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Natural Childbirth Education, Doula, Photographer – Omaha, NE


Our 25 Month Breastfeeding Journey

So the day finally came… about 2 weeks ago (July 12th to be exact), Bradley self weaned after 25 months of nursing! I’m proud to have provided the best nourishment for so long and happy that it came to a peaceful and gradual end for both of us.


Nursing my son at 18 months. Photo by Stephanie Lynn Photography

The plan was only to breastfeed for a year but once we reached that milestone, it was clear that he was nowhere ready to be done with his mama milk. I decided to let him take the lead and continue nursing on demand until he decided it was time to be done. I did have a fear in the back of my mind… envisioning nursing my high school senior because he never decided to wean lol.

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Yummy in your Toddler’s Tummy

Let’s face it, most toddlers are picky eaters and it can be a stressful job trying to make sure they are consuming all the “right” nutrients. I don’t claim to be an expert or have the magic potion to make your toddler eat a bowl of kale but here are some tips that seem to be working for my little guy (17 months)!

1. Prep their palate early.

Did you know that exclusively breastfed babies tend to be less picky as eaters later in life? The flavor of your breastmilk changes depending on what you eat which exposes your baby to a variety of flavors from day one. Also, waiting until 6 months to introduce any solids has been shown to reduce food aversions. (Read more here)

2. Don’t push the issue. 

Forcing your toddler to eat can backfire. Don’t let them develop a negative association with eating or sitting in their highchair. As soon as they start throwing food or pushing food away, it’s time to take a break. Perhaps they aren’t hungry or they’re just not in the sitting and eating kind of mood. Continue reading

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Baths are Overrated

At just over a year old, the time has finally come where Bradley no longer fits into his amazing infant puj tub

While Bradley absolutely loves splishing and splashing in his baby pool on a hot day but put him in a “big boy” bath and he is not a happy camper. The moment I attempt to wash or rinse his hair, he freaks out and slides under the water for a second while we both have heart attacks! I never understood the concept of a bath in the first place… how does soaking in your own diluted filth make you clean? I’ve always felt the need to shower after taking a bath! Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Bradley

How has a year already gone by? For the 39 weeks and 6 days you grew inside me, I imagined what you’d be like and how much I’d love you. The days and weeks seemed to drag on and on… Not because I was overly uncomfortable, but because I was so impatient and wanted to meet you. Thanks for being so considerate and arriving a day early 😉 June 5th is a day that will forever be special to me. Not only was it the day you decided to enter this world but it was also the day I transformed into a mother. I remember you being placed on my chest at 10:45am (umbilical cord still pulsing and feeling the natural rush of oxytocin) and thinking how amazing it felt to finally hold you in my arms and at the same time how terrified I was to have such an important new role in this itty bitty being’s life. Continue reading