Wednesday, August 8, 2012


Co-sleeping, nursing, and weaning à la Good Nights

New parents have a lot of questions. Some of the most basic are the most controversial:

• For how many months (or years) should I nurse my baby?
• When should I wean my baby and how?
• Where should my baby sleep?

With so many commercial interests in our society telling us what kind of parents we should be, whether it comes to conceiving, birthing, feeding, or sleeping with our children, even people who want a natural approach to parenting and feel an instinctive pull toward what they believe are healthier, more intuitive ways, will have to dig to find information that resonates with their desires and supports them in living their dreams of parenthood.

Since my early 20s, I knew I wanted to have a natural childbirth, nurse my baby approximately two years, and stay home to care for and raise her—which I am now doing, twenty years later at 43! However, I empathize with those who opt for the templates created for us (meaning a more mechanized and medical approach to pregnancy and motherhood), because before I was pregnant, I didn’t know how to answer those three questions above—and others so important to the experience of parenthood.

Not all parents want to do things differently from the norm—but I believe that with more information and support, thousands, if not millions of them, would indeed choose a different approach.


ALLIE CHEE After earning a BA in literature and a 2nd degree black belt in Korean martial arts, 20 years traveling in 50 countries, working in numerous entrepreneurial ventures, and serving as co-publisher of a leading financial industry magazine, Allie Chee lives in Silicon Valley with her husband and daughter and is a student at Stanford.

Her articles have appeared in: 
•  The Well Being Journal
•  The Holistic Networker
•  The Birthing Site
•  Natural Mother Magazine 
•  MidwiferyToday

Her published titles are: New Mother, Free Love, and Go, Jane!

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1 comment:

Jules L said...

Now this is another book I wish I had when my baby was born. I don't know if we would have done things different...but maybe. Moms figuring things out alone sure is the hard way.