Tributes to Catherine Young
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Catherine Young - was an amazing lady.
She had a passion for her life, her children and a natural lifestyle, including
natural child birth, anti - immunization and breastfeeding( which is near and
dear to my heart), amongst other things. She has really blessed my life with her
humour, her wonderfully written stories, and her point of view. Although one
might not always agree with some of the articles that were published there
was caused to examine yourself , your point of view, and to test it out., always
leaving room for growth as a person.
I was given my first issue of Compleat Mother by my midwife three years ago.
It was a welcome support and source of
information and positive literature that I needed living in rural Renfrew
County. We had a homebirth, nursed for two years and practised natural parenting
methods as much as possible to the criticism of many. Reading Catharine's words
of wisdom kept me going through times of doubt. She was definitely a great asset
to Mothers and Children
I was so very sorry to hear of
Catherine's death. My heart goes out to her family and friends.
Catherine Young has had the most wonderful, powerful and empowering impact on the breastfeeding and parenting of our three children.
I found an issue of the Compleat Mother at our local women's shelter where I volunteered back in 1994. I was pregnant with our first at the time. Being a pediatric nurse for 3 years, I was already a pro- breastfeeder; but you never really know what you're in for until you've got that babe in your arms. I kept the magazine, became completely intrigued by the other issues commonly addressed in each issue and immediately became a subscriber...
Four months after her birth too many bad things happened all at once. Still having too much blind faith in the medical system, I actually introduced cheerios and rice pablum to my exclusively breastfed baby! HORRORS! She got constipated, miserable, cut 2 teeth, breastfeeding started to become what my husband referred to as "the screaming feedings", and so I also introduced the "soother".
Months of horror and screaming feedings passed and I started going crazy with all my dead end searches for help. I paid for lactation consultants, who said my breasts were too big. So then I rented expensive pumps to try and reduce the flow. I consulted my G.P. and even La Leche League leaders who both said ,"It's always the babies of mom's who want to breastfeed, that decide to wean early." I even spoke to a nutritionist who told me to stop being so hard on myself and just buy formula. Her weight dropped a bit and even my doctor suggested supplementing. My head pounds just recalling those months.
The happy ending to this too typical a story is that I kept reading my Mother...I felt in my heart that my baby was not ready to wean, I just needed the right help, the right listener. Well, I phoned C.Y. one Friday afternoon. I was nervous because she seemed like a giant to me - I was almost relieved to get an answering machine. I left my pathetic call for help and assumed this incredible person would probably be too busy for little me. THE Catherine Young returned MY call on a FRIDAY evening. She asked me some questions, she was calm and sure, and she said she could tell I was determined and that I would work through this. She told me to flush my soothers down the toilet! "All 5 of them?", was my response. I explained we ONLY used them for napping, bedtime, and miserable moments. Catherine explained to me that babes can have a finite (fixed) amount of sucking time inherently. If some of that time is wasted on sucking a soother, they can be just too tired to want to suckle a breast for nourishment. The obvious is that it's also easier to suck soothers and more work to suck breasts.
When I got off the phone, my husband said, "Well?". I told him "no soothers" and his response was something like "yeah, right... I guess you're going to be up all night". I was up all night, BUT IT WORKED!! By Sunday night she fell asleep on my breast like she did months before it all started, and I cried of course.
2 more children later, and everything was done so differently. 2 homebirths :) challenging, but beautiful, exclusively breastfed for 1 year with full time breastfeeding for 3 years :) no unnecessary vaccinations, of course they were all cloth diapered and family bedded. All because of a little, most incredible magazine and a very committed, most wonderful giant of a women. Me and my family will forever be grateful . Thank You Catherine Young. Rose Sedore. Clayton. Ontario.
My first experience with "The
Mother" was shortly after my second hospital birth in and the birth of my
breast feeding experience.I was bound and determined to nurse my second child
due to the health problems in my first child as a result of artificial
feeding.The Mother got me through the rocky road of a nipple confused baby.
I cried when I read the email. I never knew Catherine personally, but certainly felt that I did. It must have been her gift in her amazing writing ability. I love the Compleat Mother and I loved her book Stretch Marks. I offer my condolences to family and friends. She will be sorely missed. However, she has definitely left a remarkable impression upon the world with her campaign for breastfeeding. I have and will continue to boycott Nestle!
I just heard tonight about Catherine passing away. I cannot begin to tell you how devastated I feel.
Reading all of the letters from others whose lives have been touched by this amazing woman makes me realize that I am not alone. Once again the compleat mother comes through in that regard... From the very beginning that is what her message has always been about for me... that feeling of community love and support.
As others have said, her magazine changed my life, her personal contact with me uplifted and empowered me, her words in her books are something I carry with me in my heart. I always give something of her to expectant and new moms I meet... be it a copy of the CM or posters or a book.
I cannot believe she is gone. I didn't think it was possible to lose her.
My condolences and love go out to you, her friends and also to her children and other family...
Dear Family of Catherine, I send my deepest
sympathy on your loss. She was an amazing woman and her magazine helped so many
moms breastfed their babies, including my four who without her help would not of
been breastfed. They are all healthy and strong thanks to her.She was like a
MOTHER to us all and with tears in my eyes as I write this she will be sadly
missed by me so much. She taught me so much about breastfeeding and about life
that she will
Thank you so much Catherine, you were an inspiration to us all.
Love, Patricia Cavalieri
My brief "contact" with Catherine was
difficult and confrontational. I do respect her cause to promote breastfeeding
but am reminded that we must be gentle with others, even if we are very
passionate about our cause. It must be a tremendous loss for her children that
she has gone.
I would just like to take a moment to thank Catherine even though I was never graced with meeting her personally. I have always found strength in what she had to say. Thank you Catherine for inspiring me to be a better mother, and a positive influence on the world. I have always felt that all of your words were like a breath of fresh air. Thank you Catherine for all the people's lives that you've impacted. Thank you for giving me strength and enlightenment. I have always admired you as a mother, woman, and a writer. You have touched my soul deeply.
Thank you for your open heart
Thank you for your beautiful soul
Thank you for your constant strength
I was so sad to receive notice of
Catherine's death. I knew her only through her unabashed Complete Mother
publications and as a Mother Tea customer but I feel her loss as deeply as the
loss of all the people who died and ascended along with her last Tuesday
morning. May she go on in peace. I'm offering the poem included here,
Ipalnemoani, as something that has given me solace in all this turmoil. My love
to all of you who are missing her so much.
was on my way home from a labor and birth of a first time family. They asked us
to come be with them late on Monday night.
This family worked so well together, husband and wife loving and
supporting each other. I tuned into
NPR when I found out that, unbeknownst to me, the sky truly was falling for some
families. Thousands of people
mothers, fathers, partners, and children had been killed.
With tears streaming down my face I listened to a mother and wife tell
how her husband was at the Pentagon that day and was one of the hundreds of
people that never made it home that night. Terrorists had attacked the Pentagon
and other locations. She was as
close to the building as they would allow her to be and was planning to stay
there until they brought her husband out (dead or alive) so she knew what to
tell her children. Our world has
truly suffered a blow.
thought how odd it was that as this family labored away in “birth time” yet
all of this destruction had gone on. Life
continues, birth continues.
After I had spent some well-deserved time with my own family I checked my email. I found to my deep sadness that Catherine young had lost her battle with breast cancer on Tuesday morning. My only hope being that she and her family also had no idea this was going on while they let go of each other. Our mothering and midwifery communities have truly suffered a blow. I can’t begin to describe how Catherine’s work (The Complete Mother) affected my motherhood, those late nights with just her and my sweet young nursling with The Complete mother I never felt like the only one.
heart mourns both of these losses at the same time that I celebrate for a new
the Mother’s mother already.
I can't think of a better place for her after all she's done for us than Heaven. The one person to stand by my side when I was nursing my daughter. She reminded me of an Asian God who held in her hand the flame of truth and trampled underfoot the troll of lies and greed, as her otherhand gracefully showed reassurance to all.
The ultimate truth is often so hard to see without the guidance of one so wise. I hope she scattered seeds of truth and reassurance as far as she wanted in her short but powerful life. I envied her strength and dedication to what she knew was right. I hope she and her loved ones find peace in knowing how much she helped others like myself in these oh so important years of child-rearing.
Her honesty and down to earth,
loving personality came out in every sentence she wrote, and will be kept alive
in print forever.
can I possibly articulate what a profound affect Catherine has had on my life
and the life of my children. Discovering her magazine, reading her wisdom,
laughing and crying through her books. Her writing allowed me to be
different and follow my instincts. She taught me the difference between a
need and a want when it comes to children. Parents think that their kids
need Little Tykes and Osh Kosh when all they want is mummy and warm milk our
time and attention. Because of Catherine and her magazine, it opened my
eyes to the truth and I walked away from my career and became a full time
mother. I now have three little boys and homeschool.
I was not sure how to add my thoughts to the tributes page. I did want to share with Catherine's children how much inspiration I received from her over the years. I was at the potluck luncheon at her home in Ontario that formed the Friends of Breastfeeding, sixteen or seventeen years ago. I felt such a connection with her, and that warmth is still present when I think of her.
two children had a wonderful time that afternoon playing with her children, I
think we were the last to leave and find our way back to the city.
Thanks for the memories, the love, and the mission!
Amanda, Rebecca and Zachary,
you, Amanda, for all the work you put into that. Thank you,
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