Gill Rapley, co-author of Baby-Led Weaning * says that this doesn’t have to be so. She advocates letting babies transition to solids by giving them table foods. She says that skipping the pureed foods is actually more natural and better for babies, and her ideas are catching on.
In this podcast interview, Tanya Lieberman IBCLC spoke with Gill about giving table foods to babies: why do it, how to do it, common concerns, and some tips for getting started.
*Weaning in the U.K., where Rapley resides, means the transition to solid foods, not stopping breastfeeding. We were provided with a review copy of this book.
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A blessingway may be just what you’re looking for.
We have some special blessingway photos to share with you from Motherlove founder and owner Kathryn Higgins! She had her own blessingway and participated in other moms’ ceremonies. Her wonderful photos are below.
“I believe that a blessingway is the best ‘baby shower’ you can give a mother. I had blessingways for many of my friends when we lived up in the canyon. There was a beautiful ceremonial spot in an upper meadow surrounded by rock outcroppings and wildflowers. We had a perfect place for a throne. We would gather around our friend and brush her hair with scented oil, adorn her head with a crown of flowers, and wash her feet with an herbal bath. Our gifts were songs and poems, beads and prayers. We laid our hands upon her belly, sending blessings and our love.”
To explain what a blessingway is and to hold one, we asked Barb Lucke, co-author of Mother Rising: The Blessingway Journey into Motherhood to answer a few questions:
How is a blessingway different from a baby shower?
The blessingway views the transition into motherhood as a rite of passage and one to be held in sacred ceremony. Many cultures still honor mothering in this way. However, in the United States and many of the first world countries, the concern is less on preparing the mother internally for her role as a mother and more externally with things. Somehow in our culture we have come to value obtained things for our baby as adequate preparation and have ignored the work of internal preparation. Women who are choosing to include blessingways as part of their journey into motherhood are saying yes to also preparing internally for the task ahead of birthing and mothering. They are encouraged to ponder what it means for them to become a mother, or a mother of two or three, and to identify their wants and goals for themselves and what might be in the way of reaching them. Most often what is in the way is a belief or fear. The blessing way is designed to help the mother identify these road blocks to having the birth she envisions as well as the road blocks that might be the way of becoming the mother she hopes to be. These road blocks are minimized or in some cases removed through sacred ceremony. She is filled back up with affirmations, pampering and the support she needs to reach her goals. Gifts given during a blessingway are more symbolic versus store bought.
Why do you think it’s important to have a ritual to mark the passage into motherhood?
I believe all women need to journey within to mentally prepare for childbirth and mothering by identifying and excavating fears, judgements, and beliefs. This mental preparation is as difficult as all of the work that goes into preparing to give birth physically, by going to prenatal visits, eating right, exercising taking your vitamins, etc. It is important and often overlooked. Women wonder why their birth plans or ideals for how they want to parent go flying so easily out the window. The work is challenging and warrants the time and energy a sacred ceremony promises as well as the support and from other women. There is some sort of magic that happens when you combine sacred ceremony with women coming together collectively to honor, witness and support another woman on her journey into motherhood. The combination works. If you just get a room full of women together and lack the sacred ceremony you will be missing a key piece to the recipe. And vice versa, if you sit alone in your home and create a beautiful sacred ceremony without the energy power, and support of other women, you will also not obtain the optimal results.
What are the major parts of a blessingway?
On page 25 of Mother Rising we map out elements recommended in a blessingway or sacred ceremony and feel it is really best to start there. I will also sum it up for you in my own words:
Or have you given birth in the last three years and want to share your experience with your providers and hospital?
Then check out The Birth Survey, a project of the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS). CIMS is a national coalition of organizations and individuals which promotes an evidence-based model of maternity care to improve birth outcomes and reduce costs.
The goal of the The Birth Survey is to give moms they information they need to make informed choices about where they birth, and to give providers and hospitals information they can use to improve their services. And who is better qualified to describe your experience than you?
The Survey takes some time to complete (settle down with a cup of tea when you do it), but you can save your progress and resume at another time. We think it’s worth your time. And other moms will thank you for it!
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