Feb 012010


I was recently approached about doing a review of this beautiful breastfeeding book… And I had to laugh because I had purchased a copy to read with Jewel back in 2007!

I’m happy to share it with you, since it is really lovely and we have enjoyed reading our copy many, many times.


Near Mama’s Heart is the creation of Colleen Newman, available on her website My Baby & More. There’s even a Spanish-language version.

Best of all, while you’re there you can “read” the whole book in a beautiful video, totally free!

Near Mama’s Heart is even approved for use in La Leche League and Attachment Parenting International Libraries (by those respective organizations).

We have a large collection of nursing books, and this one is right there in the “favorites” pile.

The text is simple, sweet, and rhyming. Images show a wide range of mamas and babies – different races, different positions and situations, different ages of babies, even tandem nursing.

Look for, “I like to nurse like a skilled acrobat” – which, of course, Jewel felt like she needed to practice often after reading it. And the oh, so precious photo near the end with the tiny baby who can “nurse anytime, day or night.”

Personally, my only wish is that it was a board book. I like to let the littles have the nursing books to look at, since they enjoy them so much, and this is just not built to stand up to that.

Want to check it out for yourself?

You can purchase a copy from My Baby & More for $13.99 plus shipping. Use the PayPal option – Amazon.com no longer stocks it.

And one lucky As For My House reader will win a copy!

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This giveaway ends next Saturday – February 13th at 11:59pm (Eastern).

The winner will be chosen using random.org and announced on the blog, as well as contacted by email. Winner must respond within 48 hours, or a new winner will be selected. Your book will ship directly from the author!

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Jan 292010

I am delighted to be able to share this story with you…

I went through a lot of struggles and challenges to keep nursing R.T. while dealing with a variety of medical situations (mine) in his first year of life.

I hope others can learn the lessons I learned the hard way just by reading about it, and can be spared some of the grief!

You can read Chapter I today over at the Mommy News & Views blog.

Chapter II will follow in February.

A special thanks to Judy for allowing me the platform to share my story!

Oct 242009

No, not in general… just in Our House. :)

I’m pleased to announce the beginning of a beautiful relationship.

My breastfeeding story is featured on the Mommy News and Views Blog, hosted by A Mother’s Boutique.

It’s actually not a “new” relationship, just a shift. Judy is the owner of A Mother’s Boutique, a wonderful breastfeeding store. I have made several purchases from her, relied heavily on her advice and kindness in trying things on for me, and even won a contest she held on her blog some time back. She is just a delight to do business with – click back over to my LLL Sports Bra Review at Life on the Road for a good story about her.

So I was delighted by the opportunity to contribute to the blog. This “history” is my introduction to her readers. The current plan is that I will contribute a breastfeeding story/article each month, on various and sundry breastfeeding-centric topics.

Hope to see you there!