Cold Feet in the Morning

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I can’t believe that Penelope will be 4 soon.  Where has the time gone?  I mean, it’s been a well lived and full 4 years, I have done my darnedest to be present and live each moment to the fullest with her.  Experiencing loss sure makes you appreciate every second with the one you’ve got.… [read more]

Placenta Encapsulation

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Last year I took a certification course from Full Circle Encapsulation and learned how to encapsulate placentas. I had no intention of doing it for a living, but I am so glad I got the information.  I feel that information about placentas is really a lost art and I am thrilled to be a part… [read more]

From Maiden to Mother eCourse is HERE!!


I know that I was put on this planet to help mamas and babies. No matter what I have done that last past 15 years, it has been some sort of manifestation of helping mamas and babies. And now, I am pleased to announce that the From Maiden to Mother eCourse is here! **UPDATE** Course… [read more]

Sharing Immunities through Breastfeeding


I was recently sick with a nasty stomach bug. I worried my daughter would get it, especially since she had something similar a month or so before. As bad as I felt being sick myself, it was much more horrible to watch her little body go through it. It was definitely something I don’t want… [read more]

Amazing, Delicious, Gluten-Free Lactation Cookies

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When I was pumping, I did everything known to man to increase my supply because I was gifted with the life experience of having to exclusively pump for my daughter in order to breastfeed her. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the M+BL breastfeeding archives to learn about my daughter, Penelope, and… [read more]

Mom, You Lied About Breastfeeding

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“You’re going to love nursing your baby,” my mom told me as we folded tiny blue onesies and waited for my first child to decide it was time to emerge from the cozy womb. “There’s nothing like it. It’s so special. You bond so much as you breastfeed and it’s wonderful to watch your baby… [read more]

Maiden to Mother Ebook ReLaunch!


This eBook has been a labor of love and I am pumped to share the revised and updated version with you today!  A new cover and a totally redesigned layout, making it easier to read and way prettier to look at it! If you are trying to conceive, pregnant or a new mom – then… [read more]

Is Your Breast Milk Good Enough?

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The short answer:  Yes and no. There has been hot debate on the internets these last few weeks about the quality of a woman’s breastmilk. Breastfeeding advocates got up in arms, guns blazing at some things that a Real Food and Village Green Network (VGN) blogger said as well as what Sally Fallon, founder of… [read more]

The Most Important Post Partum Skill-Nursing Lying Down

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One of the most important post partum skills to learn is how to nurse laying down.  I remember when Penelope was about 6 months old, a friend had just had a baby and I went over to drop off a meal.  While I was there I was able to help her with breastfeeding and taught… [read more]

Bottlenursing My Toddler


Today’s post is written by Cassandra about the ingenious idea of bottlenursing, where she set up a routine that mimics breastfeeding in every non-nutritive aspect and allowed for the bond with her daughter to grow and flourish in the most basic of ways.  I did bottlenursing with my daughter for the first 5 months of her life until… [read more]

How To Increase Your Milk Supply


As most of you know Penelope and I were gifted with the breastfeeding equivalent of the perfect storm. It took us five months to be able to get Penelope to latch on and nurse.  And it was and is only comfort nursing, but I am extremely grateful for that.  By the time she was 10 months old… [read more]

Breastfeeding a Toddler


This is picture of Penelope nursing in the middle of her 2nd Birthday party, she got a little overwhelmed at times and knew the safest spot to reconnect. I originally imagined this post planned to be a how-to, but then it seemed kind of silly.  There is a ton of information about it online already… [read more]

Nursies When the Sun Shines


Nursies When the Sun Shines, a book about night weaning, was sent to me by the author (who also has a very cute blog) to review, early in the summer.  I started thinking about night weaning back then, but only in the last month or so, did I really get the courage to get serious… [read more]

Why Penelope Couldn’t Nurse


Yesterday, I started typing up this blog post and by the time I stopped to take a breath, it was almost book length.  It is far too much information for one blog post.  I really think our full story deserves to be told in book form.  How that is going to happen, I am not… [read more]



HUTH is code for Hanging Up the Horns. I had no idea what this acronym meant until I became an Exclusive Pumper, also known as an EPer. Never in a million years, would I have guessed that this would be the card I was dealt. For me, not being able to breastfeed like normal, was… [read more]

This Moment: Bottle AND Boob


This pictures speaks very clearly to what my breastfeeding relationship with Penelope has been like. The bottle is in focus and me and Penelope are in the background, slightly out of focus. I love how you can see me doing hand compressions. If I want to her to get milk, this is what I have… [read more]