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Why do toddlers tantrum? Can they share? A podcast interview with the author of How Todders Thrive

  What is going on inside the toddler brain?Can toddlers share?Why do they throw tantrums, and what should parents do about them?Can toddlers have empathy when they’re so busy developing themselves?Should we intervene in sibling fights?Why are limits important, and how does that square with a hands-off parenting… Continue Reading >




Your tips for soothing teething pain

Teething can be a trying experience - for both your baby and you!  The fussiness, drooling, and sleep disturbance some babies experience - not to mention the discomfort - can make this a difficult time.Fortunately there are many remedies for teething pain, and we collected many from you on our Facebook page.  Here are some of our… Continue Reading >




Growing a simple kids’ container herb garden

If there’s one thing we love more than growing herbs, it’s growing herbs with kids!Gardening with kids is fun and educational, but if you’re not already a green thumb you might feel a bit intimidated, or maybe confused about where to start.So here’s our guide to creating the simplest of simple herb container gardens with kids!What… Continue Reading >




Children's books on babywearing!

A while back we posted a long list of children’s books about breastfeeding.  We thought we’d follow it up with a list of books that depict babywearing!  There are far fewer, but they’re a great addition to a natural parenting children’s book library.Carry Me is a board book depicting babywearing around the world.  With rhyming text and a… Continue Reading >




Why is the C-section rate so high?  A podcast interview with the author of Cut It Out

What are the key factors driving recent record high cesarean section rates in the U.S.?  And what are the consequences for the health of mothers and babies?In our new podcast interview we spoke with Dr. Theresa Morris, author of Cut It Out: The C-Section Epidemic in America. Continue Reading >




Natural remedies for morning sickness

Note: Talk with your health care provider about any supplements and treatments you are considering for morning sickness.*What causes morning sickness?Morning sickness is generally thought to be caused by the rapid change in hormonal levels that occurs during the first weeks of pregnancy. Other causes of morning sickness may include low… Continue Reading >




Feeding breastmilk by bottle?  Learn paced feeding to avoid overfeeding your baby.

You may not be able to overfeed a baby at the breast, but it is possible to overfeed (and overwhelm) a baby with a bottle of breastmilk.Paced feeding is a method that helps to prevent this problem, and may be useful for you to learn if you’ll be returning to work and pumping, if you’re exclusively pumping, or if your partner will be… Continue Reading >




Seasonal allergies?  Herbs to the rescue!

Allergy season is in full swing again, so we thought we’d share some information on herbs to relieve your seasonal suffering.We love herbs for their power to do everything from heal skin to support milk supply, so we thought we’d share some information on the many herbs that can help with seasonal allergies.*  Sure, there are plenty of… Continue Reading >




Free to Breastfeed: Voices of Black Mothers on our new podcast!

 The authors of the new book, Free to Breastfeed: Voices of Black Mothers are guests on our new podcast!Authors Jeanine Logan and Anayah Sangodele-Ayoka talked about the importance of giving voice to African American moms’ stories, of claiming breastfeeding as part of the African American experience and tradition, and about going beyond… Continue Reading >




Can I use herbs during labor?  Yes!

We’re pleased to share the following information on herbs for labor and postpartum care, written by Motherlove founder Kathryn Higgins:Can I use herbs during labor?Yes, herbs can be very useful during labor and after birth to ease pain, calm emotions, and help speed recovery.  The following herbs have been used by midwives and birthing… Continue Reading >




Writing a family-centered cesarean birth plan

Family-centered cesarean  is an emerging trend in cesarean birth, which sometimes goes by the names “gentle cesarean” or “natural cesarean.”  It’s an effort to make cesarean birth more respectful of families’ emotional and physical needs, and elements of it are catching on in may hospitals.Whether you’re expecting a planned cesarean or… Continue Reading >




Motherlove's founder:  How herbs helped me through three births

Today we’re very happy to share the birth stories of Kathryn Higgins, Motherlove’s founder.  Already an expert in the power of herbs for lifelong health by the time her daughters were born, she used a number of herbs before, during and after her labors.I decided to have a home birth with my first child.  We lived in the mountains in… Continue Reading >