Thursday, June 30, 2011

Breastmilk is the new soda

Haven't you heard? Oh well a story came out yesterday (Thank you to one of our Mummies for sharing it) that A "LACTATION EXPERT" and former Midwife went ON UK's GMTV and made this comment (Oh I will quote her I promise you that!)
"Breast milk beyond the age of 2 isn't necessarily good because it's very, very sweet, and giving sweet things to a child as a comfort every time she falls over ... the fact that it's breast milk doesn't make it any better than a glass of Coca-Cola."

O....M....G...... WHAT??!! Think that over for a second...... breastmilk is like Coca-Cola..... Coca-Cola is like breastmilk Yeah either sentence is STUPID! How can you, as a "lactation expert" and mid wife compare breastmilk to soda?! Okay...... breastmilk is sweet (don't act like you have not tried it!) I will give her that much. ERRRRRR but it is not the same kind of sweet as SODA! I mean really! But wait..... it does get better!

"I think breastfeeding beyond the age of 2 is a private decision, I don't see why mothers need support."
Ummmm isn't breastfeeding at ANY age a decision? I am sorry...... you don't see why these mummies need support? Because I do.... I see these mummies needing support so they stay away from people like you!

Oh and just for the fun of it... One more comment from this "oh so great, supportive woman":
"If your toddler decided that she wanted to spend all day eating sweets, watching television, and going to bed at midnight, would you say, 'Well that's your choice'? No!"
                                                         (**Eye roll.**)

So who is this lady? Well I went on a research Field day with this one! Here is what I found out.
Clare Byam-Cook is, married (for at least twenty-five years) and has two children, both is their 20's. She is a qualified nurse and midwife, but retired from practicing as midwife in 1985. In 1988 she began teaching private ante-natal classes in London, and for the last fifteen years (or so) she has specialized in helping mothers resolve feeding problems. (Look out to those who go to her classes! May the breastfeeding angels protect you!)
Clare is firmly committed to helping mothers breastfeed but she does not have rose-coloured glasses! (Yeah as long as you are not breastfeeding a two year old!)
Her advice differs from many midwives and lactation consultants (You can say that again!) because she concentrates on giving advice that she knows will work, rather than following the latest trends and textbook theories. (Oh like how to NOT support breastfeeding mothers?!)
She is the author of  "What to Expect When You’re Breastfeeding…And What If You Can’t?" (A book I WILL NOT be buying or even checking out at my library!) and she has a DVD titled "Breastfeeding Without Tears."

Well my non supportive friend......you have made a lot of mummies breastfeed WITH tears! I understand that "famous" women have come to you for your "expert" advice.... but this "normal" mummie will be staying away from your "advice." It is because people like you and your comments mummies are either not breastfeeding or are not successful in breastfeeding. What you call "support" is just the opposite. With your outrageous comments you probably just made one (or more!) mummie change her mind about breastfeeding. The one mummie who was on the fence, having breastfeeding problems, or even afraid to nurse her toddler just stopped because of you. The mummie who believed you comment and said "well I don't want to give my baby soda!" just put her nummie maker away for good. CONGRATS Clare. Job well done! NOT!
 

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A weapon at its worst....

It has happened AGAIN! Yes...... a drunken mummie has used her breastmilk, as a weapon, and showered arresting police officers in the face! OH. MY. GOSH. A drunken Ohio mummie has been arrested after spraying Police officers with her breastmilk. Responding to a domestic dispute, police officers found a drunk woman locked in her car refusing to come out. After saying a few choice words...... she "warned" the officers that she was a breastfeeding mother and took out her nummie maker and released the liquid goods! Oh man! Oh man!  Did I mention she is a charter school teacher?

She stated that "I have no criminal record; I take these charges very seriously and I absolutely intend to seek help for substance abuse with alcohol because alcoholism does run in my family."
Errrrrrrr.... ummmmmm... what about the attack of the breastmilk? Or how about the incorrect usage of said breastmilk? Oh wait... I get it!!! She knew she had too much to drink, so she was trying to pump and dump! That's it! Well she should have said so!!!!! (Mrs. Robinette..... I have a Mummie tip for you. Next time bring your breast pump. They come with car attachments.)



Oh and yes I did say "AGAIN." Last year a mummie "breastmilked" a police officer in Kentucky! Way to show the positive side of breastfeeding ladies!

(p.s.I think I will coin the term "breastmilked" the next time this happens.)


Friday, June 24, 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."



Sometimes a nappy picture is worth a cranky day!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

World Breastfeeding Week 2011

It is almost that time of year again, and I am SUPER excited! Why? Well because World Breastfeeding Week is coming up and I am hosting The Big Latch On Event in my home town! Cute name right? I thought so too! But what is The Big Latch On Event???? Well let me explain.

On August 6, 2011 at 10:30 am, groups of nursing mothers will come together at registered venues around the country (or the world) and all nurse their babes at a set time. All the mamas and babes latched on for one minute at the set time are counted by the witnesses. The numbers are added up and we see how close we come to the world record.

 The first record for a single location was from Berkeley, CA USA in 2002 where 1,130 mothers breastfed simultaneously. The international record for one location is 3,738 mothers held by the Philippines in 2006.  Since then, there have been several coordinated international events and in October 2010, 9,826 nursing mothers were recorded at 325 sites in 16 countries.

World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August in more than 120 countries to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.

I have some awesome companies donating some very special items to hand out to the Mummies who attend.... and I am so excited about that! But I am looking for more. So if you or someone you know would like to partcipate in donating items to our goody bags.... please  contact me at mummiesnummies@gmail.com.

This is sure to be a fantastic time. With any luck our local newspapers and the Atlanta News Stations will come out and join us! What better way to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week?!

For more information on the event I am hosting, please check out "The Big Latch On Event in Cartersville" on Facebook!

Nurse on Mummies.... NURSE ON!!!!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Breastmilk with no baby....

This is something no one really wants to talk about. For those who are going through it the pain is too severe, those not going through it do not even want to think about if it were to happen to them. I am the later. It happened to a family member of mine, my sister to be exact. Years ago she lost her first child while 8 months pregnant, due to a feak accident with the umbilical chord. Never mind the fact she had to go into labor, knowing her son would not go home with her...... but to then experience breastmilk production? To me it is just a huge slap in the face and yet another emotional pain that no one wants.

But it does happen...... more times than it should. At no fault of anyone. For one reason or another...... a mummie will produce breastmilk with no baby to share it with. A mummie will go home...... baby-less. It could be just after birth, days or even months down the road..... somewhere out there a mummie finds herself with no one to feed.

First I want to say, the phrase "don't cry over spilled milk" does not apply in this situation. If you (or someone you know) are going through this..... please PLEASE understand it is okay to cry over this.

I have found some tips and support that I wanted to share with you. If you find yourself needing to stop lactation, the tips are the same as if you had to stop breastfeeding due to medical reasons. Try to use a tight sports bra, anything that can apply pressure and "bind" your breasts will work.

(I know "binding" is a hot topic and many people do not believe in it. It can cause Mastitis and other infections... if you are not careful. I choose to do it when I had to stop breastfeeding Pooker... but it was my choice. I did the research on it and thought it was the best way for me to go. BUT I also used frozen cabbage leaves in my bra. These help draw out an infection and also is a great cold compress. I was so horribly engorged that ANY slight touch or even brush on my breasts made me scream out in pain. So wearing a tight sports bra did help keep my breasts close.... which did help the pain if they were touched. I also pumped a little amount two times a day, to relieve the pain. I did this for 4 days.... and then my body got the idea and stopped producing so much milk. These tips and ideas are only suggestions. Please do not take them as me telling you what to do. You still should research and decide what is best for you.)

Cold compresses will help with the physical pain, the use of frozen cabbage leaves inside your bra will help as well. There are also herbal teas that you can drink that will help reduce the lactation. Earth Mama Angel Baby has a "No More Milk Tea" for this very reason.  You can also take Advil for the pain and Benedryl has also been known to dry up (reduce) breastmilk.

If you are already established with your breastmilk and you are suffering from the loss of your baby.......you might find yourself in a different situation.The pain from the engorgement might be too severe to deal with. Please know it is okay to pump or hand express some breastmilk. Do not do this to the point of being empty, just pump or express enough to lessen the pain and discomfort. Only do this method when you can not stand the feeling of being engorged. Maybe once or twice a day and try to lessen the amount of time each session. I do suggest you try the above methods as well. Stopping the production of breastmilk is all the same, no matter how established your supply is.

If you find yourself with more strength than I think I would have..... and you want to give your breastmilk to another baby in need. You could do this in loving memory of your lost baby. There are milk banks that accept donations, you could speak with a Lactation Consultant from your local hospital, or find your Le Leche League Chapter to see if they know of  babies in need.

(Human Milk 4 Human Babies is another way you can donate. I have be a follower of theirs for sometime now... and they do amazing match ups with babies in need. They are more of a connection than a milk bank. They put a face to the baby in need and allow you to be connected with the family you donate to. Thank you to the poster below for reminding me!)

There is no reason why these little babies are taken from us. There is no explanation a parent can get, that will make it easier to handle. There is also no explanation why "un fit" parents seem to not experience this heartache. There are only hugs, love and support that we can give to those in the situation.

My heart aches for you and your precious angel. I won't say "hang in there" or "it will get better". I will say you are loved and you are not alone.






Friday, June 17, 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."


Peeking through the fence

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

When a mummie says no

(First, please let me say that I do not judge a mummie if she chooses not to breastfeed. I am very passionate about it..... but it really does boil down to choice.)

So, last week I found out a family member of mine is preggers! I have not seen her in many years, but through the wonderful world of the internet.... we have been in touch. I am just so excited for her, really beyond words, that she is pregnant. This mummie has experienced more loss than I can truly ever imagine. She has suffered two horrific still births and lost her baby boy (2 yrs old) to SIDS back in 2008.

So being the Mummie that I am.... I congratulated her... I mean a new baby!!!! That is awesome! Then being the MUMMIE that I am.... I asked her if she needed to talk breastmilk to let me know. She then said "yeah, been there done that... not doing it again. No thanks." I then said that if she changed her mind that I was here.
(Hoping for a different reaction.......) But she just came back with "Thanks... but I won't."

I think the wind was YANKED out of my sails. In the words of my 3 year old "OUCHY!" That really hurt! Now I am not going to compare my losses to hers..... I barely made it through two miscarriages...... she had to make it through two still births and then lost her only son years later. But going through our miscarriages AND almost losing Pooker...... those experiences made me the "lactivist" I am today. I wanted only the best for my miracles. The fact that they were strong enough to make it through the whole nine months of pregnancy, proved to me that I had to do ALL I could to keep them healthy.

Okay, sure.... we may have gone a bit over board at times...... paci cleaners, hand sanitizer in every pocket of the diaper bag and cup holders in both vehicles, teaching the word "dirty" very early on, veering down the other store isle when we hear a kid coughing or even sneezing. We are happy to say we are germaphobes. I know that not all people are like us...... I know not all people want to breastfeed.

But I also know how baby formula is not always safe. (YES I HAVE USED FORMULA.... not saying anything bad about it.)

It just makes me sad that someone is choosing to give up. Someone is choosing to not give something that is truly the healthiest option for their special baby. Now, besides my husband..... no one is our family is as gun hoe about breastfeeding as I am. Sometimes I think I am looked at as someone who "can not cut the cord" (if you know what I mean.) Which is fine...... no one makes any negative comments (family if you are reading this post THANK YOU for not making negative comments.) I think it is one thing to "think" negative comments.... but to actually say them is another. (But really... that is another topic for another day!)

Sometimes I wish I could nurse all formula fed babies. When I hold a teeny tiny baby, that I know is formula fed, I just want to get them into "position" and give them the nummie stuff! (But I don't.. man could you imagine the backlash that would cause! Once again I quote my 3 year old... "OUCHY!")

I guess I can't breastfeed every baby, I know I can't reach every mummie. I know not every mummie wants to be "educated" on breastfeeding. I know not everyone understands what formula companies put in their products. I know not every mummie understand that the first 2 weeks of breastfeeding is the hardest... and it does get better. But I just wish EVERY mummie would give it the "old college try" WITH EVERY BABY they have. Not just a two or three day try... but a real honest to goodness try. I would be more than happy to help! Call me! Email me! Anything! I am more than happy to help and support you!


Just a lesson I have to learn I guess. Breastfeeding is not as important to others as it is to me.

"OUCHY!"

Monday, June 13, 2011

Breastfeeding reduces risk of SIDS

We have all heard it before.... one of the great "side effects" of breastfeeding your nummie lover is a lower risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.) We have thought this in the past because there is such a different relationship with a mummie and her nummie lover. The connection between mummie and nummie lover is almost uncanny. (I am not saying that formula fed mummies and babies do not have a close connection.... but I will go out on the limb and say it is a different connection.)

But now we have PROOF that breastfeeding reduces the risk of SIDS.... AND exclusive breastfeeding reduces the risk EVEN more! The American Academy of Pediatrics published a study, based on review articles and meta-analyses from 1966 to 2009. Now for those of you who are crazy smart with math and percentages and well... just big words! Here is what they found:
"For infants who received any amount of breast milk for any duration, the univariable SOR was 0.40 (95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.35–0.44), and the multivariable SOR was 0.55 (95% CI: 0.44–0.69). For any breastfeeding at 2 months of age or older, the univariable SOR was 0.38 (95% CI: 0.27–0.54). The univariable SOR for exclusive breastfeeding of any duration was 0.27 (95% CI: 0.24–0.31)."

Okay.... now for the rest of us (remember how a few months back a "study" came out and said that breastfeeding mummies were found to be less intelligent than non breastfeeding mummies.... well HELLO in this case I am in that category!) here is what they found:
"Breastfeeding is protective against SIDS, and this effect is stronger when breastfeeding is exclusive. The recommendation to breastfeed infants should be included with other SIDS risk-reduction messages to both reduce the risk of SIDS and promote breastfeeding for its many other infant and maternal health benefits."
 Now.... if you remember the issues we went through with Pooker... SIDS is a HUGE fear for us. Pooker was on a Baby Sense V Motion monitor until she moved to a big girl bed..... and Kit Kat still uses her Baby Sense V Motion Monitor. Best monitor (in our opinion) since it has TWO motion pads. Just helps us sleep and go about our day knowing our Nummie Lovers are safe while sleeping.

So there you go! Keep on breastfeeding mummies!

Friday, June 10, 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."






Last Friday we moved into our new house! We have been in our new home for one full week now and it still feels like a dream! Here are Pooker and Kit Kat as they investigate their new yard.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Mummie Says

We all could use a little encouragement. Sometimes we find ourselves kind of down and out...... and need a little pick me up. Breastfeeding isn't always easy, shocker right?! But when you hear a little voice that says "you can do it" or "you are doing great! Hang in there", it can make a dark moment brighter. Just to know you are not alone, can be the difference between giving up and taking another step.

On the flip side..... breastfeeding mummies have a humor unlike most others. We can get jokes that no one else can. We know the humor in making a game of "how far can I shoot my milk?" Yes, mummies we are a breed all our own!

So I thought about creating a weekly email phrase. Just something small, full of encouragement, humor, tips and sayings. It is called "Mummie Says" and it is different from the blog subscription. Weekly "Mummie Says" will not be posted on the blog...... but instead sent right to your email in box. If you are interested, you can sign up on the right hand side of the blog under "sign up for Mummie Says".

"Mummie Says" will be emailed out once a week........ no specific date or time. It will give you something to (hopefully) look forward to and when it does arrive..... maybe you will be a little surprised too. Because who doesn't love a good surprise?! Fill out the form below to sign up for Mummie Says!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Facebook deletes a hippo watching breastfeeding photo

Yes.....you read that correctly. Facebook removed a fellow Mummie's facebook account because............she had a photo of her nursing her son......while a real live hippo watched from her tank!

I am a  friend of Lynn's on my personal facebook page... and she is a member of Mummies Nummies.  I have to say I am once again shocked by Facebook's reaction! Lynn received an email (giving her a two hour warning) stating that this photo was deemed obscene. Yeah.... because a (FEMALE) hippo watching a human breastfeed her son is soooooooooooooooo offensive!

I am happy to announce that 24 hours after being shut down... Lynn's page was given CPR and was brought back to life! (Thank you Facebook hero's!!!) In an email a worker from Facebook apologized and stated that she was shut down by accident. Oh really? Well what ever the reason... welcome back Lynn! I love this photo and I am so glad it is back!!!!!!! Just in case you want to see the HORRIBLY OFFENSIVE photo.... check it out! But I warn you.... it is just sooooo graphic! I mean really! The hippo should have put on some panties or something!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

You do matter!

How excited I am to come back after a "vacation" of sorts (vacation definition= packing and moving into a new home) and find an amazing, wonderful, powerful, happy, GREAT outcome from the City of Forest Park Georgia.

You may remember, last month the City of Forest Park decided to make public breastfeeding illegal if the nummie lover is 2 years of age or older.  Well as you can imagine the mummies (and their nummie makers) came out in full force! A Nurse In was organized with over 200 Mummies and their families showing their support. Not much was said about changing the law then... but Monday the City Council held a meeting, and once again Mummies came out and showed their support and outrage! Mummies from all over Georgia went to the City Hall Meeting and showed the City how wrong the new law was.  I am also very happy to say, all of this was done in a positive and educational manner.

Are you ready for this??? Monday night they CHANGED THE LAW!!!!!! It is now LEGAL to publicly breastfeed any child, no matter the age! That is right! The very same night the City changed the law! Perhaps the word "change" is incorrect.... they decided to go back to the original law. Seems as though Mr. Parker, City Manager, did not realize how much this would upset so many people..... That I do not believe, as he received MANY emails and phone calls, not to mention the Nurse In that was organized right outside his office! He knew....... but I think he came to realize he had no choice but to change it back.... with all of the media attention this was getting. But what ever the reason..............

We CAN make a change, we DO count, OUR VOICE DOES MATTER! 

This is a great outcome! Mummies in Forest Park will no longer be discriminated against. Nummie lovers, no matter how old, can nurse in public without having Mummie fear legal ramifications! Oh happy day! Nurse on Mummies in Forest Park! You all are wonderful and I want to thank you for all you have done!