Sleep Challenges

When frequent night-waking is not normal. Breastfeeding a baby with sleep apnoea…

2018-11-07T08:48:37+00:00November 6th, 2018|Sleep Challenges|

I am constantly going on about how frequent night-waking (especially for breastfed children) is normal. The biocultural and biological norm. However I do also talk about how there are many different reasons that a baby's night-waking could be deemed "abnormal". Regardless of what is happening culturally around the child or what human babies do naturally, [...]

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Your child is not “protesting”…they are crying. The language sleep trainers use and the damage it causes.

2018-07-14T21:39:48+00:00July 14th, 2018|Attachment Parenting, Creative Breastfeeding, Sleep Challenges|

(*Not ALL sleep consultants use this language. If you help parents with sleep and you don't use this language or leave babies to cry then that's great!) If you live in a developed nation and are currently raising children then you are well aware of the obsession we have with sleep. There are many different [...]

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How to be a new breastfeeding mother without losing your shit…

2017-12-19T07:08:42+00:00December 19th, 2017|Attachment Parenting, Common Breastfeeding Challenges, Creative Breastfeeding, Sleep Challenges, Tips to Settle Your Baby|

Often times we feel overwhelmed because we don't know what to expect! We are told 5,694 different ways to do things as a mother and then we're given unrealistic expectations of what babies do. So here IS what to expect with your new breastfed baby... Spend the first few weeks (the first month preferably) just hanging [...]

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Why your baby “sleeping longer” might not be so good after all…

2017-07-24T09:36:25+00:00June 7th, 2017|Attachment Parenting, Sleep Challenges, Tips to Settle Your Baby|

Have you seen the headlines the past few days about a new study that was just published? "Babies Sleep Better In Their Own Rooms After 4 Months, Study Finds" "Babies may sleep longer in their own rooms after 4 months, says new study" "Babies put into their own room at six months 'sleep longer'" Sounds great [...]

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“So he slept through the night, huh?” A Milk Meg Comic…

2017-07-24T09:36:25+00:00January 16th, 2017|Attachment Parenting, Just For Fun, Sleep Challenges|

I'd love to say this was just a funny little idea I had for one of the comics in my book...but no! This is real life people! So yeah...this really did happen between my husband and I. After a particularly bad night of frequent wake-ups my husband rolled over to me, "So he slept through [...]

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Dear American Academy of Pediatrics…why are you telling families to ignore their crying babies?

2017-07-24T09:36:25+00:00December 7th, 2016|Attachment Parenting, Sleep Challenges|

Dear American Academy of Pediatrics, Yesterday I received this message from a woman who follows me on my Facebook page: She then followed with a photo of the handout she received: and I'll highlight one of the parts that she starred (and the thing that jumped out at me immediately)...   This one simple sentence [...]

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How the invention of the crib ruined motherhood for us all…

2017-07-24T09:36:26+00:00June 1st, 2016|Attachment Parenting, Sleep Challenges|

Trying to get my first born to sleep in a crib literally made me go crazy. Here I was, a fresh, wrinkle-less young mother...and I was confused. I mean, at some point every baby needs to move to a crib right?! My little firstborn had been sleeping with us in our "family" bed for over a [...]

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Why “Feed, Play, Sleep” routines make no sense for a breastfed baby…

2017-07-24T09:36:26+00:00February 29th, 2016|Sleep Challenges|

*Just to clarify, I don't think it makes sense for ANY baby, bottle or breastfed to be on this routine...however it makes even LESS sense for breastfed babies. Also, if you are doing this routine and it's working for you then great! This article isn't for you (although I'd love for you to keep reading [...]

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9 Reasons you should keep breastfeeding your child to sleep…

2018-10-15T06:55:20+00:00February 17th, 2016|Sleep Challenges|

*Just a little note to start with. When I say, "SHOULD breastfeed to sleep at night." I am not talking about the babies who naturally just don't fall asleep breastfeeding or those who find that it just doesn't work for them. Don't worry, your kid is still normal even if they don't fall asleep at the [...]

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My baby is not broken…so please fuck off.

2018-10-15T06:36:25+00:00October 7th, 2015|Attachment Parenting, Common Breastfeeding Challenges, Sleep Challenges|

Time and time again I am reminded of why we think our babies are broken. Just yesterday I saw an advertisement in my local newspaper. "Does your child need some help sleeping?" it read. I cringed...I looked at the picture of the beautiful baby sleeping peacefully in his cot. And I was brought back to [...]

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What to do when your baby hates to sleep…besides drink copious amounts of coffee.

2017-07-24T09:36:27+00:00January 2nd, 2015|Breastfeeding Toddlers, Sleep Challenges, Tips to Settle Your Baby|

My youngest boy hates to sleep. And no, this is not just a little phase he is going through, nor is it my fault (although we do like to blame ourselves for these things). He has hated sleep from the second he was born all the way up until now (at just over 2 ½ years [...]

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How do I get my kid out of my bed?!

2017-07-24T09:36:27+00:00December 7th, 2014|Attachment Parenting, Breastfeeding Toddlers, Sleep Challenges|

“Never let your baby into your bed! You’ll never get them out!”  Have you heard that one before? I did many times as a new mother.  My husband and I were still in college at the time, the first of our friends to have a baby. We were completely clueless about all things babies.  Breastfeeding [...]

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Why Our Breastfed Babies and Toddlers Wake So Frequently…

2017-07-24T09:36:27+00:00October 14th, 2014|Attachment Parenting, Sleep Challenges|

**This is an excerpt from my book, "Boobin' All Day...Boobin' All Night. A Gentle Approach To Sleep For Breastfeeding Families." Click here to find out more or to order. Sleep deprivation is something every mother understands. Being pushed to the brink of insanity from frequent night waking, that feeling of being woken almost immediately after just [...]

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Blame it on breastfeeding one more time…and I might just throw up a little bit.

2018-10-07T13:15:41+00:00September 26th, 2014|Attachment Parenting, Breastfeeding Toddlers, Sleep Challenges|

Here's the thing...as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant I talk every day to women who are seeking help with breastfeeding. Almost every single one of these women (including myself) have heard someone tell them that "X" is happening BECAUSE THEY ARE BREASTFEEDING. What is this "X" I speak of? Well depending on who you are talking to it can [...]

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My Response To The Doctor’s “New” Methods Of Sleep Training And Scheduled Feedings…

2018-10-07T13:14:11+00:00August 20th, 2014|Sleep Challenges|

Well, another mainstream media article about sleep training and cry it out is now making the rounds online again. Doctors telling people their babies need to be fed on four hourly schedules and left to cry so they can self-settle. When will this insanity stop?! When will this rubbish stop being published? Give these poor sleep deprived parents [...]

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Operation Gentle Night Wean! Video Diary of Meg’s Night Weaning Experiences…

2017-07-24T09:36:28+00:00June 18th, 2014|Attachment Parenting, Breastfeeding Toddlers, Breastfeeding Videos, Sleep Challenges, Weaning|

THE TIME HAS (almost) COME!!! I am exhausted! I have been breastfeeding Mini The Milk throughout the night for 25 months now WITHOUT LYING DOWN! He hates to breastfeed lying down so the, "whip the boob out and fall back to sleep" like I did with my other two boys has not worked for me [...]

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How Much Sleep And How Many Naps Does My Baby Need? How About My Toddler? Sleep And The Breastfed Child…

2017-07-24T09:36:28+00:00June 7th, 2014|Sleep Challenges|

Sleep becomes a bit of an obsession when we have our baby. Even if we are happy with how our baby is sleeping (or not sleeping) we are constantly asked if our baby is a "GOOD" baby (are they sleeping), how long are they sleeping for, are you getting any sleep, how much they are [...]

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Sleep Deprivation, Mother Guilt And Why We Need to Stop The Glorification Of “Busy”

2018-10-03T04:43:49+00:00April 13th, 2014|Attachment Parenting, Common Breastfeeding Challenges, Sleep Challenges|

  This past week was probably the most sleep deprived I have ever been in my entire life!  I was working and traveling across the country to film a documentary based on one of my blog posts, all while I had a very sick toddler attached to my boob! Oh the mother guilt... I have [...]

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Are You Watching The Clock Or Watching Your Baby? Sleep Training Books And Schedules…

2017-07-30T05:41:58+00:00March 18th, 2014|Attachment Parenting, Sleep Challenges|

Are you watching the clock or watching your baby? The authors of baby training books make millions off of sleep deprived parents.  Women bring these books into hospital with them when they are in labour, women turn to them after they have had little sleep, women listen to their friends as they tell them, "you [...]

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