Friday, March 30, 2012

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 our Facebook Group "Mummies Nummies Group" and join in! I love seeing your "Fotos."


We did our Spring/Easter photo shoot this week.... and I am SO excited that Kit Kat not only looked into the camera BUT posed too!!!! 

I created this scrapbook page using my My Memories Scrapbook Program. This page was a FREEBIE! Yupp!!! They have a ton of free pages and downloads you can use and keep!

My Memories is offering 10 dollars off to Mummie's Nummies readers! Click the link below and use code STMMMS4266 for your discount.

discount.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Breastmilk is liquid gold

So....... I can not be the only Mummie who thinks this. You know the commercial for Velveta... the one with the "gold smith" dude pouring the Velveta into a mid-evil cauldron? Okay.... now hold that thought....

My husband saw the picture (the one you are about to see) and laughed so hard! He asked me "Where do you come up with this stuff?!" I looked at him and said "Oh come on! He SOOOOOOO says "LIQUID GOOOOOOOOOLD!"

I mean really...... how else is a Mummie suppose to take it?! ( I originally sent this out as part of "Mummie Says"...but wanted to share it with everyone!)


I created this (errrrrr without the approval of Velveta)........ But enjoy!


~Mummie







Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Big Latch On 2012

Last year I hosted The Big Latch On, in my home town, for World Breastfeeding Week. I had an absolute BLAST! I have to be honest and tell you that I was nervous no one would show! I was worried about how the community would respond to the event. Now, there were some comments (people who commented on local articles about the event) that were....well.... not so supportive. BUT we had so many positive comments too! We actually had 68 people attend and 27 mummies latch on! I was amazed at the amount of people who showed up. I was humbled that this event that I decided to host, was supported by so many. We had Mummies who drove two hours, nursing next to local Mummies. We had food from a local bakery and from our local Publix grocery store. We had goody bags PACKED full with goodies, door prizes, two local news media outlets attended, and even the local chapter of The Le Leche League came out! It was such an awe-inspiring event, for me.


I was SO touched.... that I have decided to host it again, this year!!!!! I am in the beginning phase of planning The Big Latch On in Cartersville, GA.... but I am so excited! I have BIG plans for this years event! I am planning on having areas for local vendors, an indoor location, t-shirts for Mummie and Nummie Lover, and we will be spreading the word EARLIER and to more places! My goal is to have even more people attend!!!! We already have some great Sponsors lined up! Check out our Event Page on Facebook for more details!

If you are interested in sponsoring our event, please contact me at mummiesnummies@gmail.com.

To find a Big Latch On location near you, check out the event location list.


Who is ready for World Breastfeeding Week?! Remember.... it is all about support and standing together!

~Mummie



Friday, March 23, 2012

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 our Facebook Group "Mummies Nummies Group" and join in! I love seeing your "Fotos."
We got our Mummie's Nummies shirts and are so excited!!!!!! Cafepress have been having some awesome sales lately.... You can sign up to receive emails FULL of sale coupons codes! 



I created this scrapbook page using my My Memories Scrapbook Program. This page was a FREEBIE! Yupp!!! They have a ton of free pages and downloads you can use and keep!

My Memories is offering 10 dollars off to Mummie's Nummies readers! Click the link below and use code STMMMS4266 for your discount.



~Mummie

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Breastfeeding a newborn

Something has been in the Mummie's Nummies water.... well something WAS in the water...... 9 months ago! HEHE. A good number of Mummies have given birth the past few weeks (and more are only weeks away from entering the Mummie's Nummies world), which means NEW NUMMIE LOVERS! I thought it was a GREAT time to post about newborns and breastfeeding.

First...
Falling asleep while nursing

 It is VERY common for a new nummie lover to fall asleep at the breast. The simple feeling of being close to Mummie and suckling/feeding can be very relaxing. Which can make the new baby very sleepy. While it is very common.... it can also become an issue down the road. The nummie lover can get to the point where she/he associates breastfeeding with sleeping, and before you know it your sweet little Nummie Lover will ONLY be able to fall asleep while at the breast. This is called "Sucking-To-Sleep Association." This can be a struggle for many parents, when the baby gets older, as she/he will not fall asleep (or stay asleep) any other way. I went through this with both of  my girls. In the early weeks, they both PASSED OUT minutes into nursing. I went into the "Oh no you don't" mind set and found ways to correct this. (I got some weird looks and some comments of "Why don't you juts let her sleep?" when other saw my "tactics.") When I found my girls falling asleep, I would un-latch them (using the pinky method... Stick your clean pinkie into the corner of their mouth and gently pull to the side to break the latch) then I would lift them up into the air and carefully lower them and repeat. Or I would use a cool/wet cloth (or wipie) and wipe their skin. Really anything that would wake them up (or tick them off) enough to stay awake and finish nursing. It took a couple of weeks.... but they BOTH got into a routine to where they would nurse, stay awake for an hour to play, take a nap and wake up hungry and the process was repeated.

Second....
How many times a day should they be nursing?

Being breastfed, most breastfeed babies will eat MORE often than compared to formula fed babies. The reason for this is that breastmilk is  easier to digest than formula, which means their little tummies "empty" faster. In the beginning, Nummie Lovers may want to nurse every 1-1.5 hours. This is NORMAL and has NOTHING to do with your milk supply. If she/he wants to eat... by all means go ahead. You can feed on demand or try to set a "schedule" ( I fed on a schedule.....after a few weeks. It is up to you and your Nummie Lover to decide which method works for you.)

Third....
Is my Nummie Lover getting enough?

The best way to answer this question is by counting wet diapers. If you are using cloth diapers.... 8 or more wet diapers (in 24 hours) means your baby is getting enough. If you use disposable diapers then 6 or more wet diapers (in 24 hours) means your baby is getting enough. Also do NOT count on bowel movements to be an indicator. It is not unheard of for a breastfed baby to go TEN days between poopies. But if you are concerned about the amount of (or lack thereof) poopie diapers...... contact your Pediatrician. (Pooker once went TEN days in between poops!)

Fourth....
Which position is best?

There are MANY positions in which to use, while breastfeeding. If you have a sick baby, like I did, position can mean EVERYTHING! 
Here are some breastfeeding positions.

Cross Cradle Hold: 
The cross-cradle hold is ideal for early breast-feeding. Sit up straight in a comfortable chair with armrests. Hold your baby crosswise in the crook of the arm opposite the breast you're feeding from — left arm for right breast, right arm for left. Support the baby's trunk and head with your forearm and palm. Place your other hand beneath your breast in a U-shaped hold and guide the baby's mouth to your breast. Don't bend over or lean forward. Instead, cradle your baby close to your breast.

Cradle Hold:
The cradle hold is similar to the cross-cradle hold, but you support the baby with the arm on the same side as the nursing breast, rather than the opposite arm. As with the cross-cradle hold, sit up straight — preferably in a chair with armrests. Cradle your baby and rest his or her head in the crook of your elbow while he or she faces your breast. For extra support, place a pillow on your lap.

Football Hold:

This position may be a good choice if you're recovering from a C-section, you have large breasts or you're nursing two babies at once.
Hold your baby at your side, with your elbow bent. With your open hand, support your baby's head and face him or her toward your breast. Your baby's back will rest on your forearm. It may help to support your breast in a C-shaped hold with your other hand. For comfort, put a pillow on your lap and use a chair with broad, low arms.

Side-Lying Hold:
Lie on your side and face your baby toward your breast, supporting him or her with the hand of the arm you're resting on. With your other arm and hand, grasp your breast and then touch your nipple to your baby's lips. Once your baby latches on, use the bottom arm to support your own head and your top hand and arm to help support the baby.


Or you can always do the "Jacky Sit" hold:
 Both of my daughters were/are nursed on an incline. I had/have them almost in a sitting position with their bottoms resting on my thigh. But I give you permission to change the name. *wink wink*


I hope this helps...... even "been there/done that" Mummies sometimes need a refresher crash course on breastfeeding. Just do the best you can and try to relax. Your new little nummie lover is new at the whole breastfeeding thing too. Give each other a couple of weeks to "iron out the kinks."


Big (but gentle) hugs to all the new and soon to be new Nummie Lovers!!


~Mummie

Monday, March 19, 2012

Breastfeeding Weaning Weight Gain

It has been said that breastfeeding is a great way to lose the baby weight. Since a Mummie will burn up to 500 extra calories, a day, some find themselves back to pre-nummie lover weight in no time.

My body did not get that memo, after we had Pooker. I gained 42 pounds with her (all in the first 7 months mind you!) and I was still 15 pounds away from my Pre-Pooker weight when we got pregnant with Kit Kat (Pooker was 11 months at the time.)

BUT with Kit Kat.... my body GOT the "shed the pregger pounds" memo and by the time she was 12 months I was FINALLY at my Pre- Pooker weight! (Only took two babies to get there!)

But you see, there is one little tid bit of info that they forget to mention. SURE breastfeeding CAN be a great weight loss tactic..... but they do not mention what CAN happen when the Nummie Lover begins to wean! Sure... I have heard the phrase "You will loss the last 10 pounds when you stop breastfeeding"....and I was EXCITED! Could I be at my Pre-Wedding weight after 6 years?! (I was my smallest then, weighing 145.. but looking back at our wedding pics I was pretty darn skinny.... so I would be happy at 150-155 lbs.) BUT I just don't see that happening!

Here I am, Kit Kat is down to 1.5 feedings a day (1.5 feedings... kinda funny..... but she will only nurse on one side at nappy time... so I consider that a half feeding.) and I find myself creeping up to where I was BEFORE I got pregnant with Kit Kat!  (OHHHHHH the humanity!) Yeah, my body didn't get THAT memo either! Now, please do not get me wrong.... I LOVE muffins... and the "muffin top" is my favorite part....... ON THE MUFFIN NOT ON MY HIPS!

I decided to try my "salad for lunch" diet.... (It had worked in the past......pre-wedding diet!) I figured "Heck it worked 6 years ago, so why not now?" Well........ after two weeks of not snacking and having a salad for lunch, I weighed myself. NO CHANGE! Nada, zilch! Say WHAT??!!

So I did what any "upset over weight loss failure/weight gain" Mummie would do.... I raided the girl's snack section in the pantry! Cookies, gummies, pudding snacks.... You name.... I ate it!

Then the guilt set in. So I then did what any "guilt ridden, upset over weight loss failure/weight gain" Mummie would do........ I searched my Netflix account for workout streaming videos! (Oh yes I did.) Who knew Netflix had so many workout videos! I added 4 (okay FIVE) videos to my queue and plan on working out (and I don't mean Sweatin' to the Oldie's") starting TODAY. I don't want to have an audience when I am sweating it up to my "Fat Blasting Dance Mix" or my "Kickbox Bootcamp"......so I will workout during nap time... when no one can laugh it up at my expense!

So beginning on TODAY, I will break out my old dance outfits (I was a long time competitive dancer when I was younger. So not being able to lose weight is a new thing for me.) I will be busting out my tight black pants and my leg warmers. But I will leave my Pointe Shoes in the closet.

Wish me luck Mummies!

~Mummie


Friday, March 16, 2012

Saint Patrick's Day

"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 our Facebook Group "Mummies Nummies Group" and join in! I love seeing your "Fotos."


Happy Saint Patrick's Day to all of the Mummies and their Nummie Lovers!


I created this scrapbook page using my My Memories Scrapbook Program. This page was a FREEBIE! Yupp!!! They have a ton of free pages and downloads you can use and keep!

My Memories is offering 10 dollars off to Mummie's Nummies readers! Click the link below and use code STMMMS4266 for your discount.




~Mummie

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Breastfeeding a toddler

The old breastfeeding debate...... sometimes they are "fun" other times they make you want to YANK your hair out! And when I say YANK I mean full out FISTFUL amounts! One comment that really gets me to that "soon to be bald" feeling is:

"If they are old enough to ask for it... it is time to stop." 

So let's take a look at that comment.... shall we? Come along with me, let's go for a ride......So according to THIS comment..... we need to ALL change the way we look at the following situations:

"Like taking candy from a baby".... Well as long as the mentioned baby is ASKING for the candy... then yes we need to take it away. NOW!

"Mommy, hold me!" SHAME ON YOU! How dare you use your words! I will not hold you since you asked me to!

"Mommy, I need to go potty." Oh Honey I am sorry... since you are old enough to ask to use the potty, I can't let you. Sorry!

"Mommy, I'm tired. Can I go nappy now?" Well I was going to say yes..... but since you asked me..... NOPE! You have to stay awake! (P.S. yes..... my girls actually ask to go to sleep. Lucky... I know!)

"Hey Mom, Can I drive the car?" Ummmm NO! How dare you ask! I mean REALLY!

As parents, we TEACH our children to USE THEIR WORDS. It is one of the best forms of communication. Babies are also taught sign language (we taught it to Pooker)..... so is it the fact of using words or is any form of communication considered "asking". And if that is the case then 4 month old babies who use sign language should be considered too old. Kit Kat was talking in 4-5 word sentences ("Me eat"  was one of her phrases) at 9 months old..... so should I have stopped breastfeeding her then?  

What happened to allowing children be children? Let babies be babies? They have their whole lives to be "old enough"..... Why rush them? I am not going to rush my babies just to benefit some stranger or nay sayer. I will do what is best for my family, not what you think is "right."

Not to mention breastmilk does not change (in benefits) when a baby is old enough to ask for it, old enough to get it on her/his own, or old enough to crawl/walk/run. As long as breastmilk is being produced.... the benefits remain. 

So for all of the breastfeeding newborns, infants and toddlers....
For all of the breastfeeding Mummies........

I give you Kit Kat (28 months and 1 day old as of today) ASKING *gasp!!* to eat. Take it away my sweet KK.






~Mummie


Side note.... please know I was being VERY sarcastic with the "situations"........ I mean VERY!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Coffee or cream?

There are some days when a simple comment is enough to get you laughing for the whole day. Most of the time, these kind of comments are few and far between. But in the past few days I have had TWO such comments!

I had an amazing surprise this weekend. My good friend, of 11 years, drove 6 hours (with her hubby to be and their 1.5 year old *former Nummie Lover*) and rang my door bell! **Annelle.... I want a copy of that video you took of me answering the door!** (My husband knew about the visit...... kept it a pretty good secret too!) I bawled my eyes out.... the last time I saw them was almost 2 years ago at her baby shower (when I SURPRISED her....) She told me that this visit was "pay back." It was the BEST pay back ever!

So Saturday morning I was nursing Kit Kat, in my bed. I heard my friend say "Knock, knock. Where are your towels?" I told her to come on in and that Kit Kat was "having her coffee." She giggled and we talked for a bit, while Kit Kat enjoyed her morning Nummies. Later that morning I told my husband about the coffee comment and he said "Was she having coffee or creamer?" That got us all laughing!

Then this morning, while she was having her "creamer" she unlatched and said "I want other side. This milk is all gone."

I am still giggling about that one.

Do you have any comments that have helped you laugh through the day?

~Mummie

Friday, March 9, 2012

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 our Facebook Group "Mummies Nummies Group" and join in! I love seeing your "Fotos."

Last weekend we went to a small pizza place KNOWN for huge pizzas, The Big Pie in the Sky! This one was their 30 inch pizza...... BIG and YUMMY! Kit Kat was a bit excited! Hehe!


I created this scrapbook page using my My Memories Scrapbook Program. This page was a FREEBIE! Yupp!!! They have a ton of free pages and downloads you can use and keep!

My Memories is offering 10 dollars off to Mummie's Nummies readers! Click the link below and use code STMMMS4266 for your discount.



~Mummie

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Guest Post from Georgia Statewide Nurse-In


I am SO excited to have a special Guest Post today from Andrea McPherson, organizer of the August location from the Georgia Statewide Nurse-In! Andrea has (AWESOMELY) agreed to share her experience with us! Thanks Andrea...... and JOB WELL DONE!!!!! Take it away, Andrea!


On Monday March 5th, breastfeeding supporters from the Augusta area gathered at the Columbia County Justice center in Evans, GA to support the Georgia Statewide Nurse-in. The nurse-in was to garner support for a more protective breastfeeding law that includes a fine for harassing a breastfeeding mom. Golf fans know Augusta as home to the Masters Golf Tournament, a small city bordering South Carolina, but today we hoped to put Augusta on the map for a different reason.

As the first to arrive at the location, on an unusually windy day, I had some time to reflect on what was about to happen. Months ago I heard Nirvana “Harley “ Jennette’s story on the Progressive Parenting radio show about how she was organizing a nurse-in in response to being kicked out of her church for breastfeeding. When I saw that other cities were hosting nurse-ins, I realized I could avoid a long trip to Atlanta (with 3 kids) if I organized one here. Soon I had a team of dedicated, energized Augusta mamas (Heather, Lynn and Betsy). The Augusta nurse-in team spent weeks facebooking, sending press releases, putting up flyers, emailing, and letting everybody know about the nurse-in and why it was important. We organized a sign-making party the week before the nurse-in and invited the local media who came to film and photograph us happily nursing and making signs.


Leaving the symphony the Saturday before the nurse-in, I realized that we were already making a difference. A gentleman stopped me and said “I recognize you from the paper—great cause!” It turns out that he had an early copy of the paper, and the Sunday paper featured a picture of me breastfeeding my 6 month old on the front page.

Sitting in front of the Justice Center, I had no idea what to expect, and my nervous excitement grew as the clock crept closer to 10:00, but I knew my team of women would arrive shortly. Then, like magic, moms started arriving, I got some help putting up signs in the wind (hard to do when you have a baby in a Mei Tia!) the media arrived, and we had a nurse-in!

The same photographer who came to the sign-making party told us that he had received several positive phone calls and one negative phone call about the picture he ran. I’m guessing that the negative one must have been pretty harsh, because the photographer remarked that he had no idea that breastfeeding moms faced such criticism, and now he understands why the nurse-in is important. We did interviews with two local television stations and got the message out in what we hoped were palatable soundbites.


As the hours flew by, moms, dads and children came and went. It was hard to get a good head count since the kids were having so much fun running around the courthouse lawn and having a great time, but we estimate there were 50 adults. Since the courthouse doesn’t get much foot traffic, we got very little feedback during the event. A couple court employees stopped by, and one woman drove by to give us a cheer. The highlight for me was when two women from the Doubletree hotel brought us warm chocolate chip cookies to show the hotel’s support.

The feedback I have seen online since the event has been mixed. If it were all totally positive, then maybe we wouldn’t need a better law, but the ugly comments on the Columbia County News Times website, only illustrate the ignorance out there that breastfeeding moms face and the necessity to protect moms. It turns out that as hard as it was for me to read the criticism following our media attention, that people needed to see it to understand what moms are facing and realize why we needed a nurse-in.

The Georgia State-wide Nurse-in was a success on many levels. We have a strong lactivist community here in Augusta that became even stronger as more friendships were forged during the nurse-in. The local media broadcasted and printed pictures of moms breastfeeding, a step toward normalization. Georgia moms now have a bill in the senate as a result of their efforts. I also have a nurse-in box ready to go containing the signs we used and our boob caps. All I need to do is rally moms and get my box and we can have a nurse-in! It is my hope though, that the “winds of change*” we experienced here in Georgia on March 5th will spread across the country, and that one day my children will stumble upon my nurse-in box in the attic and be shocked that we ever needed to rally for such a basic human right.
(The "Boob Caps!")

*I wish this analogy were mine, but the credit goes to Lynn Reed.

Andrea McPherson (Andrea is a mom of 3 living in Evans, GA where she avoids housework by getting involved in breastfeeding, childbirth and gay rights issues.)


~Mummie

Monday, March 5, 2012

Giant Leap for Breastfeeding Mummies in Georgia

I am so excited. I am doing a little happy jig! Today was the Georgia State Wide Nurse-In , and although I was unable to make it.... I was SO there in spirit. I have been helping with some of the "back end stuff" for about 2 months now. I knew that this event had the potential to be a huge GIANT leap for breastfeeding Mummies, Nummie Lovers and supporters EVERYWHERE! Well..... the news is beginning to roll in and I am so happy to say that I was correct!

Best for Babes also saw what I saw, and decided to sponsor this Nurse-In. I have been keeping my eyes GLUED to their website and also a few of the coordinators FB pages, for an update. Well Mummies..... we HAVE AN UPDATE!!!!!!! Bettina Forbes (Co founder and President of Best for Babes) has posted the following on the Best for Babes website:

"The proposed Breastfeeding Protection Act by the Georgia State-wide nurse-in group officially now has a bill number, a sponsor and several co-sponsors!   Woohoo!  What is great is that this proposed bill makes it clear that breastfeeding is not indecent, that a mother has the right to breastfeed anywhere she is allowed to be, and very critically, contains for the first time, an ENFORCEMENT provision . . . anyone messing with a breastfeeding mom is subject to being fined!"
Mummie says "O.M.G!!!!!!!!! This is fantabulous!!!!!" 

To have an ENFORCEMENT provision is HUGE! There has never been one before (in Georgia), so breastfeeding Mummies were never really protected. To potentially have this provision.... makes me giddy! To have Mummies FINALLY be protected, not having to worry about indecent exposure or harassment, AND to have a consequence to those who harass a breastfeeding Mummie.......it seems we are another step closer to that dream!

Stay tuned, Mummies! I am FOR SURE going to have more about this!

Nurse n Mummies!!!! NURSE ON and BE PROUD AND SAFE!


~Mummie

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Best For Babes Breastfeeding Video

In honor of the Georgia Statewide Nurse-In happening on Monday...... here is a video from Best For Babes. Makes you feel kinda unstoppable, undefeatable, super hero'ish huh?! The music is from Muse and the song is called "Uprising." I LOVE the chorus part!!!!!





"They will not force us.
And they will stop degrading us.
And they will not control us!
And we will be victorious......"

Mummie says: 
"Oh no they will not! 
Oh yes they will! 
Oh HECK no they won't! 
Oh HECK yeah we will be!"


~Mummie

Friday, March 2, 2012

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 our Facebook Group "Mummies Nummies Group" and join in! I love seeing your "Fotos."



27.5 months! Amazing! Although she is only nursing first thing in the morning and on one side as she falls asleep for nap.... she is still a big Nummie Lover! 


I created this scrapbook page using my My Memories Scrapbook Program. This page was a FREEBIE! Yupp!!! They have a ton of free pages and downloads you can use and keep!

My Memories is offering 10 dollars off to Mummie's Nummies readers! Click the link below and use code STMMMS4266 for your discount.



~Mummie