The Tragic Optimist

Category Archives: nursing

they don’t mention this in the breastfeeding books

It’s not disputed that nursing causes some changes in the mother.  My figure is bustier, I actually have cleavage to speak of, and I’m not used to that.  It has also really upped my chocolate cravings, which were already quite strong to begin with.  But now they’re crazy, leading me to grab and scarf down …

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a month past breastfeeding

(Sorry for the general blog silence here.  I’ve been spending a lot of time getting my Little Four Eyes blog to look good, and while I’m quite happy with it, it’s kind of sapped me of inspiration for this blog.  Apparently I only have so much blog attention to go around). It took nearly three …

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aches

Sorry for the recent blog silence. I was at a conference in Massachusetts the end of last week, and then recovering from the conference. It was actually a good trip, but one of those deals where I kept forgetting that it was coming up, at it kind of caught me by surprise. In any case, …

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fertile thoughts

The snow is finally starting to melt, after light rains yesterday and today.  I dislike this time of year, it’s too early for any green here, but what snow is left is dirty and grey, and everything just looks grungy and ugly.  But on our drive home from work I noticed the snow on the …

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Nursing past a year

Before Zoe was born, my goal was to breastfeed for at least a year. I knew that a year is what the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends, and I knew that breastfeeding isn’t always easy, so I figured I’d set that goal and see what happened. We were lucky, both in that Zoe was a …

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thoughts

It appears now that there are likely 12 dead (4 confirmed dead, 8 missing and presumed dead), plus 79 injured due to the bridge collapse. It’s a horrible toll, but far less than I had feared last night. Seeing all the images of the 35W bridge has been surreal. That’s my city, that’s my river. …

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More thoughts on pumping

My self-esteem seems to be very tightly tied to how much I can pump in a day. Zoe usually takes 12 ounces at daycare, and then we use another couple of ounces in the evening to make her cereal. So if I pump less than 14 ounces in my two pumping sessions at work, I …

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On nursing

Back in November, I wrote about how surprised I was to find that breastfeeding was, well, boring. It was one of the parts of parenting that I was really looking forward to, but at the time, just seemed time-consuming and not terribly fun or interesting. It’s gotten better. I can’t say that I agree with …

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Sniff

There’s something so sad about a sick baby. Zoe’s just got a little cold, but it’s breaking my heart. She keeps trying to be her usual happy playful self, grabbing at toys and babbling, but then her nose will stop up, and she’ll get this confused look on her face, or she’ll start coughing and …

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The view from here

The most common sight for me these last two weeks is looking down over a billowing breast (I used to have B-cups – ha) and seeing half of a gorgeous face looking back at me. It feels like pretty much all I do is nurse, which is probably close to the truth. I love the …

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