June Cleaver and Playboy: Our air-brushed ideals of motherhood

“What kind of mother do you want to be?” she asks. Not me, another she. I hate this question. It’s in cahoots with: What kind of person do you want to be? Well…thanks for asking…I want to be fit, successful, bright, well-read, tidy, organized, sexy, assertive, giving, open, fair-minded, strong, emotional (but not too emotional) … Continue reading

The latch and the law: Know your boobies’ rights!

Happy 2013 everyone. Much love from our little Gerritsen family to you. Looking for some light new years’ reading? How about a compilation of US breastfeeding laws? Some of them are wonderfully worded including this one from Georgia: Ga. Code § 31-1-9 (1999) states that the breastfeeding of a baby is an important and basic … Continue reading

Respect your child’s needs, respect yourself OR How co-sleeping with a sleep regressing son taught me to trust the program

We just went through a few weeks of restless sleep with Bodhi waking 5-10 times a night needing comfort, food or to eliminate after sleeping through most nights for months (except where he was sick or too busy to eat all day). So finally, I Googled “restless sleep toddler” and there is a predicted sleep … Continue reading