Mother Matters
Starting Solids
solids, breastfeeding

Starting Solids

Starting Solids by Lenore Kilmartin. The dog waits patiently, lying under the table, eyes fixated on your hand as you move peas from the high-chair tray to your mouth.  I watch you in wonder, amazed at your ability to feed yourself.  You are determined and focused as you work  to ...

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Dear Mother in the Park
breastfeeding, mothering

Dear Mother in the Park

Dear Mother in the Park... by Lenore Kilmartin You will never know how glad I am to have spent time with you today.  I haven't met anyone like you before.   I hope you didn't notice me staring at you.  I wasn't meaning to be rude.  In fact, just the opposite.  ...

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Breastfeeding Simplified
breastfeeding, mothering

Breastfeeding Simplified

Breastfeeding Simplified... by Lenore Kilmartin. How did something so natural become so complicated?  We give birth, our bodies produce breastmilk, and our babies grow and thrive while nursing at our breast.  The process hasn't changed since the beginning of time.  But something ...

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Birth-day Celebrations
breastfeeding, mothering

Birth-day Celebrations

It's Canada's birthday today.  So much to be grateful for... we live in a beautiful, welcoming, baby-friendly country and breastfeeding is embraced by the majority of new parents.  Sure, it's not perfect, and there is lots of room for improvement (breastfeeding rates decrease ...

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Babies and Time
breastfeeding, mothering

Babies and Time

Babies and time... by Lenore Kilmartin Dishes are piled high and items are scattered about the house...a sweater here, a receiving blanket there.   Dust gathers on the coffee table.  A cup of coffee and half-eaten bagel sit  forgotten, cold and unappetizing.  Bills, ...

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Baby, what makes you cry?
mothering, breastfeeding

Baby, what makes you cry?

Baby, what makes you cry?  I am right here, in the other room, steps away from you.  Mama  hasn't left you.  But you don't know that, do you?  You think that I have disappeared, and that I may never come back, permanently gone from you.   Without me, your world ...

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Postpartum Reality
breastfeeding, mothering, postpartum

Postpartum Reality

Postpartum Reality by Lenore Kilmartin How can any first-time mother possibly know what the postpartum period will be like?  There really is no way to mentally prepare for the change a new baby brings.   No book, no class, no friend can truly describe the reality of life with a ...

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Learning to Mother Through Breastfeeding
breastfeeding, mothering

Learning to Mother Through Breastfeeding

Learning to Mother Through Breastfeeding... by Lenore Kilmartin After months and months of preparation, anticipation and some trepidation, you’ve done it!  You’ve birthed your baby.  You’ve welcomed your little one into the world and you are beginning your mothering journey. You gaze ...

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A Natural Continuum
breastfeeding, sleep

A Natural Continuum

A Natural Continuum... by Lenore Kilmartin “Breastfeeding again…is she really still hungry?”  “Don’t you ever put that baby down?  You’re going to spoil her.”  “Your baby sleeps where?  In your bed?   You’ll never get her out of there.”  And so it goes… ...

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Babies and the Holidays
breastfeeding, holidays

Babies and the Holidays

Babies and the Holidays… by Lenore Kilmartin The tree is decorated, presents are wrapped, special treats are waiting to be placed on the festive plates…and baby is crying, and grizzly, and clingy… Guess what? It’s the holiday season ­ a favourite time of year for almost ...

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