is someone you should know! I met Marie last year while vending @ The Greater Newark Conservancy. She came to my table + we began talking. I introduced her to J. Lexi + our holistic philosophy on making nature-based soap + other skin products; she introduced me to Holistic Moms and their approach to parenting in a natural + holistic way. I also met her mom + children.
Marie, thank you for taking time from your busy schedule to allow me to interview you + introduce you and Holistic Moms to my readers.
How did you become affiliated with The Holistic Moms Network?
Marie: Being a mother, especially a new mother, is a vulnerable state, especially with the Internet at our fingertips. When my first child was about 6 months old, I found myself in the search of sanity and support. I started reaching out to other moms and attending various meetings and play-dates. I ended up at a Holistic Moms Network (HMN) meeting, and I immediately felt at home.
At HMN, all of my more natural parenting choices – breastfeeding, babywearing, co-sleeping, etc. (which are considered taboo to most American parents) – were the norm in this group of women! Better yet, the group was welcoming to ALL parenting styles and choices. HMN members are in constant search of more information to make informed and thoughtful choices for their families. It was exactly what I was looking for, and I immediately became a member.
If you’re looking to connect with an organization + like-minded parents who are looking to raise their families in a holistic + loving way, connect with The Holistic Moms Network!
I’ve never heard of “babywearing,” what is it?
Marie: Babywearing is the practice of wearing or carrying a baby in a sling or in another form of carrier. Babywearing has been practiced for centuries around the world. In the industrialized world, babywearing has gained popularity in recent decades, partly under the influence of advocates of attachment parenting. Babywearing is a form of baby transport which can be enjoyed for as long as mutually desired, often until toddlerhood and beyond. As with any acquired skill, babywearing can take some practice in the early days, but the benefits are soon, if not immediately recognized, and it is seen by many proponents as an enjoyable and practical art.
Tell me more about The Holistic Moms Network + your role in the organization.
Marie: The Holistic Moms Network™ is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization connecting parents who are interested in holistic health and green living. We encourage moms to trust their instincts, parent from the heart, use their innate sense of what is best for their children, live in balance with the Earth, and learn about the pros and cons of all healthcare and parenting options.
Living healthy and living green is not an endpoint, but an ongoing journey. No matter where you are on your parenting or holistic living journey, you are welcome at HMN! We are a diverse and open-minded community, a place where your choices are respected and where you can learn and become informed! Many of us are new to this journey, others more experienced. Wherever you are, you can benefit from the wisdom, support, and resources that Holistic Moms have to offer!
About a year after joining HMN, I stepped up and became one of five Co-Leaders for the Essex County Chapter. My main role was to start a HMN movement in Newark, my home. Newark has many, many parents with a desire to parent more naturally, however, there are few natural and holistic resources within the City. Our HMN Chapter wants to help fill that gap and foster the holistic movement in the largest city in NJ.
To find out more about The Holistic Moms Network visit www.holisticmoms.org. You can connect with our local HMN Essex County Chapter at www.facebook.com/HMNEssexNJ or send an email to EssexHMN@gmail.com.
Marie, congratulations on stepping up to take on a leadership role + starting a chapter in Newark, New Jersey!
What is the importance of breastfeeding + living holistically?
Marie: It’s undeniable that breast milk is the best food for a baby. It is specially formulated for each individual baby’s nutritional needs at each stage of growth and can provide important immunity to disease, both internally and externally. In addition, the act of breastfeeding is more than just providing nourishment. To me, it is nursing; it is a special bond with my baby; it is a method of soothing; it is a way to fall asleep; and it is trust; and it is a way to nourish your child as a whole person. To me, this is the heart of what it means to be holistic – considering the whole body and all aspects of health and well-being – and all through the act of breastfeeding.
I don’t recall exactly how the subject of donating her breast milk to J. Lexi to make soap for Marie + her family came up . . . knowing me, I probably asked for it. Maybe not, Marie is super generous . . . maybe she offered it.
Why did you agree to donate milk to J. Lexi to use in creating a family-friendly soap?
Marie: Breast milk is “clean” and anti-bacterial. It has the power to heal cuts, scrapes, and other types of skin irritations. What better use than in a healing body product? I was lucky to find J. Lexi, which enthusiastically accepted my donation of breast milk and transformed it into a soothing soap. I was delighted to give this precious resource to a company devoted to healthful, natural, locally made products.
Our Mother’s Milk bar was created with Marie + her family in mind! I was very nervous + excited about creating a recipe using such a precious ingredient. Using quality ingredients + a generous portion of mother’s milk, I can only hope Marie + her family enjoy this bar.
Get Mother’s Milk today @ website www.jlexillc.com. 100% of the proceeds are donated to Holistic Moms Network Essex County Chapter. I am formulating a Mother’s Milk cream . . . Marie, the cream will be ready in February, I promise!
If you are interested in donating breast milk to create a quality + skin-loving product for your family, please contact me @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
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