The night my daughter was born, our first nursing session happened inside the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Meredith had required some brief monitoring post-delivery, and I remember sitting in that wooden rocker, amused at the way her angry little fists punched the air in protest over being made to wait. But, the moment she was in my arms, she took to nursing like she was born to do it, and we went on to have a successful nursing relationship.
But the age old practice of breastfeeding has seen its fair share of change over the years—at least when it comes to how its perceived. My 93-year-old grandmother wasn't even given the option to nurse her babies after they were born; formula was the new, modern method of choice. Years later, my mother chose to breastfeed when it still wasn't very much in vogue. Today, popular opinion has swung back in favor of nursing and its benefits for mother and baby, and in the 1990s, World Breastfeeding Week was established to promote the practice.
Here at Bison Booties, our Normalize Breastfeeding Project was designed to join in the support of nursing moms (get FREE breastfeeding cards to share here). So much of what we do is centered around mothers and babies, and we love helping moms feel empowered and confident in their parenting decisions.
Our brand new Favorites Boutique is also a great resource for nursing moms:
Natursutten pacifiers are 100% natural, and are designed to satisfy the natural sucking motion of baby's mouth.
When baby is ready to dabble in solid foods, the Spuni helps him transition from the breast to the spoon seamlessly, thanks to its unique tulip shape that triggers baby's natural latching reflex.
Chewbeads are another great tool for the nursing mom; these brightly colored silicone beads give your little one something to keeping his hands and eyes busy with while feeding.
PS: In the end, the best baby is a fed baby - and a happy mommy! :)
In your diaper bag: diapers, baby wipes ... and what else? I've handpicked my all-time favorite baby must-haves that I won't leave home without. From my little boy's favorite natural pacifiers, to the necklace I get tons of compliments on (and my baby loves to safely chew!), to the baby spoon that babies naturally know how [...]
When I was a kid, the North Dakota State Fair was a summer staple. Growing up just a few blocks from the fairgrounds meant my brothers and I lived the fair frenzy a little longer than most; we loved seeing those first trucks roll in carrying pieces of the ferris wheel, ticket booths, and carousel, folded in the back at odd [...]
Like it or not, retailers have declared the official start of Back-to-School shopping. Hunting down all the supplies your kids need for another year of learning is one of those tasks many parents dread (this one included). Here are six truths about the experience that should at least remind you: we're all in this together. 1. [...]
Calling all Bison Booties fans! We are planning out our collaboration calendar for the next six months and we'd love to work with you. Are you a blogger, photographer, small business owner, or trendsetter? Email me and tell me about yourself + your social media following >> firstname.lastname@example.orgShare with your friends! Can't wait to collaborate [...]
“I can't believe it's really real!” my 7-year-old daughter breathed as she gazed up at the four most famous faces in South Dakota. It was the first time she'd seen Mount Rushmore outside the pages of a book, and her awe at the sight of it made me smile. Growing up in an era when life before iPads and Internet is [...]
Looking back, it's funny to admit: I was a little nervous about our family trip to Medora—would this top tourist destination live up to the hype? And the dreaded question that every mom considers: will my kids be bored?What is it about Medora that makes it North Dakota's top travel destination?Just a quick two-hour drive from [...]
School's out for the summer (yay!) and while it means your life is probably blessedly less scheduled, it can also mean you might hear those two dreaded words before too long: "I'm bored." In the Bison Booties hometown of Mandan, ND, there are plenty of boredom busters right in our own backyard--and we bet your [...]
Planting garden seeds with my kids is one of my all-time favorite spring traditions. There's just something about getting your hands in dirt and seeing green sprout for the first time. Ahhhh it's springtime!We get a jump-start on the season by planting some of our seeds in mini containers inside the house. Not only does [...]
The modest town of Stanley is a gem along western North Dakota's Highway 2, bursting with family-friendly activities and friendly faces. My family took an impromptu trip to Stanley recently (a short 45-minute drive from our hometown of Minot) and found three places that will have you wanting to plan your own day trip to this quant community very [...]