Friday, April 29, 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."


While at our local Outlet Mall, with a fellow Mummie, Pooker had to take a potty break. When we walked into the potty....... imagine my surprise when I saw this at the end of the bathroom. Great idea? YES! Thoughtful? YES! Executed correctly? NO!

For heavens sake.... the only thing separating this "Nursing Mother's Area" from the next bathroom stall is a CURTAIN! What you can not see here is that the bathroom stall door (when opened) TOUCHES the curtain! This "foto" is not deceiving...... when the curtain is closed you do NOT have enough room to nurse your baby without hitting the curtain with your elbow or your Nummie lover's head or feet! Besides......YOU ARE STILL NURSING IN THE BATHROOM!!!

I took the below "foto" just outside the bathroom first. I thought WOW what a nice area to nurse a Nummie Lover! I was impressed.... that is until I walked into the bathroom. "A" for effort there Simon Malls...... but you FAILED the test!



(pretty huh?)

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Mummie in the Spot Light Part 2

Okay Mummies, last week we read Emma's Story....and I am so excited to share Stefanie's breastfeeding journey. If you are new feel free to read my breastfeeding story (with Pooker.)

Look for more Mummies in the Spot Light in the coming weeks! Have a story to share? Email me at mummiesnummies@gmail.com



Here is Stefanie.... and this is her breastfeeding story, in her own words:


Hi Everyone! My name is Stefanie. I am 28 years old and live in Michigan. I have been a mother for 6 years now and have breastfed all 3 of my children! Abbie is 6, K is 18 months and Caz is just 3 weeks and my only current Nummie Lover! I was invited to share my breastfeeding story with you and am excited to do so...If it helps just one person realize that they are not alone and every experience is different, it will make my day. ;)

When my husband and I decided we were ready for children, I knew right away that I was going to breast feed. It was never an option it was always just what you did. I figured it would just come naturally. That I would just put our baby to my breast and the baby and I would know what to do. We took the normal "birthing" class that briefly touches on breast feeding and I figured that would be all we needed. Boy, was I wrong!

We decided not to find out the gender of our 1st child but we both really wanted a baby girl...We got our wish! Abbie was born in January 2005, 9lbs, 20.5in of beautiful baby girl! We were thrilled! So thrilled in fact that I never even thought to try and BF her until she was about 3 hours old! The nurses never suggested it to me, so finally my MIL asked if I had tried nursing her yet. When I said "No, they haven't showed me how to." my MIL said "I can show you!" What was I thinking?? This is MY baby! Why didn't it come "naturally" to think to put her to my breast and feed her? It was awkward at first but she got it eventually. The next day the LC's were finally called in to my room to help me and realized quickly that our latch was ALL wrong. We corrected it and continued on with a very happy BFing relationship...or so I thought. Abbie was gaining wonderfully at her 2 month appointment, she was in the 90th percentile!! I was so proud of US!
At her 4 month appt,  when the Dr came in, He said that she had lost 7oz in a week (we were in a week earlier for something else). Of course he asked how our breastfeeding was going, to which I answered "fine" because I thought it was! He said, "Well, why don't you start her on baby food. Maybe she just needs more to eat." OK, I figured since the baby books said 4-6 months is when you can start solids, what's the harm? That first bit of cereal was gone so fast! Everything we tried she would eat right up as if I never fed her! About this time she started to pull off and scream every time I would BF her and we would struggle for about an hour until she would finally just fall asleep. This went on for over a month.
Just before the 4th of July (my hubby's bday) I decided that this couldn't be "normal" and that it was time to take her back to the doctor. At 5 months she was at 12pds 4 oz, a pound less than the last time he saw her! He didn't really tell us to do anything different so I was confronted with a lot of family telling me, at my husbands birthday party,to get a 2nd opinion because she looked pale, had almost no hair, and basically slept all the time. So, I did and that doctor decided we needed to order some blood tests. Poor baby was so dehydrated that they couldn't get blood from her arm and had to do heel pokes and get 8 "bullets" from each heel. I was told that is a lot. I believe it, because she sat there screaming in pain! I had to leave the room because I was crying! Thank goodness my FIL was there with her!
So our little girl was down to 11pds by the time the results were back, they sent them to the University of MI, and then to the Mayo Clinic before they got conclusive results. It turned out her liver was shutting down!! I was a wreck and they had no reasons for me as to why! At the time my husband was unemployed and I had been an at home mom so we were getting help from the WIC program. I had an appt with them the same day I found out about all of this and after watching me nurse her, they suggested that she was just hungry and needed more to eat, so to try formula.
FORMULA!?!?! It was like a curse word in our house! I couldn't believe she was suggesting that!! BUT I wanted our little girl to thrive so we gave her some right after that appointment. (I say "we" but I couldn't stomach it so I let my hubby do it!) WOW! What a difference! She was SO happy after that feeding and she slept better than she had in months! And although I was happy she was satisfied...I felt like a little piece of me died. What was wrong with me? Why was my body so inadequate?? Why was my milk just drying up?? I never did get an answer to that. After that we tried to nurse but she didn't really want anything to do with it. She would cuddle with me and act like she wanted to but when I would try to get her to latch she would pull away. On her 6 month bday, we nursed for the last time and I was heartbroken.

After that experience we thought about only having one child. We loved her so much, how could we ever love another one as much as her?? BUT just before her 4th birthday...We decided we were ready for more...finally! We became pregnant right away and this time I was never more determined in my life that I was going to breastfeed our new baby for at LEAST a year! We finally had the Internet and I would read stuff all the time about breastfeeding! And when our 2nd little princess, K, made her debut in October 2009, weighing in at 9lbs 8oz and 20inches long...I started to nurse her within an hour of her being born! I was very proud of myself that it was sooner this time! (The only reason we had to wait that long is because she came out blue and not breathing...the cord was around her neck twice.)
K and I had our struggles in the first 2 weeks, like most moms do. She was lazy about her latch, especially after the 4th day when my milk came in. Which caused me to get a horrible crack on the underside of my left nipple (her favorite side, of course) but after a trip to the LC's office, a nipple guard and some retraining, we were on our way to much more comfortable days! I was very excited when at her 2 month appointment we were told that she was in the 90th percentile! "Just like her older sister", I thought. Again, everything was good for now. Then right around her 3 month birthday, she started doing what her sister did. Pulling off, screaming, crying, staying at the breast for up to 2 hours sometimes and never really acting satisfied! But this time I had those breastfeeding web pages and I started searching! We tried laying in bed, skin to skin, ALL day and nursing whenever she wanted. I took Fenugreek capsules. drank Mothers Milk tea, ate oatmeal (enough I wanted to get sick!), and would pump every chance I got! Pumping took 2 hours just to get 2-3 ounces! About this time, on one of the websites that I was crying out for help on, I met Jacky from Mummies Nummies! I was so thankful to have met someone who was currently breastfeeding and could be there for support! ;) Then all the advice from everyone led me to try Reglan, I thought for sure this would work! I had read all the good and bad about it and decided that I was willing to take the risks if it meant I could breastfeed our baby just a little longer. After about 2 weeks of taking the Reglan, feeding every 2 hours, buying a much better electric pump and pumping for what seemed like, well, constantly... K's behavior hadn't changed. So back to the LC's we went. They did a weigh, feed, weigh and determined she was only getting about 2 ounces when she ate. I was told that at 4 months old, 2 ounces isn't enough and they promptly gave her one of their 2 ounce bottles of formula...and another...and a 3rd before I really had a chance to object! I couldn't believe I was having to do this again! I felt like I had tried EVERYTHING this time and I STILL had to supplement?? Only this time...I wanted to know WHY...I demanded to know WHY!?!? The response I got? Because my menstrual cycle kicks right back in to "baby making" gear (6 weeks after delivery was my 1st period with both girls) that my body isn't in "Milk making" mode but "reproduction" mode so my milk starts to dry up. It all has to do with hormones. :/ Now I've had people argue that isn't how it works or it isn't possible for that to be the reason why, but it's happened twice so it seems like it could be at least part of the reason...who knows. I have also read about the growth spurt babies have at about 3-4 months and have been told that my body just can't keep up with the baby's demand for more milk...again, because of hormones. So again I was left feeling inadequate. I actually started crying at the LC's office. Which is when they gave me their "explanation" of why it could be happening...but I felt like I was in morning! My husband and I had decided that we weren't having any more children, so this was my LAST chance to breast feed and I felt like it was ripped away from me, again!
BUT to my surprise, K still wanted her mommy milk too! So we continued to nurse once during the day, if she wanted and every night before bed until she was 7 months. Then she was ready to stop...she wasn't really getting anything from me anymore, anyways, I think she just wanted to be close to me. I was completely fine with that!!

I thought that was the end of my nursing days and that K had given me a great gift by still wanting me for so long, even though I couldn't really nourish her the way she needed. Then a little over 2 months later, I wasn't feeling right. My friends teased that maybe I was pregnant but I told them that there was "no way" and that we were pretty sure we were not having anymore children. Before I started a new diet, I figured I'd take a pregnancy test though..."just to be sure." Well, 4 (unbelievable) tests later there was my answer....We were going to have our 3rd BABY!! After a lot of shock, worry about K and the new baby being SO close in age and wondering how our oldest would react (to which she said "It just better be a boy this time!" lol) I immediately thought about how I got another chance to breastfeed!! This time going into it though, I know that it is likely to turn out the same results....or is it?

On March 25th, 2011 our baby boy, Caz, came into this world weighing in at 10lbs 3oz, 22 1/2inches long!! I nursed him about 20 minutes after he was born and he latched on like a pro! For a brief second I worried that with his size I would never produce enough milk for him but then I was lost in how amazingly well he was nursing! I did have an LC visit me the next day to make sure his latch was good and she gave me a new nipple shield "just in case" I needed one this time.  We came home and I immediately started pumping after feedings. I had already planned on doing this but the LC said it would be a good idea too because it would help me build a stronger supply and then I'd have a nice freezer stash if I dried up early again. Well by day 5, I was pumping about 8-11 ounces after a feeding!! I was engorged and I had all the signs of mastitis for one day (fever, chills, hot red streaks on my breast) but the next day they were gone. Then we noticed Caz's tongue was white. A lot of my friends thought it could be "milk mouth" but I wasn't convinced. After a trip to the Doctor confirmed it was thrush we had to start giving him medicine to get rid of it...which has made him colicky and he gets sick from it. So to sum things up...In his first 2 weeks of life, Caz had/has jaundice, thrush and colic and I had/have thrush, engorgement, possibly mastitis (??) and just general pain from having a baby!

This is about the point where I was ready to give up...I just wanted the pain to end! I cried to my husband about it (who was wonderfully supportive), my best friend was always there on the phone for me whenever I needed to talk and I even had emails going with Mummies Nummies to try and figure out why I was in so much pain! Finally I spent a day in bed crying, with my mom, about how horrible I felt. While the kids were quiet and we sat there talking about our different breastfeeding experiences, I remembered something that I tell all 1st time breast feeding moms..."The first 2 weeks of breast feeding are the hardest, push through those weeks and it will only get easier from there!" Of course! How had i forgotten my own advice!? I knew that I could get through this!

I needed to stop being afraid that I was "overreacting" and call the LC for help.  I talked with her for about 30 minutes. She suggested that I needed to stop pumping so often and it would help my body to better regulate my milk production so I wouldn't be so engorged. She said I had myself producing enough for twins! She understood that I was a little nervous about doing that because of the supply issues I had in the past, but that I didn't have to stop pumping, just cut back to 2-3 times a day. She also suggested All Purpose Nipple Ointment (APNO). It would help with the thrush, so Caz and I weren't passing it back and forth to each other. It would also help to heal any cracks I might have. I had to call my Doctor to get it because it is by prescription only, and I could only get it at a pharmacy 45min away, but I didn't care as long as it would bring relief!

I am happy to say that here I sit, over a week later, and I feel great! Caz definitely had his days and nights mixed up, which led to a lack of sleep for me, but he has been sleeping 5-6 hours at night for the last 4 nights! He still has a very mild case of thrush but I cut the amount of medicine I am giving him in half so he doesn't get sick as often. (The Dr said that was fine) We still use the nipple shield...often...but I can, at least twice a day, nurse without it and not be in so much pain. Also, the APNO is AMAZING!! After the first application, I could already feel a difference!

That is my breastfeeding story! I'm glad I could share it with all of you! It feels good to talk about it and realize the things I am already overcoming with Caz! Our 1st goal is to BF for 6 months and then hopefully a year... If my body will let us. If I start needing advice or encouragement, you will see me on Mummies Nummies FB page asking for help. Thank you all in advance! The first 2 weeks were the hardest but it IS getting easier!!! ;)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

My Baby Experts "Discrimination Against Mothering" Show

Last night the wonderful crew over at My Baby Experts held a live stream show dedicated to the battle going on with FaceBook and breastfeeding photos. I was so excited to watch and take part in this show, but Mummie duties won out.... so I was only logged in for a brief time. But Joe, from My Baby Experts, sent me the direct link to watch the whole thing. The show titled "Discrimination Against Mothering" , was hosted by Shari Criso and had some wonderful guests as well. Bettina Forbes (co founder of Best For Babes), Peggy O'Mara (publisher and editor for Mothering.com, and Melinda Olson (founder of Earth Mama Angel Baby each brought an amazing focus to this topic. In my opinion these four women can help change the mindset of many, in regards to breastfeeding.

So a group of us are all working together to brain storm what we can do to change FaceBook's policy regarding breastfeeding photos. It has come out that FaceBook believes breastfeeding photos are not considered obscene according to their official policy (which they have stated to the media but not to their own users.) Which is a great step. Also when someone flags a photo, as obscene, a human employee of FaceBook does look at it... but it is up to that individual to remove it. (I believe, but I am still waiting to confirm that.) There is also talk about getting The Surgeon General's Office involved.

So what is my idea? It is something as simple as a couple of sentences on the Flag a Photo box. If FaceBook really believes that breastfeeding does not go under the category of "obscene" then why not state that when someone goes to flag a photo? Something like, "Breastfeeding photos do not break Terms of Use and are NOT considered obscene. These photos can still be reported, but will not be removed." That would get the word out. I am not saying people should not report a photo that they find "obscene", that would take away their rights and their voice. What I am saying is that FaceBook needs to follow through with what they say, that breastfeeding photos are not obscene. This might take a bit more "man power" on their part...... but it is worth the extra step... don't you think?

What are your ideas? What do you think will help?

Monday, April 25, 2011

Painful breasts?

So last week I was in some pain. My right breast was very sensitive and painful to touch. All the thoughts of Mastitis, and clogged milk ducts filled my brain. I have had Mastitis before, when I stopped nursing Pooker (COLD TURKEY) as I was pregnant with Kit Kat. (If you are a new Mummie.... I am high risk so breastfeeding while preggers is out of the question, I was bleeding and clotting the first 7 weeks of Kit Kat's pregnancy. Pooker was still nursing 6 times a day when I had to stop. So needless to say it was painful!)

(So last week) I found myself "feeling my self up" to try and diagnose myself! My husband did find this funny and even laughed a few times at me. I guess the sight of me "fondling" my nummie maker is funny. I hand expressed some breastmilk into a towel to see if I could "see" a clog...... nope.... all seven streams going in every which direction..... and I do mean IN EVERY WHICH DIRECTION! Lordy, I had milk in my hair, on my pants and I think some went across the room. (Now remember I said I hand expressed INTO a towel.... yeah well apparently I am not very good at catching my nummies!)

I looked for visible veins on my breast, fever, chills, hard spots.... all negative.

So what the heck was wrong?!!!!!!!! I decided to look at my breast after Kit Kat was done nursing. HOLLY MOTHER OF NUMMIES! I had deep indentions of top teeth marks! Lordy! No wonder my breast was hurting! The girl was trying to bit it off! Now my question was.... HOW DID I NOT FEEL THIS WHILE SHE WAS NURSING?! I had no idea! (and still don't!)

I then began each nursing session with the phrase "don't bite mommy" and she would respond "otay mommy." (cute right? I KNOW!) Although she would not always follow through with her promise..... when I thought I felt a bite attempt all I did was tap her cheek and say "no bite mommy" and she would mumble "uhhhh huhhh" with a mouth of nummies. I am happy to say.......... I am pain free and this is the way to be!

So there you go.. when in doubt... check it out!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Earth Mama gets Booby Slapped by FaceBook

Earth Mama Angel Baby has been slapped again by the Breastfeeding supporters (NOT) at FaceBook. Earlier this week I posted about one breastfeeding photo being removed while another (a bit more "racier" photo remained.) Well....... it seems FaceBook does listen.... however they have heard the WRONG message! They have now removed the other breastfeeding photo, and sent Mama this message:
Because you uploaded photo content that violates our policies, you won’t be able to upload photos for 7 days. After this 7-day block is lifted, please make sure any photos you upload follow Facebook’s policies. If you have other photos on the site that violate our policies, be sure to remove them immediately or you could be blocked from uploading content for a longer period of time

So what is it going to take? What message do we, Nummie making Mummies and Nummie making supporters, have to get across? What is it about the message "Breastfeeding is not obscene" does FaceBook not understand?

I have thought about posting photos that FaceBook does NOT consider offensive, as they have not been removed, but have decided against it. I do not want to post those kind of photos on Mummies Nummies. I think if you looked around FaceBook you would be AMAZED at the range of photos that are allowed to remain. I mean PlayBoy'ish photos WITH nipple exposure. So why is it okay for models to show off their nipples, on FaceBook, but not okay for a breastfeeding nipple slip?  (HOWEVER, if you remember the first photo that was removed from Mama's page showed no nipple.)

This whole issue just makes it harder for us to normalize breastfeeding. It makes it harder for other mummies to see how a non issue breastfeeding truly is. It makes it EASIER for non supporters to speak up and make breastfeeders feel like they are doing something wrong. Well, by golly, we are not doing something wrong and we will not be made to feel as such. For EVERY photo that FaceBook removes, for EVERY negative comment that is spoken, for EVERY "report this photo" button that is clicked..... we will defend! We will stand up, we will get bigger, we will speak up! WE WILL BE HEARD!

At this very moment.... as I write this...... I am looking at my 17 month old breastfed daughter, Kit Kat. I wonder what it will be like for my daughters when they have children of their own. Will they face the same "shame" that is being forced upon us breastfeeders now? Or will it be a different world for them? Will they be supported by outsiders, or just from within their family circle? Such a sad world we live in........ to have to put shame and breastfeeding in the same sentence.

Rest assured, Mummies...... I will be keeping up with this and will keep you posted.

Family Blog Hop Week 2

Hi Everyone! Thanks for stopping by The WEEKLY Family Blog Hop! This is week 2of our blog hop.... and we are so excited!!! Not sure what a blog Hop is? Well a Blog Hop is a fun "game" with the objective to gain new readers, new followers, and to above all get your blog noticed! The Family Blog Hop is open to all blogs that are family friendly. What is special about our blog Hop is that we are a WEEKLY Blog Hop. Meaning it is open every day, 7 days a week! Each Friday we will begin a new blog hop that will last until the following week. You can sign up any day, at any time and begin HOPPING! If you include your email address, when signing up, we will send you a reminder the Thursday before a new Hop begins. I’m super excited to announce I am co-hosting with Obsessions of a Trophy Wife. I am so excited to meet new bloggers as well as see some familiar ones! Even if you are already following me, I would love for you to say hi!
Here are the rules:

1. Become a follower of the two hosts: Mummies Nummies and Obsessions of the Trophy Wife via Google Friend Connect.

2. Place our Family Blog Hop button in a blog post. This way, people have a place to comment when they follow you. (link is below) Or you can place our button anywhere on your blog and visitors can comment on any one of your posts.




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3. Add your blog’s URL and blog name to the list. (Click on the “Add your link” button and fill out your URL, blog’s name, and email, and click “Next step.”)

4. Follow anyone who follows you. (This is the fun part.) Always leave a comment with your URL on their blog, so that they know where to follow you back.

5. If you would like me to follow you back, you MUST leave a comment letting me know you are following Mummies Nummies! Feel free to comment on this post or another post of mine!

6. If you are strictly a Giveaway Blog, please understand these blogs are not allowed to participate. However, if your blog has significant personal content as well as giveaways...... you may hop!

7. Have fun HOPPING!!

Are you ready Mummies and Daddies?!?! Let's HOP!




"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."


Pooker is helping Kit Kat up the steps at the park.... sissy love!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Earth Mama Angel Baby photos deleted by FaceBook

Hello Mummies. The time has come once again to stand up and shout from the rook tops that BREASTFEEDING IS NOT OBSCENE! Yes, FaceBook has struck again, this time targeting Earth Mama Angel Baby. The other night, I received an email cry of help from Mama (aka Melinda) informing me that one of her photos was removed by the FaceBook admins, they sent her a WARNING that a picture in her photo strip had been removed because it apparently "violated the Terms of Use.” Mama was so upset and confused over this she decided to reach out for help and she blogged about it as well. On her blog post, she shows two photos, one that was removed and one that was left alone. 
This photo was removed as FaceBook deemed it violated the terms of use. Now, you can clearly see that no nipple is being shown, the little Nummie Lover is covering his Mummie's nummie makers with his little hand. But what has Mama (and quiet frankly the rest of us) a bit confused and upset is that they (FaceBook) left this second picture up:


Now, let me play devil advocate here for one short second...... This photo does show a teeny bit of nipple area. So I can "understand" why they would deem this a Violation (That is if they would actually be consistent of their "terms.") But this photo was not removed nor is it even in question. (No shocker here but I think it is such a cute photo! I mean come on! Look at that little Nummie Lover's face! OHHHH I want to pinch those cheeks!)

But I guess the question is, why would they deem the first photo a violation, but leave the second one alone? Both photos WERE on their photo strip and on their photo tab. What is it that the first photo has that the second one does not? What got FaceBook's nursing bra straps all twisted? (Oh wait... maybe they don't use nursing bras! I can understand that I ditched my nursing bras too...... I find regular bra straps much more comfy.) But come on. 

Mama is also reaching out to other breastfeeding support groups who can help. I am so excited to say that Best For Babes is reaching out and offering all the help they can. (WAY TO GO THERE BFB!) Other groups are lending a supportive hand, Snugabell Mom, Baby Gear, Mothering.com, A Mother’s Boutique, birthboutique.com, The Green Grandma... just to name a few.

So what about you Mummies? Will you help us out? Will you help Mama? Contact FaceBook (mama has a link you can click to submit a suggestion to FaceBook on her blog post.) Will you do it?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Mummie in the Spot Light

Okay Mummies, last week I asked for your stories (on our facebook page) and I am happy to say that some of you wanted to share! So here is one of our Mummies and her breastfeeding story. If you are new feel free to read my breastfeeding story (with Pooker.)

Look for more Mummies in the Spot Light in the coming weeks!

First up is Emma.... and this is her breastfeeding story, in her own words:

Emma is a 26 year old single Mummie, from the South West England. She has one son who is now 18months old.


Breastfeeding???? No thanks! Boobs like empty crisp bags and a screaming child attached to my ta-ta's 24 hours a day...? No thank you, so much.
It was March 2009 and I was 12 weeks (ish) pregnant. It was the first time anyone had asked me how I would feed my new baby, and the first time I thought about it, really. I had glanced at breastfeeding mothers with little more than a flitting interest in what their baby looked like, but in that instant, I knew I wasn't going to be one of THOSE ladies. No way.
My mum agreed with me - in fact she furnished me with the crisp bag line! My best friend agreed with me, advising me it was ''weird'' and ''a little bit wrong''. My mother in law (of sorts), however and my partner, however did not agree with me. Partner pushed.Mother in law dug.
''When babies breastfeed...'' said ma in law, a wicked glint in her eye ''they touch your chest and look into your eyes. When babies bottlefeed...''she went on '' they hold the bottle and have a glance around the room''
''You're being selfish'' said partner ''What is a few days out of your life, to give the baby the best start?''
In June 2009 (ish) after 3 months of constant pressure from the united front,I caved and sulkily agreed that I would ''give it a go''. I stated that I would feed for only three days.Maybe two weeks. And that was it.
 In July 2009 (ish) I had a row with my partner when he suggested I had said I may only feed for two weeks maximum. ''What's the point in that?'' I screeched. ''My milk would barely be in by two weeks and there's no point in doing all that hard labour (geddit?!) for two weeks!''
Some may say that these were pregnancy hormones rearing their ugly head.... some may say that my motherly instinct was beginning to give me a well needed kick up the bum.
In August 2009(ish) I went to the department store and purchased a steam sterilizer and 5 bottles. I advised my Ma-in-law that it was in case I ''Couldn't'' feed- daring her to disagree with me! Interestingly enough I did not purchase or even think about purchasing formula. Some may say that Baby Brain was advancing on me? Some may say my motherly instincts decided that I would forget about it...
In early September 2009 (ish) I made my birth plan, stating I was going to be breastfeeding and required immediate skin to skin and feeding as soon as the baby was born. I was categorical about this, and bought 3 nursing bras at a total of £65!! I had forgotten about my two week rule... Baby brain again, or my motherly instincts preparing me for a long haul?
September 24th 2009 4:03am, my son (who I shall call Cherub - for this purpose) was born after a 5.5 hour labour weighing 6lbs 2oz. As I cradled this tiny, perfect human in my arms and saw him gaze up at me, I knew that my life was never going to be the same again. I looked around at the people in the room, and my partner and knew that from now on, my life revolved solely around my  Cherub and that was it. Caught up in The Moment? Or my motherly instincts showing me how my life could be?  
We had problems, Cherub and I. It began with the first feed - ''Ouch''I complained. No one had told me that the first few sucks hurt - I was under the impression that if it hurt I was doing it wrong. ''Take him off and try later'' said my Midwife. Over the course of 24 hours, I had various people come to attempt to get him to feed - all of them leaving after a few mins and telling me to try later.
You know what? Maybe it was the pethidine, but I didn't stress, I didn't cry and I certainly didn't think about formula - Not once did it enter my mind. And Cherub, well, he slept pretty much constantly for 24 hours! Didn't appear that formula was on his mind, either! 
After 24 hours, I expressed for him, buying me more time and the next day I proceeded to another hospital to take advantage of their lactation consultants. Once I realised what I was supposed to be doing, it came so easily to me! Cherub and I would lay in the hospital bed gazing at each other whilst he filled his tum and I found myself hoping for a little longer than two weeks!
Once back home, I took advantage of any help I could get. Peer supporter, community health visitors...any health professional that came within a 5 mile radius was invited in to check if my son was latching and feeding correctly! I was a happy, blissed out and contented mummy, with a rapidly gaining baby and boobies full of rocket fuel!
blankie and had our final daytime feeding session. I watched him feeding and thought back to how much of a crutch it had been for me - my partner was leaving, having decided that he was no longer in love with me and in the midst of all the pain and upheaval, having a 20 min feeding session with a warm squishy bundle of fairy soap powder scented love, was one of the only things I could rely on and feel happy about. Sappy nonsense? Or My motherly instinct reminding me what I was existing for?
November 2010. Cherub at thirteen and a half months refused the last bedtime booby session. It seemed that I was to end my journey here. We kept up morning, and evening (and sometimes cheeky feeds in the day instead of formula) for 9 months binging my breastfeeding time to just shy of fourteen months! I look back on those days and photos with a massive smile and eternal joy - I did what was right for Cherub, and pushed through my barriers and out of my comfort zone, to provide it for as long as HE wanted it!
The funniest part of this story is that when my Cherub turned 3 months old, I had a very confused mother in law saying ''But HOW can you still be producing enough?!'' and Cherubs father sending me a text message when Cherub turned 12 months saying ''Have you considered that maybe it's not doing as much for him, as it once was?'' So how did I keep producing and how was it still benefiting Cherub after 12 months?? 
Luck or motherly instinct??

Thank you Emma for sharing your story!

Monday, April 18, 2011

DivaCup review and GIVEAWAY!


CONGRATS TO NICOLE Z!!! YOU ARE THE WINNER OF THE DIVA CUP!!!!!


So do you remember the Always Pad commercial where a woman is laying in bed (while on her period) with a "female Drill Sergeant" standing watch over her? Every time the poor woman laid on her back, curled up into a ball, or just simply got comfy the "Drill Sergeant" blew that horrific whistle? How many of you are like that? How many of you hate your female curse, your Aunt Flow, your monthly visitor? How many of you hate it even more at night?! (MY HAND IS UP.... is yours?) What if I told you I found something that changes the way I sleep at night, during my time of the yucky month? Do I have your attention? WONDERFUL!!!!

I will be the first to admit that everything changed after we had Kit Kat. My cycle went from a 5 day light flow with no cramps to a 7 to 8 day heavy flow with major cramps! I mean lay in bed for hours feeling as if my insides were going to fall out! I am not one of those lucky, LUCKY women who didn't  have their period until they are done breastfeeding. Nope...... not me! I got my first cycle back just 6 months post baby one and then 5 months post baby two! Yeah...... not lucky!

I hate hate hate everything about having a period! I won't go into too much detail..... well because you all know what it is like. But the mess, the worry, the over thinking..... not to mention the waste! I  would use 2 pads each night....just to prevent leaking for those moments I was flat on my back! UGGGGGG!

But in walks The DivaCup, a menstrual cup. I found this product thanks to a blogging friend of mine (shout out to Obsessions of the Trophy Wife!) At first I thought "ewwwwww." I mean really? You put a cup inside you, take it out, wash and repeat? I mean it is bad enough to have to change a pad or tampon.... but then I thought about it. Is there really a difference? Either way you have to change something and being MANY years away from being done with this curse, I have to put up with it anyway! So after I pushed out the gross images in my head, I decided to look into The DivaCup and see what it was all about. To my surprise it was not as yucky as I thought it to be. The wonderful people at The DivaCup offered to send me one (free of charge) to review. So here we go! 

Here is what I love about it:
The DivaCup is a non-absorbent menstrual cup that simply collects menstrual flow.
It can be worn for up to 12 hours before emptying, washing and reinserting for use for another 12 hours. It can be used for light or moderate flows and is emptied more often to accommodate heavy flows.  Perfect for overnight use. (SWEET!!) It is also Latex-free, BPA-free, plastic-free and has no dyes, colors or additive. Are you a tampon user? We all know that TSS is associated with higher absorbency tampons...well, The DivaCup collects, rather than absorbs, and does not change your natural moisture levels like tampons do.  (Of course, if you have had TSS before, definitely consult your doctor before using it.) It also saves MONEY!!! No more needing to run out to the store for pads! How great is that freedom?!

So on paper it looks amazing, right? But how did it hold up to the big test? Well luckily I got my DivaCup right before Aunt Flow came to visit (she really should call before she stops in for a week right?!) I took it out of the box and kind of held it in my hand for a few minutes. Bigger than I thought it was going to be! (Even my husband looked at me with a question look on his face.) But I thought.... heck two babies came out of there and this thing is smaller than they were! It comes with a super cute carrying bag and a Diva pin..... very cute small touches they added. 




When the time came to try it out.... I dove right in! I already had it washed and ready to use.... so I sat in the bathroom with the directions and went at it! I did however ask some of you all for some help on folding tips. (Thanks for that by the way!) I had some trouble at first, it does take some practice. The stem was also causing some pain. If the cup is inserted correctly then there should be no pain and you should not feel it at all... but come to find out a good number of users have to cut the stem as it can be too long. Which is super easy. So that is what I did.... and it no longer hurt! Now I will say that I did have a back up pad on... just in case. Which really did not get dirty. I have to admit that when I put The DivaCup in I was afraid to put it in too far. But when I inserted it higher.... all discomfort was gone.


It is not too often you can say that you "forgot" that you were on your period, right? Well to be honest I kind of did! I mean, minus the cramps and bloating...... I really forgot about it! There was no "feeling" of having to race to the bathroom to keep my pad clean (OH COME ON... you know you have done that too!) There was no worry about having  extra pads in the downstairs bathroom. And the night time.... OMG amazing! No leaks, no double pads, no need to wear shorts (for that just in case disaster.) 

So yes.... I am proud to say I AM A DIVA! Now.... who is ready to join me?! DivaCup has generously offered one of their cups to one of our readers!!!!!!!!! Now, they do have two sizes.... so make sure you know which size will work for you! Oh and did I mention they will also ship INTERNATIONALLY?!!!!!



WHO CAN ENTER?

Anyone 18 years of age or older. 
The BEST news is... THIS GIVEAWAY IS OPEN TO EVERYONE!!!!!!! No matter where you live!!!! SWEET!


HOW DO I ENTER?

Click the link below and fill out the Giveaway Form. All entries must be made by 6:00 PM (EST) on Monday, May 2, 2011. The first three are **MANDATORY** in order for your entry to count. The others are not mandatory.... but would make us happy if you did them anyway! Each person gets one entry.... this way everyone has the same odds at winning! Winner will be announced Monday, May 2, by 7 pm (EST).


**1. You must be an email subscriber to Mummies Nummies. (This is located on the right hand side of our blog. Simply type in your email and then confirm when the confirmation email comes to you. You MUST confirm in order for it to count)
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**3. You must answer the question in PINK. Leave your answer to the PINK question in the comment section of this post, be sure to leave your name and also mention that you filled out the contest form. The PINK question is........ Have you heard about Diva Cup before?

 
4. Become a Facebook fan of The DivaCup. Tag Mummies Nummies on their page, tell them we said hi and thank them for this wonderful giveaway!
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6. Share Mummies Nummies with your family, friends and online communities!!! You can do this by sharing our Facebook page, Tweeting about us, sharing this post or one of our other posts or BUMPING UP this post located at the bottom.
**Did you do any of the NON mandatory tasks? If so.... leave a comment and let us know!**

CLICK HERE FOR THE CONTEST FORM (**DON'T FORGET TO COME BACK AND ANSWER THE PINK QUESTION IN THE COMMENT SECTION!**)


 

HOW DO I KNOW IF I WON? 

The winner will be notified by email, listed in the comment section and on our facebook page. The winner has two days to contact us with their mailing address or another winner will be selected. The winner will be selected using RANDOM.ORG

HOW DO WE CHOOSE THE WINNER?

We will enter the number of completed forms into the number generator at  RANDOM.ORG and the first number it picks is the winner!

DO WE CHECK THESE ENTRIES?

Yes, we do. Once the winner is selected, we will check to verify valid entry. If it isn’t, we’ll start the process over. So don't cheat!



GOOD LUCK MUMMIES!

A big thank you to the wonderful people at The DivaCup for sponsoring this great review and giveaway!!!!!!!

Friday, April 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."

Two sets of pictures this week! ENJOY! (And yes I took these pictures with the intention to make them look the same!)


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Family Blog Hop!

Hi Everyone! Thanks for stopping by The WEEKLY Family Blog Hop! This is our first blog hop.... and we are so excited!!! Not sure what a blog Hop is? Well a Blog Hop is a fun "game" with the objective to gain new readers, new followers, and to above all get your blog noticed! The Family Blog Hop is open to all blogs that are family friendly. What is special about our blog Hop is that we are a WEEKLY Blog Hop. Meaning it is open every day, 7 days a week! Each Friday we will begin a new blog hop that will last until the following week. You can sign up any day, at any time and begin HOPPING! If you include your email address, when signing up, we will send you a reminder the Thursday before a new Hop begins. I’m super excited to announce I am co-hosting with Obsessions of a Trophy Wife. I am so excited to meet new bloggers as well as see some familiar ones! Even if you are already following me, I would love for you to say hi!
Here are the rules:

1. Become a follower of the two hosts: Mummies Nummies and Obsessions of the Trophy Wife via Google Friend Connect.

2. Place our Family Blog Hop button in a blog post. This way, people have a place to comment when they follow you. (link is below) Or you can place our button anywhere on your blog and visitors can comment on any one of your posts.


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3. Add your blog’s URL and blog name to the list. (Click on the “Add your link” button and fill out your URL, blog’s name, and email, and click “Next step.”)

4. Follow anyone who follows you. (This is the fun part.) Always leave a comment with your URL on their blog, so that they know where to follow you back.

5. If you would like me to follow you back, you MUST leave a comment letting me know you are following Mummies Nummies! Feel free to comment on this post or another post of mine!

6. If you are strictly a Giveaway Blog, please understand these blogs are not allowed to participate. However, if your blog has significant personal content as well as giveaways...... you may hop!

7. Have fun HOPPING!!

Are you ready Mummies and Daddies?!?! Let's HOP!


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

"Oh I did not know she was still doing that."

Have you ever heard that comment? Coming from a stranger that would most likely put you in a defensive position. But what about from a well meaning  family member?

While celebrating my oldest (and retired) nummie lover's 3rd birthday, this past weekend, I was putting Kit Kat down for the night. Yes.... I hold her until she falls asleep every night (call it what you will; habit, not wanting to let go, attachment parenting.... or what ever). We sit on the couch, she straddles me while hugging me and I rub her back. We sit this way for about 45 minutes before I put her to bed (while asleep) for the night. My grandmother saw this and said smiling "Oh is this reminiscing of when she nursed?"  I looked at her and smiled. I told her that kit Kat still nurses 4 times a day, and this is just how she falls asleep at night. In a sweet expression she said "Oh I did not know she was still doing that."

Only a grandmother can say this and get away with it. Only a grandmother can say something like that in such a sweet way that there is no mean or judgmental under tone to it. I smiled back and said, "Yes, grandma.... she is still doing that."


What comments have you gotten...... that in another situation could be a negative comment, but was seemingly harmless?

Monday, April 11, 2011

An oldie but a goodie!

This post was originally published in July 2010, titled "Oh Breastmilk how I love thee...let me count the ways!"
ENJOY!

I recently saw that someone squirted expressed breast milk in their child's nose, to help a stuffy nose. REALLY?! I never knew breast milk could help that. So I did some research....and I found this article. Here are some ideas for you to try!

Drop some milk in irritated eyes using a needless syringe or medicine dropper. This works for infected or plugged tear ducts, pink eye, sties and ophthalmologist allergies (watery eyes). You can also use for contact solution on soft, hard, or gas permeable lenses, or use it in place of or in addition to tea bags or cucumbers to soothe red, puffy, tired eyes.

Rinse your skin with plain water, pat dry, spread breast milk on skin and let it air dry. This can help soothe and heal a number of skin calamities, including diaper rashes, cracked or bleeding nipples, acne, eczema, chicken pox, chapped cheeks, and rashes or hives due to allergies or poisonous plants like poison oak or poison ivy. You can use a cotton ball moistened with the breast milk to spread it on the skin. This will also help any bite or sting, whether it comes from an insect, a pet or another child.

Gargle it. This will heal a sore throat very quickly. In addition, giving your weaned older children or your husband/partner a cup of expressed milk will help them get over a cold or flu occurrence quickly. It's a great remedy for chapped lips, canker sores, cold sores, and other mouth sores in both children and adults.
Use breast milk to ease the symptoms of colds as well. It can be used in place of nasal saline drops to loosen mucous of the nose, and it can be used as ear drops to ease the pain of an ear infection. (**side note... my pediatrician said not to use in ears as she feared the sugar in the breast milk would make an ear infection worse. But some people swear by it!!!**)

Remove makeup with breast milk. Alternately, you can use it as a general facial cleanser.

Treat injuries like scratches, abrasions, ingrown toenails, scrapes and burns with breast milk. Just dab it on and let it heal, or in hand/foot injuries, let it soak in a cup of milk.
Calm the pain of teething or toothaches. Experiment with different temperatures to find the one that brings most relief. Chewing on a cloth soaked in breast milk really helps.
Cook with it. It can be used in the same proportions that you would use cow milk in cooking and baking.
Donate it. If you are a super-producer with your pump, consider donating some of your overage. Milk banks will use this precious commodity to heal babies who need it the most, such as preemies and babies with severe congenital problems.


So my question is.... Is it weird of me to wish for my husband to have a stuffy nose so I can try this method?!

Friday, April 8, 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 is Kit Kat from earlier this week. She will be 17 months old in less than a week and she still loves hr Mummie's Nummies! **I LOVE her eyes! GUSH GUSH!!!**

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Breastfeeding should be seen......

........Not hidden.

So, we all know that breastfeeding is wonderful right? I do not think you would be reading this if you thought other wise. However, why are rates so low? Think about it..... how many times have you seen a stranger breastfeeding in public? Go ahead... I will wait.....


If you are like me.... you tend to keep an eye out to see if you can find a nummie lover enjoying some of Mummie's nummies. But I have only seen two people EVER nursing in public (and one of those times was a co worker on her lunch break!) So why is that? Why don't we see more mummies nursing in public? I would love to go up to a nursing mummie and say "CONGRATS on giving your nummie lover the best!" (I actually did that when I saw a mummie nursing in public, at Disney World last year.)

I do not feel it is up to me to make breastfeeding more the norm, nor do I feel the need to flaunt the fact that I breastfeed.. But I do feel it is my right (and my nummie lover's right) to breastfeed (in public) to show other mummies that it is okay. Not only other mummies...... but everyone else too. Even if it touches just one Mummie.... that mummie might touch someone else, that mummie might touch someone else..... and so on and so on. Pretty soon there will be a domino effect. Then BAM, breastfeeding could be the norm in public!

Picture it...... mummies sitting in an open field nursing their babies, a mummie sitting in a cafe sipping caffeine free coffee with her nummie lover enjoying her own "mummie latte". Can you picture it? Now picture all that with no one giving these mummies a hard time, no yucky looks, no side way glances. No hush hush remarks. Just head nods and smiles. Or heck nothing at all! Just other people going about their own routine, enjoying their own day.Sometimes I feel that NIP'ing (Nursing in Public) is not a big deal. Sort of along the lines, if I don't make it a big deal then no one else will. But other times, when I notice some one looking at me with a sort of soured expression (which has not happened very often... but has happened. I swear one older lady almost gave her self whiplash as she walked by me as I nursed Kit Kat at the mall. Her expression was none too approving.) it makes me feel self conscious at first. I will admit it, but that feeling only lasts for a few seconds and then the feeling of "Get Over it!" takes over. I have mentioned before that I do not have the best self esteem (knowing it is half the battle right?) but breastfeeding my girls has helped me dramatically. Even NIP'ing for the first time, with Pooker. I was so nervous! We were at a busy restaurant with family and she was only 16 weeks old. As we settled in (with her nursing blanket as a cover) I began to relax...... when she was done, I looked at my husband and whispered "we did it!" I felt as if I just won an award and ready to give my acceptance speech!

I know not all mummies feel comfortable nursing in public and I am not saying that you have to. Nor am I passing judgment on you if you do not NIP. Judging is not what is helping. You might feel the way you do, due to fear of judging remarks, perhaps you never saw a NIP'er, perhaps you are a closet nurser. But what ever you are.... you are a breastfeeding mummie........ you should feel proud.(but remember NIP'ing can take practice before you are 100% confident with yourself.

I just wish I would see more mummies giving their babies nummies in public, more often. I wish mummies would feel it is okay to NIP. I wish I could "head nod" at some mummie and show my support.

So the next time you are out and about........ try to take a look around. Is there a mummie sitting in the back of the room, in a corner, on a bench, in her car NIPing? Show her you support her and her choice. Perhaps even tell her about Mummies Nummies! (hehe... I would love that!!!!) Because here at Mummies Nummies.... no Mummie feels alone!!!!!!!


How about you mummies? What is your wish?

Monday, April 4, 2011

Genetically modified cows to produce human breastmilk

Wow that is a title, huh?!
So it turns out the Chinese have found a way to genetically modify cows so that they no longer make COWS milk, but instead make human milk. (Ummmm, okay.) I have heard that they are plotting the return of the Mammoth...... but this?! COME ON! Wondering how they did it? I am more wondering WHY?!!!! But here is the how:
 "Scientists have created 300 cows that produce milk with some of the properties of human breast milk, including lysozyme, which fights bacteria and improves infants’ immune systems in their first few days of life.
Researchers in China introduced genes that express human lysozyme (also called HLZ) and other human proteins into Holstein cattle embryos, and implanted the embryos into surrogate cows. When the GM cows started lactating, their milk contained HLZ and two other proteins.
Using a new purification process, the researchers were apparently able to make the milk taste more human — they increased its fat content and changed the amounts of milk solids."

One of the researchers says that it could be 10 years or more until they are able to "finally pour this enhanced milk into the consumer’s cup." They also revealed that they boosted milk fat content by around 20 per cent and have also changed the levels of milk solids, making it closer to the composition of human milk as well as having the same immune-boosting properties.(again I say UMMMMM OKAY.) However, it is this comment that really gets me....Professor Li said "their work has shown it was possible to "humanize" cows milk." Why would they want to humanize a cow?! What is it about a cow that makes these scientists want to make them produce HUMAN breastmilk?! I mean really? Perhaps they are doing this just to say "HAHA we made cows into humans!" But personally.... I think a cow should make cow milk and a human should make human milk. I am not one to mess with nature. Genetically Modified Foods are a bit scary to me! Escepcially when they are trying to make an animal taste like humans!

Now with that said.... my house stays far away from food and beverages made in China. Yes, we check all labels! We have even returned opened containers, to the store, when we noticed that the label read "Made In China." We no longer buy Apple Juice, as all Apple Juice we have found has the "Apples from China" label. Personally I am not going to pay an inflated price for juice just to have USA ingredients.

I am waiting for the day we hear of a study that says "We have genetically modified human milk into cow milk." I for one...... am happy I can produce my own mummie's nummes and do not need a cow to do it for me!

If you are super curious... this study was published back on March 16, 2011 in the PLoS ONE Journal

Okay, mummies.... sound off. What are your feelings on this?

Friday, April 1, 2011

"Foto" Friday



Kit Kat is one hard lady to get a picture of! But I finally managed to snap a "Foto" of her famous smile!