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As parents there is nothing we love more than unsolicited advice. NOTHING! But really, we are bombarded with tons of information on a daily basis whether it comes from friends, family, the internet, or our doctors.  It can be overwhelming to sift through all the great (and not so great) information on all realms of parenting.  We are encouraged to follow trends and not listen to our bodies or our own intuition.  How do we decipher what is right. More importantly, what is right for you and your child?  This week we are talking about just that; how to access information and decide what is right for you.
-TLB Team
Dear Leakies, 

New parent?

ALL THE ADVICE FOR YOU!

It goes with the territory. Annoying, sometimes helpful, usually not, and often completely baffling. Everyone has not just an opinion, no, somehow they're all experts.

I have one piece of advice to give myself...

Just do you and ignore the advice unless you don't want to, then don't.

Ok, I have a second one...

Trust yourself. You're going to make mistakes but you can learn and you can discern. Trust yourself.

Often, we doubt ourselves and a little bit of doubt can be good, can help us sharpen our skills, educate ourselves better, and double check when making decisions. But too much doubt can leave us completely frozen in our parenting. Children don't need perfect parents (good thing because that will never happen), they just need parents that are trying and doing so with confidence. (In spite of the conflicting voices in their head!

What to do with all the advice? Pick what works for you and don't worry about the rest. 

And when you're just not sure, that's what your community is for. Bounce ideas off of them and see what feels right to you. (Why do moms crowd source medical decisions? See here.) You're doing fine, you've got this.

Keep calm and parent on,

Jessica Martin-Weber
Founder, TheLeakyBoob.com


 

This Week On TLB 

The CRAAP Detector- A Tool For Evaluating Information Resources

 

 This post doesn’t have anything to do with what’s in your baby’s diapers… unless you’re looking for valid information about what’s in your baby’s diapers, in which case it might be a very useful tool for you. The CRAAP test doesn’t have anything to do with crap and a whole lot to do with determining if the information you’ve found, regardless of whether that information is in a print resource or online, is valid, partly valid, or if it’s… well, just plain crap.   READ MORE

Infant and Child Feeding Advocacy- Why I Continue

 

 "I don’t engage in the infant/toddler feeding debates often but I do continue showing up for them. Not because I enjoy it, believe me I don’t. I hate it and I feel burned out. But I will be the voice for those reading or overhearing saying what needs to be said. For that mom reading or listening and heartbroken to hear the harsh words someone she loved said to her echoed in the words of a stranger, shaming her further. It is assumed I must not understand the reasons why this is an issue but the fact is, I do understand them. I get it. I’ve processed them. At one point in time I may have agreed and argued that position myself.  It’s just that they are wrong.  READ MORE

 

My Journey as a First Time Mom- A #mystorymatters Leaky Share

 

Meet Samuel. This is my rainbow baby, who we welcomed with joy in January, 2014. After struggling with infertility for 5 years, my doctor in Houston told me it was unlikely that we would ever conceive. When we moved to St. Louis we started seeing a fertility specialist, who discovered a few factors that were either keeping us from getting pregnant or not allowing us to sustain pregnancy (an underactive thyroid, being a carrier for MTHFR and either not absorbing folic acid well or clotting after conceiving, and low progesterone). Once we addressed those issues we got pregnant right away, which was so encouraging after having our arms ache to hold a child for years. READ MORE

Call for Speakers- MILK: An Infant Feeding Conference, 2016

 

Parenting and Feeding Around the Web

Totally Appropriate Responses to Unsolicited Parenting Advice

 

 

We have an amazing online community we'd love for you to join! Needing positive support in your feeding journey? Have questions about weaning? Supplementing? Breast Pain? We're here to help! Click on our logo to get added or Join The Leaky Boob Community HERE.

A Mermaid PDF Coloring Book by Artist Joni Rae Latham

 

YOU GUYS! Breastfeeding pregnant mermaid COLORING PAGE!
Who is into adult coloring here? Loves mermaids? Is a fan of breastfeeding? Is excited to see body diversity and age diversity in art? I just looked through this digital down load of a new adult coloring book and I'm in love! The whole thing is gorgeous. 

My coloring is still a new thing. I work on it slowly because of the number of interruptions and things I have to do, but I find it relaxing and fun. I think I need this one. 

The book is a PDF download for instant gratification coloring purposes and is only 4.99! You can print as many copies for your personal use as you like.
This book features mermaids of all shapes. Some nudity, so review before giving it to your kids, if that kind of thing bothers you.  
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Beyond Moi

life. family. love.

This Week On Beyond Moi

Beyond the Voices in my Head

It’s really easy to say to your kids that they should just not accept things given to them by strangers, but the next time someone tries to hand you something and you aren’t expecting it, you’ll see just how difficult it can be. It is a natural reflex to take something that is handed to you.

So my kids took the M&Ms from this mustached possible-vet that just asked us for money. I think what surprised me the most is that after asking for a hand out, he’s the one who offered us a hand out. READ MORE

How Our Family Started Eating Healthy-ish

It all started when the 4 year old that had been enthusiastic about going to her little Waldorf Kindergarten class 3 days a week suddenly became reluctant and difficult, often refusing to go into her classroom.  We tried everything, being gentle and listening to her, being firm but lovingly telling her that she was going to school, giving her space, going in with her, giving her kisses in her hand to hold for later, letting her bring something special from home to encourage her through her day, and even leaving her crying with her teacher twice.  Nothing worked.  READ MORE

 

Join The Conversation!

Teething Necklaces For Our 12 Year Old with Minor Sensory Issues and Anxiety

We have a child with some minor sensory issues and anxiety. This was difficult for me at first, I wondered what I did to make that happen, my own anxiety telling me I caused hers. It hurt to see her hurting. It still does.

But then we focused on how to help her develop coping strategies and to find the strengths that are unique to her in part because of her sensitivity and anxiety.  

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