Friday, September 28, 2012

Breastfeeding picture 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."



Seems she was trying to give my camera a high five! 
Rock your journey Mummies!

We sure are!

~Mummie

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Applebee's vs breastfeeding mom: go do that in the bathroom

Imagine going out for a family meal... sitting down and ordering your drinks... then you Nummie Lover "says" he wants to eat. You do what any Mummie would do... you begin nursing your child. No biggie.... right? Well Dawn Holland, of Covington Georgia, discovered this was  HUGE deal to an Applebee's manager.

Dawn, a Mummie of two boys (ages 11 years and 23 months old) and wife to an Army man is your typical Mummie.  She is 35 year old Christian Mummie, who worked in Physical Therapy for 13.5 years. She now owns a photography business in Atlanta Georgia  called Everlasting Memories. When her oldest son was 6 weeks old, she stopped breastfeeding as she was scared she had no supply and she had no support to help her through this growth spurt age. But when they got pregnant with her youngest Nummie Lover, she was more prepared, did some "homework", surrounded herself with a great breastfeeding circle and she was very determined to have a great breastfeeding journey. Low and behold.... they are rocking their breastfeeding journey 23 months and counting.


Dawn and her beautiful family.

On September 15, 2012 at 2:15 pm.... her world suddenly was tipped to the side. While nursing her 23 month old son, Connor, at a local Applebee's something she never expected to happen -- happened. She was told, by the restaurant manager, that she was being "inappropriate and needed to excuse herself to the bathroom or to leave."

(Baffling right? Because Dawn was not urinating nor was she defecating at the table. So why would she be asked to go to the bathroom?)

Breastfeeding Mom Applebees

Knowing her breastfeeding rights, Dawn explained that she had a legal right to breastfeed anywhere she is allowed to be and that a bathroom is an appropriate place to breastfeed a child. The manager repeatedly told Dawn she needed to excuse herself to the bathroom, however Dawn stood her ground and told the manager that if she felt she was breaking a law... then she should call the police. WELL.... the manager did just that. Yes, this manager (a female) called the police on Dawn because she refused to "finish breastfeeding" in the bathroom. The police officer who came did not fill out an incident report... because Dawn was NOT breaking the law.

The following Monday, Dawn called Applebee's main office... low and behold... they told her they were expecting her call, as the manager had already reported the "incident." She was told someone would be in contact with her soon.... but after 24 hours of no call and the media picking this story up, Dawn hired an attorney to help her. Dawn's husband is currently deployed, as he serves our country his wife is being belittled and harassed because she was breastfeeding their son. SHOCKINGLY after Dawn's attorney got involved, Applebee's began trying to reach out to Dawn. Now that Dawn has an attorney on her side, ALL communication has to go through her attorney.

Dawn has taken her story to The Katie Show and it was aired earlier this week. Below is her interview sharing her story:


There is now a HUGE debate (AGAIN) about breastfeeding in public. ONCE AGAIN breastfeeding mothers have to defend our right to choose. ONCE AGAIN the question "Is it right to breastfeed in public?" is showing up EVERYWHERE! 

No Mummie wants to be in the spotlight. (Not like this.) No Mummie wants to go to battle against the "opposing side." All a Mummie wants to do is be the best Mummie she can be and be left alone. Seriously.... would you allow your children to eat Cheerios in a public bathroom? Would you bring your lunch into the bathroom stall, sit upon the white throne and start chowing down on your double cheeseburger and fries?! How about cutting your steak and potatoes while sitting on the toilet, while in the stall next to you some one "lets go" of their breakfast. GROSS? Well it should be! A bathroom is no place to eat... no matter what you are eating.

Dawn has now teamed up with a group of breastfeeding supportive Mummies (me included!) to spread the word about what has happened to her and to explain how this NEEDS TO CHANGE, YET again. A mother's right to choose is gaining strength and a Nation-wide Nurse-in at Applebee's locations, all across the United States, is forming. On September 29 at 1 pm (your local time) Mummies are gathering at local Applebee's, as a show of support.  


I am helping Dawn and many others to get this wrong corrected. A Mother's Right to Choose goes much deeper than breastfeeding. Being told to leave, simply for feeding your child, does not only affect the breastfeeding community. Where will this judgment and harassment end? Will mothers be harassed for rocking their babies to sleep while in public? After all a bed is for sleeping, right? How about being harassed for allowing their children to play in a store? Parks are for playing, after all. When will this judgement end? How far will it go? This Nurse-in is not only for breastfeeding families.... but for ALL families who are tired of being harassed and judged by others. 


I am happy to say that Applebee's has come forth with an apology. I may be in the minority here.... But their apology is a step in the right direction and I am so happy that they have done this. Here is what Julia, Chairman and CEO of DineEquity has said:

"Dawn,
I am truly sorry that we haven’t connected. As soon as I learned about your experience, I wanted to reach out directly – not just as the CEO of our restaurants, but as a mom that nursed my own kids. I have my share of unfortunate memories from nursing in public and understand how you feel. I want to apologize personally for what happened. I also want to assure you the regrettable situation you encountered as our guest is unacceptable and completely contrary to how nursing moms are accommodated at thousands of Applebee’s on virtually any given day. We checked with your lawyer last week and she okayed my calling you. I tried you a couple of times and left messages with my number, so please feel free to call. While I know it doesn’t change what you encountered, I also wanted to let you know that the franchisee of the restaurant you visited took action to correct the manager’s mistake and she now knows better. We also took the opportunity to use this incident as a teachable moment and notified all Applebee’s restaurants about the proper policies and procedures for welcoming nursing moms to our restaurants – just to be doubly sure. While of course I can’t take back what happened, I can make sure we work even harder than usual to try and avoid anyone else having the same problem at any of our restaurants. Again, as a mom and the CEO, you have my promise that we and our franchisees will be even more vigilant on this issue.
Sincerely
Julia Stewart, Chairman & CEO, DineEquity, Inc."


Now, is an apology enough? Some say no and some say yes. I can not believe that a company (these days) trains their employees and says that breastfeeding is wrong and should be done in private. I just can NOT allow my heart to believe that. I HAVE to believe that every company trains their employees to be respectful, caring and non-judgmental to ALL who walk in their doors. More so NOW.  How many times has this happened? How many times have Mummies banded together to educate these companies (or an employee?) 

Do I believe Julia's statement? Do I feel she is being honest and speaking from the heart? I sure do. Can I blame the company as a whole for what one employee has done? No. You can not cut down the whole tree because one apple is rotten (did you catch the "apple" pun?) However.... I DO believe that people need to be aware of what they are saying, how they are acting, and the laws behind what they are accusing some one of. People NEED to understand that asking ANYONE to leave and finish feeding or eating in a bathroom is WRONG. Morally, ethically, socially, and any other "LLY" words you can think of. However, the only way to get this point across is to involve the WHOLE company. This is the ONLY way we will be able to get these issues to end. Is a nation wide nurse-in going to help? I truly do not know. My hope is that this Nurse-in shows the Applebee's company that they need to reiterate, to ALL employees, 

Goodness gracious... we live in America! The UNITED States of America. Where is our UNITED front? When did it become okay to humiliate a person, to bully them and then call the police when they have done NOTHING wrong?

I got your back Dawn. I got every one's back. No Mummie should be humiliated. Mummie-hood is hard enough. Why do others feel the need to say something and make it even harder? You don't like it... wait ten minutes... it will be all over. And hey, you know what.... if you wait nothing will come of it. Everyone will be happy, I never would have to make this post, I would never have to create the flyers, no Nurse-in would be created. No CEO would have to apologize, the media would move on to other issues and you would never be in the news.

But sadly.... here we are. 

Where will you be on September 29 at 1pm?

~Mummie

Monday, September 24, 2012

Personalized GIVEAWAY

So... it has been a while since we have done a giveaway. I LOVE unique and personalized items and I LOVE local small businesses! So combine the local, unique AND personalized..... HELLO!!!! I am SO there!

I ran (well... sorta Facebook stumbled) into 4 Girls by Susan Garlin and I was INSTANTLY in love with her beautiful creations! She hand makes necklaces, key chains, pillows, zipper pulls, pet i.d tags and bracelets all the while adding personal touches to make them one of a kind (or 2,3,4,5 + of a kind if you order more than one!)

Did I mention how AFFORDABLE these creations are?! The necklaces start at $13.00, the key chains start at $10.00!


      

CUTE right?!

Susan was AWESOMELY FANTABULOUS and allowed me to review one of her key chains. The process was so simple! I emailed her a photo (that I LOVE), gave her a phrase and the girl's names and I told her she had FULL creative freedom... That was all it took! A few days later..... in my mailbox was a GREAT surprise! You see.... Susan would not give me any sneak peeks! I begged.... but she just laughed at me and said "not for you!" I was so used to seeing her creations, via her Facebook page...... I knew it would be beautiful. BUT I am not one for long awaited surprises. I am HORRID at Christmas! Don't get me wrong... I LOVE surprises... but I am not the most patient surprise-ee. But I KNEW it would be so worth the surprise... So I let her slip on that one! HEHE

Are you ready to see mine?!


TADA! Here is my key chain! The photo is of Mr. Mummie, Pooker, Kit Kat and myself. I chose the phrase "My Loves" and of course their names. I was so excited when I noticed that Susan matched the girls dresses to the background of the main pendant! This was never mentioned.... but what an amazingly special touch! The main pendant is completed with glitter epoxy and one sparkly rhinestone. The photo pendant is completed with clear epoxy for protection! Then there are three colored beads and a heart shaped (sparkly) charm.

The key chain feels very well made, I can find any spot that looks like it would fall off or get damaged. With everything attached to the key chain, it is surprisingly lightweight (which is a GREAT plus!) These would make amazing gifts for family or friends, I think I will be ordering some for family!

Just to show you the size.... here is a comparison to a quarter. The photo pendent is just about the exact size as the quarter.



Think of the possibilities:
Grandma necklaces (a photo pendant for each grand baby and matching charm for their personalities.)
Family key chains (like mine!)
A breastfeeding journey necklace! Use your FAV breastfeeding photo and pick matching charms! OMG! How awesome would that be! A way to ALWAYS keep your journey close to your heart!

Really the possibilities are endless! BUT for one of you... your possibility will be FREE!!!! EEEKKKKKKKEEEERRRRS! Yupp! We have one personalized key chain OR personalized necklace up for grabs! So here is what we have for you:

ONE necklace: Complete with 1 main pendant, 3 bead charms and 1 silver charm. The necklace is a 24" ball chain.

OR


ONE key chain: Complete with 1 main pendant, 3 bead charms and 1 silver charm.

So how excited are you?! Now you know how I like to have some fun with our review and giveaways... and I am ALL about EASY entries! This one will be no different. So drink your lemon tea and practice your singing voices! 'Cause we are about to GET THIS PARTY STARTED!

**4 Girls by Susan Giveaway will end on Monday October 1 at 6:00 pm EST. **


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**Susan was kind enough to give me my personalized key chain at no cost AND is offering one key chain or necklace for one of our Mummies. The review is my honest opinion. PHEW got THAT out of the way!**

Good luck Mummies!!!!

~Mummie

Friday, September 21, 2012

That is not grey...that is a new blonde

The normal morning routine:

1.Wake up
2.Go potty
3.Take a shower
4.Apply makeup
5.Dry hair
6.Finish hair
7.Get dressed
8.Go downstairs
9.Get everyone's breakfast ready
10.Get girls dressed
11.Do girls hair
12.Put on shoes 
13.Double check looks before walking out the door
14.(Triple check looks before walking out the door.)


But what happens when in between step 6 and 7 you notice something... different? Something that makes you take a double, triple, quadruple look. Something that makes you go  "ummmmm.... what is THAT?!... Nah..... that is not what it looks like. It must be the lighting... Yeah... it HAS to be the lighting. We really should get new lights up in here!"

Then a few moments go by as you TRY to complete your morning routine... yet you still can not get your eyes off of that ONE spot. Could.... it.... be?

Then you realize....... YUPP! THERE IS A GREY HAIR!!!!!


(Can you see it?! Yupp, that one right... THERE.)

Has it hit you yet?

Worse.... has anyone made a comment about it?

What you can NOT see in this photo is my darling husband (Mr. Mummie) standing right behind me.... fresh from the shower (NAKED! Payback baby! Read on to understand...hehe.) The look on his face was... well.. priceless. It seems the image of his wife standing in front of the bathroom mirror, wearing only a shirt and panties, taking a picture of her hair (while pointing to a spot) was more than he expected.

His reaction: "Umm, what are you doing?"
Me: "Oh, nothing. Just taking a picture."
Mr. Mummie: "Of what? Is that a grey hair? Hey is that MY phone you are using?"
Me: *GASP* "No! No it is not! It is blonde. and Yes... it is your phone. Mine is downstairs."
Mr. Mummie: "Oh sure it is. Blonde you say?"
Me: "Yes... blonde." *Evil eye*
Mr. Mummie: "Hmmmm, (Pondering SOMETHING!) never seen that shade of blonde before." (getting ALL up in MY business!)
Me: "That's because it is a new shade of blonde, you goober."
Mr. Mummie: *laughing his butt out the bathroom door.*
Me: *Trying to kick his butt out the bathroom door without dropping HIS phone.*

Yes.... it is a new shade of blonde.... one so blonde it LOOKS grey. I was a blonde (naturally... thank you) years (or eons) ago.... maybe my dark hair misses the blonde and is trying to go back! Yes... that is what it is... we will stick to that!

So the next time you see a grey hair (or someone sees it first) DENY it! It is a new shade of blonde. Stick to that story (and pretend like you know what you are talking about.... You don't have to be a Rocket Scientist or anything. It is only a color!) and you are good to go!

Tell them Mummie said so!

~Mummie


P.S. I am 100% happy with my "blonde" or grey hair.... it means I am still alive for my babies and my husband. Even though I joke about it.... I am happy it is there! I LOVE grey hair.... I even joked with Mr Mummie that I hope he goes all "silver fox" on me!
As with birthdays.... I am LUCKY to have this "blonde" hair...I know people who have not made it to a certain birthday and many who never made it to the hair changing stage in their lives. I embrace it.... but I can still joke about it. <3

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."


There is just something about teeny tiny birds that makes everyone go "AWWWWW!" We have a hummingbird feeder on one of our back windows and every time one comes up the girls yell "HONEYBIRD!!!!!" We have 4 different "honeybirds" and they get more aggressive as the feeding season comes to an end!  Here is the MOST aggressive one.... "AWWWWWW!"

~Mummie

Monday, September 17, 2012

Breastfeeding and cleft lip

Every once in awhile, a Mummie comes to me about a topic I have not come across. This gives me the chance to do some research and allows me to expand my knowledge in breastfeeding. I LOVE most of those chances... but last week one of my Mumies (one of my readers) came to me with a sad heart. She was given some unexpected news regarding her future Nummie Lover and needed to know as much as possible about her future breastfeeding journey. This Mummie found out her first Nummie Lover has a cleft lip and a cleft pallet with a possibility of a chromosome abnormality. Now, the chromosome abnormality has yet to determined... but the cleft has been. Baby L and his Mummie are in for a breastfeeding journey that they did not expect. BUT they can still embark (and ROCK) their breastfeeding journey.  

Cleft Lip and Cleft Pallet is defined as this: Cleft lip (cheiloschisis) and cleft palate (palatoschisis), which can also occur together as cleft lip and palate, are variations of a type of clefting congenital deformity caused by abnormal facial development during gestation. A cleft is a fissure or opening—a gap. It is the non-fusion of the body's natural structures that form before birth. Approximately 1 in 700 children born have a cleft lip and/or a cleft palate.

What is certain, with Cleft Lip and Palate, is that a closeness/bond, between Mummie and Nummie Lover, is super important. As with any other breastfeeding journey, skin to skin contact and breastfeeding helps to build the bond between the two. A Mummie/Nummie Lover bond can help you overcome many obstacles. Not all breastfeeding journeys are easy, and most have struggles. A Mummie and Nummie Lover who are battling Cleft Lip/Pallet will for sure find their own speedbumps... But there are tips to help ease the bumpy road and EDUCATED specialists how are there to help.

I have come across some information that I hope will help prepare all families who are walking the Cleft Lip/Pallet journey.

It is well known that breastmilk is ideal for MOST babies... but with babies with Cleft Lip/Pallet it goes beyond the nutritional value. The soft tissue of the breast is ideal for these babies. The flexibility of the breast allows it to be molded to compensate for abnormalities of the baby's lip or mouth. The Nummie Lover has more control over the flow of breastmilk and the position of the breast in his/her mouth. Early practice helps baby imprint on the breast, which is important for both Mummie and Nummie Lover.

Although choking due to milk leakage into the nose is a common problem when there is an opening in the soft or hard palate, human milk is a natural bodily fluid that is not irritating to the mucous membranes. Therefore, breastmilk is the optimal choice for feeding a cleft lip or palate baby.

A baby needs to suck for comfort as well as nourishment. Breastfeeding allows a baby to spend time at the breast sucking for comfort as well as for feeding... which will give the baby a chance to "get to know" your breasts and helps you get to know how they eat as well as building your breastmilk supply.

You can also feed via spoon feeding or finger feeding, in the early days your Nummie Lover's tummy is only the size of a marble and growing slowly the following days. Not much milk is needed to fill a tiny tummy (check the photo below.)


Studies have shown that babies with Cleft Lip/Pallet are prone to Otitis Media (or middle ear infections.) Breastmilk has been proven to reduce the risk for all forms of ear infections... breastmilk does not PREVENT ear infections but it does lower the risks greatly. Also there is speculative information regarding possible benefits of breastfeeding versus bottle feeding on the development of the oral cavity, as the breast tissue is softer than a bottle nipple, the baby's mouth can conform properly to a breast.

As with other breastfeeding journeys, most of the same "tricks" apply.

Monitoring is the best way to determine proper eating. Checking how many wet diaper and dirty diapers daily is a GREAT way to determine this. KellyMom.com describes this counting process: "In the early days, baby typically has one wet diaper for each day of life (1 on day one, 2 on day two…) Once mom’s milk comes in, expect 5-6+ wet diapers every 24 hours. To feel what a sufficiently wet diaper is like, pour 3 tablespoons (45 mL) of water into a clean diaper. A piece of tissue in a disposable diaper will help you determine if the diaper is wet. In the early days, baby typically has one dirty (poopy) diaper for each day of life (1 on day one, 2 on day two…). After day 4, stools should be yellow and baby should have at least 3-4 stools daily that are the size of a US quarter (2.5 cm) or larger. Some babies stool every time they nurse, or even more often–this is normal, too. The normal stool of a breastfed baby is loose (soft to runny) and may be seedy or curdy."

Education and support are play major roles in breastfeeding. Make sure all of your doctors, nurses and hospital staff know that you want to breastfeed ASAP and you want to continue to do so. Make sure they all know that you do not wish for your baby to be bottle fed without your consent. Also, ask to see a lactation consultant right away... and if you are not happy with the LC you were given, ask for another one! Not all LCs are the same. This is YOUR journey, YOUR baby... make sure you surround yourself with supportive and KNOWLEDGEABLE staff.

Position is EVERYTHING!!!!!!!! Your LC or doctor should work with you and your Nummie Lover to help establish the proper  positioning for your baby. Here are some ideas for babies with Cleft Lip:

The infant should be held so that the cleft lip is orientated toward the top of the breast , (e.g., an infant with a right Cleft Lip may feed more efficiently in a "Madonna" position at the right breast and a "football/twin style" position at the left breast)


The mother may occlude the Cleft Lip with her thumb or finger and/or support the infant's cheeks to decrease the width of the cleft and increase closure around the nipple
For bilateral Cleft lip, a "face-on" straddle position may be more effective than other breastfeeding positions.

For babies with Cleft Lip and Pallet or Cleft Pallet:

Positioning should be semi-upright to reduce nasal regurgitation, and reflux of breastmilk into the Eustachian tubes.

A "football hold"/twin position (body of infant directed away from the mother, rather than across the mother's lap, and with the infants shoulders higher than its body) may be more effective than a traditional Madonna position.

For infants with a Cleft Pallet it may also be useful to position the breast toward the "greater segment"—the side of the palate which has the most intact bone. This may facilitate better compression and stop the nipple being pushed into the cleft site.
Some experts suggest supporting the infant's chin to stabilize the jaw during sucking and/or supporting the breast so that it remains in the infant's mouth.

If the cleft is large, some experts suggest that the breast be tipped downward to stop the nipple being pushed into the cleft.

Mothers may need to manually express breastmilk into the baby's mouth to compensate for absent suction and compression and to stimulate the letdown reflex.



Another great tidbit is that it is recommended that breastfeeding continue right after a lip repair is done. Breastmilk has been shown to reduce pain levels and the close bonding moments of skin to skin will help with healing as well.

I came across a GREAT resource for medical field workers regarding Cleft Lip/ Pallet.. it might be a bit hard to follow... but the information in there is WORTH reading and sharing with your doctors.


Breastfeeding with Cleft Lip and Pallet has been done by so many, but I was able to find some personal stories. La Leche League shared a personal story on their website and a Mummie shared her Cleft Lip breastfeeding journey story on Milk for Thought.

No one can tell you for sure if your breastfeeding journey will be easy, and the odds are breastfeeding a Nummie Lover with cleft lip/pallet will have some major road blocks.... but with the correct help, education and support you can always find a detour.

~Mummie

Friday, September 14, 2012

Breastfeeding Journey Book

What do snowflakes, fingerprints, Zebra stripes and breastfeeding journeys have in common? 

 Each one is different and unique. No two are the same. 

 No matter how many times you have embarked on a breastfeeding journey, you really never know what to expect. Just as with Zebra stripes... each child is different... therefore no breastfeeding journey will be like the last. 

 That is one reason why it is so exciting! There are an endless amount of breastfeeding journeys out there. Some are happy while some are sad. Others are filled with rainbows while others are plagued with tornadoes. Some are a combination of everything... all mixed into one sweet little package. 

 My personal breastfeeding journeys have been so different. My first daughter was born without the ability to suck, she was a "lazy" latcher, suffered from painful Silent Reflux for the first 12 months. Experienced poor weight gain at 5 months old and I battled with a breastmilk imbalance. But my second daughter was a completely different story! Her first latch lasted 45 minutes! She was a happy Nummie Lover and we are still experiencing our breastfeeding journey 33 months and counting. 

 I have come across so many breastfeeding journeys, which is why I created Mummie's Nummies Breastfeeding Journey Book . I wanted to show everyone that no two journeys are the same but EVERY journey deserves to be rocked! 




Mummie's Nummies Breastfeeding Journey is a 24 page book that is filled with personal photos from Mummies and their Nummie Lovers, ranging from newborns to toddlers. Capturing their own individual journeys and rocking it the best way they know how. This 8x10 paperback book has captivating photos that shows the silly, the heart warming, the struggles and the quiet moments each Nummie Lover shares with their Mummie. Combine the original poem that captions each photo and you have an amazing book that celebrates moments that will end all too quickly. 

 Here are some of the journeys within The Breastfeeding Journey book: 

 Sarah and her adoptive son Baby Z. Baby Z was born prematurely and has suffered from multiple health setbacks. She decided to induce lactation even before Baby Z was born. Sarah also uses donor breastmilk, along with her breastmilk, WHILE using an SNS (Supplemental Nursing System.) Their breastfeeding journey is truly as unique as they come. 

 Tara and her son Baby E. Their breastfeeding journey began with a 6 day stay in the NICU and being bottle feed for the time spent there. They were able to push through and are now going on 7 months strong! 


Stefanie and her son Baby C.  Stefanie struggled with unexplained drop of breastmilk supply with all three of her breastfeeding journeys. After trying everything (and I do mean everything) she could, Baby C self weaned at 9 months old. Making Baby C her longest breastfeeding journey partner.


 Danielle and her daughter Baby C. Danielle was told her breasts were “too small” to exclusively breastfeed by a hospital Lactation Consultant. When her daughter reached her 2 week growth spurt, Danielle began exclusively pumping which dropped her supply. Two months later, after an almost non existent breastmilk supply an awesome Lactation Consultant helped build her supply back up through a hospital grade breastpump and some Fenugreek. They are 16 months strong into their breastfeeding journey (breastpump free!) 

 Tami and her daughter Baby G. The most seasoned Mummie of our group, Tami has been there and done that! With 6 children ranging from 19 months to 22 years old (all breastfed) she sure knows the ropes and truly embraced each of her breastfeeding journeys. Tami is currently rocking her 7th journey. 

 Mallory and her daughter Baby H. Mallory is the youngest Mummie in our book, which is a journey all by itself. She has smashed all the stereotypes about young mummies and is a role model for every young mummie out there! Baby H and Mallory are enjoying their journey together with GREAT support from her family! 

 And of course you have me and my previous Nummie Lover J and my current Nummie Lover K. Baby J battled silent reflux, poor weight gain, and a rough first 6 months into her first breastfeeding journey, while I suffered a breastmilk imbalance and an insulting breastpump (who called me names!) But we choose not to give up, despite suggestions and advice from others. We had to, unexpectedly, end our breastfeeding journey at 11 months due to a high risk pregnancy. My second breastfeeding journey (Baby K) is going on 34 months and we are choosing to let Baby K choose the path. 
My hope is that every Mummie knows that breastfeeding is not always “textbook” and should never be judged by another’s journey. Your journey may be very different than the next Mummie... but that is NORMAL and FINE! Your Breastfeeding Journey is YOURS! And you should ROCK IT with all you got! And because each breastfeeding journey is unique... there is a little something special for each Mummie in the back of the book. A little somethin’ somethin’ to help you ROCK YOUR JOURNEY

~Mummie

Monday, September 10, 2012

Shaky ground

Support is an important key in reaching your breastfeeding goals and support can be a determining factor in your breastfeeding journey. But support in breastfeeding is not the only goal here at Mummie's Nummies. Non-judgmental is the heart of Mummie's Nummies. This not only involves breastfeeding-- but in life, love and daily struggles as well. In no way does Mummie's Nummies support negative comments, perpetual jabs or judgmental actions toward any of our Mummies.

At the core of us all is a loving heart-- a want to support each other in how ever is needed. May it be a cyber hug, words of encouragement or even a simple :-). Because we have all been been there or we see yourselves in each other. Everyone has the need to vent-- to get something out of their heart, it is a natural human need. It helps us from exploding. To release a personal experience or a vent about family or friends is always welcome. In most cases all that is expected is an understanding hug. But what is not welcomed is when this vent or negative experience/comments is about someone within the Mummie's Nummies breastfeeding circle.

I created Mummie's Nummies so that other Mummies would have a place to go to. A place that is full of support and non-judgmental hearts. Everyone has their own opinions, that is what makes each of us unique and amazing. I would never ask anyone to hide or suppress their opinions, when their opinion is requested.

However, when an opinion has crossed a line, has gone against what Mummie's Nummies is based upon and is directed toward ANY fellow Mummie... I must step in. All of my Mummies are special to me and ALL hold a special place in my heart. The love I have for ALL of my Mummies is similar to the love a Mummie has towards her children. You do not love one child more than the other, nor do you favor one child over the other. You do what is best for ALL of your children and you try to do what is fair. That is what I am trying to do.

No, not everyone will get along. There will be disagreements and some heated topics will be discussed. It is how people handle these disagreements and heated topics that sets Mummie's Nummies apart from other parenting groups. There is a time and place for all disagreements...... But to bring negative thoughts/vibes/comments and "drama" into Mummie's Nummies goes against everything I have created and worked so hard on.

Mummie's Nummies is a place of support and NON-judgment. Will there be times you disagree and find yourself getting away from what Mummie's Nummies stands for? Perhaps... But I hope it will not be brought into the circle of Mummie's Nummies.

Yesterday my heart was sad. My wishes were not taken seriously, my actions were questioned, my heart was questioned and the ground of Mummie's Nummies was shaken. I was forced to take action, action that I have never had to do and told myself I would never do. I have never wanted to "silence" a comment or a thread.... but I will always put Mummie's Nummies first. For the first time in two years... with MUCH thought.... I had to do just that.

Mummie's Nummies is not the place to be negative toward each other. If you feel the need to do so.... you must take it else where. Please remember Mummie's Nummies is my baby...... and I will do all I have to in order to protect my baby. Think of me as the super mom who lifts the 6,000 pound mini van off her child.

Today is a new day.... a cloudless day with plenty of sunshine!  Let us remember what we are all here for: Our Nummie Lovers, US, and the circle of support that is oh so important.

~Mummie

Friday, September 7, 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."

The other day, Kit Kat asked to "eat your nummies".... when I realized she could not be distracted.... I said "okay... sure." The next thing I know, Pooker is laying on my shoulder saying "awwww... KK! Is Mummie's Nummies yummy?" Kit Kat responded with a mouth full "Mmmmm Mmmmmm." BWAAAHAAAHAAA. Here is the foto I took just after this conversation!

She is now down to 1-2 times a week of enjoying her Nummies. Child Lead Weaning is a process... and I am happy to be along for the ride!


~Mummie