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Breaking Barriers to Breastfeeding

Can I Really Prepare for motherhood? Coming into parenting I prepared in all the ways I was told to. I bought a crib to furnish my nursery, I registered for baby-proofing equipment to make my house safe, and I took a prenatal class that taught me about birth (and not much beyond). I never questioned…

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Protect Our Species

“in nature, nothing exists alone” – Rachel Carson, 1962 Nature’s gifts to our planet are the millions of species that we know and love, and many more that remain to be discovered. Unfortunately, human beings have irrevocably upset the balance of nature and, as a result, the world is facing the greatest rate of extinction…

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To Wean or Self-Wean

My constant battle with child-led weaning I know that my breastfeeding days are numbered. It’s both a frightening and relieving thought. It’s frightening to think that I will no longer be able to provide that one thing that only I can do. It’s that exclusive element that keeps bringing them back into my embrace and…

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Red Hot and Accessible

Mom, wife, nurse, instructor, student, and everything in between Breastfeeding is how I connect with being a mother the most! I realize it is not a step in everyone’s parenting journey for reasons in and outside of their control. I have a lot of gratitude to be able to use breastfeeding to establish and strengthen…

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Baby Wants a Pickle

A healthy relationship with pregnancy cravings “I really don’t care about ice cream or any processed sugar sweets,” says Christie Groot of her pregnancy cravings. She and her husband live a relatively healthy and active lifestyle and hope to continue when baby boy arrives. When it comes to cravings in the middle of the night,…

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the Power of Basics

Summer is gone, fall is here, and winter is creeping up on us. My favourite event was making donuts out on the bonfire while the kids had a blast running around. It was just before the temperature dropped, running the risk of them getting sick with a cold. Sounds perfect, right? Well it was. QUEEN…

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