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
everywhere. I lend my copies of the Mother all the time and will continue my subscription. 

Blessed Be.
Lana Keon, Mountain, Ontario

I was so very sorry to hear of Catherine's death.  My heart goes out to her family and friends.

May her vision and dedication live on.

Sue Lawrence
A subscriber

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.                 
Rose Sedore
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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.

Catherine inspired my pursuit of a home birth and peaked my interest in Vaccine research and circumsision.

To describe the impact of my parental and spirtual growth through the Mother let me describe each childs experiences.Sybilla[age 11] medicated hospital birth , never nursed ,fully vacced at age 5 , slept in crib from birth.Basil [age 6 yrs 7 mnths] unmedicated hospital birth, exclusively breast fed to age 10mnths , weaned at age 5yrs 2 mnths,clothed diapered , family bedded with just mom, partially vacced, Zoe Rue [age 3yrs 8mnths] homebirthed, tandemnursed for 2yrs , still nurseing, no vaccines and always family bedded with Dad and Mom!

Big differences .I thank Catherine everyday for the impact on my girls lives.I can say that my greatest honors were being published in the Complete Mother.Thank you Catherine!You will never be forgotten!!!!

My own mother lost her breast last September, so this takes on double meaning for me. From one person who was directly effected by breast cancer to the family , friends and followers of Catherine my deepest sympathy and prayers go out to you.

Carey Bryson
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Anderson , In . USA

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!
ReNae Trebelhorn
Faribault, MN

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...
Heather Fairley
Saskatoon, SK
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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
live forever in our hearts.

Thank you so much Catherine, you were an inspiration to us all.

Love, Patricia Cavalieri