Mum’s the Word

The low-down from across the globe on lifestyle, parenting and more.

It seems that every week someone new in my life is touched by cancer.  And not someone so removed it doesn’t hit home, like my mother-in-laws-golf-partners-uncle; I’m talking much closer then that. It’s like my best friends dad, or my ex-husbands brother. It’s everywhere and it’s scary. As a new mom of two under two, my biggest fear in life is my children getting sick. I don’t mean with the flu or chicken pox, I mean with leukemia or a brain tumor. I don’t worry about it regularly but it’s something that pops into my head from time to time, and when it does I always take a moment to be grateful for the health of my family and pray to whatever/whoever it is out there that it stays that way. While I was in hospital after having my youngest daughter last November, Telethon was on the TV 26 hours straight. Telethon...

Source: Best for Babes A few years ago, while staffing a hospital breastfeeding warm line, I spoke on the phone with a nursing mom who had called to ask for advice on weaning. She was young (maybe 18) and Latina, and from the start breastfeeding had gone beautifully for her.  No pain, no concerns about milk supply, healthy baby, and she was enjoying it. So why did she want to wean?  “Because I want to be able to go to the mall,” she said, “and I heard that people will stare at you and give you a hard time.” Celebrities like Beyonce and Salma Hayek do it.  Angelina Jolie does it on the cover of a national magazine.  Most states have laws (albeit weak) protecting the rights of moms to do it. So why do we regularly hear about women kicked out of restaurants, swimming pools, courthouses, theme parks, day cares, buses, even off a...

Source: Bettina Forbes, CLC via Best for Babes Congratulations to Laila Ali on the birth of her second child, daughter Sydney, on April 4th! We had a chance to catch up with the awesome boxer, Dancing with Stars alum and daughter of Muhammed Ali before she gave birth, and were inspired by her fantastic attitude about the birthing process, and what she learned along the way. Best for Babes: How did you prepare for birth the first time? Laila Ali: I watched Ricki Lake’s video, “The Business of Being Born” . . . just watching these women be strong, I thought that’s what I want to do, that’s what I have to do. But at the same time I knew that there was a possibility that I would have to go to the hospital, and I was prepared to do that as well. Being a strong woman and a mother-to-be and having natural instincts, I knew that I...

Are you a mom who needs to pump and uses an electric pump? Consider getting a car adapter and/or a battery pack for your electric pump. Some electric pumps can also be converted to manual use – learn how to do this ahead of time. Consider getting a hand pump to use as your back-up pump. Learn how to Preventing your expressed milk from thawing The first order of business is to try and prevent the milk from completely thawing. If there are still ice crystals in the milk, then it is still considered frozen–  it is safe to either use the milk  or return it to a working freezer. Some ways to keep your milk frozen: If you have access to a generator, use it to operate your freezer during a power outage. If a neighbor or a nearby store has power, ask if you can store your milk in their freezer until power is restored. Make...

By Deborah Sweeting-Talens I have been giving great thought to what Women need most to prepare them for their Births as well as Motherhood. And what I have concluded, is that what they need most is to be listened to and really heard. They need to be heard by those who can listen as though they are a ‘Heart with Ears.’ Each woman is an individual and comes to their Birth with their own story, history and experience. So what they are going to need in Birth, is going to depend on what they bring to the table. There is many an unlocked box in a Woman’s soul; we must tread softly as if on Sacred Ground…for indeed it is just that. I think that a good Doula is one who can listen to their needs, lovingly present factual information about the great mysteries about their bodies and babies, how they work,...