Another roundup of links that first appeared on Williamsburg Mothering’s Facebook page – “LIKE” Williamsburg Mothering on Facebook to get the latest links as soon as they’re up!
- Excellent Breast Storage Capacity Infographic by Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC. Feeding on cue (and not comparing/matching your baby’s feeding patterns to other mothers’/babies’ patterns) is the best way keep your little one well-fed and to protect your milk supply long-term. Mothers vary in how much milk their breasts can hold. Mothers with small storage capacity can feed their babies just as well as mothers with large storage capacity — they just need to nurse more often, and that’s okay! (Nancy Mohrbacher)
- Have American Parents Got It All Backwards? Loved this when it came out in May, still love it now! Especially the part about Finnish children not beginning formal academics until age 7, spending less time in school (and lots of school time outdoors), and still ranking among the top students in the world (U.S. students rank somewhere in the middle). (Huffington Post)
- Millennials Want Children, But They’re Not Planning On Them. “[T]he percentage of students planning to have children dropped from 78 percent to 42 percent in just 20 years… A majority of millennials in the study said they wanted to have children someday; they simply didn’t see how they could make it work… [T]hese findings are a wake-up call that our social and economic institutions need to change so that people who want to be parents can see a path to becoming parents.” (New York Times)
- How Over-Praising Kids Is Holding Them Back.”[A] new study suggests that when adults shower children with compliments to try to boost their self-esteem, it has the opposite effect, sending the message that they must continue to meet very high standards and discouraging them from taking on new, confidence-boosting challenges, lest they fail.” I am so prone to automatically saying, “Good job!” that I actually have to keep a reminder list on my fridge of alternatives, including things like “Ask questions,” or, the hardest one for me, “Say nothing.”
- Why You May Want to “Labor Down” Before Pushing in Birth. Reaching 10 cm dilation doesn’t necessarily mean it’s time to push. Following natural urges to push — even if they come 1-2 hours after full dilation is reached — can conserve a mama’s energy and help bring baby gently into the world. (Giving Birth With Confidence)