When Breastfeeding Becomes Pumping… #GrowLilahGrow

If we just take the time to watch and listen closely it’s truly amazing the life lessons our children can teach us.  Even though Lilah is only two months old she has taught me one very valuable lesson. That I am not and can not always be in control of every situation.  After having three children that breastfed with ease from birth there wasn’t a single doubt in my mind that Lilah would be any different.  After all when she was born weighing 6 pounds 5 ounces there didn’t seem to be any visible signs that we would have a … …..

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Normalize Breastfeeding with One Creative Mama Apparel {Review & Giveaway}

A few days ago I shared my bitter sweet story of weaning Willow from breastfeeding after 23 months.  I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit sad about it, but it is also nice to have a little break until Baby Harper #4 arrives in late November.  At the end of that post I mentioned I would be posting a review and giveaway as a farewell to our breastfeeding journey soon and that day is today. When I became a mom for the first time nearly six and a half years ago I knew I was going to … …..

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Weaning My Breastfed Twenty-three Month Old Toddler

A few weeks ago at nearly twenty-three months old Willow reached a very bitter sweet milestone.  She completely weaned from breastfeeding.  And let me just share that it was much more difficult to wean an almost two year old than it was her sisters who were weaned at 12 and 13 months.  When I decided to wean my first at 12 months old it was simply because that was what I thought I was supposed to do.  With baby number two I had a horrible case of mastitis at 13 months old and after being on antibiotics that transferred to … …..

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Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week with the Nursing Naturally Giveaway Event

Did you know it’s World Breastfeeding Week?  This year’s theme is “Breastfeeding Support:  Close to Mothers” which highlights breastfeeding peer counseling.  One of the biggest things that needs to happen for mom and baby to have a strong breastfeeding relationship is for mom to have a strong support system backing her up.  I have been super blessed with a husband, family, and pediatrician that are very supportive of my commitment to exclusive breastfeeding.  But for many women that is not the case.  Often times formula is pushed on them by family, doctors, and nurses for various reasons which then creates … …..

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The Breastfeeding Center–Massillon, Ohio: A Crunchy Mama’s Dream Come True!

I have been blessed with three adorable little girls who have come into this world breastfeeding pros literally from the first latch.  I have also been blessed with a body that produces more than enough milk for my babies with hardly any issues.  I’ve had two occurrences of mastitis, but other than that breastfeeding has been smooth sailing for me over the past five years.  I know that my story isn’t typical and that many women struggle with many different aspects of breastfeeding from proper latches to supply to cracked/sore nipples and everything in between.  Sometimes finding support and encouragement … …..

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Never Wordless Wednesday: Q92 Nurse-In

Last week while listening to The Mo Radio Show on Q92.5 I heard something that as a proud breastfeeding mom upset me immensely.  On his show Mo compared breastfeeding to urinating in public.  Yup, you read that right, he compared providing a child with nourishment to defecating.  Here’s the proof. I’m sure most of you are aware that breastfeeding in public is legal where as urinating in public is not.  Rather quickly a discussion began on one of my favorite Facebook pages – The Breastfeeding Center – and I along with many others thought a nurse-in would be a great … …..

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Tuesday’s Tastes on Second Base: Scheduled vs. On Demand Nursing

With a three week old in the house the majority of my time is spent breastfeeding… I even breastfeed in my sleep – I’m being serious!  And since breastfeeding is such a huge part of my life right now I have decided to join two of my bloggy friends, Mama on a Green Mission & Joy of Momma Joyner by linking up with their weekly meme – Tuesday’s Tastes on Second Base.  Each week there will be a new topic regarding breastfeeding and I will share my thoughts and opinions on that topic with all my readers. TOPIC:  Scheduled vs … …..

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Tuesday’s Tastes on Second Base: Wet Nursing

I am enjoying every single moment of having a little nursling again.  I even love those middle of the night nursing sessions because the house is so quiet and I get to enjoy that closeness of just me and my baby girl.  When the lactation consultant came to visit me and Willow while I was still in the hospital she asked how long I had breastfed Alleigh and Kaelyn then what my breastfeeding goal is for Willow.  I told her that I had nursed Alleigh to twelve months, Kaelyn to thirteen months, and my goal is to nurse Willow to … …..

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Friendly Debates with the Danielles: Donated Breast Milk

Welcome to Week 41 of Friendly Debates With The Danielles! Each Sunday Danielle from “We Don’t Have It All Together, But Together We Have It All” and I will host this awesome meme and we would love for you to link up and join us. There will be a question each week that will require you to think about how you feel about a certain topic and to decide where you stand regarding that topic, then of course share those thoughts! We do have a few rules… or rather guidelines… that we would appreciate being followed: 1.) Please follow the … …..

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Spring Fever: Ultimate Breastfeeding Prize Pack Giveaway {$230+}

Can you believe it is already April 15th??  Time really is flying by…. in roughly 4 months Baby Girl will be joining our family –how crazy is that?  In the mean time tonight is the start of the Spring Fever giveaway event which will last until April 21st.  There are dozens of awesome bloggers signed up for this event all with prize packs that have a minimum value of $50!  But of course you know here at Happenings of the Harper Household I had to go above and beyond for my awesome readers.  And so I put together an Ultimate … …..

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