Wednesday, May 26, 2010

I have to be honest....

When it comes to breastfeeding, I sometimes find myself wondering if I offend people. Not necessarily when I am nursing in public....but more so when I talk about it.

In my previous post, it seems I may have unwillingly upset some moms.

I know not all women choose to nurse their children, and to be honest I do get curious as to why. Is it because they are not educated on breastfeeding, too scared, or simply just do not want to do it? I can not change the last reason....but maybe I can help some women with the first two.

When Joslyn was born, we were told that we should just do formula and to give up breastfeeding. Was this by a family member or a stranger? No. This was from an over worked and perhaps lazy hospital Lactation Consultant. This woman spent maybe 5 minutes in my Mother and Baby room, before telling me to give up on my 2 day old baby ever learning how to breastfeed. Looking back, I think that was a turning point for me AND my husband. Here this woman was suppose to support us in breastfeeding OUR daughter, and she was doing the opposite.

Now we can not be the only parents who were told to give it up and I hope we were not the only people to ignore the poor advice. But I can see why some women WOULD listen and I can not blame them.

Was breastfeeding easy? NO. Did I tell my husband, out of exhaustion and frustration, "this is why people use formula!" YES! To be perfectly honest, Joslyn got two formula bottles each day for the first 2 months. So I can not judge someone for using formula. But most people think that it is breastmilk OR formula. The truth is, you CAN do both.

My goal for this blog (and even my Facebook page) was to spread the word about breastfeeding......and to share some tips along the way. I never want to make people feel uncomfortable or insulted because they choose not to or were not able to breastfeed. After all it is a choice. It saddens me to think that some people feel that they are being judged, simply for the fact they are not feeding their child the same way I feed mine. That is simply not the case.

I commend EVERYONE who has tried to breastfeed. If, for some reason, you were not able to, that does not make you a bad mother. Nor does it make you less of a woman.

If you decided not to breastfeed at all, that is your choice. I will not pass judgment, but a small part of me will wonder what made you decide against it. You can call it curiosity.

I do not want to offend anyone and I do not think I am better than the mom sitting next to me. I
do think breastmilk is best, but there is also research that I stand behind.

So to all moms....breastfeeding and formula feeding.......keep up the great work! Love your babies as they are such a miracle.

......and if you hear me talking about breastfeeding, please do not get offended. Breastfeeding is something I am proud of and take seriously.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Formula Fed America

I came across this website today and I was super interested. I wanted to share with you what I found.
Formula Fed America is a documentary based on the formula epidemic America is in.

I am curious to see the documentary! I would gladly nurse Katelyn at the showing!!!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Breastfeeding lowers risk of fever after immunizations

How cool is this?! A study published by Pediatrics shows that a nursed baby is less likely to suffer from fevers, caused by immunizations.

Joslyn never had a fever following her immunizations and Katelyn so far only had a fever following one shot. Pretty amazing!!!!! Yet another super power us nursing moms have!!!
Take a look at the article....

Monday, May 17, 2010

Asked to leave while nursing in public

ABC's "What would you do?" did a segment on public breastfeeding. The segment was done really well and showed how some people respond to a mom nursing in a public place. I have to say I found myself smiling at the people who were defending a complete stranger while the "manager" was trying to force her to leave. But I also felt my heart race while other people were siding with the manager and giving this nursing mom a hard time.

Now this was done as an experiment and was not real....but this Flint Township, Michigan woman was given a hard time. Now, she was not asked to leave....but asked to nurse in the bathroom.....that is just as bad.

What do you all think?

Thursday, May 13, 2010

CDC Breastfeeding Report Card

So, tomorrow Katelyn is turning 6 months!!! I know that a lot of women stop breastfeeding, for one reason or another, by 6 months. But I was curious to see the numbers.
The CDC has a chart broken down by each state, and I have to say that I found it very interesting!!! I wonder what makes each state so different that the numbers fluctuate by location.
For example, the chart says that 92.8% of women in Utah have "ever breastfed" while in Mississippi only 48.3% have "ever breastfed."

The chart breaks down into five categories: % who have ever breastfed, % breastfeeding at 6 months, % breastfeeding at 12 months, % exclusively breastfeeding at 3 months, and % exclusively breastfeeding at 6 months.

If you have time, take a look at the chart. I am happy to say I am in the 14.8% of women in Georgia who exclusively breastfeed at 6 months!!!
How about you....where percentage do you fall in?

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Best breastfeeding must haves!

When it comes to breastfeeding......what is the one item you could NOT live without? Is it  a breast pump? The nifty nipple coolers? Or how about the ever ready nipple cream?

For breastfeeding MUST HAVE, can't go one day without, better have a back up supply, is disposable breast pads!!!

Lordy, I to this day have to wear them day AND night! Now I have tried just about every brand, and I have to say they are not all created equally.
Some are too small, some are too thin and some are best for cleaning the bath tub! But I do have two favorites.

Lansinoh and Playtex have, for me, are the best "booby" pads. Both are fairly big, stay in place, and absorb a TON....while still keeping you dry.

What is your favorite breastfeeding item and why?