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.
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!
Federal pumping law upheld. The Affordable Health Care Act contained some important advances for nursing moms, and these were in jeopardy due to court challenges to the law. The Supreme Court upheld the law this summer, letting stand the requirements that many employers accommodate nursing moms wishing to pump at work. The law was also the basis of the mandate that insurance companies cover, at no charge, breastfeeding support and pump rentals, starting in August of this year.
Time Magazine features a 3-year-old breastfeeding on its cover. Setting off a furious debate, Time Magazine featured a photo of California mom Jamie Lynne Grumet nursing her 3-year-old son Aram as part of its story on attachment parenting. For more on extended (or “long term,” or “full term”) breastfeeding, see our podcast interview with the author of Breastfeeding Older Children.
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) adopts stronger breastfeeding policy. Calling it a matter of public health, not a lifestyle choice, the AAP published its revised breastfeeding policy. Among the highlights: exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for 6 months (not 4-6 months as previously written), the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding (the foundation of the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative) are endorsed, and the WHO growth charts are promoted.
Photos soldiers breastfeeding in uniform highlight challenges of military moms. While photos of two mothers nursing in Air Force uniforms was deemed inappropriate conduct by the military, they succeeded in raising awareness of military mothers’ breastfeeding challenges. One of the mothers explained: “I’m proud to be wearing a uniform while breastfeeding. I’m proud of the photo and I hope it encourages other women to know they can breastfeed whether they’re active duty, guard or civilian.” For more on this topic, see our podcast interview with the author of Breastfeeding in Combat Boots!
Breastfeeding rates have largest jump in a decade. The CDC reported this year that rates of breastfeeding initiation and breastfeeding at 6 and 12 months rose by about 2 percent. Breastfeeding initiation increased from 74.6% in 2008 to 76.9% in 2009 births, representing the largest annual increase over the previous decade.
Beyonce breastfeeds baby Blue, and breastfeeding has its first celebrity event. Beyonce won the hearts of nursing mothers everywhere when she breastfed in public and encouraged other moms to do it. Breastfeeding had its first celebrity event promoting breastfeeding and toxin-free living this spring, with hosts Kelly Preston, Laila Ali, and Jenna Elfman. See our 2012 celebrity round-up for more!
Baby Friendly hospitals on the rise. According to the CDC, the number of Baby Friendly Hospitals in the U.S. tripled, and thanks to a CDC grant program, and many other initiatives ranging from Mayor Bloomberg’s in New York City to Kaiser Permanente’s in California, there are many, many hospitals in the Baby Friendly queue.
Facebook continues to ban breastfeeding photos. The latest issue in the long standing problem of Facebook deleting breastfeeding pictures belonged to The Feminist Breeder, whose account was suspended when she posted a picture of her daughter taking a break from nursing and swiping a piece of bacon from her plate. It violated no Facebook standards, and her account was later reinstated, but it highlighted this problem once again. For more on this issue see our podcast interview on Facebook vs. The Leaky Boob!
Joint Commission to hold large hospitals accountable for exclusive breastfeeding rates. Here’s a late breaking piece of good news: the Joint Commission will soon be requiring large hospitals to report on their exclusive breastfeeding rates. Not sure why that’s a big deal? Check out this post!
California passes first breastfeeding employment discrimination law. In September, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2386 (Allen) which prohibits discrimination in employment and housing on the basis of breastfeeding or conditions related to it (pumping at work, for example). For more on this complex subject see our podcast interview on the topic!
Mayim is best known for her roles as Blossom Russo on the ’90′s sitcom Blossom, as a young Bette Midler in Beaches, and currently as Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory. She received a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA in 2007.
But did you know that Mayim is also lactation educator and spokesperson for the Holistic Moms Network? Her new book, Beyond the Sling: A real-life guide to raising confident, loving children the attachment parenting way is out this week.
She talked with Tanya Lieberman about the intersection of her life as a scientist and as a mother, how breastfeeding figured into her parenting experience, why attachment parenting appeals to a broad spectrum of faiths, why her husband initially thought that elimination communication was a ridiculous idea, and how she straddles the worlds of Hollywood and parenting.
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