Friday, June 29, 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 are proud to be Americans and our flag is proudly flying!

Happy Independence Day to all of our American Mummies!

~Mummie

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Menstrual cycle and breastmilk supply

This is a repost from May 2011. Many Mummies find that when their "Aunt Flow" decides to visit that their Nummie supply seems to dip. But is this related to "that time of the month" or is it something else? Have no FEAR! Mummie is here!


Menstrual Cycle and Breastmilk Supply

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!!!!

Hope that helps!

~Mummie

Friday, June 22, 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."


To all of those who don't want to see breastfeeding........

"Talk to the hand......"cause Kit Kat doesn't want to hear it!"

~Mummie

Monday, June 18, 2012

A quiet moment in a loud world


There are only a few moments, in your life, when you slow down your crazy pace. The world is so loud, that it is hard to have a quiet moment. 

A child creates those very moments. 

A child will hold your face in her hands and MAKE you slow down. A child will hold your hair in her little fingers and run the strands along your mouth, so you do not forget the feeling of butterfly kisses. A child will look you in the eyes and see your soul. Learn what you can, from your children, as they have so much to teach us. A child is only a child for so long........enjoy all the quiet moments before the volume gets turned all the way up...... and the silence is gone.

~Mummie

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Daddy's Day

Father's Day is coming.......... So in honor of all the (MY husband included) heros, Nummies supporters, booboo kissers, buggy killin' Kings, monster chasing champs, and all around amazing family rocks...... Happy Father's Day to every Daddy. 


A little secret about me: I would be lost without my husband. Without him, I would not be I am today. He has taught me so much and given me so much. So this collage is for him, to honor the kind of man he is, the man he wants to be, the man who our girls look up to. 
This is for our hero.


~Mummie

Friday, June 15, 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."


Freshly picked Foto Friday!!!!! WAHOOOO we ALL went Blueberry and Strawberry picking this morning! Total count of FRESHLY picked fruit was: 2 gallons of Blueberries, 1 gallon of Strawberries and two hours of family fun! Great way to start the weekend! Happy Foto Friday, Mummies!


~Mummie

Friday, June 8, 2012

I am mom enough

"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."


I know it has been a few weeks since the Time Magazine "Are you mom enough" cover hit the news stands...... and I wanted to have my say on the issue. But I just could not find the right words to say. That is until earlier this week when I took this Foto of Kit Kat nursing. She is just shy of 31 months of breastfeeding and I am OKAY with that. You see, she only nurses once a day, on one side. First thing in the morning, she "eats" and that is it. No harm done,  no one calling foul, no one battling it out to see how is best. I am not striving for the Mummie of the Year Award.   

This foto....... she told me I am mom enough. I am mom enough for her. 

So take that Time Magazine!

~Mummie

Monday, June 4, 2012

Confessions of a breastfeeding Mummie

We all have them. Some of them we have openly admitted to. Others we keep to ourselves, either due to possible embarrassment, judgment, or simply for the fact of "I will NEVER tell another living soul (over the age of speaking) what I just did!" Well......I am going to break that silence! Yupp.... I am going to jump off of the deep end and see if I can float! I am going to spill the pumped Nummies and see where it falls! I am willing to accept what ever comes with what I am about to share. After all...... I can't be the ONLY one who has done the following (I hope...). Yes.......... I am going to share with you my "Confessions of a Breastfeeding Mummie!"

Confession 1: I have drank my own Nummies. Yupp.... have done it MANY times and I LOVE it! Actually, everyone in my house has tried it and enjoys the flavor. (yupp.... EVERYONE!) Although I prefer fresh and warm.... I have been known to drink some cold Nummies.  

Confession 2: (This is a new confession..) The other night, while I was taking a Mummie bathy, I got a bit bored. So I decided to see what breastmilk looked like in the water. Yupp...... I leaned over the water, submerged the Nummie Makers and hand expressed into the tub water. If you have not yet tried that... I HIGHLY suggest it! It is AWESOME!  Looks like floating, white ribbons. I was pretty mesmerized by the stream of Nummies floating into beautiful ribbons into the water. Kind of reminded me of The Aurora Borealis (minus all the colors.)

Confession 3: I have (many times) seen how far I can get my streams to go and how many streams I can get at once! I guess it is similar to a men's pissin' contest...... we should have a women's streaming contest! (Not comparing breastmilk to pee...... they are WAY different.)

Confession 4: I have day dreamed about whipping my Nummie Makers out and spraying someone, in retaliation. A few times I have in visioned double spraying someone........But that only happens when I am really irritated. Come on..... picture it: A family member or friend gets into with you, over ANYTHING, and you are ready to end the irritation. A vision pops into your head of "whipping" out your Nummie Makers and chasing this person down the hallway all the while spraying them like a fire hose, yelling "WAHOOOOOO COWBOY! How do you like those apples?!" The thought of them screaming and running away is a great one! 

Confession 5: I have recently found the AWESOMENESS of going bra free! I never liked the feeling before (perhaps due to my sensitive nips that would LEAK at any given movement)  but now.......... if i am at home...... I am FREE FALLIN'! (My husband is a fan of this new confession....)

Confession 6: I was not a fan of nursing bras. At first I LOVED them.... as it was like a badge of honor for me. "Look I am wearing a nursing bra! I am a breastfeeding Mummie!" But then I got so sick of them.... that I threw them all away and went to "normal bras." 

Confession 7: I never had the best self confidence in myself. It stems from a negative childhood and being put down most of my childhood. But when I finally got the hang of breastfeeding (and NIP'ed for the first time) I felt my shoulders push back, and my head was held a bit higher. I felt like a super hero. I was nourishing my child, on my own, and I was doing a great job. Every time I looked at Pooker (my oldest) I thought "I gave her those extra ounces, she is gaining weight because of me." When Kit Kat came along, I was so proud of myself and felt as though I could do ANYTHING! The self confidence I have gotten from breastfeeding is one of the most amazing impacts breastfeeding has given me. 

Confession 8: I MISS MY BIG BOOBIES! I do!!!! I really do!!!!!!! I have never been a big boobi'ed girl, but when my milk came in...... HOLY BREAST IMPLANTS! I filled out tops like never before, they bounced, jiggled and wiggled!! (Jello Jigglers were jealous!) I actually bought a bathing suit that was "made" for bigger boobies. My reasoning was "if you got them........" I even told my husband that I would nurse forever, if I could keep them! But sadly........ when a nummie Lover begins to wean...... so does the size of the gems. Now that awesome bathing suit is a little big and I no longer "fill" it out the way I did a year ago.......my heart sank a bit.

Confession 9: I LOVED the fact that I could "disappear" from family functions and nurse my girls. Sometimes big crowds make me feel WAY small.... and the "excuse" to get away to a quiet room was AWESOME! "Oh hey.... where did Jacky go?" "Hummmmm I don't know." "I think she is feeding the baby." "Oh... does it really take THAT long?" NOPE!!!!!!!!! Hehe.

Confession 10: I had thoughts of quitting early on. When the struggles became too large, I wanted to throw the burb cloth in. I was ready to wave the white flag MANY times. But with the support of my husband and my (at times much needed) stubbornness...... I kept my white flag hidden. But the feeling of helplessness and tears where there.....

Confession 11: Reading SO many stories of being harassed, while nursing, had me HOPING I would come across some single minded, jack @$$ that thought I needed to hear their feelings about how I should raise my children. I am not a confrontational person, and to be honest I typically "clam up" when my emotions get the better of me. But I had a TON of "ready to go" comments... and I have YET to use any of them! 

Confession 12: I was not able to meet my breastfeeding goal with Pooker, so when I created my breastfeeding goal with Kit Kat, I wanted to make up for that. I was one month shy of my goal with Pooker and I felt I had jipped her. I know now that one month longer was not much (in the whole grand scheme) but at the time I was DEVASTATED. 

Confession 13: There a lot more Mummie confessions.... but to be honest...... Pooker is yelling at me to "Get of the computer!!!" and Kit Kat is screaming "I WANT SOMETHING TO EAT!" So my last confession...... I do not run my home...... my girls do! Gotta go serve the Queens.

What are YOUR confessions?

~Mummie

Friday, June 1, 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 went on a family vacation to Florida. My husband and I are both from there.... but the girls have only been there once before. This time we introduced them to the BEACH! They LOVED it and we all had a blast!


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!

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~Mummie