Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Just when you think you took it away...

There comes a time in breastfeeding when you have to wean. For one reason or another.... may it be child led weaning, mommy led weaning, health reasons or what ever...... it will happen. But in those times when you have weaned off one feeding, you little nummie lover will say "Oh no you don't" and you just might find yourself with a little nummie lover latched on you when you KNOW you took that certain feeding away.

Where am I going with this? Well here...... come follow me.

So last month we put a contract on a house. We went through all of the hoops and fire pits that goes along with buying a HUD owned home. We did not even have a closing date until 3 days before we closed. (Did you know that you don't even get house keys, to a HUD home, at closing?? Yeah SURPRISE!!!!!) Anyways... I am getting off point. So, yes we closed on our house. Now, our new house (so excited about this house I have to say!) was not loved as much as it should have been. Meaning it is a bit dirty and needs some lovin and I knew my husband and I would be the ones to do it. Having two young children, one being a nummie lover, I knew it would be a bit difficult. So to prepare for our "cleaning party" I decided to wean Kit Kat from 4 feedings a day to 3. I "thought" taking away her mid morning nummie session would give me more time to get the house in living shape. So two weeks before our (ESTIMATED) closing date, I began weaning her off of her mid morning feeding. Now it was hard the first couple of days... but between snacks, sippy cups and distracting her with trips to the store I thought we had it down. (Did you see the word THOUGHT?)

Well..........guess what....

Boredom set in once and she decided she wanted some nummies. (While at the new house waiting for the air conditioning repair man to do his magic.) Yeah she was pretty grumpy and pretty forceful about it!

And then there was this morning....... We had plans to drop the girls off at my sister in laws (Hi Nicole!) so I could go help get the new house in sleep over condition. (Now you have to understand... I do not leave my girls. If my girls can not go... then I do not go. But there comes a time in one's life where you have to be childless. I have come to accept this... even though I still do not like it.) So there I was elbow deep in pinesol and scrubbing strange dirt when I get the dreaded phone call. Yupp... you know the one. "Kit Kat wont stop crying, her nose wont stop running and she wont let me wipe it. All she wants is mommy." add that to hearing my sweet nummie lover crying and I was off like a shot! I barely slowed down to tell my husband that I was leaving to get Kit Kat. I ran in the house to find my baby walking around (luckily playing at the time) and when she saw me... oh heart break! She ran to me calling "mommy" with her arms up. So what did I do? The most instinctive thing I could think of. I whipped it out right then and there and nursed her. (And just to confirm this was around the same time as her mid morning nummie session that we got rid of.)

Oh man she missed me! Luckily she only wanted one side.... but it must have been a good side! hehe.

What did Kit Kat do after she was done with me? She got down and ate some cheeze its! Now she did not let me out of her sight after that.... but she did seem to be better. I blame this whole thing on weather, seasonal cold, teething, missing mommy, El Nino.... you name it I will blame it!

So will I nurse her tomorrow at the same time? Probably not.... but I will let her decide. It seems she is the one in control.... not me. I know that now.

So if you are still counting.... we are down to 3 nummie sessions a day.

Nice to still be needed though.

Thursday, May 26, 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 the moments we all want to hold onto forever. Kit Kat was so tired today she decided to take a "Kit Kat Nap" while nursing. Moments like this, I never want to forget.


AND there are just some weeks I can not pick JUST one.... so here ya go!
Pooker so very badly wanted to be like Kit Kat. I drew the line at putting Pooker back in a diaper! hehe

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Nestle releases BabyNes

Just when you think you have seen it all (when it comes to formula companies....) Nestle "whips" out something new. In walks BabyNes by Nestle. "A unique combination of nutrition innovation, high-tech machine technology and after-sales service." (Their words not mine....)





 What the heck is it, you ask? Well let me allow Nestle to answer that.... since they are the experts in baby nutrition (also their words...not mine.) "BabyNes is the world’s first comprehensive nutrition system for infants and toddlers, and is based on Nestlé’s latest scientific achievements in baby nutrition and systems technology."

Soooooo basically it is a baby coffee maker! Except trade the coffee for powdered formula and VIOLA you have an instant, single serve, bottle of formula.

Oh but let me also make this disclaimer........"Nestlé supports exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of an infant’s life, in line with World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations, and continued breastfeeding thereafter for as long as possible. For babies who are not breastfed, Nestlé provides high-quality breast milk substitutes, such as BabyNes."

OKAY now that we have said that... (please remember their words... not mine.)

What are my feelings on this? Well let me just tell you the price of this contraption. The machine itself sells for $284 American dollars (UMMMMM OKAY.) and each single serve, individual formula capsule (sold in a set of 26) sells for at least 56 American dollars! WOW!!!!! Have money to spare? Now it has not been released here in The States... YET. It is being released in Switerland. (Wonder what the breastfeeding rates are there....Low I believe.)

I seriously do not see a need for this BabyNes machine. Am I against formula? No. If you have been a reader of Mummies Nummies for some time.. then you know I am not against the use of formula. I DO believe that breastmilk is best, safer, and more important to a babies nutrional needs. How ever, we did suppliment Pooker's feedings with formula two times a day for the first two months. So no, I am not 100% against formula. No I do not make a mummie feel bad if she uses formula. I do not think any mummie should be made to feel guilty, in how she chooses to feed her baby. But let me say again.... This is MUMMIES NUMMIES and we are A BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT BLOG. I am 100%  for breastfeeding and 100% AGAINST anything that tries to preventbreastfeeding.

To me...... this machine is meant for the wealthy. Who is Nestle really trying to reach here? I mean you can buy a great breastpump for the price of the BabyNes.

I don't know Mummies... what do you think?

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Mommy Jewlery Necklace Review and Giveaway

 Congrats to Katie with entry #3!!!! You are the WINNER

This month has been soooo much fun! I enjoyed spot lighting Work at Home Mummies (and a daddy!)  I hope you all have enjoyed the giveaways as much as I have. To end our Work at Home Creative readers month.... we have one more giveaway for you!

Mommy Jewelry is giving away one Nursing Necklace! I am super excited about this one, because she also sent one to me to review! I have to say that I was soooo super excited to try this nursing necklace. I have been wanting one for some time now and I am happy to say I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED! Below you will see a photo of the necklace I choose:




Now I have two girls... so anything pink or girlie I can get my hands on is PERFECT! To me this necklace SCREAMED girlie! I love the "doughnut" shaped pendant, the beads up the necklace, and the closure is brilliant! It can be tightened easily and it can not be snatched off by little crazy hands. What Kit Kat loves about the necklace is the sound the little beads make when she moves the necklace. There is just something about music (aka noise) that keeps her attention. She also LOVES to slide her little thumb (or her big toe.. weird I know) in the hole and wave it around.

(Photo below.... thumb in hole....)






(See what I mean about her big toe???)

So now I get to the good part! We have one to give away!!! Not just any necklace... you get to pick out of SIX great necklaces!!!! SWEET RIGHT?!?!?! Well here we go.... the fun stuff



WHO CAN ENTER?

Anyone 18 years of age or older and live in the 48 contiguous states only.



HOW DO I ENTER?

 All entries must be made by 6:00 PM (EST) on Tuesday, May 31, 2011. The first two are **MANDATORY** in order for your entry to count (Leave ONE comment saying you are an email subscriber and are following on Google Friend Connect.). The others are not mandatory.... but would make us happy if you did them anyway! Plus you get one extra entry for each additional task, just leave one comment per task! Winner will be announced Tuesday, May 31, by 7 pm (EST).


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**2. In the above photo tell me which necklace you would pick (They are numbered 1-6. This is one comment/entry. Leave your email address.)

3. Check out Mommy Jewelry Etsy website and tell me your FAVORITE item. (Please include your email and this entry is mandatory!)
  
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Special Guest Post from Nurse In at Forest Park

I am SO excited to have Heather, a local "lactivist" and participant of the Nurse In at Forest Park Georgia, be a SPECIAL guest today! Not only did Heather participate in the Nurse In... but she also took photos! With such an amazing turn out, I thought it would be important to have someone tell us what it was like!



Late last week I was reading the news, a.k.a. scrolling through my Facebook page, when I came across an article a friend posted. Forest Park - a city near the outskirts of the perimeter of Atlanta, just a few miles away from my home - had passed a new ordinance aimed at cracking down on public indecency. On the next-to-last page of the ordinance was an exception: "Any female person exposing a breast in the process of breastfeeding an infant under the age of two (2) years" would not be held to the same prohibitions as the drug traffickers, prostitutes, and violent criminals.

 (A sign from the Nurse In.)
While I applaud Forest Park for even remembering to include lactating mothers, the exemption was frustrating. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding "for at least the first year of life and beyond for as long as mutually desired by mother and child," and states that "[t]here is no upper limit to the duration of breastfeeding and no evidence of psychological or developmental harm from breastfeeding into the third year of life or longer" (2005). Furthermore, the World Health Organization advises breastfeeding "for up to two years of age or beyond" (2002). And while the exemption doesn't argue against the benefits of breastfeeding, its writers overlooked a few complications. How exactly does one determine the age of a nursling? Can those responsible for enforcing the law tell the difference between a 22-month-old and a 26-month-old? And if not, how does a mother go about proving her child's age? Photo IDs for all babies in Forest Park? Better yet, whose business is it to tell a mother whether or not she can breastfeed her child in public?!
(Another sign from the Nurse In... I found this one to be PERFECT!)

Shortly after reading the article, I posted a link on my Facebook page, then immediately took it down. I try to pick my battles, and social media outlets make too-easy war grounds for those who find great bravery behind the safety of a computer screen. I get enough grief in my day-to-day life for having not started my almost-six-month-old on solid foods, using cloth diapers, saying no to vaccines, practicing gentle/attachment parenting, and giving birth to a frank breech baby the old-fashioned way (it hurt just as bad as you might imagine) - no need to add Crazy Hippie Lactivist Who Thinks 2-Year-Olds Should Nurse In Public to my list of titles.

Yet something was still irking me. I chewed on it for another day or two before noticing an event invitation for a nurse-in on Facebook (I might have a Facebook addiction..admitting it is the first step, right?). Here's where the six degrees of separation come in...the mother hosting the event was one of the mothers from the first La Leche League meeting I ever attended. Rewind to 2010: my daughter was nine days old, and my sister had convinced me to get out of the house and meet some other nursing mamas. The group blew my sleep-deprived mind - never before had I met such a group of positive, encouraging, empowered women who wanted nothing but the best for other mamas and their babies. No judgment, no unsolicited advice - just an environment of support, no matter where a mother is in her journey with her little one. Seeing that one of THESE mamas had created the invitation gave the event a whole other level of credibility for me, so I threw my initial hesitation out the window and signed up. 

Within a matter of hours, the ordinance, the outrage, and the nurse-in had grown so much in popularity that nearly every news and radio station in the Atlanta area was trying to get a piece of the pie. Organizers Jessica and Elizabeth quickly delegated interviews and created t-shirts for the event over the weekend, all the while responding to the hundreds of comments and posts that began accumulating on the event's wall. Mothers from all over the world wrote in support of the cause, some even pledging to drive from out of state to attend the event. 
The media coverage, for the most part, was positive leading up to the nurse-in, but all the decent reporting in the world won't stop the less-informed from passing judgment. Those in favor of keeping the exemption as-is wrote to news stations' websites and called in to radio stations, with commentary ranging from ignorant to obscene. As they soon learned, though, you don't mess with lactating mamas. 
 (Can you spot the NIP'ing Mummie???? I will give you a hint... she is tandem nursing!!!)

Monday arrived before we knew it. I pulled into the parking lot where we all agreed to meet, and my eyes welled with tears as I watched as dozens of mothers, fathers, and children pour into the park. The crowd was peaceful, yet bustling with positive energy. Children chased each other in circles and nursing mothers met one another in person for the first time, talking about the exemption, diapers, baby carriers...whatever came up. A local news reporter asked to interview me, and I answered her questions to the best of my ability while my daughter peeked out of her baby carrier.

Shortly after 10, we marched toward City Hall en masseBreasfeeding Education program for the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. My own nursling was fascinated by all the activity, and when she needed to eat, no one batted an eye as I nursed her, uncovered, in the 90 degree heat.


 (The amount of people who showed was amazing!)

The overall climate of the crowd was calm and happy - what do you expect from hundreds of women experiencing increased levels of oxytocin? A few lawyers and police officers maintained a level of safety, and Karen Brandee-Williams - a councilwoman who abstained from voting on the new ordinance - showed her support by offering a statement of encouragement and assuring us that John Parker and the other council members would be reviewing the ordinance and exemption at the next council meeting. Parker surfaced twice - once momentarily to address a reporter, then again as he left the building, saying only that "I think if you check ordinances in other jurisdictions, you'll find the same verbiage exists in those, too." Lactivists were left with a feeling of encouragement in that Parker said that the changes in the ordinance would probably reflect those in Georgia law, which states with no limitations on age that "[a] mother may breast-feed her baby in any location where the mother and baby are otherwise authorized to be."
(LOVE how this Mummie is NIP'ing while standing and holding a conversation!!!!!)

 (And this one just says "PEACEFUL to me.......)
Lactivists - 1; City of Forest Park - also 1.  Amending the ordinance to mirror state law would be a win-win situation. Regarding Parker's reference to Spalding and Dekalb counties, which have similar verbiage regarding public breastfeeding...be ready, city officials. Once Forest Park amends the exception, us lactivists will be on the move, and with all the positive energy this demonstration created, we'll be unstoppable. 

Heather Bond is mother to a very loud baby girl and three even louder furbabies. She loves running, photography, and anything – from paint to dough to mud – that gets her fingers dirty. She blogs regularly at http://haphazardhues.wordpress.com/.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Forest Park copy of new Nudity Law

So there has been some discussion on Mummies Nummies about what the law really states.
I was able to find the City Ordinance and wanted to share it with you. I read through the whole ordinance and found where they added public breastfeeding. Here is what it says:
Nudity shall mean the showing or exhibition of the human male or female genitalia, anal region, pubic area, or cleft of the buttocks with less than a fully opaque covering, or the showing of the females breast with less than a fully opaque covering of the nipple and/or areola........
Exceptions to this new ordinance:
Any female person exposing a breast in the process of breastfeeding an infant under the age of 2 years...

No where in the ordinance does it mention that it is LEGAL to covering up while in public. No where does it say that it is LEGAL to breastfeed a child OVER 2 years old. What it is saying is that once your child turns 2 years old you are no longer allowed to breastfeed in public. Once your child hits the 2 year mark, and you breastfeed your child in public, you are partaking an illegal act of indecency and nudity. Yes, mummies who have nummie loving babies, UNDER 2,  are exempt from this new ordinance. But what about the other mummies? What about the baby who is turning 2 tomorrow? Are you seriously going to tell me that it is LEGAL for that baby to nurse while sitting on a public bench TODAY but not tomorrow? Tell me that makes sense to you. Tell me that you are not laughing at the stupidity of that. Tell me it does not make you the slightest bit upset that they government is now trying to tell you HOW and when and WHEN you are able to feed your baby.

Tomorrow is the Nurse In. Over 200 Mummies and their Nummie Lovers are planning on attending, NURSE ON MUMMIES and educate those people in Forest Park. Show them how wrong they are. Stand up and show them how unjust this new ordinance is. Extended breastfeeding (correction Full Term Breastfeeding) being labeled as nudity? Are you serious???!!!!


Feel free to read the whole Public Indecency Ordinance if you have more questions.

Friday, May 20, 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."

Me and Kit Kat (now 18 months!) having a snuggle time after a bathy.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Response from a City Offical in Foerst Park, Georgia

What a surprise! (and I mean in a good way.) I got a response, from Karen-Brandee Williams, to my email regarding the new Breastfeeding Law in Forest Park. I have decided to share her response with you all. Below you will find the email she wrote me:



I share your concerns [this was very heart felt] as well as other things that was presented in this ordinance, that is why I decided to Abstain from voting on this amendment. There are some laws that talks modestly about breast feeding rules, per se; nevertheless, Balance is essential! I often ask questions, not just for myself, but to hopefully empower the citizens in our city to also begin to make a stand for their rights to inquire, hold their elected officials accountable and to demand that their local government are open, transparent and fair. Eventhough it is not always easy to make the right decisions on everything, it is easy to listen and consider the opinions and facts from the citizens. I have often asked the council members to not be so quick to vote on every issue, but to take some time and get together and discuss future decision, but to no avail.
This is what I have always tried to stand up against, but in voting, I am only one vote and 3 is the majority to pass anything in this city that the city manager John Parker and others in his 'political' network, want to happen.
I am tired of the political attacks on people, businesses, etc and I feel that the war should focus on that area and not to bring others into it who will suffer or get isolated involuntarily! Too much tax payers dollars are being spent on lawsuits, because our government do not know how to communicate, rationalize, reason and mediate on issues, but they want to attack. This should not be! 
I know first hand of how our city government treat people with discrimination [being partially disable myself and having undergone so many attacks from them] and fight against those who are not in their "network." I will continue to make a stand for what is right, vote against or abstain on issues I feel is not all inclusive and I will continue trying to build open and transparency in our local government.  They want me out, but I will maintain my standards until my term is over!
I pray that the governing body will revised their decision on this amendment>
 Keep our city government in your prayers!
Your comments are very valuable...
Blessings,
Council Karen-Brandee Williams
Ward 2

So there you have it.... there is someone on the council  who is not for this new law. She might be the person to contact with your concerns.... as she might be more likely to convey our messages. If you would like to contact her, here is her email address: ward2forwilliams@att.net.

Now I would like to address a comment that was written in regards to yesterday's Forest Park post. A woman decided to speak her mind. Now I am all for people speaking their mind, but I also feel you should be held accountable for such comments, but she decided to remain anonymous. Here is her comment:


All the complainers are not even from this city in Ga and they have no say so in the laws or town ordinances there. If the residents of that city are upset they should respond to this law or ordinance. I am not from GA and I am a woman and mother. I agree with this town, a 2 year old is not on demand feeding and doesn't have to be breast fed in public. I have no problem with breast feeding anywhere, but this law or ordinance sounds fine to me. Furthermore, if this father is so upset he could talk to his town or city where he lives to make sure his child no matter how old can always breast feed whenever he needs to, not in a city/town/state he doesn't even live in.
 I would like to address the first line. We are NOT complainers. We are supports and we will stand up when something is wrong, no matter where we live. We do not have to live in the same city or even the same state to stand up for what is right. Supporting what you believe in does not make you a complainer. When something you believe in (such as breastfeeding) is under "attack", it is only human nature to defend it. Does not matter if it effects you or strangers. Take for example victims of Hurricane Charley, Hurricane Katrina, the Tsunamis and all of the other natural disasters that have struck strangers and friends alike. How many people stood up to help out complete strangers? How many people sent money, items, and their time to people in need? No, I am not comparing a breastfeeding law to a Natural Disaster...... I am simply comparing the need to help a stranger. Where would all of those people be (who were affected) if no one choose to help them? (Being a victim of Hurricane Charley.... I saw this first hand as it destroyed my home town.) People need to feel that they are not alone.... that there are other people willing to help and give SUPPORT.

Now I would like to comment about a two year old not feeding on demand. You are correct about that. But there are instances where you can not avoid this. For example.... what if the two year old (or older) is out with her family in the evening (let's say at a public event) and it is their time to nurse. Would you rather listen to the child cry? It is not fair for the family to have to leave the event just because their two year old needs to nurse and it is illegal. What if the child gets injured? In most cases the only way to calm a breastfed child is to nurse them. Would you let the child cry in pain, just because they are out in public and it is illegal to nurse there? Would you, as a parent let your child cry, knowing you could sooth them but won't due to fears of being arrested? I am sorry.... but my children come first. If I can comfort them, you better believe I will comfort them.

What we need to do is think about the children...... most people forget the little ones. They are so involved with themselves and what they don't want to see... that they forget the bigger picture. It is not like the mother will be nursing for hours. With a toddler or older, they only nurse for minutes and then they are done. The person who makes a big deal about a woman nursing in public is the one making the scene....not the nursing child and mother. We just sit peacefully somewhere...... how is that a big deal?

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

look out Forest Park, GA....... here come the Mummies!

So yesterday I posted about Forest Park Georgia passing an ordinance making it illegal to publicly breastfeed a child over two years old.... yes that still sounds stupid to me. I mean really, what year are we living in? Since then, there has been an amazing amount of outcry! (Rightly so!) But there has also been a bit of an update of sorts.

A fellow blogger, This Daddys Blog blogged about this story as well. He is a breastfeeder supporter, as his wife breastfed and still breastfeeds their youngest child. I for one LOVED reading his feelings on this, well because he is a guy! He did however take it one step further. He actually SPOKE with Mr Parker (The City Manager) on the phone!!!!! (This daddy is earning some major brownie points for sure!!!) As happy as I am with that bit of info... that is about where the happiness stops. Mr. Parker actually LAUGHED at him! (no not kidding.) Here is what was said (courtesy of This Daddys Blog.)


I called the Mayors office in Forest Park, Ga.  I got City Manager John Parker on the phone. Yes, I did. I told him I was outraged that this is being done and how could they and then he just started....Laughing at me. I promise he laughed at me.  Wondered why I was making a big deal about this and that it was the media making this a story when there are other things in the law.  No woman can breastfeed any child over the age of 2 in public. My son is almost 2 and still breastfeeds. So if we wanted to go to Forest Park, Ga. T wouldn't let him eat that way if he wanted. John Parkers words to me this morning were "We don't want children that can walk around to be breastfeeding in public." WOW. What a crazy thing to say.

I asked him what would I need to do to turn this thing around. He told me to do whatever I wanted to do, I was going to anyways.  In order to overturn the vote before the 30 days is up, letters need to be written to him so he can present them to the City Council. He just seemed to not care. I even asked him about what his wife thought and if she still breastfed would he see it differently and he told me "Its her decision and it doesn't matter to me."  I asked him if he would rather every woman just give the kids formula and he laughed and said "Whatever they decide".  Bet your wife is so proud of you today John Parker. Bet you wouldn't say this stuff to her that you are saying to me!

I also asked him about other problems like schools and drugs and crime and he just kept laughing at me wondering why people make such a big deal about this and they can go feed their babies or kids somewhere just not in public. My response to him was, why don't you make the other people go eat elsewhere.

Okay, take a moment and breath. Realize what you just read was not in your mind and no you did not misread ANY of that! So how about that? "We don't want children who can walk around be breastfeeding in public?!!!!!" I am sorry.... HUH?! Wow.... my poor Kit Kat was 9 months and walking around. Shoot I should have stopped then! Poo on you Mr. Parker, City Manager. You are a crappy Manager. Who are you to tell your citizens WHEN and WHERE and HOW they can feed their babies? Wow I feel for the people in your city.

So what can you do? Other than email Mr. Parker or whom ever you can find? You can call them as well... but please make sure to sign this Forest Park Restriction on Breastfeeding Petition,. This type of ignorant, misleading, prejudice, discriminating government needs to be stopped. When I signed it this morning there was only 50 or so people who signed it... as of right now there is 214!

There is also a Forest Park Georgia Nurse-In, created by Jessica Lister, planned for Monday, May 23 at 10 am. OHHHH this should be interesting!

Spread the word!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

City in Georgia passes law restricting breastfeeding in public

I do not know where to go from here. You would think that with the Call to Action from the Surgeon General would stop cities from making NEW laws like this. That is right, Mummies and Daddies... a NEW LAW was passed the other night by the Council in Forest Park Georgia. They passed a public indecency ordinance to prevent public nudity, which previously only covered Adult Entertainment Business.

But hold your Nummie Makers, now the law PROHIBITS public breastfeeding with nummie lovers over two years old! Oh but wait.... the City Manager,  John Parker called the law a proactive step. Saying  “it sets up a process whereby we can try to control nudity throughout the entire city."

(Take a moment and take that in.... go ahead.... I will wait.)


Oh and if you would like to contact that lovely City Manager.... here is his email:
jparker@forestparkga.org



HUH?! WHAT?! HUH??!! So just so we are clear.... public breastfeeding (PAST two years old) is now considered public nudity in Forest Park. WOW!  Now, I live in Georgia (luckily not in Forest Park) and I have to say I am HIGHLY disappointed! Where is the nudity in public breastfeeding? AND what is up with the age limit? Seriously?! Oh I foresee a huge outcry from this!!!!! I might just have to take my happy little self on a field trip! Oh but wait.... my nummie is 18 months old..... so I would not be breaking the law. Maybe I will wait a few more months.

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To continue our Work at Home month theme.... try this one for size!

How often do you hear of a Stay At Home Dad? How often do you hear a dad supporting breastfeeding? How often do you hear a dad building something to help make breastfeeding easier? Not too often huh? Really had to think about that one didn't you? Well go ahead and stop thinking, because I want to introduce you to Ted. He is the founder of The Quick Brown Fox Convertible Nursing Stool.

The Quick Brown Fox Convertible Nursing Stool is hand made and made in the basement of Ted's home in Vermont. That's right my American living Mummies.... made right here in the USA.

These nursing stools are made of only  responsibly harvested, domestic lumber. Each stool is made of either Black Walnut, American Cherry or Hard Maple. Another great feature is that each stool is finished with safe, non-toxic finishes to beautify and protect the wood products. The Quick Brown Fox Nursing Stools are made with Natural Oils, Natural Milk Paint, and Natural Beeswax. Really...... what else can you ask for?!


 Oh wait I know what you can ask for......how about your chance to WIN ONE!!!!! Yupp that is right! Up for grabs is a beautiful hand made nursing stool, in your pick of wood and color!!!!!! SWEET!



All you have to do is follow a few simple rules! And if you are a frequent Mummies Nummies reader...... you wont have to do much!

Ready?



WHO CAN ENTER?

Anyone 18 years of age or older and live in the 48 contiguous states only.



HOW DO I ENTER?

 All entries must be made by 6:00 PM (EST) on Tuesday, May 24, 2011. The first two are **MANDATORY** in order for your entry to count (Leave ONE comment saying you are an email subscriber and are following on Google Friend Connect.). The others are not mandatory.... but would make us happy if you did them anyway! Plus you get one extra entry for each additional task, just leave one comment per task! Winner will be announced Tuesday, May 24, 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) AND You must follow Mummies Nummies PUBLICLY on Google Friend Connect. Also look for it on the right hand side of our blog. (This is one comment/entry. Leave your email address.)

**2. Check out Quick Brown Fox Nursing Stools website and tell me what stool you would pick. (Please include your email and this entry is mandatory!)
  
3. Become a fan of Mummies Nummies on FaceBook and say HI! (Leave a comment saying you did this and this could be your third entry! Leave your email address)

4.. 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. (Leave ONE comment PER share! Leave your email address)

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 comments 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!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Breastmilk Supply and Menstrual Cycle

A friend of mine (yes a fellow Mummie) asked me if I thought the early return of her menstrual cycle could lower her breastmilk supply. She has had struggles with breastfeeding previously and was afraid that the return of her cycle (shortly after her son was just born) would lower her supply yet again. I have to say that I was not aware that this could happen! You will never hear me say that I am an expert on breastfeeding.... because well I am not. I may have experienced  A LOT in my years of making Mummie's Nummies.... but that means that there is A TON of stuff I have not! So I decided to see what I could find.

Now we all know that our precious milk can dry up for many reasons, and the best way to help that is to nurse more often (or pump more often.) but what do you do when mother nature takes over and your evil "Aunt Flow" returns, only to disrupt your golden "Aunt Flow"? (Get it??? "GOLDEN AUNT FLOW!!!! hint hint liquid gold??? Oh please tell me you got it! I sounded so good in my head!)

Well have no fear Mummies! I have found some research for you! Sadly... the return of your cycle CAN slow your production.... but happily you can help reverse it!

I found this over at kellymom...



Some women experience a drop in milk supply from ovulation (mid-cycle) until the first day or two of the next menstrual period. A woman's blood calcium levels gradually decrease during this period of time, and for some women the drop in blood calcium causes a drop in milk supply. For women who have this problem, calcium/magnesium supplements may be helpful. This practice has also been reported to eliminate most uterine cramping and some premenstrual discomfort such as water retention.

The recommended calcium supplement dosage is between 500 mg calcium/250 mg magnesium and 1500 mg calcium/750 mg magnesium (the higher dosage is generally more effective). Calcium dosages this high should not be taken alone, but as a calcium/magnesium (or calcium/magnesium/zinc) combination. Otherwise the calcium will not be adequately absorbed into your body. The amount of supplement depends on the composition of your diet -- the more animal protein, the more calcium/magnesium needed. If you are a vegetarian or vegan, the lower dosage may work fine for you.

Start the supplement when you ovulate, and continue through the first few days of your menstrual period. If periods are irregular, then begin calcium/magnesium at 14 days after the beginning of your last menstrual cycle, or simply take the supplement every day.


So have no fear mummies, it is normal (phew!) but can be helped! If you notice your little Nummie Lover wanting more and more for a few days... try to make the connection. It might be more than just a growth spurt. This would be a great excuse to make some Lactation Cookies! Because they are just way too yummy!!!!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Mummie in the Spot Light 3

 (This is a re post...since it was deleted by blogger during a problem on their end...sorry Stephanie!!)

This Mummie in the Spot Light is Stephanie. Stephanie is a 23 year old mummie of two girls, ages 3 and 11 months. They live in Gallipolis, OH where she has lived most of her life. Stephanie's story is filled with struggle and triumph. Here is her story...in her words.



I wish I could say that I nursed both of my kids for at least a year and had no problems. No such luck. When I got pregnant with my first, I fully intended to breastfeed. I knew it was the healthiest and didn’t think much of it. I didn’t do any research and I didn’t even take a class. I just thought it was the natural thing to do and didn’t really worry about it. I had a much different experience than those thoughts in my head.

I had trouble getting my daughter to latch from the very beginning. I didn’t have help from anyone showing me how it was done and what a good latch even looked like. I asked for the lactation consultant to come in. She brought me a nipple shield, didn’t show me how it worked, and left the room. I remember thinking “What the heck is this thing?” See, I told you I didn’t know anything about breastfeeding. I really should’ve taken that class…..

The doctors told me to supplement her while we were in the hospital because my daughter was a little jaundiced. I wasn’t encouraged to continue breastfeeding, but I wasn’t ready to give up. Once she had her first bottle, all dreams of getting latched were gone. So, I pumped and gave her breast milk for a full three months before my supply dropped. I could’ve continued to try to get her to latch or pump more often, but again, I didn’t know how nor did I have any support.  At 3 months old, my first daughter was fully on formula and I felt like a failure.

With my second pregnancy, I was determined to get it right. I WAS going to breastfeed, no matter what. I researched for hours and hours on the internet, took classes, and had a wonderful group of ladies online that supported me. I told all of my family and friends I was breastfeeding and this time I would make it to a year. Luckily, my second daughter latched on like she had been doing it all of her life---wait, she had! I didn’t have any problems with her learning to breastfeed. She stayed with me around the clock and was nursing every 1 ½ hours. I remember the nurse was so surprised with how dedicated I was with breastfeeding. It gave me a sense of pride that told me “I can do this!”

I’m not saying this go around was easy---I was just more educated about it. I dealt with oversupply, mastitis, and milk blisters. I stuck with it throughout everything. I became passionate about breastfeeding and continue to educate myself daily. My daughter is 10 months old and still going strong and instead of planning to wean her at one year, I don’t plan on weaning her at all. SHE will wean herself when she is ready to wean.

Now, I know my story isn’t ideal or considered the “best”, but it’s made me much more passionate about my parenting choices. I started working at our local WIC office as a breastfeeding peer so I can help other moms who remind me of myself with my first daughter…. I absolutely love my job and I know to not be judgmental because, well, I’ve been there.  Everyone has a different story and we all want to do what’s best for our children. Sometimes we just need a little help along the way.


Have a story you want to share? Email me at mumiesnummies@gmail.com and I would love to share 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."


Okay so this week I had a problem picking which "foto" to pick. So I decided to have two!


The first Foto is of Kit Kat, completely out to the world! hehe. There are so many things I love about this "foto". I love how her mouth is open wide, how her purple "pappy" is laying next to her, her pink snuggly under her head, her cloth diaper playing peek a boo, the position of her body, and last but not least...... how this picture shows how teeny tiny she really is!





This "foto" is of Pooker and Kit Kat reading their Disney vacation "foto" book we made them. Kit Kat is pointing out something she likes and Pooker is about to cross her ankles. My girls.... How I love them.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Mummie in the Spot Light part 3

Here is our third Mummie in the Spot Light, Stephanie. She is a 23 year old Mummie of two who lives in Gallipolis, OH and has lived here most of her life. Her two girls are 3 years old (4 in July!) and 10 months old. Stephanie is also a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor at her local WIC office. Her story is filled with struggle and perseverance! Here is her story.... in her words....

I wish I could say that I nursed both of my kids for at least a year and had no problems. No such luck. When I got pregnant with my first, I fully intended to breastfeed. I knew it was the healthiest and didn’t think much of it. I didn’t do any research and I didn’t even take a class. I just thought it was the natural thing to do and didn’t really worry about it. I had a much different experience than those thoughts in my head.

I had trouble getting my daughter to latch from the very beginning. I didn’t have help from anyone showing me how it was done and what a good latch even looked like. I asked for the lactation consultant to come in. She brought me a nipple shield, didn’t show me how it worked, and left the room. I remember thinking “What the heck is this thing?” See, I told you I didn’t know anything about breastfeeding. I really should’ve taken that class…..

The doctors told me to supplement her while we were in the hospital because my daughter was a little jaundiced. I wasn’t encouraged to continue breastfeeding, but I wasn’t ready to give up. Once she had her first bottle, all dreams of getting latched were gone. So, I pumped and gave her breast milk for a full three months before my supply dropped. I could’ve continued to try to get her to latch or pump more often, but again, I didn’t know how nor did I have any support.  At 3 months old, my first daughter was fully on formula and I felt like a failure.

With my second pregnancy, I was determined to get it right. I WAS going to breastfeed, no matter what. I researched for hours and hours on the internet, took classes, and had a wonderful group of ladies online that supported me. I told all of my family and friends I was breastfeeding and this time I would make it to a year. Luckily, my second daughter latched on like she had been doing it all of her life---wait, she had! I didn’t have any problems with her learning to breastfeed. She stayed with me around the clock and was nursing every 1 ½ hours. I remember the nurse was so surprised with how dedicated I was with breastfeeding. It gave me a sense of pride that told me “I can do this!”

I’m not saying this go around was easy---I was just more educated about it. I dealt with oversupply, mastitis, and milk blisters. I stuck with it throughout everything. I became passionate about breastfeeding and continue to educate myself daily. My daughter is 10 months old and still going strong and instead of planning to wean her at one year, I don’t plan on weaning her at all. SHE will wean herself when she is ready to wean.

Now, I know my story isn’t ideal or considered the “best”, but it’s made me much more passionate about my parenting choices. I started working at our local WIC office as a breastfeeding peer so I can help other moms who remind me of myself with my first daughter…. I absolutely love my job and I know to not be judgmental because, well, I’ve been there.  Everyone has a different story and we all want to do what’s best for our children. Sometimes we just need a little help along the way.


Have a story to share? Email me at mummiesnummies@gmail.com. I would be honored to post your story!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Is this for real?!

So I was doing some research, yes breastfeeding related research, and I came across this article, "Is breastfeeding a gateway sin? I do not know what to say exactly. But I wanted your thoughts.


So are we infact helping Satan overtake our world each and every time we breastfeed? Are we infact weaning our infant boys into oral gratifcation as they grow up? OHHHHHH how about this comment:
"We found that many young people who engage in breastfeeding, even if they stop at the age of 2 - oftentimes partake in what secular humanists call, 'third-base sexual activity' before marriage," said Dr. Jonathan Edwards. "Our study also concludes that breastfeeding leads to sloppy kissing, drooling, teat fetishes, and cattle buggery."

Okay seriously? Put an end to breastfeeding , even put together  'The Fight To Stop Breastfeeding' fundraising kickoff party? Talk about HOLY BIBLE! A woman, Sister Taffy, was quoted in saying
"I had Ezmirelda, my daughter Rebecca Grace's wet nurse, wean her off the teat when she was old enough to walk to the fridge and pour herself a glass of milk," she said. "Personally, the thought of anything attaching itself to my body and sucking the Holy Ghost life force out of me is revolting. The first thought that comes to mind are those old colored women with their boobies hanging down to their knees. They don't get those big sacks from eating all that watermelon. No, its from having 6-8 of their children leached onto them until they are in their mid-twenties! Glory!"

OMG! And I am not even done yet!!!!! Had enough? Well hold on..... there is more!

The Pastor was quoted in saying:
"In a world where toy manufacturers are slapping vaginas on Barbie Dolls and convenience store owners think nothing of selling toy testicles and candy suckers in the shape of male sex organs to young children, a Christian's response must be to put on the full armor of God!" stated Pastor Deacon Fred. "In these last days, the Devil will take many forms. Us True Christians® are the only people who can see Satan in just about everything, and it's our job to expose him, even if it makes us look ridiculous to the unsaved public. It's just a shame that now have to take something as innocent as nursing a young child and call it a sin. But Satan doesn't give us a choice, folks. We are at war with unseen forces and principalities of darkness who will stop at nothing until they drag every single person on the face of this planet straight down to Hell. With this in mind, won't you please join us in our fight to end breastfeeding? Your checkbooks are like little tiny daggers you can throw into the devil's backside. Praise!"


REALLY??!! REALLY????!!!!

So basically I am raising Kit Kat (well and Pooker too) to be drooling, sloppy kissing, third base messing around BEFORE marriage, illegal cattle touching girls?!WOW maybe I should stop breastfeeding and hand over my check book!




Okay........ so this article was a spoof..... but I had to do some digging to find out! HEHE GOTCHA!

Happy Tuesday Mummies and Daddies!

Twin Mamas Giveaway

AND THE WINNER IS LO CHRISTINE WITH COMMENT NUMBER 16!!!


You know I love me some creative minds! Well here is another giveaway for our Work at Home theme!

Alison from Twin Mamas is sponsoring this giveaway!

If you remember back in November, Alison made the decorations for Kit Kat's first birthday party.
I am so happy to announce that she is offering our readers a 20$ gift credit to her Etsy page!!! PLUS... she is offering up a custom order.... this is a great chance to order a "my baby loves her Mummie's Nummies!" shirt! HEHE kidding, but could not pass the chance up!

Want to know what you need to do to get a chance to win? Check it out!




WHO CAN ENTER?

Anyone 18 years of age or older and live in the United States.


HOW DO I ENTER?

 All entries must be made by 6:00 PM (EST) on Tuesday, May 17, 2011. The first one is **MANDATORY** in order for your entry to count (Leave ONE comment saying you are an email subscriber and are following on Google Friend Connect.). The others are not mandatory.... but would make us happy if you did them anyway! Plus you get one extra entry for each additional task, just leave one comment per task! Winner will be announced Tuesday, May 17, 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) AND You must follow Mummies Nummies PUBLICLY on Google Friend Connect. Also look for it on the right hand side of our blog. (This is one comment/entry. Leave your email address.)

2.
. Become a fan of Mummies Nummies on FaceBook and say HI! (Leave a comment saying you did this and this could be your second entry! Leave your email address)

3.. 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. (Leave ONE comment PER share! Leave your email address)


4. Go visit Twin Mommas and leave a comment on the blog.  (Leave a comment saying you did this.... and this could be your fourth entry! Leave your email address) 

5. Go visit Twin Mommas and follow them via Google Friend Connect.  (Leave a comment saying you did this.... and this could be your fifth entry! Leave your email address) 


6. Go visit her Etsy Shop and add an item or her shop as a favorite. (Leave a comment saying you did this.... and this could be your sixth entry! Leave your email address)

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 comments 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!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Weird breastfeeding products

Would you buy these? I decided to do a search on breastfeeding items...... then I came across one item that made my search take a bit of a turn. Odd, weird, crazy, is that for real? nursing items for sale. Would you.... could you buy one of them? All of them? Ready to take a crazy ride? Remember... these are real items.....

1. Nurse me tender

2. Belly Fish nursing and cover pillow
Okay I can see how this could be a nice idea........ but ummmmm I don't know.

3.Foley Cup Feeder.....

So what say you, mummies? Yes, no? Weird, not weird?

Friday, May 6, 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."







Pooker getting some snuggle in with her little Sissy, Kit Kat, during nursing time! This is a rare moment! Kit Kat HATES when Pooker is close while she nurses...... But this was another "Foto" during her 45 minute nursing session from earlier in the week........I think she was just happy to be eating and did not care! hehe

Thursday, May 5, 2011

I am a guest blogger

Hi Mummies...... I am excited to announce that Jen from Life with Levi has asked me to write up a guest post for her Breast feeding Blog Hop! This week's topic is nursing clothes. Wanna read what I have to say? Check it out! Feel free to comment..... I would love to see you Mummies over there!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

"Mommy I want to eat!"

So said my 17 month old Nummie Lover this morning. Her vocabulary always seems to amaze me.... just when I think she has amazed me one day...... she busts out with something else more amazing!

It was at 9:30 this morning, (as you know I feed on schedule) and it was 30 minutes before her next "meal." She walks over pulling on my shirt saying "mommy I want to eat." I looked at her and said "Kit Kat it is not time." Then it hit me..... did she really just say what I think she said?!! Sure enough she then climbed on my lap and said "NO! I want to eat!" digging her little teeny hand into my bra. Stunned...... I giggled at her. Which was THE WRONG THING TO DO! Oh man.... she started yelling "NO! NO! NO!" and began to cry as she pointed to my nummie makers! Oh how horrible!

I gave in. The poor thing ate her mummie's nummies early this morning. Now when I say she ate... I mean she ATE! Lordy Lordy... she nursed for 45 minutes! And you know I took a picture of it.... two to be honest!

Here is Kit Kat holding her "snuggly" during her 45 minute nursing session!



And here she is hidding from the camera! HEHE




**Keep in mind this was taken this morning... so she is still in her jammies and her hair is not done. Don't hate on the morning hair-do! hehe**

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Time.com has picked up Earth Mama's fight

First off... let me say how AWESOME it is that TIME.com has joined in our our fight. (I really do not like the word "fight"... maybe I will say awareness.) This is such a huge moment for breastfeeding support. Not only has TIME.com taken the time to write an article about "Facebook and Breast-Feeders Face Off Again Over Nursing Photos," but they have also given this topic some much needed POSITIVE awareness! 

I want to give a huge nummie making hug to the people over at TIME.com! For so many reasons! 

I love the photo they used! OMG How wonderful is that photo?! The image of a Nummie making Mummie nursing her nummie lover over looking the water? OHHHH just perfect!

The article was packed full of wonderful quotes as well. Personally my fav one is:
"P.S. Mama's NOT happy. She doesn't consider herself a militant. Or a lactivist. But now she's mad. Brace yourself.”
Gets right to the point and it is pretty funny!

They also quoted Peggy O'Mara, editor of Mothering magazine,


"Breast-feeding is not just a lifestyle choice; it is an issue of life and death: 4,000 babies a day die worldwide from lack of breast-feeding. If we are to become a breast-feeding culture in the U.S., we must see breast-feeding, and we must see it as normal. We need the support of social institutions like Facebook in order for breast-feeding to flourish in the U.S. Until they step up, we must continue to challenge them."

Author of this article, Bonnie Rochman also writes:

"It's curious that Facebook pulls breast-feeding photos when several states even have laws explicitly supporting the rights of women to feed their babies in public. You may not be able to post a particular photo on Facebook, yet if your baby should tug up your shirt in the middle of a bustling shopping mall, dozens of unsuspecting people who had not chosen to seek out images of breast-feeding — as people who visit the pages of various Facebook breast-feeding groups ostensibly have — would be confronted with a real live breast"

I urge you all to read this article and comment on it as well. Facebook may not bend to all of us Mummies.... but the more we get this topic some awareness the more likely other media outlets will pick it up. If history is accurate..... that is the only way Facebook will change their decisions. Share this TIME.com article with EVERYONE you know, post it EVERYWHERE you can, make posters and flyers and hang them up, make postcards and mail them! (okay the last two might be a bit of a stretch........) but just get the word out. We are not out yet Mummies....... We are still fighting for this "AWARENESS."







Mama's Bag O'Goodies Giveaway!

Hi Mummies! So this month is dedicated to Work at Home creative Mummies! In the month of May we will have 3 giveaways from some of our creative Mummies, some have an Esty Page with fabulous items! 

First up is from our friends over at Mama'sBag O'goodies

She is giving away a GENUINE baby/child Baltic Amber Necklace to one lucky reader! What is Baltic Amber? Baltic Amber is known to have a high concentration of a natural substance called Succinic Acid.  Succinic acid works with your body's natural process of healing; working to relieve swelling, aches, and metabolizing energy.  Wearing Baltic Amber close to the skin is a traditional European remedy for baby teething. Baltic Amber seeps into the skin and acts as a natural analgesic, amber will help calm a baby without resorting to drugs. Used for centuries in Europe, amber's natural anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties are perfect to soothe teething babies. Amber is fossilized resin, which warms against the skin, releasing it's therapeutic properties safely and naturally. (Please keep in mind that you should supervise your child while your child is wearing any necklace. Keep a close eye out for chocking dangers, this necklace is not meant to be chewed on or meant to be used at night or while napping.)


Necklace is 13.5" ( fits most 7month, 3yr, and 6 yr old kids.)
Individually tied multi colored natural cut polished chips. 
Amber bead screw bolt closure. 


Also, Mama's Bag O' Goodies is also offering our Mummies a chance to win another necklace! She is having a Purchasers Drawing. For the first 30 necklaces purchased your name will be entered into a drawing to win another necklace! Purchase two necklaces and you will have two entries in the drawing!


WHO CAN ENTER?

Anyone 18 years of age or older and live in the United States.


HOW DO I ENTER?

 All entries must be made by 6:00 PM (EST) on Tuesday, May 10, 2011. The first two are **MANDATORY** in order for your entry to count (Leave ONE comment saying you are an email subscriber and are following on Google Friend Connect.). The others are not mandatory.... but would make us happy if you did them anyway! Plus you get one extra entry for each additional task, just leave one comment per task! Winner will be announced Tuesday, May 10, 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) AND You must follow Mummies Nummies PUBLICLY on Google Friend Connect. Also look for it on the right hand side of our blog. (This is one comment/entry. Leave your email address.)

2. Become a Facebook fan of 
Mama'sBag O'goodies. Tag Mummies Nummies on their page, tell them we said hi and thank them for this wonderful giveaway! (Leave a comment saying you did this.... and this could be your second entry! Leave your email address)
  
3. Become a fan of Mummies Nummies on FaceBook and say HI! (Leave a comment saying you did this and this could be your third entry! Leave your email address)

4.. 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. (Leave ONE comment PER share! Leave your email address)

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 comments 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!