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    New Motherhood + The BeliBea Nursing Bra

    Dena April 10, 2015

    During my pregnancy, I spent a lot of time preparing for life with a newborn. Having been through it once before, I thought I had an idea of what to expect. However, it’s just one of those things, like childbirth itself, that you simply can’t accurately or completely remember. It’s not until you find yourself knee-deep, in the thick of it, that you really remember. “Oh right, this is what…

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  • The End of Our Breastfeeding Journey

    Dena December 12, 2014

    nursing Roman, two-months-old, in the park The spectrum of emotions that I went through while breastfeeding was amazing. Early on, I decided that breastfeeding was the most difficult thing that I’d ever done in my life. For me, the difficulty wasn’t physical. (Roman latched immediately…

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  • Breastfeeding in Public

    Dena February 11, 2014

    I wish that I didn’t have to write this post. It makes me sad that it’s an issue at all. However, the reality is that for some reason, the most natural thing in the world — FEEDING A BABY — is an issue. While it…

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  • Why Pumping Doesn’t Work for Us

    Dena October 21, 2013

    Mother Breastfeeding her Baby, by Louis Fleckenstein, c. 1900. I am going to write a series about breastfeeding. For many women, myself included, breastfeeding is one of the most challenging aspects of new motherhood. I am not an expert, but I have been doing it…

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  • On Motherhood & Not Returning to Work

    Dena August 7, 2013

    “Nothing you become will disappoint me; I have no preconception that I’d like to see you be or do. I have no desire to foresee you, only to discover you. You can’t disappoint me.” —Mary Haskell I always knew that I wanted to be a…

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  • (Not) Sleeping & Breastfeeding

    Dena July 14, 2013

    Things are never what you expect them to be. During my pregnancy, my main concern about breastfeeding was that I wouldn’t be able to. I knew so many women that wanted to breastfeed but were unable to. I hoped and prayed that I would be…

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  • our first week together

    Dena May 16, 2013

    Life with a newborn is hard. There is no other way to put it. You go into it expecting the lack of sleep, long nights, hard days, crying, dirty diapers, and the lot — but you can’t prepare yourself for what it will really mean;…

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