February Carnival of Natural Parenting

Wel­come to the Feb­ru­ary Car­ni­val of Nat­ur­al Par­ent­ing: Par­ent­ing Essen­tials

This post was writ­ten for inclu­sion in the month­ly Car­ni­val of Nat­ur­al Par­ent­ing host­ed by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our par­tic­i­pants have shared the par­ent­ing essen­tials that they could not live with­out. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the oth­er car­ni­val par­tic­i­pants.


I can­not imag­ine par­ent­ing with­out my instincts.

It seems that every­where we look, there is some­one align­ing a par­tic­u­lar par­ent­ing prac­tice or belief with a label.  Are you a breast­feed­er?  Bot­tle feed­er?  Work­ing mom?  Stay at home mom?  Attach­ment par­ent?  A Baby­wis­er?  The labels go on and on.  Each label can lead to assump­tions about oth­er par­ent­ing beliefs and prac­tices that “go with” a par­tic­u­lar deci­sion.

Those labels and assump­tions don’t work for me.  I have three chil­dren, and I have made dif­fer­ent deci­sions with each child based on each of my sons’ indi­vid­ual needs.  Through­out our par­ent­ing jour­ney, my hus­band and I have main­tained our belief in respond­ing to each child’s needs with sen­si­tiv­i­ty and allow­ing each child to be respect­ed and main­tain dig­ni­ty espe­cial­ly in their more dif­fi­cult moments.  How­ev­er, each of our sons has had a dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ty and dif­fer­ent needs.  Breast­feed­ing, cosleep­ing, and nur­tur­ing touch have looked dif­fer­ent with each child.

The beau­ty of nat­ur­al par­ent­ing is that while it encom­pass­es a vari­ety of top­ics and philoso­phies, it isn’t a list of dos and don’ts.  In fact, instead of telling par­ents how to raise their chil­dren, nat­ur­al par­ent­ing holds the phi­los­o­phy that each par­ent knows his/her child best and is the expert on that child.

Being a new par­ent can be hard.  Read­ing all the par­ent­ing books, mag­a­zines, blogs, arti­cles, and columns doesn’t always make life eas­i­er.  In fact, for some peo­ple (like me), it can make par­ent­ing even hard­er.  When I was preg­nant with my first child, I read both Baby­wise and the Baby Whis­per­er on the rec­om­men­da­tions of friends.  As I was read­ing them, I thought they sound­ed like good, man­age­able plans.  I was wor­ried about know­ing what to do when my son was born, and both of these books gave me a (seem­ing­ly) easy to fol­low and (seem­ing­ly) prac­ti­cal plan for par­ent­ing.  Great, right?  Well, appar­ent­ly not for me.  As soon as my son was born, the plans began to fall apart.  We dealt with pre-term birth, jaun­dice, and a sleepy baby who had trou­ble latch­ing.  Almost as soon, I real­ized that those books weren’t going to work for me.  For quite a while (and even once in a while now), I still strug­gle with the feel­ing that I’m not fol­low­ing “the plan.”  I know it’s sil­ly, and I know that it didn’t work for us then, and it wouldn’t work now.  Once in a while, though, I still feel a twinge of doubt about my deci­sions.

Then, I remem­ber what I’ve heard again and again from oth­ers who also choose nat­ur­al par­ent­ing.  “Fol­low your instincts.”  “You know your child/children best.”  “Your body was meant to birth and breast­feed.  Trust your body.  Trust your baby.”  Over and over, I have been reaf­firmed by the nat­ur­al par­ent­ing com­mu­ni­ty in my abil­i­ty to par­ent my chil­dren.  Nat­ur­al par­ent­ing and its empha­sis has sup­port­ed me where tech­niques and plans did not, and it was through nat­ur­al par­ent­ing that I learned that my instincts are good.  I need to trust them in order to par­ent.  With­out them, I would be lost!

This doesn’t mean that I’m per­fect, that I always make the right deci­sion, or that I don’t need any oth­er help.  When those times arise it’s essen­tial to have friends, fam­i­ly, blogs, and resources to con­sult, but in the end it comes back to my instincts.  Hav­ing expe­ri­enced the ben­e­fits of using my instincts to par­ent my child has been invalu­able to me, and I know that as my chil­dren grow and we encounter new expe­ri­ences, chal­lenges, and tri­als I’ll be call­ing on them again and again.


Carnival of Natural Parenting -- Hobo Mama and Code Name: MamaVis­it Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama to find out how you can par­tic­i­pate in the next Car­ni­val of Nat­ur­al Par­ent­ing!

Please take time to read the sub­mis­sions by the oth­er car­ni­val par­tic­i­pants:

  • Not With­out Him — The love Starr at Tak­ing Time shares with her hus­band is the foun­da­tion of her par­ent­ing.
  • I Can­not Imag­ine Par­ent­ing With­out B(.)(.)bs — From an une­d­u­cat­ed dream­er to a breast­feed­ing moth­er of a tod­dler, nurs­ing has for­ev­er changed Kristy at Strings to Things’s rela­tion­ship with her daugh­ter and her out­look on life.
  • Rais­ing a Child in the Inter­net Vil­lage — When Jenn at Mon­key Butt Junc­tion has a ques­tion or con­cern about par­ent­ing, she turns to the Inter­net. What did par­ents do before Google?
  • Part­ner in Crime and Par­ent­ingBethy at Bounce Me to the Moon can’t imag­ine par­ent­ing with­out her husband’s sense of humor — he brings her laugh­ter and love every day.)
  • I Make MilkPat­ti at Jazzy Mama can’t imag­ine try­ing to moth­er her babies with­out her breasts, but she could do it if she had to.
  • New Per­spec­tives Bring New Begin­ningsMJ at Wan­der Won­der Dis­cov­er, who is a for­mer author­i­tar­i­an mam­ma, has gained per­spec­tive via par­ent­ing.
  • Time Out!Mrs. Green at Lit­tle Green Blog explores how time apart can increase your capac­i­ty to give uncon­di­tion­al­ly.
  • Unimag­in­able With­out HimKristi­na at heyred designs is cel­e­brat­ing her amaz­ing part­ner, with­out whom none of her par­ent­ing expe­ri­ence would be pos­si­ble.
  • My Par­ent­ing Neces­si­tyClaire at The Adven­tures of Lac­tat­ing Girl needs “me time” in order to be the Mama she wants to be.
  • Baby­wear­ing As a Way of LifeDar­cel at The Mahogany Way talks about the ben­e­fits of baby­wear­ing in every­day life.
  • Par­ent­ing Part­ner­ship — Some­times Abbie at Farmer’s Daugh­ter doesn’t appre­ci­ate her hus­band enough, but she def­i­nite­ly couldn’t imag­ine par­ent­ing with­out his help.
  • Par­ent­ing Essen­tialsMom­ma Jor­je loves her par­ent­ing prod­ucts, but she needs you even more.
  • My Par­ent­ing Must-Have: Sup­portJoel­la at Fine and Fair wrote a let­ter to her daugh­ter about the role that sup­port from friends and fam­i­ly plays in her moth­er­ing.
  • It’s More Than Just Hair — Think doing hair is full of fluff? Too girly? Use­less? Kar­li from Curly Hair­do Ideas used to think so too.
  • The Min­i­mal­ist Par­ent — The par­ents at Liv­ing Peace­ful­ly with Chil­dren embrace a min­i­mal­ist per­spec­tive when it comes to baby gear. A good sling is all they need.
  • With­out My BreastsCharise at I Thought I Knew Mama can’t imag­ine par­ent­ing with­out her breasts; here’s why.
  • Loves Books, Loves Peo­pleSeon­aid at the Prac­ti­cal Dilet­tante dis­cov­ers that the library is a per­fect fit for her family’s needs.
  • An Ode to the Maya WrapRevMama’s next child might be named Maya, because of her fond­ness for the sling.
  • Avoid­ing the Padded RoomPecky at Ben­ny and Bex is here to tes­ti­fy that it takes a vil­lage to raise a child.
  • My par­ent­ing essen­tials, from Tivo to bat­tery-oper­at­ed mon­strosi­tiesLau­ren at Hobo Mama presents a list of par­ent­ing essen­tials you didn’t even know you need­ed (and prob­a­bly don’t…).
  • Attach­ment Par­ent­ing Through Sep­a­ra­tion: It Makes It a Lit­tle Bet­terJes­si­ca at This Is Worth­while talks about how she couldn’t sur­vive her sep­a­ra­tion with­out attach­ment par­ent­ing and the bond it’s afford­ed her with her 3 year old son.
  • Par­ent­ing Essen­tialsDeb Chit­wood at Liv­ing Montes­sori Now shares the prin­ci­ples she used to par­ent her chil­dren from infants to adults.
  • My Par­ent­ing Essen­tials — The things that are tru­ly essen­tial to Kim at In Des­per­ate Need of Enter­tain­ment aren’t things at all.
  • I’m No One With­out My Sling — How baby car­ry­ing is essen­tial to the par­ent­ing of Jes­si­ca Claire at Crunchy-Chewy Mama.
  • I Can­not Imag­ine Par­ent­ing With­out…Isil at Smil­ing Like Sun­shine talks about what she needs to raise her chil­dren.
  • Feb­ru­ary Car­ni­val of Nat­ur­al Par­ent­ing — Through her expe­ri­ences over the last five and a half years, Casey at Love What Is has dis­cov­ered her most impor­tant tool for par­ent­ing is using her instincts.
  • CNP: I Can­not Imag­ine Par­ent­ing With­out __________.The Art­sy­ma­ma dis­clos­es the one thing that gave her back con­trol of her­self as a par­ent.
  • Laugh Until I Cry — Laugh­ing with her sons keeps Aca­cia at Fin­ger­paint & Super­heroes con­nect­ed and ground­ed.
  • I Can­not Imag­ine Par­ent­ing With­outLusch­ka at Diary of a First Child real­izes what the one thing she can’t imag­ine par­ent­ing with­out is, and it turns out it’s not a thing after all.
  • It Takes Two — Here are a few of the rea­sons why Jenn at Adven­tures Down Under can­not imag­ine par­ent­ing with­out her fab­u­lous hus­band.
  • Stop­ping to Lis­ten — Though it wasn’t easy at first, Knocked Up — Knocked Over can­not imag­ine par­ent­ing her daugh­ter with­out lis­ten­ing first to what she is telling her.
  • The Essence of Par­ent­ing — There are many won­der­ful resources that make life eas­i­er for Michelle at the Par­ent Vor­tex to par­ent, but the essence is the rela­tion­ship between par­ent and child.
  • What I Can­not Live With­outSybil at Mus­ings of a Milk Mak­er con­sid­ers her com­put­er to be a par­ent­ing life­line.
  • True Bless­ings: White Noise and Grand­par­entsKat at Lov­ing {Almost} Every Moment can’t live with­out her white noise machine and the sup­port of her par­ents.
  • The Neces­si­ties! — What “stuff” does a nat­ur­al par­ent like Lily, aka Witch Mom real­ly need? Not much, it turns out.
  • Mama Showed MeMama Mo at Attached at the Nip writes about how par­ent­ing wis­dom is passed on by exam­ple.
  • Ode to the Loo — For Joni Rae at Tales of a Kitchen Witch, the bath­room is her safe place, where she can take a minute to calm down if she is feel­ing touched out.
  • Go, Mama. Go!Andrea!!! at Ella-Bean & Co. has been able to inte­grate her many roles through her get-up-and-go par­ent­ing essen­tial, exer­cise!
  • My Oth­er HalfBecky at Old New Lega­cy real­izes what a relief it is to have her hus­band par­ent along­side her.
  • Grace, Love, and Cof­feeMrsH at Fleet­ing Moments real­izes that life­lines can take the form of the pro­found, or the mun­dane. Both are ok.
  • Sup­port­ive Spouse, Check! — There are so many par­ent­ing tools and gad­gets that are super­flu­ous, but the one essen­tial, for Danielle at born.in.japan, has been her sup­port­ive spouse.
  • Why I’m a Baby­wear­erMered­ith at Becom­ing Mamas reflects on the ways baby­wear­ing has enhanced her mama baby relationship…and made life eas­i­er to boot.
  • It’s Mar­velous Out Here, Kid­do!Rachael at The Var­ie­gat­ed Life can’t imag­ine par­ent­ing in the big city with­out the mar­vels of Prospect Park to share with her Crit­ter.
  • Yes, Thank YouAmy at Ank­tan­gle offers tips on how to ask for and accept help, an essen­tial for suc­cess­ful par­ent­ing.
  • Par­ent­ing Essen­tials Check­list: Mom’s Inner Rebel and Her Kids’ Voic­esOlivia at Write About Birth reflects on rais­ing glob­al cit­i­zens and say­ing no to soci­etal norms.
  • Eco-Mama Online! — An Eco-Mama liv­ing in the moun­tains of a nature island, Ter­ri at Child of the Nature Isle finds it essen­tial to con­nect to nature and to con­nect online.
  • Sor­ry, We Just Sold the Last OneNev at The Adven­tures of Lime con­fess­es she missed out the day they hand­ed out patience.
  • LaughTash­mi­ca at The Moth­er Flip­pin’ Blog reveals her super pow­er, her tal­is­man agains mean mom­my.
  • My Price­less Par­ent­ing Resource — What do books, a mag­a­zine com­mu­ni­ty, my moth­er and the local play­group have in com­mon? Lucy at Dream­ing Aloud tells us…
  • The Gift of Shared TimeTree at Mom Grooves strives to expe­ri­ence the world from her daughter’s per­spec­tive.
  • Fol­low the Gig­glesDion­na at Code Name: Mama can’t live with­out the sound of her child’s gig­gles — come watch her video and you’ll agree!
  • Can I Mom­my With­out Boob?Emi­ly at Crunchy(ish) Mama shares her fears about wean­ing and los­ing part of that the mother/child bond.

CSA- Week 1

Wel­come to the July Car­ni­val of Nat­ur­al Par­ent­ing: Let’s Talk About Food

This post was writ­ten for inclu­sion in the month­ly Car­ni­val of Nat­ur­al Par­ent­ing host­ed by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our par­tic­i­pants have writ­ten about their strug­gles and suc­cess­es with healthy eat­ing. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the oth­er car­ni­val par­tic­i­pants.


**This post was writ­ten on July 5 in prepa­ra­tion for the Car­ni­val of Nat­ur­al Par­ent­ing.

Suc­cess. 🙂

This sum­mer will be a sum­mer of amaz­ing veg­eta­bles in our apart­ment (I hope). Jason and I decid­ed that we would share a com­mu­ni­ty gar­den plot with some friends and also join a CSA (Com­mu­ni­ty Sup­port­ed Agri­cul­ture). Our CSA is from a farm about 40 miles from where we live.  While I would like to give some great rea­sons like grow­ing tech­niques or pest man­age­ment tech­niques for choos­ing this par­tic­u­lar CSA, but that’s not the case.  It was the only one we knew about.  So, we signed up for it.

While I hope one day to be able to rely on my own gar­den as our family’s pri­ma­ry source of sum­mer veg­eta­bles and to be able to store oth­er veg­eta­bles for the rest of the year, it’s a good thing that we are not rely­ing sole­ly on the gar­den for this summer’s veg­eta­bles for a few rea­sons. First, North Dako­ta isn’t exact­ly known for it’s long grow­ing sea­son. Between some late frosts and ear­ly June rain that left our gar­den plot with stand­ing water for quite a while, we only plant­ed our gar­den on June 16th! Sec­ond, we have a 20x20 gar­den, and I’m a novice planter. I didn’t use any sort of space sav­ing meth­ods. I didn’t do a square foot gar­den. My par­ents and I went to the gar­den one night. We made some rows, put down some seeds, and cov­ered them up. Last, if we hadn’t put sticks in at the ends of the rows it would be near­ly impos­si­ble to tell where any of our (tiny) veg­eta­bles were start­ing to grow in the midst of all the grass and weeds. While I’m cur­rent­ly in the process of weed­ing the gar­den by hand, it will be at least anoth­er week of work before I get through all the rows the first time.  To give you some idea of the amount of weeds and grass I am remov­ing, imag­ine a gro­cery bag 3/4 full.  I am about 40% of the way through the gar­den, and I have pulled that many weeds.  Twice.  While I am grate­ful to be able to have a gar­den while liv­ing in a north fac­ing apart­ment, it’s frus­trat­ing to me to spend hours upon hours upon hours pulling hun­dreds of weeds from our plot.

Thus, a few of the rea­sons for the CSA. 🙂 Over the past cou­ple years, Jason and I have also been talk­ing about things we want our chil­dren to know and one of them is where their food comes from. We want them to be able to enjoy eat­ing a vari­ety of fruits and veg­eta­bles and to under­stand how they come to exist. So, in addi­tion to hav­ing a gar­den, we decid­ed to join the CSA. We have been fre­quent­ing our local farmer’s mar­ket more and more, but with our chil­dren being as young as they are (just about 3 and 4 1/2), we weren’t sure they would dif­fer­en­ti­ate between buy­ing broc­coli from a local farmer at a stand and buy­ing it at the store. One of the ben­e­fits of the CSA is that the farm is pret­ty close and the farmer is open to vis­i­tors. At the end of the sum­mer he hosts a potluck at his farm, and he put out an open invi­ta­tion for his CSA mem­bers to make an appoint­ment to come vis­it him. I’m hop­ing we’ll do this at least once.

This week was the first week we received a deliv­ery from our CSA. We picked it up on Wednes­day, and I’m hap­py to say that we ate most of the veg­eta­bles we received! We got a con­tain­er of deli­cious, melt in your mouth straw­ber­ries, a bunch of spinach, a head of let­tuce which I believe was romaine, and a bag of some kind of let­tuce. The straw­ber­ries received imme­di­ate atten­tion from our fam­i­ly. They were gone with­in 2 meals. The romaine (?) was used in sal­ads for Kael, Jason, and myself. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, Asa hasn’t yet come to love sal­ads yet. I’m sure his day is com­ing though. 🙂 The spinach was used to make green smooth­ies which the boys (and Jason and I) love. The oth­er let­tuce was eat­en in both sal­ad and wraps. We didn’t eat all of it though. Tonight, I took it out of the fridge to add to our taco sal­ad and found that the con­den­sa­tion in our fridge had caused it to get limp and slimy. I’ll be work­ing on anoth­er stor­age method for next week’s greens. All in all, I would say our first week of eat­ing from our CSA was a suc­cess. I’m def­i­nite­ly look­ing for­ward to Wednesday’s drop to see what comes in our next box.


Carnival of Natural Parenting -- Hobo Mama and Code Name: MamaVis­it Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama to find out how you can par­tic­i­pate in the next Car­ni­val of Nat­ur­al Par­ent­ing!

Please take time to read the sub­mis­sions by the oth­er car­ni­val par­tic­i­pants:

(This list will be updat­ed July 13 with all the car­ni­val links.)

From Nervous to Normal

Wel­come to the July 2010 Car­ni­val of Nurs­ing in Pub­lic

This post was writ­ten for inclu­sion in the Car­ni­val of Nurs­ing in Pub­lic host­ed by Dion­na and Paige at NursingFreedom.org. All week, July 5–9, we will be fea­tur­ing arti­cles and posts about nurs­ing in pub­lic (“NIP”). See the bot­tom of this post for more infor­ma­tion.

When my old­er son, Kael, was born four and a half years ago, I knew I want­ed to breast­feed him. I knew that it was best for him and for me, and I had some innate desire to do it. Hon­est­ly, I didn’t think once about nurs­ing in pub­lic. I didn’t have a plan for how to han­dle it. I wasn’t con­cerned about it. I wasn’t con­fi­dent either. It just nev­er, not even once, crossed my mind.

When Kael was born four weeks ear­ly, I found that oth­er issues were weigh­ing more heav­i­ly on my mind. Most of my wak­ing thoughts revolved around the fact that he was a sleepy baby with jaun­dice who couldn’t latch. Dur­ing my days in the hos­pi­tal, I had help (?) attempt­ing to get him latched every 3 hours around the clock from the nurs­es on duty. Even­tu­al­ly, he latched but only with the help of a nip­ple shield. But, by that point, I felt like every­one in the hos­pi­tal and maybe in the city had tried to help me breast­feed my son. It seemed as though near­ly all of them had seen me attempt­ing to breast­feed, so I fig­ured at that point I was ready to feed him any­where.

The sec­ond week I was home with Kael, my mom came to stay with us. She was SO sup­port­ive of breast­feed­ing. I’m not sure I can empha­size that enough. She kept telling me, “You’re the mom. You know best. Trust your­self.” So, think­ing back, that is what I remem­ber from her vis­it, but some­how by the end of the week when my dad arrived, I had the impres­sion that I should be using a blan­ket to cov­er Kael while he was eat­ing. I’m not sure what was said or if it was my mom that said it, but some­where in that week, I end­ed up feel­ing like I should do what I could to cov­er myself while breast­feed­ing. Even in my own house!

Between feel­ing like there was some­thing that should be hid­den while breast­feed­ing, hav­ing a baby who strug­gled with latch, and using the nip­ple shield, I end­ed up avoid­ing breast­feed­ing in front of oth­er peo­ple as much as I could for the first few months. How­ev­er, it turned out that Kael was pret­ty coop­er­a­tive with that. He was a very con­sis­tent eater. He ate about every 3 hours for 30–40 min­utes. This made it easy for me to plan my out­ings, because as a mom of a new pre-term baby, I rarely went any­where for longer than three hours. Also, I knew that if he was going to eat, it was going to take a while. Know­ing this, I some­times arrived late or left ear­ly to avoid hav­ing to breast­feed for that long time peri­od in a poten­tial­ly incon­ve­nient place. As he grew, he nursed less and less. I don’t ever remem­ber him ask­ing to breast­feed in a store or restau­rant as he grew.

Then came Asa.

Asa was a com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent nursling and com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent baby. He was born at 40 weeks and 3 days. He latched on pret­ty well, and he ate every hour or so for much of the first six months after he was born.

This was quite a shock to me. I assumed that Kael had been “nor­mal” and that “nor­mal” babies ate on a con­sis­tent and pre­dictable sched­ule. I also had a 20 month old (Kael) who wasn’t crazy about being at home all day each day. That meant that I need­ed to breast­feed where oth­ers might see me. Gulp.

I bought myself some nurs­ing tank tops, and I wore them under anoth­er shirt every day. I made plans, and I took both boys out. And, I breast­fed in pub­lic. Any­where and every­where. It seemed like no mat­ter how well I thought I planned things out, the first thing Asa need­ed when we got any­where was milk. I breast­fed in Sub­way, Applebee’s, the mall, the mall play area, the park, Sam’s Club, the splash park, the gas sta­tion, and every­where else we went.

At first, I felt very awk­ward doing it. I was pret­ty sure most peo­ple around me were look­ing at me, talk­ing about me, or at the very least think­ing about me. Look­ing back, I’m pret­ty sure most of the times I was nurs­ing no one else gave me a sec­ond thought, or maybe not even a first thought!

Over time, I felt less ner­vous and awk­ward while I was nurs­ing. I stopped blush­ing, and it real­ly became as much a part of our rou­tine as nurs­ing at home was. I’m sure I could claim that it was because I just did it more, and I got bet­ter at it. While I’m sure that was a part of it, I know there was at least one oth­er major fac­tor that real­ly helped me feel com­fort­able feed­ing Asa wher­ev­er we were. My friends.

Not only did my friends breast­feed their chil­dren, they did it in pub­lic. They breast­fed at the park, in the mall, at my house, at their hous­es, in stores, in restau­rants, on the bike trail, and every­where in between. They also had chil­dren who were old­er than Asa. I’m sure I had no idea at the time that see­ing oth­er moms nurse their babies while read­ing a book to their tod­dler at the library or see­ing moms nurse their babies while sit­ting at a table in a restau­rant had such a large part in my change in atti­tude about nurs­ing my own chil­dren, but as I look back, I am con­fi­dent that hav­ing such great role mod­els as friends was so impor­tant for me and for Asa.

I have always heard oth­er breast­feed­ing moms encour­age peo­ple to nurse when their babies need to. At one time, I even felt like it was some sort of agen­da. Now, I feel like I am more able to see it for what it is. It’s nor­mal. It’s part of moth­er­ing a breast­fed baby. It’s feed­ing and com­fort­ing. I’m due in Octo­ber with baby num­ber three, and I am not sure if this baby will be more like Kael or more like Asa, but I know that regard­less of his nurs­ing needs, I will be more pre­pared to meet them wher­ev­er we are.

Art by Erika Hastings at http://mudspice.wordpress.com/

Wel­come to the Car­ni­val of Nurs­ing in Pub­lic

Please join us all week, July 5–9, as we cel­e­brate and sup­port breast­feed­ing moth­ers. And vis­it NursingFreedom.org any time to con­nect with oth­er breast­feed­ing sup­port­ers, learn more about your legal right to nurse in pub­lic, and read (and con­tribute!) arti­cles about breast­feed­ing and N.I.P.

Do you sup­port breast­feed­ing in pub­lic? Grab this badge for your blog or web­site to show your sup­port and encour­age oth­ers to edu­cate them­selves about the ben­e­fits of breast­feed­ing and the rights of breast­feed­ing moth­ers and chil­dren.

This post is just one of many being fea­tured as part of the Car­ni­val of Nurs­ing in Pub­lic. Please vis­it our oth­er writ­ers each day of the Car­ni­val. Click on the links below to see each day’s posts — new arti­cles will be post­ed on the fol­low­ing days:
July 5 — Mak­ing Breast­feed­ing the Norm: Cre­at­ing a Cul­ture of Breast­feed­ing in a Hyper-Sex­u­al­ized World
July 6 – Sup­port­ing Breast­feed­ing Moth­ers: the New, the Expe­ri­enced, and the Moth­ers of More Than One Nurs­ing Child
July 7 – Cre­at­ing a Sup­port­ive Net­work: Your Sto­ries and Cel­e­bra­tions of N.I.P.
July 8 – Breast­feed­ing: Inter­na­tion­al and Reli­gious Per­spec­tives
July 9 – Your Legal Right to Nurse in Pub­lic, and How to Respond to Any­one Who Ques­tions It