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Pregnancy and Baby Magazines

Infant magazine_3Last week I mentioned that I had added a new page to my website listing pregnancy, birth, baby and parenting magazines. Many of these were free online magazines.

Now whilst free magazines certainly have their place in today's world, on reflection I recalled the sheer pleasure of purchasing proper paper magazines when I was pregnant.

I delighted in having an excuse for an early night (apart from just "I'm pregnant and I'm tired...") and I almost always found the articles in such magazines both influential and wonderfully thought-provoking.

Anyway, shortly after posting about the new page on my website, I discovered a new Irish parenting magazine, Infant.

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MumsTown - A Place to Share, Shop and Network

MumsTown "What if someone opened a 24 hour cafe for Mums with great local resources, a forum to discuss local issues and a bit of inspiration?  What if this place was available in your own living room or at the office?"

So asks Kelly McKenna, administrator of Irish website

Mums Town is a virtual village where everyone in the community is invited to share local knowledge and whose aim is "to provide people in Ireland a place to communicate & network without ever getting out of their pyjamas!"

Right now Mums Town is searching for community-minded women with a great sense of business to take on franchises in January 2008.

If this is something you think you might be interested in email for further information.

Pregnancy, Birth, Baby and Parenting Magazines

Parenting_magazinePregnancy, Birth, Baby and Parenting Magazines - we all read them at some point or another, but how handy would it be if they were instantly accessible?

Well, now they are!

I've just added some of the top online pregnancy, birth, baby and parenting magazines to BreastfeedingMums!

(Whilst I would love to take all the credit for this idea, I must thank CarRentalZone which did the same for newspapers just a few days ago!)

So, if you'd like to access all the latest parenting and baby magazines or national newspapers, just click on the links in the side panels for all the latest news and features...

If you'd like to see any more added, please let me know in the comments below or email me and I'll add them asap!

October Carnival of Breastfeeding: This I Believe

Welcome to the October Carnival of Breastfeeding, the theme of which is This I Believe.

As is always the case, we have many great posts from our regular Carnival participants as well as our guests bloggers. These are listed below and will be updated as they become available.

This I Believe: Breastfeeding Education is the Key

Education  is keyI have a dream… and that dream involves breastfeeding!

Breastfeeding education to be precise.

As the mother of three breastfed children, I know first hand that breastfeeding is best - I’ve seen in my own children just how much better it is to breastfeed than to formula feed.

Within just a few weeks of my first daughter’s birth she had the loveliest milky white complexion and a beautiful lean physique. I was worried though. Weren’t babies supposed to be all chubby and wobbly?

My wonderfully supportive health visitor smiled a knowing sort of smile when I pointed this out and assured me my daughter was perfect. She then informed me that she could tell immediately, just by looking at a baby, whether or not it was breastfed.

She happily explained breastfed babies are leaner than formula babies. Their milk is light and easily digested; this means breastfed babies suffer less excess weight gain, they have soft and infrequent bowel motions, less colicky episodes and any newborn jaundice clears up more quickly too. They also most often have lovely clear, almost translucent skin.

Although I had known breastfeeding was good for babies I never realised it was so physically obvious when a baby was breastfed.

Of course I was thrilled to hear all this; as a result when people commented that my baby was very thin I educated them as to why she was lean.

I believe that if the uptake of breastfeeding is to improve then it is vital that all children be made aware of why breastfeeding is good and in how many different ways it is good.

During my first pregnancy I recall attending an antenatal class and the room going silent when people were asked to list the advantages and disadvantages of breastfeeding. It wasn’t so much that those attending didn’t know (although that is very likely) but more-so that no-one wanted to talk about breasts in relation to feeding a baby. Everyone was embarrassed.

When the speaker played a video showing a baby actually being breastfed I recall watching these mothers and fathers-to-be squirm in their seats, some even looking away!

My mother once told me this story: it was 1971 when her young neighbour who’d just given birth confided in her that she’d been to her doctor in a state of some panic. The reason: there was white fluid leaking from her breasts.

The really sad thing about this story is that I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the same is still happening today.

That’s why I believe breastfeeding education is vital.

Wouldn’t it be great if breastfeeding educators were invited to schools to speak to children about the importance of breastfeeding?

Children would learn the facts thus enabling them to discuss breastfeeding in a positive way with their peers.

The result?

More babies in the future would be breastfed. Simple as that…

That’s what I believe.

Make sure to check out the following This I Believe posts :

Half Pint Pixie: I Believe Breastfeeding is Natural but it’s not Always Easy

Angela at Breastfeeding 123: I Believe in Gentle Discipline

Jennifer at The Lactivist : I Believe The Things Worth Doing in Life are Hard

Ashley at Such Great Heights: I Believe You Don't Have to be a Breastfeeding Mother to Support Breastfeeding

Tanya at Motherwear Breastfeeding Blog: I Believe in Instinct

Amy at Crunchy Domestic Goddess: I Believe in Trusting My Parenting Instincts

Jessica at Hepatitis Epi: I Believe The Things That Are Challenging in Life are Worth It!

Today's Newspapers

When you're a breastfeeding mum you tend to spend quite a bit of time sitting around the house feeding your baby, particularly in the early weeks. One side effect of this is that it's often near enough impossible to get out and catch up on what's going on in the world.

today's papersJust today I came across a site which links to all today's major UK, Scottish, Irish and US newspapers online.

Since today's newspapers are something I rarely get the chance to pop out and buy anymore, I thought this was a great idea!

In fact, I lamented recently to my long suffering hubby that very often even when I do actually manage to buy the papers I rarely get the chance to read them.

I know. It's a terrible waste of money, not to mention a drain on the environment especially when they end up in my recycling pile untouched. (But, hey, as a breastfeeding mother I think I've done quite a bit to save the environment in other ways, for example, by not sending formula cartons and plastic to the landfill! ;))

Anyway I thought to myself, who needs the hassle of rushing out, a child under each arm, to the local newsagents when today's papers are just a couple of clicks away? (An additional benefit to reading today's newspapers online is that try as they might (and most likely will) babies can't reach out and rip up your computer like they're prone to do if you do have a paper copy of your newspaper!)

Instead breastfeeding mums can sit themselves down, latch their baby on and catch up with all that's going on in the world today simply by reading today's newspapers online...

Extended Breastfeeding - A Mother's Thoughts

As a mum who breastfed my last baby for just over two years, I'm always interested to read stories from other mothers who've breastfed for an extended period of time. So I was delighted to read the following wonderful story which Corey at Living and Loving Every Minute Of It kindly allowed me to share with my visitors.

Corey's story caught my attention because she is so positive about the bond she shares with her daughter and she doesn't mind what other people think about her decision to extend breastfeeding.

I think she is a true inspiration to all of us breastfeeding mothers who believe our children's needs always come before what other people think.

Extended Breastfeeding - A Mother's Thoughts

One of my favorite lines from a movie is: "He can call me a flower if he wants to!" For those not familiar with the movie "Bambi", I will explain that the speaker of this line is a Skunk. The cutest little skunk ever...but truly a skunk....a stinky smelly skunk.

Bambi is learning to identify things, and when the little skunk pops up amongst the flowers, Bambi calls him a flower. I have loved this line since the first time I heard it. I love how the skunk seemed to present itself as a flower, when in fact it is so much the opposite.

At this point in time...I find myself in much the same position. To many people I am presenting myself as a FREAK, when in truth...I am much the opposite. The best part in all this is....I don't care. You can call me a FREAK if you want to!

Extended Breast Feeding.....what does that mean to you? If you are like might think, "breastfeeding WAY too long!" If you are like me, you think, "A blessing to both the mother and child!"

On October 10th, Sugar Bear and I celebrated our 33rd month in our breastfeeding journey. When I first decided to breastfeed, my goal was to make it 6 months, then....9 months...then a year. I most certainly never imagined making it this far. I honestly, thought it was strange, odd, and actually quite freakish for a person to breastfeed a child past a year. I didn't get it.....and didn't know that I didn't get it.

Now I do....I look at Sugar Bear and I get it. She is my baby, and she always will be. I don't see an independent toddler. I see the child that completes me. I firmly believe in the mother/child bond, and that our nursing relationship has only strengthened it. Before I experienced Breastfeeding, I looked at it strictly as a means to feed your child. I didn't realize that it was so much more. I cherish those close, tender, quiet moments. This is the journey that only Sugar Bear and I will travel together. It was meant for us.

So you can call me a FREAK if you want to. I'll just smile, and know that if this makes me a freak, then I want to be the main attraction at the "Mama Freak Show", because I wouldn't change a thing!

Visit Corey's website at

Have you breastfed for longer than what your friends and family found acceptable? Do you wish you'd breastfed for longer than you did? What are your own thoughts on extended breastfeeding? Share your thoughts below!

Calling all Mom Bloggers! Review my mp3

B'Mums Pregnancy Relaxation mp3Ever felt like just lying down, switching on your ipod and drifting off into a state of deep relaxation?

Then how about reviewing B'Mums Pregnancy Relaxation mp3?

I'm looking for mom bloggers (pregnant preferably!) to help spread the word. So if you run a parenting/ mothering/ pregnancy or breastfeeding blog or website and think you'd like to review B'Mums Pregnancy Relaxation mp3, simply email me your name and blog url and I'll send you a link to download your free copy.

Pregnancy Relaxation mp3

Pregnancy_relaxation_cover_3Look in the top left hand corner of this page.

See that little heading Pages? That's new.

See what's written under it? B'Mums Pregnancy Relaxation mp3... that's new too.

Go on... press it... you know you want to! (It would make the perfect gift for any pregnant mums (or even moms) you know!

And for all you breastfeeding mums out there, coming very soon... B'Mums Breastfeeding Relaxation mp3 - watch that left hand corner!

Irish Woman Despises Breastfeeding Mums

Precious_breastfeeding To all my faithful blog readers, I don't ever ask much of you but right now I need you to do something really special for me. Please show your support for breastfeeding mums in Ireland by visiting this post.

The writer of the post, Sean, is an American man living and working in Ireland. He writes a travel blog and often comments about Irish events in general.  Last October, as a great advocate and supporter of breastfeeding (his mother is a lactation consultant), he drew attention to the fact that it was Irish Breastfeeding Week in Ireland whilst also pointing out that breastfeeding in Ireland is generally not the done thing.

Well, just yesterday he received one of the most disgraceful and bigoted responses to his post from a fervent anti-breastfeeding fellow Irish woman (I'm ashamed to say).

Read what she had to say about breastfeeding and prepare to be disgusted. Let's educate this ignorant so-called child-lover by showing your support for breastfeeding mums the world over, but Ireland in particular, where sadly she is not alone in her shocking backward way of thinking!

You won't change her mind of course - people like her will never budge, but you can help other women who read the post to see that there are a whole lot more women (many Irish women included) supporting breastfeeding mums than chastising them.

Feel free to cut and paste this post into your own blogs or to email it onto as many people as you can.

Thank you all so much!