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Hi Leakies! How do you support forward?
You've probably heard of the idea to "pay it forward". The concept is that any kindness you receive, instead of repaying, our society would be a better place if we payed it forward to someone else rather than the original benefactor.
Indeed, it is a moving and beautiful idea and has become increasingly popular. From buying coffee for the person in line behind you to cleaning a friend's house when they have a new baby, more and more of us are experiencing kindness being paid forward instead of repaid. It has more than the power to make someone's day, it strengthens us as individuals and as a community.
So it goes with support. In many ways there is no way to truly repay the support we experience as we begin our parenting journey. When it comes to feeding support, this feels particularly true. It is vital, truly essential that we feed our children. How could we ever pay the people that help us figure that out?
The truth is, we can't.
But we can support forward. Drawing from our own personal experiences, we can provide parent to parent support for the next new parents. At The Leaky Boob, it is #TLBsupportForward that keeps us going. Leakies never graduate from TLB, even when they hang up their nursing tanks. Because we support forward.
Breastfeeding is much more than one breast, one baby, one mother, and one belly that needs nutrition. It is also getting to know each other, communicating, finding balance between all parties, and connecting on an intimate and vulnerable level. While I certainly do not claim that these experiences happen only in breastfeeding families, I do believe that breastfeeding imparts benefits that go far beyond calories and weight gain. READ MORE
We asked sleep consultant Rebecca Michi to come help us all get some more sleep and we asked the Leakies to share their current sleep struggles. Here are a few of the responses, followed by Rebecca’s support. READ MORE
Sometimes I feel like exercise has become a dirty word in the mommy sphere. I can understand that.
We get this message that we need to do everything – work, raise babies, maintain perfect households, create Pinterest worthy projects, not burn dinner… and erase any shred of evidence that our bodies have created life. Society settled on the idea that skinny = perfect and the backlash from that led to a movement of pride in our bodies. Which somehow turned in to “ real woman have curves “ and all kinds of craziness about skinny girls and curvy girls and…
**TRIGGER WARNING** This article relates to miscarriage and child loss.
Being the friend of someone who is grieving the loss of a child, be it through pregnancy loss or after their child was born, can be an overwhelming position to be in. How do we care? How do we support? How in the world do we appropriately honor their grief without causing them more pain? Is that even possible? While I don’t have all the answers and I’m learning myself, I wanted to share these 5 points with you:READ MORE
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.
There are things that no one wants to talk about – until those things happen to them and then they turn to the anonymous internet where they hope that someone else has done the un-thinkable: shared their own experience of that very same thing. But they could never talk about that themselves, could they?
A culture of fear and shame is a culture of silence. A culture of maintaining appearances. A culture where the hurting can’t find help – where their only hope of healing comes from within.
The idea that men can’t cook for the family seems archaic and ridiculous, particularly since there’s a long-standing flip side of that sexism where the top chefs in the world have been men – since the beginning of Top Chef-dom. They can’t cook at home but they can dominate the commercial kitchen? That’s just silly. READ MORE
The single most desirable quality in a partner today is perhaps that they be a supportive one. But who actually has such a gem? Are they a myth? After 18 years with the same partner and so many ups and downs with her and our now 6 children, I believe that having a supportive partner has been key to us staying in a happy relationship together. Actually, it has taken two supportive partners. In an age when men can be breadwinners and nurturers and women can be nurturers and breadwinners, each couple needs to determine their respective roles together and figure out how to best support one another. Here are a few pointers that have helped us be the most supportive partners we could be for each other:READ MORE
When an institution's reputation, or even its process - the method and mechanics of getting the job done - are more important than the people it impacts, there will be casualties. People will be trampled.
When an institution recognizes that people matter, that its impact on people matter, and humbly admits to its mistakes and seeks to do better - that gives me hope.