Mother Matters
Being Present
mothering

Being Present

Life is busy.  Especially for mothers of young babies.   It can be easy to feel overwhelmed and frustrated at the chores, errands, phone calls, appointments and small tasks that require attention but seem impossible to get to.   Many of us come to mothering straight from ...

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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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Helping Slow Labours
labour

Helping Slow Labours

Helping Slow Labours by Lenore Kilmartin Labours that progress slowly can be challenging.  Nothing is wrong.  It's just taking time for the baby to move down.  So how to help things along? First and foremost, stay encouraged.  Especially first-time labouring women.  ...

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The Baby-Moon
postpartum

The Baby-Moon

The Baby-Moon by Lenore Kilmartin Finally...you are home with your new baby.   You have given birth and now the important task of getting to know your baby is at hand.  You are exhilarated but tired, excited but slightly anxious.  How will you manage?  Will you ...

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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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Motherhood Lessons
mothering

Motherhood Lessons

Motherhood Lessons... by Lenore Kilmartin “Being a Mother is not about what you gave up to have a child, but what you’ve gained from having one.” ~unknown Old houses work fine…so do used cars, second­-hand clothes, inexpensive foods like beans and lentils, dented tins, bruised apples and ...

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