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Getting Emo about Kellymom - The importance of Mother to Mother Support

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I gave birth to my second child in 2012. I was in the middle of finishing up a MS in Psychology and in the process of applying for another MS in Health Education and Behavior, feverishly studying for the GRE while nursing my newborn and finishing up my capstone project, and I stumbled upon the Kellymom Breastfeeding Support Group on Facebook.

DS2 was not nearly as wakeful as his older brother was at that age (and is still a better sleeper), but as all normal newborns do, he woke every 60-90 minutes to nurse around the clock. Having gone through this before, and having been raised in a family and moving in a social circle where breastfeeding is the norm, I just accepted this and found ways to occupy myself while I was up for the MOTN (middle of the night) feedings. When DS1 was little, back before I had mobile devices and WiFi, I read books and watched reruns of Roseanne, Designing Women, and sitcoms of similar ilk. With DS2 I now had the option to socialize on an iPad while he nursed…

Dammit, Advil.

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Talk about extremes in parenting styles. Seems like humans have it pretty good!
Posted by Children's Advil on Thursday, November 19, 2015  This ad popped up in my newsfeed, and comments relating to this particular frame started erupting in all of my breastfeeding groups. So, Advil. You are insinuating here that there is some kind of correlation between the eruption of the first tooth and breastfeeding cessation, are you?


This is, oddly enough, a good conversation piece and enough of a sharp stick to prod me out of the grumps that are normally associated with this time of the semester for any college student, and I am not immune to the end of semester crush.

Paid Parental Leave
Amber Scorah wrote a deeply personal post about the death of her son, Karl, on his first day at daycare, and also launched a website, http://forkarl.com/, to allow parents to contact their representatives or presidential candidates to bring more light and discussion to the critical need for safeguards to be…