condition hyperemesis gravidarum, which can land women in the hospital for dehydration (as was the case with Kate …

Toddler Food Guide: When to Introduce New Foods

Certain foods have the potential to cause allergies and choking hazards, so be careful when giving them to your little ones as they age.<p>Introducing your child to new foods can seem risky, but rest assured that most foods are toddler-safe. "Toddlers can eat all the foods from all the basic food …

Parenting

13 Sort-of-Crazy Things All Moms Do

Warning: If you're not a mom yet but want to have kids down the road, this list may terrify you.<p>Motherhood is like a little club—once you’re in it, you get it. While it’s mostly full of cuddles and laughter, side effects include some totally weird habits that you never would have entertained before …

What Happens to a Woman's Brain When She Becomes a Mother

From joy and attachment to anxiety and protectiveness, mothering behavior begins with biochemical reactions.<p>The artist Sarah Walker once told me that becoming a mother is like discovering the existence of a strange new room in the house where you already live. I always liked Walker's description …

Controversial Paper Suggests Wi-Fi Exposure More Dangerous To Kids Than Previously Thought

Most parents would be concerned if their children had significant exposure to lead, chloroform, gasoline fumes, or the pesticide DDT. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IRIC), part of the United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO), classifies these and more than 250 other agents …

World Health Organization

Kids, Allergies And A Possible Downside To Squeaky Clean Dishes

Could using a dishwashing machine increase the chances your child will develop allergies? That's what some provocative new research suggests — but don't tear out your machine just yet.<p>The study involved 1,029 Swedish children (ages 7 or 8) and found that those whose parents said they mostly wash …

'Doodle Diary Of A New Mom' Shows What Nobody Tells You About The First Year Of Parenthood

When Scottish illustrator Lucy Scott became a mom, she started doodling some of her daily parenting battles. "I wanted to document the tough bits, the things nobody told me about, the stuff that you don’t read about in parenting books," she told The Huffington Post. "The truth is, it was a …

So Cute: Babies Love to Hear Each Other Babble

Sure, your baby loves to hear your high-pitched coos and murmurs—and engaging in such baby talk with your wee one is actually good for her.<p>But new research from McGill University found that your infant is more likely to be interested in the sound of another baby — even before she's able to babble …

Parenting

Here's What First-Time Moms Should Know About Breastfeeding

All praise nipple cream.<p>They had a lot of great and smart wisdom to share. Here is some of their advice for new moms:<p>"I am a huge proponent of breastfeeding, but that being said...it doesn't fit everyone's lifestyle. <b>The most important thing is to feed your baby in the manner that best fits you and</b> …

Watch This 9-Month Pregnancy Fly By in 90 Seconds

Evan Kafka for TIME<p>Photo-illustration by Evan Kafka for TIME<p>Photo-illustration by Evan Kafka for TIME<p>Photo-illustration by Evan Kafka for TIME<p>Evan …

Pregnancy

These Illustrations Celebrate the Beauty of Parenthood

Naava Katz is a mother and artist whose illustrations capture the "beauty in the details" of life as a new parent. Though she's been drawing all her life, it wasn't until after she had her children that she discovered a new love for illustrating the journey of parenthood.<p>As new mothers, we are …

The Mesh Underwear and Other Things Your Friends Forget to Tell You About Childbirth

I was about eight months pregnant when I asked a girlfriend of mine to share a list of things she found to be essential for her delivery hospital bag. She was on her third pregnancy and seemed to be a pro at that point. She and I would meet at the gym once or twice a week to chat and waddle on …

Why I've Stopped Judging First-Time Moms

Dear First-Time Moms,<p>I have a confession to make. It's not something I'm proud of, but here it is: sometimes I think you're silly for being so uptight about your kids.<p>It's not that I haven't been in your shoes. I remember when I, too, had just one. I wanted so badly to be a perfect mom. To have a …

The Dangerous Game of the Feeding Interval Obsession

Some how, some where, new mothers got the message that the gap between when a baby stops a breastfeed and the time they start to need another one …

18 Reasons Why Doctors and Lawyers Homeschool Their Children

By KATHLEEN BERCHELMANN, M.D | ChildrensMD<p>I’m going public today with a secret I’ve kept for a year—my husband and I are homeschooling our children. …

Science says parents of successful kids have these 9 things in common

And while there isn't a set recipe for raising successful children, psychology research has pointed to a handful of factors that predict success.<p>Unsurprisingly, much of it comes down to the parents.<p>Here's what parents of successful kids have in common:

7 Apps to Help You Get Stuff Done Around the House

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Smartwatches

10 Things You Shouldn't Do To Your Children That You Think Are Acts of Love

A dysfunctional family is more than disagreement or constant arguments. Anything from plain neglect, to abuse and even verbal and physical violence …

Self-help

Worst Baby Sleep Advice Ever

<b>“I was told to keep my baby up during the day by poking her feet when she falls asleep, so she can sleep through the night.” —_ Amanda_</b><p>Baby is going …

Moms Bare Post-Baby Bodies In Photos That Speak Honestly About Motherhood

<b>‘Divine Mothering’</b> is a personal project by Kaiserslautern, Germany-based photographer Liliana Taboas that aims to celebrate real postpartum …

The utter uselessness of parent-shaming

I was on my way to my favourite shop in all the land, Lidl, when a woman in the street started yelling at me about my lack of parenting skills.<p>You …

Parenting

Reluctant confessions of a happy mother (also titled: No, having a child isn’t worse than divorce)

Before having a baby, I read the doomsday articles and considered myself forewarned. I knew that parenthood would be challenging, exhausting and promised no immediate gratification. When I found out I was pregnant, I braced myself, expecting a few very tough and unhappy years ahead.<p>At the risk of …