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Tuesday
Nov082011

Who’s Your Daddy? Bonding with Baby Is Not Just for Mama Anymore!

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This week, the topic comes from a reader (Yay! Send me your questions ladies!).

What are some good ways to include daddy in bonding if I am solely breastfeeding?

bond·ing  n. a. The formation of a close human relationship

Bonding is a process, and it doesn’t necessarily have to happen within a certain time frame after birth. For many parents, bonding is a result of everyday care giving.

For nursing mothers, we already have a leg up. When a baby suckles, the mother's neurons respond by putting out the hormone oxytocin, also known as the love drug. Men just can’t compete with that, leaving many fathers feeling distanced and irrelevant.

But fathers are very important to their babies, and they can and should play an important role in nurturing their breastfed babies. Since the early weeks of parenthood are filled with learning what a new baby likes and dislikes, both parents can learn together. Here are some ideas.

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Monday
Aug292011

Sleep with Your Baby! A (Passionate) Argument for Co-Sleeping 

Co-sleeping, or the family bed, by definition is exactly what it sounds like it might be: sleeping together as a family in one bed -- mom, dad and children. 

There is nothing like sleeping with a baby. The yummy smell, the teeny smooshiness, the ease of rolling over to nurse or feed in the night, the bond it creates for the family, and the sweet face first thing in the morning. Over half the world's population sleeps with their baby. So why, in this country, do more people not do it??

 

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