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Greg’s Story Mothers' Stories

Greg, Montélimar, France A father’s story My name is Greg. I’m 35 and I’m the lucky father of three wonderful children, and stepfather to a fourth who is actually the first. Still following? My stepson, Melvil, is an 18-year-old big lad whose life I’ve been sharing since he was eighteen months old. Our three other children are Alisée (15), Loane (10), and Aloÿs (22 months). My...

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Kailee Riches Photography Mothers' Stories

Jake Sound, Riverside, California, USA Photo: Kailee Riches Being a Dad advocate for breastfeeding. It’s not easy being a parent, though, in all sincerity, I’ve never regretted having children, not even when I’ve lost my temper and shouted things like, “No means No!” or when I’ve almost crashed the car because of the squabbling in the backseat. Even at those times of frustration and stress, I...

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Blaire Elizabeth Ring of Second Ave Photography What's New

Photo: Blaire Elizabeth Ring of Second Ave Photography Issue 35, June 2016 Nurturing Early motherhood can be overwhelming and when you are facing it without much support even more so. Teresa Pitman explores ways of nurturing yourself when you have to cope alone. Leigh Anne O’Connor debunks the myth that obesity prevents breastfeeding and looks at the issues for plus size mothers. And Katja Leccisi talks...

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Nurturing the New Nurturer: Doing it by Yourself Features

Teresa Pitman, Ontario, Canada Photo: Blaire Elizabeth Ring of Second Ave Photography   Nurturing the new nurturer when it’s you and you are doing the nurturing by yourself. Reading articles about “mothering the new mother” (or, more inclusively, “nurturing the new parent”) would always make me cry. Have your partner take some time off work and help you out after you give birth, the article would say. See...

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Obese Mothers Can Breastfeed Features

Leigh Anne O’Connor, IBCLC, New York City, USA Photo: Michèlle Du Toit Obesity & breastfeeding According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information nearly one in two American women of childbearing age is overweight or obese. About 24% of women 20–44 years of age are overweight and 23% are obese. (1) Can breastfeeding prevent obesity? Does not breastfeeding increase the risk of obesity? Does being overweight...

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