Monday, January 31, 2011

Too much on one side?

So Mummies, I have a question for you. Do you have more milk on one side vs the other? Have you even thought about it? For me.... (even when I was nursing Pooker) I always had more milk in my right breast. It was much more infact that when I pumped, I would get an ounce or two more out of my right breast vs my left breast. I was happy to find that this was normal and I was not a freak of nature! Also, Pooker would prefer the right side over the left as well. I am still in that boat with Kit Kat, however she equally loves my right and left breasts!

So I began to think.... I wonder if having more milk on one side corresponds with whether you are right or left handed. I am right handed.... and produce more milk on my right side. So I wondered about other Mummies. I made a poll so we could all see the results.

Please take a short few seconds and take the poll and please leave a comment. Should be fun to see the results!!!!!!!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Breastfeeding to reduce SIDS

I came across this post by The Man-Nurse Diaries..... He posts about Brian Palmer's website and how important breast feeding is (like this is new?) However, Brian Palmer is a dentist and he has a whole section dedicated to breastfeeding, on his website.

What is so fascinating about what The Man-Nurse Diaries writes about is how the whole nipple vs bottle (not really breastmilk vs formula) comparison is broken down.

We all know that breastfeeding reduces the risk for SIDS (and if you remember our oldest daughter suffered from Silent Reflux and Breath Apnea at only 3 days old) so SIDS is a very REAL fear for us.  To be honest we still use the motion monitor for Kit Kat and only stopped using Pooker's about a month ago when she went to a big girl bed. So yes.... a very real fear for us.

I enjoyed this article, all facts aside, because it was a different take on the breastmilk vs formula debate.  Brian Palmer talks about breast nipples vs bottle nipples, how they are different and the benefits human nipples have for our babies.  It was nice to read an article talking about breast nipples and not comparing breastmilk and formula (we know there is no comparison.... but it was nice reading something different!)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Is she doing what I think she is doing?

Hi Mummies, it is Jacky..... and I have a rant today for you.

I have been thinking about how to write about this for some time now. To be honest, I am not sure exactly where this is going to go...... so I am just going to let my fingers keep on going.

When we are out and about and Katelyn needs to eat, I try to feed her in the car. Not because I am ashamed of nursing my 14 month old, but because it is just more convenient for us. Joslyn gets to watch a movie in the back seat, my husband can catch up on work emails from his phone (weekend emails are common) and there is little distraction for my distracted nummie lover. Now that being said...... I still do attempt to cover up (what Katelyn will allow) simply for the fact that I feel comfortable doing so. Now I understand that being nosy is part of being human, but what about being OMG critical?

The other weekend, we were all sitting in the car at our local food store. I was happily nursing Kit Kat in the front passenger seat, Pooker was watching her "castle" movie (Cinderella) in the back and my husband was going through emails on his phone. I happened to look out the front window and saw a young couple walking by (very slowly) talking and looking at me. Now I always give people the benefit of the doubt, and smile at them as they try to figure out what I am doing. But this couple seemed to do nothing but glare and give me such disgusted looks. I was so bothered by their faces, that I could not even speak to say something to my husband. (Which by the way he would have said something to them. Sweet huh?!)

Now I do  not know if this young couple have children, my gut says no, so they can't possibly understand what it is like to have babies. I also understand that the young crowd tends to be a bit more outspoken in their feelings and expressions.. But seriously?! Nothing was showing, except for a little hand and arm waving her little Snuggly (blanket) in the air (if it was a white blanket it would have looked like a surrender flag!) So it just boggles my mind how they could be so disgusted by what I was doing. By the way when I say DISGUSTED I mean horrified by what they saw. Like I was feeding my child nasty worms from the bottom of a public trash bin.

I do not know what is worse...... a situation like that, when the people say nothing but give you the look of death. Or when someone has the BALLS to come up to you and make a comment. Now I have not come across the second situation (yet) but at least you have the opportunity to defend yourself. Which brings up another irritating question..... why do we have to defend ourselves?!

I would like to think that I gave that young couple a look that they wont soon forget........ but I can not say for sure that I did. I wanted to shout out the window after them...... but for one it was a cold morning and two my distracted Nummie Lover would have ended our session too early.

So there is my rant for the day. When will it become the "norm" for people to just keep on walking and keep their nose out of other people's business? Oh to live in a world where you are not ridiculed for breastfeeding your baby in public. How sad........ I feel like I need a special permit to breastfeed in public sometimes.
Like a sign that says "yupp don't look...... my baby has my booby in her mouth...... and she likes it!"
Or how about "I AM doing what you think I am doing.... deal with it!"
ohhh how about "Don't like what you see? LOOK AWAY!"

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Where does your state rank?

CBS ran a story about breastfeeding and state rankings. The story online, required a bunch of I thought  would help ya out! Here are the rankings...... Where do you rank?

Doctors say breast milk is best, and the World Health Organization says babies should be fed exclusively with breast milk for six months. But long-term breast-feeding is more popular in some parts of the country than in others. Here's a state-by-state rundown, based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

(Rankings go from lowest to highest)

51. MS 8.0 percent of moms are still breast-feeding at 12 months
50. LA 9.8
49. SC 12.0
48. OK 12.2
47. WV 12.5
46.  AR 12.6
45. KY 13.1
44. AL 15.9
43. IL 16.4
42. IM 16.9 
41. TN 17.2 
40. FL 17.3
38. GA 17.9 (TIE) (THIS IS ME!!)
38. MD 17.9
37. PA 18.5
36. IA 19.2
34. MO 19.4 (TIE)
34. NC 19.4
33. NJ 19.8
32. KS 20.2
30. OH 20.3 (TIE)
30. DE 2.3
29. ND 20.7
28. NV 20.8
27.  CT 21.7
26. TX 21.8
24. RI 22.7 (TIE)
24. SD 22.7
23. MI 22.9
22. MA 23.3
21. WI 23.5
20. DC 23.7
18. NE 23.9 (TIE)
18. VA 23.9
16. NM 24.8
16. NY 24.8
15. AZ 25.3
14. NH 29.5
13. MN 26.6
12. ME 27.6
11. WY 29.0
10. CO 29.3
9. ID 30.8
8. CA 31.4
7. AK 32.7
6. HI 33.1
5. WA 33.4
4. MT 34.8
3. UT 35.4
2. OR 39.6
1. VT 39.7

Near Mama's Heart giveaway

Near Mama's Heart, by Colleen Newman, is a wonderful children's book, that explains how truly wonderful it is to be breastfed! The illustrations are from real moms nursing their babies and each page shows the beauty of each little face. This book is such a simple read, that it makes reading it to children so enjoyable. Even better, it shows children of all ages (and positions) nursing from their mummie. 

I have watched this book, with my girls, many many many times. When my 2 year old, Joslyn, sees the little babies, she says "Sissy eating you, Mommy?"  It truly is a wonderful book for children of all ages.... and well for mummies too!

So you might be asking....."How to I get a copy?"  Well, that is very simple.......Near mama's Heart is available to watch online here and you can purchase a paper back copy of this book here.

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Anyone 18 years of age or older and living in the Continental United States can enter.


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A big thank you goes to Colleen Newman for sponsoring this giveaway.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding outlines

This morning, The Surgeon General held a press conference to lay out ways to help support breastfeeding moms. There was a lot of information put out there.... and luckily they put it online as well. Here is the News Release .
What I found fasinating was the breastfeeding rates , Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin, stated. In her press release she stated
"While 75 percent of U.S. babies start out breastfeeding, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says, only 13 percent are exclusively breastfed at the end of six months.  The rates are particularly low among African-American infants."

I knew the rates were low at the 6 month mark.... but did not really know that they were that low!
She also went on to say
“I believe that we as a nation are beginning to see a shift in how we think and talk about breastfeeding,” said Dr. Benjamin.  “With this ‘Call to Action,’ I am urging everyone to help make breastfeeding easier.”

It would be great if this shift she is referring to is a positive one.

They also released a Fact Sheet.
 Which basically outlines steps that can be taken to remove some of the obstacles faced by women who want to breastfeed their babies.

I have very high hopes that this Call To Action will help all mummies out there and will open the "naysayers" eyes to see that breastfeeding is not gross and that it is an important role in the future of our children.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding

The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding will be released tomorrow, Thursday, January 20, 2011, at a launch event from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. EST. We are told that the launch event will be webcast live—you can access the webcast link tomorrow morning from the home page. The webcast will also be archived for later viewing. The actual document will also be posted and linked off the Surgeon General's home page.

USBC’s news release and press kit materials will be posted after midnight at the following link (note that the link will be inactive until then):
The United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) is an independent nonprofit coalition of more than 40 nationally influential professional, educational, and governmental organizations. Representing over a million concerned professionals and the families they serve, USBC and its member organizations share a common mission to improve the Nation's health by working collaboratively to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding. For more information about USBC, visit

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

WHO releases press statement

Last week, I told you about a new study done that says exclusive breastmilk for the first 6 months may not be healthy. The researchers mentioned WHO (The World Health Organization) in their study, going against what WHO has said for years. They disagree, with WHO, stating that babies who are exclusivly breastfed for the first 6 months can infact have more food allergies and become anemic.

Yesterday, WHO came out with a press release,  reminding us that
"mothers worldwide to exclusively breastfeed infants for the child's first six months to achieve optimal growth, development and health. Thereafter, they should be given nutritious complementary foods and continue breastfeeding up to the age of two years or beyond."

The press release then continured to say
"No reduced risks of other infections or of allergic diseases have been demonstrated. No adverse effects on growth have been documented with exclusive breastfeeding for six months. But a reduced level of iron has been observed in some developing country settings."

It is so sad that this press release had to done. To say that breastmilk may not be the best for your child is so far beyond imagination. Breastmilk is the oldest form of food to feed our children, and once again supporters are finding themselves defending it.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Time to debunk

Hi there Mummies! (It is Courtney!)

I thought I would start my blogging adventure by debunking some of the reasons mummies have for cutting nursing short or even making the choice not to nurse. I would like to start with a disclaimer that I do not advocate for any of the "vices" that I'm going to reference, nor do I pass any condemnation if you partake in them.

Many women choose not to nurse because, frankly, they are tired of self sacrifice after nine long months of living to meet someone else's demands. There are many, many, MANY things that the pregnant woman must abstain from for the health of her unborn child. So I would like to talk about some things that you can have back and continue to nurse.

Well start small and work our way up:

Deli Meat: During pregnancy, deli meat should be heated until steaming because it may contain a bacteria called listeria, which can cause miscarriage. Listeria passes through the placenta but does not pass into breastmilk. The same applies for soft cheeses, smoked seafood and unpasteurized milk.

Fish- It is recommended that pregnant women avoid certain kinds of fish because of the high mercury levels. Mercury does pass into the breastmilk but typically the amount of mercury in the breastmilk will be about 1/3 the levels in moms blood. It is safe to resume eating fish, but moderation is key.

Caffeine: COFFEE!!! Yay, it's back! Some studies have shown that even small amounts of caffeine can increase a woman's chance of miscarriage, especially in the first trimester. When nursing, usually less than 1% of caffeine intake enters the milk supply. A baby's body can not easily break down and excrete caffeine so moderation (again) is key. A maximum of 300mg/day is safe for most babies. Just watch your baby for signs of caffeine build up: crankiness, trouble sleeping, jittery are all signs that your baby may be more sensitive to caffeine and if you see these you should decrease your intake.

Sushi- Since the greatest risk now is that contaminated sushi could make you sick, and you have a very important job to do, it is wise to be careful about where your sushi is coming from. But the bacteria doesn't cross into your milk so baby should be fine.

Alcohol- this is a hot button issue but the American Academy of Pediatrics says that nursing mothers can enjoy "small and celebratory" drinks occasionally while nursing. This leaves a lot open to interpretation. I know if I'm in the mood for red wine, I can celebrate the fact that it's Tuesday:) The guidelines that I have been taught are one "dose" (which would be one shot, one glass of wine, one beer... NOT one long island iced tea or one of those big fancy fishbowl drinks) one dose is ok for baby, after that you must pump and dump for 2 hours per extra drink that you have. Remember that blood alcohol level=milk alcohol level so IF YOU ARE DRUNK, YOUR MILK IS TOO.

Cigarettes: It is NEVER a good idea to smoke around your baby. A baby is an excellent reason to make some healthy lifestyle changes. That said, if you continue smoking you should still breastfeed. Since smoking increases your baby's risk for SIDS, it is a good idea to breastfeed (which helps to reduce the risk). Never breastfeed immediately after smoking (when levels of carcinogens are at their highest) and NEVER SMOKE WHILE FEEDING YOUR BABY.

These are just a few of the things that I've run across in my training. I am not a doctor or a medical expert. I'm just passing along my research to you...hope that it helps.


Friday, January 14, 2011

Breast milk not the best?!

So I did not plan on posting anything today......but this news artcle
made it on the front page of Yahoo!

So first let me say that this left me speechless. It seems that this British study says that exclusive breastfeeding, for the first 6 months, can do more harm than good. Stating that
babies fed only breast milk could suffer iron deficiency and may be more prone to allergies.

It then continued to say that
"Many Western countries, including 65 percent of European member states and the United States, elected not to follow this recommendation fully, or at all," the authors said, although Britain did.

The WHO recommendation "rested largely" on a review of 16 studies, including seven from developing countries.

It concluded that babies given only breast milk for six months had fewer infections and experienced no growth problems.

But another review of 33 studies found "no compelling evidence" not to introduce solids at four to six months, the experts said.

Some studies have also shown that breastfeeding for six months fails to give babies all the nutrition they need.

One US study from 2007 found that babies exclusively breastfed for six months were more likely to develop anaemia than those introduced to solids at four to six months.

The article holds some pretty strong words....maybe not against breastfeeding in general....but against exclusive breastfeeding.

If I am correct (and please correct me if I am wrong) infant cereal contains little to no health benefits. The main reason to begin infant cereal is to get babies use to texture. Now that being said, shouldn't infant cereal be given first? also, I thought previous studies found giving infants food before 6 months raised risks of allergies.

Any thoughts?

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Make your own nursing blanket

I wanted to share how I made my own nursing cover. All you need is a baby blanket, needle and thread, and velcro.

Take two corners of the blanket and stitch on some velcro. That is all! SIMPLE HUH?!

When Joslyn was admitted in Children's Health Care of Atlanta, a wonderful woman came around with donated baby blankets for the children in the hospital. We kept that blanket as it was such a simple gesture...... but one that meant so much to us. I wanted to do something special with the blanket and decided to make my own nursing cover.

I went one step beyond and decided to monogram Joslyn's full name and date of birth on the bottom. Then when Katelyn came along... her name and date of birth was added too.

What is great about this idea is that you can use it for so many things... a nursing cover, a blanket, and even an emergency bib or spew rag! hehe

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Does your breast pump talk back?

Okay, so most of you know that I have been trying to get Kit Kat to drink something other than water from her sippy cup and that I also am cutting back from 6 feedings daily to 5. So I have been pumping one feeding for a whole week, in hopes to accomplish both of these tasks. Well I am happy to say that she does not miss the 7 pm feeding...... but she still refuses to drink her mummie's nummies out of anything except straight from the tap!

But with that said...... I had to dust off (yes I typed DUST OFF) my Medela Pump since I have not used it in about 10 months! The second I set it all up and turned it on the funniest memory came flooding back. I had forgotten that my pump talks! (okay don't think I am crazy yet....)

Yes, my pump talks. But sadly it only says one thing. It will so lovingly call me "wacko" over and over and OVER again! The only way to shut it up is to turn it off!

Now I have heard other mummies mention that their pumps speak too... and I was wondering if that is still the case.

So the next time you are pumping (or know someone who does) listen hard....... your pump just might be talking to you (or in my case insulting me...... should I contact Medela and mention that their pump is mean?)


Introducing a new addition to our team!

I am so excited to announce some BIG changes are happening here at Mummies Nummies!
First, I am excited to introduce Courtney, a certified Lactation Educator and founder of Kangaroots. She is joining our team here at Mummies Nummies!!!! (WAHOO!!)

Second, Mummies Nummies has undergone a facelift! New tabs, a new look, and new information have been added! Take a look around!

Below is Courtney's first please lets all welcome Courtney to our team!!! You can also read more about her here.

Hi Mummies!

My name is Courtney and I'm so excited to be the lactation educator for Mummies Nummies.

Growing up I never knew just what it was I wanted to be (others than "rich mans wife" but I married a school teacher. WONDERFUL man...not rich.) Our first son was born in 2008 and I had loads of trouble feeding him. I had the IBCLC come to my room every day at the hospital, but no amount of grabbing my breast and my baby's head and smashing them together seemed to be helping us. So we ended up starting formula in the hospital.

With the help of the wonderful IBCLC at my pediatricians office, I dutifully pumped and gave my son as much breastmilk as possible for 6 months.  I enjoyed my time with the lactation consultant and this was the first time that I thought "hey...that could be the job for me."

When our second son was born I was determined that breastfeeding was going to go right from the start. I was wrong. We ended up using formula in the hospital, and the nipple shield for the first four weeks of his life. I am happy to say that he is now 10 months old, nursing happily and gosh is he fat. It makes me proud.  

So when I began thinking, again, about what I want to be when I grow up (I'm almost 30, might have been good if I had thought of this earlier) I came again to Lactation Consultant. I mean really, how many of us even knew LCs existed before we needed one!?! I trained with a brilliant, compassionate and amazing CAPPA educator and am now a Certified Lactation Educator.

I am the founder of Kangaroots, which is an early parenting educational resource. I teach classes on breastfeeding, babywearing, making your own baby food and some other "crunchy" things.  I really do have a passion for new moms and their babies. I think the childbearing year is just the most wonderful time and I am so honored to get to be a part of it with so many women.

I am super excited to be a part of Mummies Nummies and all of your lives. I am looking forward to doing a few guest blogs and helping you ladies troubleshoot some of the little kinks that arise in nursing and parenting...and I'm looking forward to picking your brains too!


Monday, January 10, 2011


I am so excited to announce that some BIG and WONDERFUL changes are almost here! Yupp...... some great things are in the works here at Mummies Nummies and I am so excited!! Want me to give you some hints...... (only a couple though! You will have to wait for the rest!)

We are talking about giveaways and contests from some wonderful companies and a new look too! (As you can already see!)

So stay tuned! I think you will all love it!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Weaning to whole milk

In a wonderful world, switching to whole milk would be sooooooo easy. That the little Nummie lover would take to it without a problem. But that is soooooo not my world. I have received some wonderful help, from our Mummies in our Facebook page, and I am once again in need of some advice.

I have decided to try and wean Katelyn from 6 feedings a day down to 5 feedings. I also have been trying to get her to drink whole cow's milk. I have offered her straight  whole cow's milk in a sippy, without any success. She refuses to drink her sippy. I have offered it cold, warm, warmer, and at room temperature. All with the same response. Now granted, she is not a big sippy cup drinker.... but if I offer her room temperature water (from a sippy) she will drink some. So, I decided that I would pump the feeding I am weaning her off of, and offer her the expressed milk in a sippy. I have been doing this for 4 days...... and I get the same response. She will (so very cutely) shake her head no and throw the sippy cup either at me or away from me. Now I have offered her the expressed breastmilk at room temp, warmer than room temp, and even cold. All with the same response. (The ever so cute head shake.)

My reasoning for doing this is toeventually mix my expressed breastmilk with some whole cow's milk, in order to get her to eventually drink straight cow's milk. But how am I to get to that point if she wont even drink my breastmilk from a sippy? Now this is the girl who also HATED bottles and was very picky when it came to using a paci. I understand that she is not an "artificial" baby (meaning she likes only the real stuff...... mommy's biddys.) but this "aversion" to artificial feeding devices is causing a problem.

She will not eat cold cheese, but will eat a grilled cheese sandwich. She does like yogurt, but that is the only milk based food she will eat. 

So fellow Mummies.... can you help me out? Any tips for this confused mummie? I mean my little Kit Kat can not be the only baby like this...... right? Please tell me she is not an odd ball.


Sunday, January 2, 2011

Breast feeding support under attack

For many new moms (and not so new moms) breastfeeding does not come easy. Even if you have breastfed ten children, your eleventh breastfed child will prove to be different from the rest. For me, I am lucky to have an amazingly supportive husband however he never breastfed a baby.

Support is the number one key in breastfeeding. If moms do not have support, they are most lucky to give up due to frustration or nerves. The internet has become one of the BEST ways to find the support moms need. Not only can we find tips, but we can also find other moms with the same issues and can work through them together.

So it saddens me when one of these support groups becomes under attack and is removed, taking away (perhaps the only) source of support some moms have.

Facebook has removed a breastfeeding support page called The Leaky B@@b. They said that she violated the terms, but did not go into anymore detail. Facebok has removed many breastfeeding support pages after someone has reported their photos as being offensive. The creator of the page, Jessica, has exploded in the world of online breastfeeding support in the past year, having thousands of fans "liking" her page. I have been a fan of her page for eight months, and I am amazed at the amount of moms who go to her page asking for help and showing their support. It is amazing to see moms banding together in the names of our children's best health.

Breatsfeeding photos should be considered art, we are not exposing ourselves in any sexual manner. So the thought of any breastfeeding photo being considered "offensive" is a mystery to me. The public opinion about breastfeeding is somewhat negative. People think it should be done behind closed doors, some find it "gross", while others question why we continue to breastfeed past one year. It is only when breastfeeding moms unite that we are called crazy lactivists who attack all other moms who do not do as they do.

Education is important in this (what some people are calling) battle. Yes, we do feel strongly that breast milk is the best for all children. We do unite when a fellow nursing mom is being attacked. We band together as we should to, once again do what is so incredibly important when it comes to breastfeeding.......... we SUPPORT each other.

So to the creator of The Leaky B@@b...... stay strong there momma! We support you.......... We know breastfeeding is beautiful and natural. We are not ashamed to stand up and say  BREASTFEEDING IS NOT A VIOLATION OF TERMS, BREASTFEEDING IS NOT OBSCENE!

If you would like to show your support, you can go here  and "like" the page. It seems MANY other moms have found that support is THE KEY!!!!!

Too distracted to eat

Kit Kat is now 13 months old and she finds other things more interesting while she nurses. I found it harder and harder to entice her back to "finish" until I realized that holding a toy worked like a charm. Before feeding time, I grab a small toy and hide it from her. When she becomes distracted (either from her big sissy, our dog or my husband) I show her the toy and she happily holds it while she latches back on and finishes.

You can also use a nursing necklace.... those work like a charm too!

Now, I have learned from mistakes........

1. Use SOFT toys (a big OUCH when she hit me with a plastic block)

2. Use small toys that can be held easily with small hands......the bigger the toy the harder it is to hold in one hand

3. Do not use toys that make sounds...... it creates a different distraction.  Sounds like common sense. I know........ But this did not occur to me until after I gave her a toy that made crazy animal sounds!!!!

Do you have any tips on how to keep a nummie lover from being distracted?