I love changing over to a new year and embarking on a fresh start. I also love reflecting on the past year. I’ve taken a little break from my blog/website for various reasons, but thought it would be fun to see what the most popular posts were from 2012… So here they are (not including birth stories):
#10 is an article on Cloth Diapering 101. Many parents are interested in cloth diapering but don’t quite know where to start. This is a great introduction to the many modern options available to you! When we discuss cloth diapering in class, I emphasize that cloth diapering does not have to be all or nothing: you can use whatever combination of cloth and disposable diapers that works best for you – I do!
#9 is a poem titled Babies Don’t Keep. Apparently many can relate to the feelings in this one. It begins: Mother, O’ Mother, come shake out your cloth. / Empty the dustpan, poison the moth. / Hang out the washing, make up the bed. / Sew on a button and butter the bread. / Where is the mother whose house is so shocking? / She’s up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.
#8 is about Clogged Ducts and is one of three posts about breastfeeding that made it to my blog’s Top 10 most-viewed posts of 2012. This is a fairly common – and painful – occurrence so this post shares some signs & symptoms, ideas for a plan of attack as well as links to further resources. I hope this helps!
#7 is one of my genital integrity posts: The Fabulous Functional Foreskin! The first step to eliminating unnecessary genital cutting of unconsenting minors is to understand and normalize the functions of natural male anatomy. “If circumcision took place in hallways, instead of behind closed doors, it would stop tomorrow.” – Marilyn Milos, founder of NOCIRC
#6: Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond! Great information here about safe use of essential oils by Internationally Certified Aromatherapist Alina Piccone.
#5: Do YOU know why breastfeeding is like a hot wing eating contest??? This may be #5 on the list but it is hands down #1 for post related to the strangest google search terms to land people on my site! This post is courtesy of Nyssa at Diary of a Lactation Failure, as she chronicles her inspiring and courageous journey with Insufficient Glandular Tissue (IGT).
#4 is about Oversupply Syndrome or Foremilk-Hindmilk Imbalance, a breastfeeding post based on my own experience. This post addresses the opposite end of the spectrum from the post mentioned above from both mom’s and baby’s point of view. I hope the ideas and resources help others who may experience this.
#3 is all about Postpartum Meal Planning. It’s a practical one and I wish more people would do this! Plan ahead to make your babymoon that much easier and to gift yourself with nourishing homemade food. You deserve it! Really, this is helpful for any time. I know I’m happy whenever I manage to get a few meals frozen for future use!
#2 lists just 10 Reasons NOT to Circumcise. (Of course, I think there are many more!) I’m happy it’s on my list of most-viewed blog posts for 2012 as it is a topic I feel strongly about: genital integrity! Every child – male or female – should have the right to make his or her own decisions about their genitals.
#1… How Many Eggs is a Female Human Born With? This is the winner of top-viewed posts on my blog for 2012 by a LANDSLIDE, with more than twice the views of #2 on this list, to my surprise. Who knew so many thousands of people wanted to know about our eggs? This was a fun post for me to write as I learned something new too!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this look back on some of my posts of 2012…. I have many posts drafted which I aim to complete and share with you in 2013! If you haven’t already, please subscribe to my blog so you can receive notices of new posts via email and won’t miss them in your Facebook newsfeed. Thank you so much for your support!