Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Breastmilk vs formula

Ever wonder the differences between breastmilk and formula? We all know that the formula commercials say "with ingredients found in breastmilk." But what does that mean exactly? Well here is a great chart to help you understand.

**Remember... I am not against the use of formula. I used it to help supplement Pooker's feedings for a couple of months. But I am against companies marketing formula to be "just as good" as breastmilk.**

Thank you to Dr. Sears for this breastmilk vs formula chart
  • Rich in brain-building omega 3s, namely DHA and AA
    -Automatically adjusts to infant's needs; levels decline as baby gets older
    -Rich in cholesterol
    -Nearly completely absorbed
    -Contains fat-digesting enzyme, lipase

  • -No DHA
    -Doesn't adjust to infant's needs
    -No cholesterol
    -Not completely absorbed
    -No lipase
    Fat is the most important nutrient in breastmilk; the absence of cholesterol and DHA, vital nutrients for growing brains and bodies, may predispose a child to adult heart and central nervous system diseases. Leftover, unabsorbed fat accounts for unpleasant smelling stools in formula-fed babies.
    -Soft, easily-digestible whey
    -More completely absorbed; higher in the milk of mothers who deliver preterm
    -Lactoferrin for intestinal health
    -Lysozyme, an antimicrobial
    -Rich in brain-and-body- building protein components
    -Rich in growth factors
    -Contains sleep-inducing proteins

    -Harder-to-digest casein curds
    -Not completely absorbed, more waste, harder on kidneys
    -No lactoferrin, or only a trace
    -No lysozyme
    -Deficient or low in some brain-and body-building proteins
    -Deficient in growth factors
    -Does not contain as many sleep-inducing proteins.
    Infants aren't allergic to human milk protein.
    -Rich in lactose
    -Rich in oligosaccharides, which promote intestinal health

    -No lactose in some formulas
    -Deficient in oligosaccharides
    Lactose is considered an important carbohydrate for brain development. Studies show the level of lactose in the milk of a species correlates with the size of the brain of that species.
    Immune Boosters
    -Rich in living white blood cells, millions per feeding
    -Rich in immunoglobulins

    -No live white blood cells-or any other cells. Dead food has less immunological benefit.
    -Few immunoglobulins and most are the wrong kind
    When mother is exposed to a germ, she makes antibodies to that germ and gives these antibodies to her infant via her milk.
    Vitamins and Minerals
    -Better absorbed, especially iron, zinc, and calcium
    -Iron is 50 to 75 percent absorbed.
    -Contains more selenium (an antioxidant)

    -Not absorbed as well
    -Iron is 5 to 10 percent absorbed
    -Contains less selenium (an antioxidant)
    Vitamins and minerals in breast milk enjoy a higher bioavailability-that is, a greater percentage is absorbed. To compensate, more is added to formula, which makes it harder to digest.
    Enzymes and Hormones
    -Rich in digestive enzymes, such as lipase and amylase
    -Rich in many hormones: thyroid, prolactin, oxytocin, and more than fifteen others
    -Varies with mother's diet

    -Processing kills digestive enzymes
    -Processing kills hormones, which are not human to begin with
    -Always tastes the same
    Digestive enzymes promote intestinal health. Hormones contribute to the overall biochemical balance and well- being of baby.
    By taking on the flavor of mother's diet, breastmilk shapes the tastes of the child to family foods.
    -Around $600 a year in extra food for mother

    -Around $1,200 a year
    -Up to $2,500 a year for hypoallergenic formulas
    -Cost for bottles and other supplies
    -Lost income when baby is ill

    Monday, July 25, 2011

    Big Latch On Event

    Hi Mummies!!! If you remember, I was interviewed last week, by my local newspaper, for the big Latch On Event I am hosting.

    The big Latch On Event is in honor of World Breastfeeding Week, which is held every year from August 1 to 7.

    I promised you I would share with you the article.... there is also a 3 photo slide show (Kit Kat and I are number 2!) The article is soooooooooo wonderful! It is so positive.... and Marie (the writer) even mentioned WHO (The World Health Organization) and how they recommend breastfeeding for 2 years and beyond!!!!! Well you can imagine my HAPPINESS with that! WOW! In a small town (not really small... but small enough) it is nice to have that information known!

    So here is the Breastfeeding provides ample benefits to newborns article and the photo is below!

    Photo by Skip Butler

    (**Notice Kit Kat holding her "snuggly" and her kitty..... yeah she has to have both of those every time!**)


    Breastfeeding baby doll

    Okay.... I have stayed away from this topic. (I have.. really I have!) But recently I have been thinking about it. I know you have seen the breastfeeding baby doll by now (If you have not.... do not worry...... it's okay!)

    Well.. here is the break down...... The baby doll was created by Spain-based Berjuan Toys' company. The baby doll comes with a little girl halter top, for the Lil' Mummie to wear (while nursing). If the little baby doll is a girl, then the Lil' Mummie can put flowers over her " Lil' Nummie Makers" and stars for a boy baby doll. (Cute thought.... but I am stuck on this one. Is it really necessary to have appliques over nummie makers? Hmmmm.)  When the baby doll's mouth gets close to a sensor (located on the either the flowers or stars) the baby will begin making sucking noises and motions.

     Dennis Lewis, U.S. representative for Berjuan Toys, says the doll is a much-needed antidote to a culture that advocates bottle-feeding at the expense of breast-feeding, even though it's known to offer health benefits for mother and child.

    Okay... I can agree with that...... BUT do we really need to pay 69.99 for a baby doll, that our children can nurse?

    This brings me to what happened last week. Kit Kat was a bit grumpy and crying. I was cooking dinner.... so Pooker took it upon herself to (now I am not kidding here..... this is exactly what happened) walk over to Kit Kat, lift her shirt up (exposing her "lil' nummie makers") said "come here baby" (WITH hand motions) "do you want to eat?" Kit Kat then replied (with sobs) "yeah..." Pooker: "okay" then proceeded to hug Kit Kat for a few seconds. Then said "Oh you too big... sorry" and walked away. (Leaving Kit Kat with a confused expression on her face!)

    Now really.... do we need to spend 70 bucks on a breastfeeding doll? NO WAY! Lordy Lordy! My three year old tried to breastfeed my 20 month old! (let me say that again.....) My THREE year old tried to BREASTFEED my 20 month old. (Should I go on Jerry Springer? Oh how about Dr. Phil? Yeah I so need my Phil at 5!)

    So my opinion? The breastfeeding baby doll is GREAT! But I think it would be better used in an educational setting. To me.... I just can not spend 70 dollars, for a baby doll, when my oldest child is willing to nurse her baby sissy.... just because she was crying. I think she has the whole breastfeeding thing down!

    What about you? What do you think?

    Friday, July 22, 2011

    Postpartum Depression risk higher in breastfeeding moms

    A recent study has found that depression is more common among women who had breastfeeding issues in the first two weeks after giving birth.

    We all know the first two weeks of breastfeeding ARE the hardest. Why?? Well because both Mummie and Nummie Lover are still trying to get the hang of it all. Think about it.... your little Nummie Lover was just born. He/she is just now seeing what the world really looks like and is having to figure out how to get his/her own food. Some Nummie Lovers get this whole "nummie lovin'" thing down right away.... while others take a while. For me Kit Kat took to it right away (still had her issues...... but she knew how to nurse right away.) but Pooker.... well it took her 6 months before she knew how to nurse correctly.

    The study found that "Women who reported disliking breastfeeding during the first week were 1.42 times as likely to be depressed at two months. Women who reported severe breastfeeding pain on their first day were 1.96 times as likely to be depressed at two months."
    The researchers used data collected from the Infant Feeding and Practices Study II, and assessed the postpartum depression status of the 2,586 women in that study with the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale.

    From that, 8.6 mummies were found to have met the criteria for major depression two months after giving birth.

    Stephanie Watkins, a doctoral student in epidemiology at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill said “We found that women who said they disliked breastfeeding were 42 percent more likely to experience postpartum depression at two months compared to women who liked breastfeeding. We also found that women with severe breast pain at day one and also at two weeks postpartum were twice as likely to be depressed compared to women that did not experience pain with nursing.”

     If you find yourself really struggling, unhappy and withdrawn.... please reach out for help. Breastfeeding is not always easy and the frustration that causes can lead to depression. There is help out there, there are people who will listen and care.

    Take it easy Mummies.... you deserve it!


    Foto Friday

    "Foto" Friday is a play on phrase for Photo Friday. I take a million pictures each week, well maybe not a million...... but A LOT! So I thought it would be nice to share my favorite picture from the week. Each Friday, I will post one picture and each "Foto" will include a small caption. Some pictures will be related to breastfeeding, while others will not. I hope you enjoy "Foto Friday!" Do you like "Foto" Friday? Well come on over to our facebook page and join in! I love seeing your "Fotos.

    Happy welcome to the 30 club to me! (Waiting on the birthday cake!) Really.... can you be sad about turning 30 when you have these two faces to look at every day? (I think not!) **Notice Kit Kat holding a "chocolate ball" in one hand... girl could not wait for the cake!**

    Wednesday, July 20, 2011

    You might be a breastfeeding mummie if....

    You go "window shopping" for the most perfect breast pad. (Oh come on... they ARE NOT ALL created equally!)

    You get all excited when you can wear "normal" bras and can still easily breastfeed!

    You feel the need to nurse every baby you see, hear or even read about.

    Have to "criss cross" your arms across your chest..... opps you forgot to use breast pads, you are leaking and  (whether baby wants to eat or not) it is TIME!

    Someone gets a cold and you make a fresh smoothie. But instead of "cow" milk  you use MUMMIE MILK!

    You get a dirty look from a "walker byer" while NIP'ing and you give the biggest (Alice in Wonderland) Cheshire Cat smile you can! (kill 'em with overwhelming kindness!)

    Your breast pump begins to talk to you (mine said "wacko wacko wacko wacko".... perhaps I have issues.)

    You begin to compare the colors of your breastmilk after being pumped. (is that orange, blue, green..."hey look Honey I can make the rainbow!")

    Your 3 year old grabs grandma's "nummie makers" and asks if she has "nummies" like mommy! (Nice Pooker..... thank you for that "the things 3 year olds say" moment!)

    Your Nummie Lover thinks ALL breasts are in working order.... and therefor are an open bar for THEM!

    Your Nummie Lover begins saying "Me eat.. Me eat.....MEEEEE EAT!" and then proceeds to yank your shirt off.

    You have the need to thank every breastfeeding mom you see.

    Thank you Mummies!!!!!


    Monday, July 18, 2011

    Big Latch On Event Interview

    I am so excited right now!!! I just had to share with you. As you know, I am hosting my local The Big Latch On Event in my home town. The event is in honor of World Breastfeeding Week.

    Well this morning I had a 30 minute phone interview with my local newspaper, about the event! Plus, they are sending one of their photographers over to my house tomorrow, to shoot a picture of me nursing Kit Kat to go along with the Sunday's article! (I am so excited about this! I am about jumping off my seat typing this!)

    The interview went really well. She asked me questions about breastfeeding, why I decided to host the event, my history about breastfeeding, my personal feelings about society and NIP'ing (she did not use that term....) and a bunch more really awesome questions.

    I OF COURSE mentioned you all, my awesome Mummies! How could I not?!

    I am super happy with the questions she asked, how she reacted to my answers and have no doubt in my mind that the article she will write will be nothing but positive! Which is what we all need right now!

    Not a local Mummie to me? Don't worry! I am sure I will find some way to post the article for you all to read!

    Keep up the great work Mummies!


    Saturday, July 16, 2011

    Mummie Says....

    You are SPECIAL!!!!

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    Friday, July 15, 2011

    "Foto" Friday

    "Foto" Friday is a play on phrase for Photo Friday. I take a million pictures each week, well maybe not a million...... but A LOT! So I thought it would be nice to share my favorite picture from the week. Each Friday, I will post one picture and each "Foto" will include a small caption. Some pictures will be related to breastfeeding, while others will not. I hope you enjoy "Foto Friday!" Do you like "Foto" Friday? Well come on over to our facebook page and join in! I love seeing your "Fotos."

    Here we are at the Cabbage Patch Hospital in Cleveland Georgia! Pooker and Kit Kat loved pushing their babies in the strollers! They held onto those strollers the whole time!!!!! I was (luckily) able to sneak the strollers away from them before we left!!!! (Score one for Mummie!!)

    Thursday, July 14, 2011

    Happy 20 months my little nummie lover!

    What happened? Where has the time gone? Can it be true? My little Kit Kat is really TWENTY MONTHS today?! Yes...... sadly and happily. How is it only your children can make something be sad and happy at the same time? Why is it I feel the urge to cry my pitiful eyes out and jump for joy all at the same time?

    Baby Kit Kat at 6 days old

    My big Kit Kat

    You see.... for me hitting this "milestone" age comes with a few "hidden" emotions. I did not make it this far with Pooker (not even close) as I had to stop nursing her when she was only 11 months old (hello Kit Kat you were growing in me and we almost lost you so mommy's doctor said "no more nursing".) So to make it TWENTY months... is well almost AMAZING to me! (That is the hidden "jump for joy" part.)

    Then there are these "cry my pitiful eyes out" parts. MY BABY IS 20 MONTHS OLD!!!!!!! OMG!!!!! My baby (maybe my last baby) is T..W..E..N..T..Y.. months old! How did THAT happen? I say "my last baby" because pregnancies are not easy on my body. If you remember we lost our first two babies, about lost kit Kat and we believe lost her twin in the first few weeks.(here come the tears.)

    Oh...... yeah.... I guess I have to mention the other "cry my pitiful eyes out" part. Well you see...... now that my baby is 20 months..... that means I am only 3 days away from turning the BIG 30! Yes, Mummies and daddies.... that is right! I am now joining the 30 club (well in a few days that is!)

    I am not afraid of getting old and I am not one to celebrate the 5th year of my 25th birthday (ohhh you know who you are! I am pointing at you.... **wink wink**.) But I really thought becoming old would be so graceful! You know the image of the cute old couple, sitting on their front porch swing, with beautiful long grey hair, (the woman not the man!) perfectly placed wrinkles, maybe a bit slower than they once were....but still GRACEFUL!

    WOW what a shock! Does that even exist? I am not even 30 (well I'm not... not yet.) and I have a hard time getting off the floor, my bones snap, crackle AND pop, I have "mommy thumb" for crying out loud! (Which is still really painful. What's that all about?! It has been 8 weeks now! Sheesh!) 

    But I am truly blessed. I have two healthy daughters, (once Pooker got past her Silent Reflux, her health really turned around!) a supportive husband, I am able to stay home with my girls and really watch them grow. Not to mention Kit Kat is still a Nummie Lover! Which no matter how many days/weeks/months go past.... I am still amazed by that.

    All joking aside.... every day that goes by, every year that passes means I am here with my girls. Some people are afraid of getting old. But I look at it this way: you are still here, here to experience your children. Watch them grow up and see new things. So what if you are turning the BIG 30..... ehhhhhh it's just a number, right? (snap, crackle, pop!)


    Tuesday, July 12, 2011

    Thirsties review AND giveaway!!!!


    So, a few weeks ago I asked a question on our facebook page. Do you use a diaper pail liner or not. I have been wanting a pail bag for some time now. But between moving, unpacking, chasing after two crazy girls, and my "mommy thumb" war wound..... I have not been able to even think about really getting one. I have however found the time to drool over one in particular. Thirsties Modern Cloth Diapers has the most amazing pail liners. They have sooooo wonderfully and graciously sent me a Deluxe Diaper Pail Liner to review AND are offering one of their liners to one of you!!!!

    They have a catalog you can request and shop from as well.... for those moments you need something to drool over! An amazingly helpful facebook page, and if you are lucky enough to have a location near you then you can shop in STORE! (Lucky mummies!)

    So why have I been drooling over something so silly as a diaper pail liner? Well by all means.... please let me tell you! You see Thirsties Diaper Pale Bag is so crazy handy! Here is what you do:
    1. put liner in diaper pail
    2. fill with dirty cloth diapers
    3. remove bag from pail
    4. empty diapers into washing machine
    5. toss in diaper pail liner
    6. THAT'S IT!

    No more having to touch dirty diapers! (Not that I am grossed out by touching dirty diapers.... I mean I have been pooped on, pee'd on, spewed on.... ect. So a little wet diaper really isn't gross..... but not having to touch one is A O.K with me!) Your hands and dirty diapers will never have to touch again, once thrown into the pail that is! (cue angel music!) How awesome is that? (I totally think it is awesome.) What I also love about these liners is that Thirsties Deluxe Diaper Pail Liner are made from two layers of laminated textiles. Soft and reliably waterproof PUL fabric on the outside and coated nylon on the inside with drawstring closure to keep messes and moisture sealed within. The Deluxe Diaper Pail Liners are designed to fit a standard 52-quart garbage pail that are available at your local department store. I have an old diaper pail and it fits so well! Which I am super happy about since the diaper pail has not seen the light of day since Pooker was about 6 months old!

    So here is how a first time (diaper pail liner virgin) did! (I thought you would like some pics!)

    1. First, I had to wash my Deluxe Diaper Pail Liner before I stored dirty diapers in it.

    (Bye Bye my new friend! See you soon! Please pardon the splint on my hand... I told you I made it girly pretty, see the pink ribbons?!)

    2. Then I let it air dry. Didn't have to, you can toss in the dryer too. But hey I had some time!

    3. Into the Diaper Pail for you!

    4. Fill with diapers.
    (Thought I would spare you a picture of that! Kit Kat pooped in a diaper--first time in about 2 months! What's up with that?! hehe)

    5. Washing day!
    (EASY PEASY! No need to touchy touchy!)

    6. Back in the pail you go! See you again soon!!!!! Thank you for your hard work!
    (Took a picture... but realized it was just like the picture  in step 3. So see step 3 picture! hehe)

     So what is my verdict? I LOVE IT!! I love how easy it is to use, how I can just carry the bag upstairs to the laundry room and not have to worry about dropping a diaper or even having to carry my diaper pail back down stairs. I love how it fits in my diaper pail, I love the big size of it too! Did I mention you can just empty the bag in the washer, throw it in, and not touch a single pee errrr or poop? (I think I did mention that......)

    I am a breastfeeding, cloth diaper using, Thirsties Deluxe Diaper Pail Liner lovin' mummie and I am proud! Want to join me? Com on over to the Diaper Pail Liner side with me! You can win one of your own!!!!!!! Read on to find out how! ***SQUEAL!!! I LOVE GIVEAWAYS!!***


    Anyone 18 years of age or older, living the Continental United States.


    Click the link below and fill out the Giveaway Form. All entries must be made by 6:00 PM (EST) on Tuesday,  July 26, 2011. The only mandatory entry is to fill out the giveaway form and come back to comment, on this post, that you did so.  BUT if you would like to "friend us" on Google Friend Connect, find us on Google Plus, join our Facebook page, join us on Twitter, or even share us.... that  would make us happy!!! Each person gets one entry.... this way everyone has the same odds at winning! Winner will be announced Tuesday, July 26, by 7 pm (EST).

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    Come HERE to enter!!!


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    Monday, July 11, 2011

    Breastfeeding Supporters Stand Up!

    Ohhhh I love love to see some positive breastfeeding news! But I love seeing positive breastfeeding supporters even more! Have you mummies heard about Milk For Thought and The Milk Truck? Oh man... well if you have not... please let me be the one to introduce them to you!!! I just love these two!

    Up for a year long cross country road trip? How about a BREASTFEEDING year long cross country road trip?! (AWESOME RIGHT?! I KNOW!!) That is just what Milk For Thought is all about. The idea is to head out and hit as many cities as they can and help promote breastfeeding. This includes educating the public about breastfeeding, raising awareness about the Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding, encouraging hospitals to become "baby friendly", improve national rates of breastfeeding.... just to name a few! Oh did i mention it is a GIANT PINK BUS????!!!!! (I love pink!) You can check out their tour dates to see if they are coming to a city near you (sadly they are not coming to the south this year... fingers crossed for next year!)

    Have you ever been "sent away" or told to "cover up" while out and about? Did someone (business owner, manager or employee) tell you "You can't do that here." Oh man.... well the days of getting the media involved, creating a Facebook page, writing letters to everyone under the sun...... just got a bit more fun! All you have to do is notify The Milk Truck via their twitter page and the word gets out! Now when I say the word gets out.... I MEAN IT! The location of this "un-supporter" goes out on The Milk Truck's Facebook page, twitter page, and website. Then the Truck and local supporters all show up to offer a "safe" location to breastfeed! Now when I say a truck shows up... I don't mean just a Plain Jane truck... I am talking about a white truck with a giant nummie maker on top!!!!! (no kidding!!!!) Check out the the sketch from creator and artist, Jill Miller. I love her saying "Thought nursing mothers created a spectacle? Meet The Milk Truck." HEHE. Want to know how you can help this project become a reality? Check out The Milk Truck for more details!!

    I am just so excited to see so many new and WONDERFUL ways people are finding to help support breastfeeding! A giant pink bus on tour and an on call giant nummie maker truck! GENIUS!!!!!

    Tuesday, July 5, 2011

    Breastfeeding facts

    I have been thinking about breastfeeding facts lately......and wanted to see what I could find. Some facts I found to be pretty cool and interesting.

    Fact 1 
    Breastfeeding aids in the uterus returning to original size after birth.
    • Breastfeeding causes the release of a hormone called Oxytocin
    • Oxytocin is also responsible for the contraction of the uterus and therefore helps to decrease the size of the uterus after birth.
    Fact 2
    An average breastfeed lasts 16 minutes
    • this is the average time for you to sit at intervals during the day and night for that special time with your baby
    • a time for relaxation, contemplation and pure enjoyment - just you and your baby.   
    Fact 3
    Breastfeeding burns calories
    • when breastfeeding you burn up to an extra 500 calories per day
    • while you sit and relax with your baby you are also burning calories. So the ideal way to lose weight with out the exercise!
    Fact 4  
    Almost three-quarters of mummies produce more milk with their right breast

    • no correlation to being right or left handed, just a fact!
    Fact 5  
    About a third of mummies can’t sense 'let-down'

    • 'let down' is when your milk starts to flow
    • it can also be called milk ejection
    • the average time it takes for let down to happen is 56 seconds
    • watch for your milk to flow and see it happen.
     Fact 6  
    Babies breastfeed until they’re full not until they 'empty' your breast.

    • on average, babies remove 67% of the milk you have available – this amount can vary widely among moms.
    • with bottle feeding, a baby will generally feed until the bottle is empty
    Fact 7  
    82% of mothers use a breastpump

    • whether it is because of going back to work or to help overcome a temporary separation or problem, a breastpump is a valuable tool
    • discuss with your health professional and check out the rest of our website for further information

    Pretty cool huh? Thank you to Medela for the facts!

    Friday, July 1, 2011

    Foto Friday

    "Foto" Friday is a play on phrase for Photo Friday. I take a million pictures each week, well maybe not a million...... but A LOT! So I thought it would be nice to share my favorite picture from the week. Each Friday, I will post one picture and each "Foto" will include a small caption. Some pictures will be related to breastfeeding, while others will not. I hope you enjoy "Foto Friday!" Do you like "Foto" Friday? Well come on over to our facebook page and join in! I love seeing your "Fotos."

     These are our 4th of July fotos!
    Happy 4th of July Mummies!!! Be safe!