Friday, October 28, 2011

Breastfeeding 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 I was Halloween 2009.... 38 weeks pregnant with Kit Kat. I had ALWAYS wanted to paint a big ol' prego belly!!!!!!! Happy Halloween!!!!

~Mummie

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Hypothyroidism and breastfeeding

The other day, a mummie on our facebook wall, had a question about Hypothyroidism (aka under active Thyroid) and breastfeeding. Here is what she asked: "I have a topic/question. I had pregnancy Hypothyroidism and had no idea that it could affect my milk production. My LO is 15mos and I have been exclusively BF and I feel that I might have low supply..none of the usual "tricks" work for me. I drink tons of water and eat plenty of good fatty foods and protein. None of herbals agree with my LO and the teas don't make a difference either. So can we assume that my Hypo made a difference? And If we decide to have another LO, will I continue to have this problem? I have two older children that I nursed and never had a problem with milk, it came in when I was 6mo along and I was a "leaker" (lol), but I didn't have Hypo those pregnancies either. I don't have it now..it has gone away..but has it made a permanent impression?"

I had not heard of this before.... so naturally I decided to go on a research binge! What I found was pretty interesting! For one.... I did not know that Thyroid Deficiency can happen during pregnancy and I also did not know it could affect breastmilk supply. 


So here is what I found....Thyroid Disease is fairly common in women of child bearing age and comes with a lengthy list of symptoms.

fatigue
mental fogginess and forgetfulness
feeling excessively cold
constipation
dry skin
fluid retention
non specific aches and stiffness in muscles and joints
excessive or prolonged menstrual bleeding
depression
thinning hair
poor appetite
(Which if you think about most of these can be connected to normal postpartum fatigue, postpartum depression or EVEN breastfeeding. So it is important to get checked out.)


Now the issue of breastfeeding and low breastmilk supply....Luckily.... the medication used to treat this disease do not conflict with breastfeeding! (Meaning all this medicine does is raise the Mummie's Thyroid levels to normal, therefore making her feel better  and helping the breastmilk supply increase. The Le Leche League has some GREAT  articles about this..... and who better to trust than them! I also found a Mummie who has experienced Hypothyroidism and she gave some great tips, that helped her.

It seems as though that if you no longer suffer from pregnancy related Thyroid Disease, and are still suffering from low milk supply, your levels in the Thyroid may not be as "normal" as they should be.

I hope this helps some Mummies..... Good luck and as always.... HUGS TO YOU!

~Mummie

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Lovin' my Mummie's Nummies birthday bash!



I can hardly believe it! The day is coming! When did my little Kit Kat gets so close to turning TWO YEARS OLD??!! When did WE get so close to be hitting our TWO YEAR breastfeeding milestone?!??!! On November 14, 2011 our precious Kit Kat (and serious Nummie Lover) will be turning TWO YEARS OLD!!!! (YIKERS!) But do not for one second think that she will be the only one getting to open presents! That's right, Mummies!!!! I have a WHOLE MONTH LONG celebration event lined up JUST FOR YOU! The WHOLE month of November will be filled with goodies, giveaways and special posts! I have some awesome sponsors lined up!!!! I don't want to give all my secrets away.... but some awesome people from Earth Mama Angel Baby, Sweetamagoos, Green Baby Clothing Company (just to name a few) will be stopping by........with presents FOR YOU!!! I hope you will join Kit Kat and me as we celebrate her birthday AND our 2 year breastfeeding milestone!
It is sure to be a "Lovin' Mummie's Nummies Birthday Bash!!!!!"

**hint hint... I will be updating the AWESOME sponsors as the time gets closer!!!!!! OHHHHHHH it is going to be soooo much fun!!!!!**

Bamboobies is joining in!!!
Making Mama's Milk and More is providing the food!!!
Natural Pure Essentials has RSVP'ed!!!!
Thats You has RSVP'ed to bring a CUSTOM shirt!
Hollyday designs has RSVP'ed!!!


***Double hint hint.... If you are interested in sponsoring a giveaway... you can contact me at mummiesnummies@gmail.com!!***

Hope to see you there!

~Mummie

Friday, October 21, 2011

Breastfeeding 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 MY nummie makers and even when I am asleep you WILL NOT take them away!"

~Mummie

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Nursing Strike or Child Lead Weaning?


The latest edition of Parent Magazine came out earlier this week and they had this beautiful photo of a breastfeeding mother and her Nummie Lover. First.... let me just say it.... AWWWWWWWWWW I love that picture! It shows such a great moment between this Mummie and her Nummie Lover. Notice the Nummie Lover Holding that Nummie Maker! LOVE IT!!!! Oh and 11 months?!! That is awesome! A great run, I say!

I posted this picture on our Facebook page, to see what the reaction would be. I have to say I am not too shocked by what the over all feeling was. (see photo below)

Most of the Mummies picked up on "sagging breast tissue" and "one day she'd had enough." Although I did pick up on the humor (I did, I really did.... I pictured myself pushing my breast in Kit Kat's face and her squirming away. Kinda like "get that thing away from me!"..... I got a chuckle out of that) I was also a bit thrown off by how the article came across.

It has been researched, studied, researched and studied again and there is NO reason or proof that breastfeeding makes breast tissue saggy. Sadly, that is a top reason why some women do not breastfeed. They are afraid of what will happen to their breasts. What HAS shown to be the cause of saggy breasts is pregnancy.  The Mayo Clinic stated this in one of their articles: "Research has shown that breast-feeding doesn't negatively affect breast shape or volume. Still, sagging breasts are a valid concern. During pregnancy, the ligaments that support your breasts may stretch as your breasts get fuller and heavier. This stretching may contribute to sagging breasts after pregnancy — whether or not you breast-feed your baby. Sagging breasts may be more noticeable with each subsequent pregnancy, especially if you have large breasts" 

The other hot topic that came out of this article was whether or not the Nummie Lover was experiencing a Nursing Strike or was in fact "done" with breastfeeding. Now although there is no way of telling, now, if the baby was truly done. But typically a baby doesn't wake up one day and decide "Yeah, I think I am done with the Nummies. It is time to move on."  Some babies go through what is known as a Breastfeeding/Nursing Strike. (Oh I know....what the heck is a nursing strike?!) No, your nummie lover is not going to make cute little signs and picket outside of your breastfeeding friendly shirt, nor will they chant "no more milk!".... it is not that kind of "strike." A nursing strike is a Nummie Lover's way of saying that something is wrong, and most who go "on strike" are obviously unhappy about it. Here are some "causes" for a nursing strike (but keep in mind ALL babies are individuals..... so there maybe other reasons as to why a nursing strike has occurred.)


  • mouth pain from teething, an injury, a cold sore, or a fungus infection, such as thrush,
  • an ear infection, which may cause pressure or pain while nursing,
  • pain while being held in the nursing position, perhaps due to an immunization or an injury,
  • a cold or stuffy nose that makes breathing difficult while nursing,
  • too many bottles, overuse of a pacifier, or frequent thumb sucking, which >may lead to a reduced milk supply,
  • regular distractions and interruptions while nursing,
  • an unusually long separation from mother.
  • a strong reaction to a baby's bite,
  • a major change in routine, such as moving or traveling,
  • limiting and/or rigidly scheduling feedings,
  • talking in a loud voice or arguing with other family members while nursing,
  • over-stimulation, stress, or tension from an overly full schedule or an upset in the home,
  • repeatedly putting off the baby when she wants to nurse or letting her cry.

 If you find yourself (and your Nummie Lover) in this situation and you suspect your sweet baby is "on strike" here are a few tips that might help:
  • Try nursing when the baby is asleep or very sleepy, such as during the night or while napping. Many babies who refuse to nurse when they are awake will nurse when they are sleepy.
  • Vary nursing positions. Some babies will refuse to nurse in one position but take the breast in another.
  • Nurse when in motion. Some babies are more likely to nurse when rocking or walking rather than sitting or standing still.
  • Nurse in an environment that is free from distractions. Some babies, especially babies older than three months or so, may be easily distracted. Turn off the radio and television, and try nursing in a quiet, darkened room.
  • Give the baby extra attention and skin-to-skin contact. Focused attention and extra touching are comforting to both mother and baby. When offering the breast, whenever possible undress to the waist and clothe the baby in just a diaper. Use a shawl or blanket around both of you if the room is chilly.
  • A baby sling or carrier can help keep the baby close between attempts to nurse. Taking warm baths together can also be soothing. Sleeping together provides extra closeness and more opportunities to nurse while the baby is sleeping.


 Every baby is different, just like every Mummie is different. Do what works for you and your Nummie Lover. Try things that you think will work, things you don't think that will work, and ask questions. Plus you could also come here (to Mummies Nummies) because you are NOT ALONE!!!


Hugs!!!

~Mummie

Friday, October 14, 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."
 The girls went to their first "Twisters" gymnastics event at our local Library. Pooker had a BLAST and shocked even the instructors! This picture was taken right after she CORRECTLY did one of the "hardest" activities (for the first time!)


Here come Kit Kat through the tunnel!!!! This activity she LOVED

~Mummie

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Rememberance Day


October 15....... A special day for many.... while a number of people will just think of it as a normal day. A day many will take an extra special moment to remember...... when others will just go about their day.

October 15, every October 15, is a day to remember. To think about what could have been. What should have been. A day to look back at what was lost. To honor what was taken away. To hold close to our hearts what we can not hold in our arms.

October 15.......... Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. A day to remember the babies we have lost due to miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, still birth or the loss of an infant.

For us, we will be remembering our babies, lost to miscarriage, only 5 months apart. Both of our babies (nick named "Lima Bean" and "Baby Heart") had confirmed heart beats. Both of our babies were not strong enough to make it. Both of our babies grew their wings at 7.5 weeks and 6 weeks gestation. **This month marked the 5th anniversary of our "Lima Bean". Who officially left us on October 3, 2006 (9 weeks pregnant) following a needed D&C after experiencing a "missed miscarriage."**

(Our memory garden for our angels. Each stone has their nick name and the year they earned their wings.)

Kit Kat, we believe, is a twin. Her "Twin" never had the chance to develop along side her. I say "we believe" she is a twin.... as ultrasounds were not able to confirm our feelings. But after some time (and soul searching) I have come to realize what my heart had been telling me for so long. I do not need an ultra sound to give me confirmation. I had been through 2 miscarriages previously and one successful pregnancy.... I knew the signs. I knew the symptoms.


So tonight, I will light three candles. To our sweet, sweet angels who watch over Pooker and Kit Kat every day. Our angel babies who gave up their strength, so we could have our earth angels...... Our angels looking down on us "Lima Bean, Baby Heart and Twin." Mommy loves you. I think about you every day. Not a day goes by that I don't think, wish, hope, (and yes) pray about holding you. Not a day goes by that I don't thank you for what you have done and continue to do for the people you have not even met....Your mommy, daddy and sisters. We will not forget. Today and every day we remember. One day we will met. Until then........




My heart goes out to those who have experienced a loss.... or losses. Either way you look at it...... the loss of a child (at any age) is so much more than "just" a loss. It is the loss of a dream. A loss of what should have been. What could have been. What NEEDED to be.

Please light a candle on October 15 at 7 pm, A Wave of Light. If everyone does this for one hour.... then there will be a continuous "Wave of Light" over the entire world. Mine will be lit.... will yours?



The one thing that helped process our losses.... was this single song. It still holds a major part of my heart and certain days, when I hear it, I still cry. I would base my good days and my bad days on this song. If I could play this song and sign the whole thing without crying.... it was a good day. If I could not..... I would play it over and over again.... some days I played it 20 times a day. I felt this song was telling our story. Each of our lost angels. My husband and I. We all had to "move on."

The first verse (to me) was me signing to our babies. The second verse was our babies singing to me. A very emotional song.... But one I love dearly.

Rascal Flatts. "I'm movin' on."




~Mummie

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Breastfeeding a sick baby in the hospital

A baby is the most precious gift in the world. If you struggled to carry a successful pregnancy (like me) or if you struggled to get pregnant, then you know that holding your newborn is like holding a miracle. In fact it IS holding a miracle. I remember while I was pregnant with Pooker (I did the same thing with Kit Kat) EVERY morning I would cradle my growing belly, in my arms, and have a conversation. I would say the same thing each morning, I made the same promise every time. Not too many people know what I am about to tell you...... But in honor of World Pregnancy and Infant Loss Day (October 15) I thought it would be a good time to share.

(and yes I still remember word for word)

"Hello my little Sticky Bean (replace Sticky Bean for Lover Bean when I was preg with Kit Kat.) You are loved, wanted and needed. I need you to be strong and brave for Mommy. I need you to hang in there and grow healthy. You can do it, I know you can. I am here, you are in there and we can do this together. I will fight if you fight. As soon as you get out of there, we will shake on it." Every once in a while I would get a strong kick at the end of our "conversation" as if to say "yes mommy!"

So when Pooker was ACTUALLY born (41 hours long!) holding her seemed so surreal. So surreal in fact, I forgot to shake her hand and complete our deal. It wasn't until she was 3 days old that I remembered our deal........ while she laid in the metal prison, known as the Children's Hospital crib, with a dozen wires sticking out of her, a spinal tap needle mark on her back, a dozen or more xray results being waited on, medicine being given, her catheter being removed, monitors and alarms every where..... and two scared parents watching.

(I did get my hand shake in. As soon as I remembered.... I slipped in between the nurses and reminded Pooker of our deal. I told her to hang in there, to be strong and brave. I reminded her that Mommy was here and so was she. And that was the way it was suppose to be, I reminded her of our promise.)

I was so scared that I was the reason she was in the hospital, as all the problems began as soon as my milk came in. So I only wanted to pump. I had convinced myself (in a very short amount of time) that I would be EXCLUSIVELY pumping and that I would never again actually "breast" feed. In my sleep deprived mind I was okay with this.

But let me rewind a little bit. We took Pooker to the ER, for a far different reason for what she was rushed to Scottish Rite. She had some bloody poops and we were concerned about that. (Which thankfully turned out to be fine. She had pooped sooooo many times, in the first 48 hours, that she had a little tiny tear, which is what caused some blood.) But while we were there, my husband mentioned that she had stopped breathing while nursing. (Which looking back should have been a HUGE RED FLAG.... but we were previously told it was probably nothing as some babies can do that.) That is when our world went speeding by at the speed of light. We were rushed into a room and waited for a doctor. Fastfoward an hour or so and we were getting into an ambulance and being rushed to CHOA.

For the first 2 days I pumped like a mad woman! Every two hours (around the clock.) At night, I would "sleep" for an hour, wake up, go to the nurses station, get the pumped milk from the last "session", warm it up, feed Pooker, put her back to sleep, assemble the breastpump, begin pumping, fill out the little stickers with Pooker's name, room number, time and date, bring the fresh nummies to the nurses station, go back to our room, clean the supplies and go back to "sleep." Exhausting? Yes... but I was a machine, on cruise control. I did what I had to do, as my promise to Pooker. (All the while battling the dozen or so wires and sensitive monitors attached to her, and her tiny little arm all wrapped up, to her elbow, in tape keeping some kind of monitor on her. She was so wrapped up, her arm was as hard as a cast.)

(We never left Pooker's side. During her whole stay we stayed together. My husband and I shared a twin size pull out couch. Leaving her there, all alone, never even crossed or minds.)

I did, however, feel "safe" to breastfeed on day 3 of her hospital stay. All credit goes to the awesome Lactation Consultant there. She spent hours with us, each day. She even gave me her cell phone number, told me to call her when I was about to nurse and she would come rushing. She even put a sign on the room door, "Breastfeeding Mother". That way no one would come in with "unwelcomed" food.

I am happy to say that although Pooker was very sick for a long time, our breastfeeding relationship was mended. (wahoooooo)

If you are one of the "unlucky" Mummies who finds herself breastfeeding a sick baby (in a hospital) here are some tips.

*First I HOPE your hospital is breastfeeding friendly. (Most children hospitals are.... Children's Health Care of Atlanta even feeds breastfeeding Mummies for free. I was able to order all my meals from the cafeteria and they were 100% covered.) If your hospital is bfing friendly...... then that is half of the battle.

*It is important to let EVERYONE who works there know that your baby is breastfed only. Let them know that you CHOOSE to have nothing enter your baby's tummy but your Nummie's (well and maybe the medicine too.) Ask for a sign, for your door, that states you are a breastfeeding mother. That way there is NO question.

*Stay with your baby as long as you can. If you have to leave your baby, remember to pump as much as possible. Bring all the milk you pumped with you each time you visit your baby. Have the nurses store the breastmilk in their station... that way your nummie lover will have your nummies even when you are not there.

*Know how the breastpumps work! Just in case..... Those things have a crazy amount of attachments. It will save you time and energy if you know how they work BEFORE you need one.

*Get the pump ready for the next "session" when you are done using it. Clean the attachments, get the bottles and labels ready. This will help save you time and knowing that everything is ready and set to go will help ease some stress.

*Get to know the nurses and staff. These are the people who will be saving your babie's life.

*Know the layout of the Children's level, know where the Nurse's Station is, know where the waiting area is (they normally have the vending machines with ice, juice, water, microwave, ect) close by there.

*DON'T let a doctor tell you "oh I will be right back" when he walks in and sees you nursing..... cause his "right back" is like 3 hours later. Tell him to come in, you don't mind.

* Ask for the Lactation Consultant. With luck you will find her to be the biggest hero, like I did.

* Be the voice for your baby. Be the voice for your baby. BE THE VOICE FOR YOUR BABY.

*Ask for help. Ask the first person you see.

*Hold your baby, as often as possible. I REFUSED to let Pooker lay in the crib for any amount of time. To me..... if we were going to lose our miracle, we were going to lose her in our arms. NOT in the cold metal crib. Don't let someone tell you "you are going to spoil that baby." Well when you find yourself in a children's hospital with your 3 day old baby..... you can choose to let her be in the crib. BUT WE WILL HOLD OUR BABY. (Yes a staff made that comment to us... luckily it didn't come from a doctor or nurse.)

*Most importantly try to stay positive. This was VERY hard for us in the beginning. Trusting other people to "fix" our baby was so difficult. Trying to cope with what was happening, trying to heal from JUST giving birth, and not knowing what the outcome was going to be was the worst. Luckily I had my husband, who NEVER left our side (well okay he did leave to get himself some food, but that was all.) You will need a "rock" to help get you through.

Did you experience a situation like ours? Was your hospital supportive? Unsupportive? Do you have any other tips for other Mummies?

~Mummie

Monday, October 10, 2011

Facebook: Breastfeeding BAD, Rape GOOD

When did land in the Twilight Zone? When did it become "okay" to rape and not okay to breastfeed? When did a group called "You know she's playing hard to get when your chasing her down an alleyway" (who at this moment has 205,845 fans!) become "entertaining, just as telling a rude joke won't get you thrown out of your local pub, it won't get you thrown off Facebook." 

The Facebook Gods have decided that this page is NOT in violation of it's "Terms", which are as follows "You will not post content that is hateful, threatening, or pornographic; incites violence; or contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence." Facebook has decided to keep this page (which glorifies rape)  up and running and has made this comment: "Groups or pages that express an opinion on a state, institution, or set of beliefs - even if that opinion is outrageous or offensive to some - do not by themselves violate our policies."

What about a page that talks about engaging in something that IS ILLEGAL????!!!!! How is that "okay" in Facebook's eyes.... but will delete COUNTESS amounts of breastfeeding pictures and support groups?

Personally I love this comment from the article "Facebook is a significant social force and it gives quite a worrying picture of how they view women if breastfeeding is considered obscene and rape is not." This woman, who wanted to remain semi anonymous, GETS it. What is it about breastfeeding that gets Facebook's panties all in a bunch? Why is it that a page that "promotes" a crime against society is accepted and breastfeeding makes the obscene list. What does that say about the world today? OR better yet... what does that say about the Gods at Facebook? 

I have not been raped. I am so thankful that I have not experienced that act of being violated. I can not even begin to imagine what victims of rape and sexual abuse have to face. THEN to find out that Facebook allows this group to remain....... I can only imagine the pain that can cause. 

If you are someone you know has been raped or sexually assaulted, please get help. Tell someone. Don't feel as though you did something wrong. I urge you to gain the strength to put that POS that abused you, violated you, "Chased you down an alleyway", in prison. Perhaps one day the Facebook Gods will share the same cell. 

**Oh and I would like to address the grammar error in the group title. The "your chasing her down the alley" part...... it should be "YOU'RE! I mean really if you are going to make a page like this.... make sure you have it correct.**

~Mummie

Friday, October 7, 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."

We are getting soooooo excited for FALL!!!!! Pooker and Kit Kat even made a few new friends!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Homemade Granola

As I sit here typing this post I am chomping down on some homemade granola, I made this morning. YES! Homemade granola! Let me tell you..... it is sooooo YUMMY! I have never thought about making it. I would buy it at the grocery store (when on sale) and left it at that. But earlier this week a friend of mine told me that she was enjoying the smell of homemade granola..... and well I was curious! She shared the recipe she uses, from Kiss my Spatula and I went to the store!

What had me super excited....was all of the oats and the flax seed. As we all know helps boost all that awesome Mummie's Nummies!

Let me say... finding some of the ingredients was a little difficult. Are all Oats treated equally? (I still don't know.) How about Milled Flax Seed.... is there plain Flax Seed? And where the heck do you find Hazelnuts (let alone chopped ones!)

Okay so the only thing I did not get was the Hazelnuts,  which I substituted with Roasted Peanuts. And you know I HAD to do this..... I shaved one block of Baker's Milk Chocolate, one block of Baker's White Chocolate and added it to the granola when I added the dried cranberries. OHHHH and I found Made in America Apple Juice! That's right... even the apples were from The Good Ol' USA! (Shocker..... it was the store brand Apple Juice!!!!)



  • 4 cups organic rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped or slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts
  • 2 tbsp flax seeds
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1-2 tablespoons Brewers Yeast
  • 1/2 cup Flaxseed
  • 1/3 cup veggie or olive oil (or 1/3 cup applesauce)
  • 1/3 cup good honey
  • 1/3 cup apple juice or apple cider
  • 1 cup dried cranberries, or favorite dried chopped fruit
  • Directions
    Heat oven to 350ยบ. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the oats, nuts, flax seeds, coconut, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Whisk the oil, honey, and apple juice in measuring cup.
    Pour the liquid mixture over the oat mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until all the oats and nuts are coated. Spread onto a large sheet pan. Bake, stirring occasionally with a spatula, until the mixture turns a nice, even golden brown, around 30-40 minutes, depending on oven.
    Remove granola from the oven and allow to cool completely, stirring occasionally. Add cranberries. Store cooled granola in an airtight container.

    Here are my pics....

    (All mixed up....)

    (Into the pan you go!)

    (Nice and toasty!!!)

    (added the dried Cranberries and shaved chocolate pieces)

     It was so easy to make. I have been munching on it (all by itself) all afternoon.... but I am sure adding it to yogurt, mixing in some milk (which my husband will LOVE!)or any other combo you can think of would be FANTASTIC! I am hooked and will make this more often!

    ~Mummie

    Monday, October 3, 2011

    Breastfeeding Advocate Video

    I think I have just watched my new favorite person! This fellow Mummie (who bless her heart nurses her nummie lover every hour!) Has made an almost 10 minute, vent-filled, pro NIP'ing video and AWESOMELY posted on YouTube.

    She hit on some comments that we have all either heard first hand OR heard from other Mummies..... and she had great arguments to KNOCK those naysayer comments down.

    Yes I think she is my new fav Mummie! Here are a few of my FAV comments she made:

    In regards to NIP'ing it is "such a non issue"
    Breastfeeding in itself, without having negative comments:"it's hard enough......"
    And "a healthier baby and a healthier mother means a healthier future."

    She also Talks about the comment "Well I don't Pee-Pee or Poo-Poo (okay well I "G" rated those two words) in public so you shouldn't breastfeed in public...." and her answers are SPOT ON!!! (Warning though....... she does get a bit heated with her vocab....so caution might be needed when you watch this video.)

    LOVE HER!!!!!!!!!!! I wonder if I can find her contact info..... HMMMMMMMM RESEARCH TIME!!!!

    ENJOY!!


    ~Mummie