Dulce de Leche

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Here is one page I meant to put on my fence for a while. Finally, Dulce de leche is given proper recognition. Check her out and feel free to stick around, she has great ideas.

In her own words:

“A mom who is passionate about gentle discipline, breastfeeding, and parent-child relationships. Let’s encourage each other!

Loving our families and treating others, regardless of age, the way we would wish to be treated.”

Paa.la

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I found Paa.la through her wonderful graphics with beautiful photos and even greater messages in them. She is such an inspiration to those trying to normalize breastfeeding that I just had to make her a fence. I always admire individuals who get involved with the cause close to their heart and keep educating tirelessly.
Also on Facebook.

In her own words:
“Raise your hand if you love mothering, breastfeeding, and birth! I post my rambles here about natural parenting and full-term breastfeeding.
My name is actually Paala. I am a stay-at-home mother of two daughters under four. If you ask me what type of parent I am or what parenting style I might label myself with, I would just say I do what works for me and my family.”

Best First Foods for Baby

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This is NOT a must for every family. Some choose different foods from these offered groups and in a different order. I only wanted to share as an alternative to the commonly suggested commercially-bought cereals. Please consider your family’s diet and preferred foods that you, yourself, are more used to. Chances are your baby will agree with you more.

This is how I chose to introduce first foods with my second child after getting burned on rice cereal with my first. And we both couldn’t be happier.

Some good Information found in this article:

“Baby Led Weaning First Foods – Fruits

Banana – this is best served in large chunks for baby to gnaw, as they will be easier for him to hold.

Pear- this can be served raw (if soft, ripe and juicy) or lightly steamed if the texture doesn’t seem ‘gummable’.

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Reconsidering infant cereals

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Made this mistake with my first because I thought my pediatrician knew better than me, and didn’t do any research. I know better with my second now and I notice a world of difference between my children’s eating habits and appetite in general.

Have a look at this article by Dr. Joseph Mercola:

“Almost every childcare book offers the same advice about a baby’s first solid meal — start them first on rice cereal mixed with breast milk or formula. This has been received wisdom for 60 years.
But this is because in the 1950’s, baby food companies launched an advertising blitz trumpeting the benefits of white rice cereal.
But there is no scientific basis for this recommendation. None at all. And now, concerned about increasing childhood obesity, some pediatricians want to change how babies eat.

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Mama’s Milkies

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There are some pages that defend their values and beliefs so passionately that it drives some people crazy. And you know what? I respect them for that. If you are just as passionate about standing up for children’s rights despite a lot of resistance, then Mama’s Milkies is for you. Thanks to them and other advocates like them, a lot of kids are having a better life now.

In their own words:
“Attachment Parenting! Breastfeeding, intactivism, cloth diapering, baby wearing, natural birth (and birth YOUR way), car seat safety, and ALL that fun stuff! (We also reserve the right to post about random topics to encourage discussion with our peers!)
We focus around all things motherhood. We believe everyone wants to be the best mother they can be, and with the internet at your fingertips, we have no excuse not to learn as much as we can to be the best parents we can for our children! We do get off topic sometimes as well and discuss general things about life.”

Shocking that it was found shocking

How odd that I found this beautiful nursing photo as an official mainstream ad for a clothing company, decided to show it to the Facebook world saying, “Look, it is not so bad if even this popular clothing company didn’t have a problem with it”, and instead it got reported and removed by Facebook. And I got a warning. Wow, people, babies need to eat, mothers need to feed, get over it and stop getting shocked. There is nothing shocking about something as natural as nursing your child.

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And here is the original, in case you want to enjoy it without the Facebook warning:

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Calling For Greater Transparency From Infant Formula Corporations

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Sometimes I enjoy the work of a page or an organization, and decide to make them a fence. And sometimes pages, new to me, approach me and I look at their work closer. I have learned of quite a few interesting groups this way.
This time it is Calling for Greater Transparency from Infant Formula Corporations that has a very good message and goal that I agree with.

In their own words:

“Trying to get the Director-General of the World Health Organization to change the WHO International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes to include a clause that specifies infant formula companies have to print health warnings on their labels.

The aim of this page is to gain support for a change in the WHO International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes. That is:
-They print the health risks of using their products on their tins/cartons

This page is also against practices that are not in a child’s best interests such as: infant circumcision, crying it out, spanking, etc.”

Attached Parents at Work (AP for working parents)

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This is another great parenting place that has principles. Everything activism and more, plus they are not stay at home parents so some things are more challenging for them than for the rest of us. So, check Attached Parents at Work out and feel free to join their community to learn something new every day, and find support if you are a working parent as well. Find them on Facebook.

In their own words:
“A community for attachment parenting and gentle discipline, especially for parents who work or go to school.
This is a PEACEFUL community for support, education and camaraderie. If you enjoy a heated debate then this is not the page for you. We’re not competing to see who is the crunchiest here. Please, no attachment parenting (AP) police. We all use AP to varying degrees and I ask that you respect other parents who have tailored it to fit their family’s unique needs. Some of us vaccinate, do not co-sleep or *gasp* formula feed. We do have a zero tolerance policy on trolling, personal attacks or misinformation that could potentially harm someone or promotes violence against children.”

Our Muddy Boots (Positive Parenting)

Mother’s love knows no limits, and in this case this love touches anyone who comes in contact with this positively-contagious site. Changing minds one at a time. Caution: You will cry, not even once, so get your tissues ready and enjoy.
Find them on Facebook.

In their own words:
This page serves as a place for those practicing attachment parenting to come for support without being told you should be doing it differently.
It is also a place for those who want to be surrounded by like-minded parents while learning to connect with their children instead of distancing themselves from them.
We are an Attachment Parenting advocacy page. There is no room here for proponents of cry it out, sleep training or scheduled feedings. If you are currently doing these things and want to try this way- you are in the right place.