Those roots took hold over 20 years ago, when Kathryn Higgins started Motherlove in the kitchen of her family home in Rist Canyon, in the mountains west of Fort Collins, Colorado. There she created herbal products with plants she had harvested. As the business grew, her husband built her a shop on the property, where she continued her hand-crafted business.
Then in 1995 Motherlove moved to Laporte, Colorado, the town closest to the family home. There we had an 1,100 square foot facility to house our growing business.
We loved being located in Laporte, a one-stoplight town so close to home. But after 18 years and many additions it became clear that we needed more space to house the current and future needs of Motherlove.
Last year we purchased a 14,000 square foot building in central Fort Collins, Colorado. We now have a full-sized warehouse, more office space, and new production equipment. This space will allow us to store enough materials to meet our needs, take advantage of more efficient equipment, and prepare larger batches of our products. We even have the luxury of space to grow into!
We’re also maintaining our commitment to the environment in our new facility. We carefully examined our energy usage, and made a number of changes to improve our energy efficiency, including installing new LED lighting. And we are starting to work on a solar installation in the back of the facility which will more than offset our total energy use.
As we make this leap into a bigger space, we remain mindful of the importance of staying true to our roots as a family company. Kathryn and her family still own and operate Motherlove, and we still work by hand, blending the herbs and pressing the oils in our products.
While our new facility is larger, we are the same family-owned and operated business that began in the kitchen of our family home. We are fully committed to staying true to Motherlove’s roots as we spread our wings!
Can toddlers share?
Why do they throw tantrums, and what should parents do about them?
Can toddlers have empathy when they’re so busy developing themselves?
Should we intervene in sibling fights?
Why are limits important, and how does that square with a hands-off parenting approach?
What’s the Toddler Paradox?
These and more questions are answered in our new podcast interview with Dr. Tovah Klein, author of How Toddlers Thrive: What Parents Can Do Today for Children Ages 2-5 to Plant the Seeds of Lifelong Success. Dr. Klein is the director of the Barnard College Center for Toddler Development.
Teething can be a trying experience – for both your baby and you! The fussiness, drooling, and sleep disturbance some babies experience – not to mention the discomfort – can make this a difficult time.
Fortunately there are many remedies for teething pain, and we collected many from you on our Facebook page. Here are some of our favorites!
And of course, breastfeeding!
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Gardening with kids is fun and educational, but if you’re not already a green thumb you might feel a bit intimidated, or maybe confused about where to start.
So here’s our guide to creating the simplest of simple herb container gardens with kids!
What you’ll need:
Then, with your kids, just add potting mix to container, and plant your starts, leaving plenty of space between each plant to allow for growth (check the information that comes with the plant for spacing requirements). Water, and place in a sunny spot. Thereafter, water according to the instructions that come with the plants. Kids can harvest the herbs continually once the plant has enough foliage to sustain growth.
Plan some opportunities for kids to harvest the herbs to make spaghetti sauce, pesto, mint tea, or a sachet using lavender flowers. If you’d like, engage kids in some observations about the impact of different amounts of light on growth, or a soil investigation. Enjoy!
A while back we posted a long list of children’s books about breastfeeding. We thought we’d follow it up with a list of books that depict babywearing! There are far fewer, but they’re a great addition to a natural parenting children’s book library.
Carry Me is a board book depicting babywearing around the world. With rhyming text and a diverse array of carrying styles, it’s an easy favorite for infants and toddlers. An index at the back identifies each of the cultures shown.
A Ride on Mother’s Back shows the many ways mothers around the world carry their babies, from Africa to Latin America and beyond, all from a child’s point of view. The book provides notes with more information about each tradition, and a map showing the home of each of the cultures depicted. Beautiful illustrations and simple text make this a classic babywearing book.
Two books, Babies on the Go and Carry Me! show the ways that other animals carry their young. A great companion to Mama’s Milk, which depicts the ways that other mammals nurse their young, these teach how normal it is for mothers of many species to carry their young. A chart at the end of Babies on the Go identifies each animal.
The Backpack Baby series of board books show, in simple and bright illustrations sure to appeal to the youngest readers, the adventures of a dad his baby carried on his back. One book shows a bottle, but this may allow for a discussion of fathers feeding babies breastmilk when they are not with a nursing mother.
What Baby Needs is a classic of attachment parenting, written by William and Martha Sears. Among a number of topics, including breastfeeding, What Baby Needs shows both a dad and a mom carrying a baby in a sling. It’s a wonderful book to help introduce a pregnancy and new baby to older siblings.
Are there other books depicting babywearing we should know about? Feel free to share your favorites!
In our new podcast interview we spoke with Dr. Theresa Morris, author of Cut It Out: The C-Section Epidemic in America about the reasons behind the current c-section rate, why VBAC is inaccessible for many women, new trends in cesarean birth, and the paradox of the cesarean birth rate. Dr. Morris also shared her top tips for avoiding a c-section.
Paced feeding is a method that helps to prevent this problem, and may be useful for you to learn if you’ll be returning to work and pumping, if you’re exclusively pumping, or if your partner will be feeding an occasional bottle of breastmilk.
Research has shown that feeding babies anything by bottle can can have an effect on their ability to regulate their intake. It’s likely a result of the “maternal control” over how much is taken by the bottle which doesn’t occur in feeding at the breast, which overrides babies’ needs. One theory suggests that this inability to self-regulate intake is related to higher risk of overweight and obesity.
Paced feeding allows babies more control over his or her intake of breastmilk by responding to their cues, and may also prevent post-feeding fussiness by reducing overfeeding. Since much of paced feeding also mimics feeding at the breast, it can also support the breastfeeding relationship and help babies transition back and forth from breast to bottle. Babies may be less likely to get accustomed to the fast flow of a bottle and reject the breast.
How does paced feeding work?
A few resources on paced feeding that may be helpful:
We love herbs for their power to do everything from heal skin to increase milk supply, so we thought we’d share some information on the many herbs that can help with seasonal allergies.* Sure, there are plenty of pharmaceutical solutions, but isn’t it more poetic to counter allergies caused by plants with…more plants?
Nettle. We use nettle to increase milk supply in many of our products, but it can also be helpful in treating seasonal allergies. Freeze-drying nettle preserves its antihistamine properties, so freeze-dried nettle is commonly recommended. In one randomized controlled trial half of the participants found nettle to be equally or more effective than their prescription medicine.
Butterbur. Used traditionally for inflammation, recent research has demonstrated the effectiveness of butterbur in treating allergies. One study found that butterbur extract was as effective as a popular antihistamine medication in controlling symptoms of hay fever, without drowsiness. The raw form of this plant should never be eaten, and some urge caution in using this plant if you have ragweed allergies.
Bromelain. Bromelian is a derivative of pineapple and pineapple stem, and may be useful in treating symptoms like nasal swelling and runny nose. It’s used to thin mucus, and in doing so may help in preventing sinus infections.
* This information is presented for educational purposes only, and not as medical advice. Consult the Infant Risk Center for information on the use of these herbs in pregnancy and lactation. Image credit: Butterbur, Wikimedia Commons
The authors of the new book, Free to Breastfeed: Voices of Black Mothers are guests on our new podcast!
Authors Jeanine Logan and Anayah Sangodele-Ayoka talked about the importance of giving voice to African American moms’ stories, of claiming breastfeeding as part of the African American experience and tradition, and about going beyond the typical headlines about black women and breastfeeding. They discussed treatment by healthcare providers, breastfeeding support organizations, and also shared which stories moved them. We think you’ll really enjoy the conversation!
Can I use herbs during labor?
Yes, herbs can be very useful during labor and after birth to ease pain, calm emotions, and help speed recovery. The following herbs have been used by midwives and birthing women. See our section on plants for photos and more detailed information on several of these herbs. Many products using these herbs are available through Motherlove.
Many herbs can help ease the pain of contractions:
Other herbs help with emotional balance during labor:
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