Donate Your Breast Milk

25 01 2007

 

I have always wondered that if I had an extra supply of breast milk, if I can donate it. You can and it’s easy to do..

 

 

What do you think about donating your breast milk if you have extra? Would you do it to help the Mothers who don’t? It sounds like a great idea…

 

Do you, for one reason or another, have more breast milk than your baby needs? Great. Donate it to babies who aren’t so lucky. From Time:

 

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Epidurals May Affect Breast Feeding

21 01 2007

I breast feed and have had 3 epi’s and I have never had a problem with breast feeding my children. I guess it happens in certain women.

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Breastfeeding Supplements: How to Wean Your Baby Off

9 12 2006

It has been 8 months and counting since I have been breastfeeding my daughter. I am very proud of myself for that! I continue to nurse her until she is a year or maybe a little longer. When it comes down to weaning, I hope the process is a smooth one. Here is an article I found about trying to wean formula out of the breastfeeding diet. I am not against formula in any way, but if you had to supplement, this is a good article to read.

If you have had significant breastfeeding problems — this can include difficulty getting the baby to latch or breastfeed effectively or severely sore nipples, as well as having a slow gaining baby or a baby that, when a preemie, was given bottles — you might find yourself in a situation where you are both breastfeeding and supplementing with bottles of expressed breast milk or formula. For many mothers, this falls short of their original goal to exclusively breastfeed in order to provide the optimum nutrition and immune system boost that direct breastfeeding affords. If you are currently providing breastfeeding supplements to your baby and would like to work toward your goal to breastfeed, it’s encouraging to know that it’s entirely possible to achieve.

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Breast-feeding: What every mom needs to know

24 11 2006

As a breast-feeding mom, I feel this article I found is very important. I hope it gives all breast-feeding moms some answers…

You know the benefits of breast-feeding. Breast milk contains the right balance of nutrients for your baby. It’s easier to digest than commercial formula, and the antibodies in breast milk will boost your baby’s immune system. Breast-feeding may even help you lose weight after the baby is born.

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Woman kicked off plane for breast-feeding

15 11 2006

BURLINGTON, Vt. – A woman who claims she was kicked off an airplane because she was breast-feeding her baby has filed a complaint against two airlines, her attorney said.

When is it a crime to feed your child? Bottle or breast…it doesn’t matter. A mother should be able to feed her child no matter the age or whether or not she breast or bottle feeds. Shame on Delta Airlines! If I fly in the future, I surely will not be flying Delta…I am a mother who breast-fed all her children. I am currently nursing my 7 month old daughter. If anyone ever told me that I couldn’t nurse my baby, they would be getting an earful. The will be no way that I would accept a blanket that has been tossed back and forth from passenger to passenger to cover my child. Gross….Hello….GERMS!!! Not to mention that when you put a blanket over your baby’s head to nurse, it gets pretty hot. Would you like to eat with a blanket over your head? I don’t think so.

Anyways, the link to the article is below. Feel free to comment. I would love to hear all sides. No foul language please.

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‘Big Breastfeed’ demo

26 10 2006

One hundred young mothers gathered to breastfeed their babies in central Paris afternoon to campaign against the taboo on nursing in public.

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Today’s Free Finding – Baby Book

24 10 2006

I am going to be starting to post free findings that I find daily. If there is a free finding that you would like to share, please post it here. No spam please…The offers have to be truely legit….

Here is a free baby book offer….
I received my book about a month ago….It has a lot of great information…Just wanted to share today’s free finding….

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Separation Anxiety

23 10 2006


My daughter is 6 months old now and she is finally having separation anxiety. Mornings are hard because I have to nurse her, try to pump so she will have extra milk, get ready for work, and get my other child ready for school. All she wants is mommy and if she doesn’t have mommy she will cry. There has been a couple of days where I had to stay home from work or leave early from work due to her needing her mommy. Mind you, I worl 50 miles away so it’s not like I can be home in a few minutes. It takes me an hour without traffic.

So, what can I do is the question to let her know that mommy will be back and I am not leaving her forever? Daddy calms her down until my 14 year old daughter gets home from school and she seems to do well with my older daughter cause she is a girl and we look like twins….

If you are a parent of a young baby and are going through the same thing, I would like to hear what your techniques are….

Listed below is an article I found on
Separation Anxiety….





How long is too long…..

5 10 2006

Do you think that breastfeeding for a year is too long? How about over a year? I breastfed my son for over a year and he is hardly ever sick…I am now breastfeeding my daughter only for a year. This is my opinion and views about this.

Mother’s milk is healthy and very beneficial. I do not see any timeline on how long you breastfeed, but if the child is like 2 and older, that just concerns me. The child at that age knows what breasts are and I just wouldn’t feel comfortable nursing a toddler. I am all for breastfeeding….just not into the toddler years…

What do YOU think? I would love for you to share your opinions and views on this subject.

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Dads can “Breastfeed” too!

22 09 2006

If you’ve read the rest of this website, you know just how important I feel breastfeeding is for both mother and child, but what about the father?  Did you know fathers can breastfeed as well?

Women and men have exactly the same physical apparatus for making milk, it’s just that the mother’s milk glands might be slightly larger.  Women often ask me, “Can I make enough milk for my baby if I have small breasts?”  They think that size has something to do with production.  But I am happy to be able to tell women that the amount of milk they produce has to do with how much the baby sucks at the breast, not with size.  This goes for the man as well.

When a baby suckles at the breast, hormones are produced which cause milk production to increase.  The more the baby sucks, the more milk is made.  Your body responds to what the baby needs.  If the baby steps up the amount of time it is spending at the breast, the body figures the baby is growing and needs more milk, so it makes more.  As simple as that.  All a man has to do to get his breasts to produce milk is to let the baby suck at them.

Pregnancy is not a pre-requisite for making milk.  Many women who adopt babies have a desire to breastfeed them and are successful in creating milk by this simple method of letting the baby suck.  If a woman who has not been pregnant can get her breasts to make milk, so can a man.

Why would he want to?  many people ask.  Well, the primary reason that men have desired this is because of expediency.   In ancient times, before there was formula, a woman breastfed her baby, or if the woman died, a wet nurse was found to suckle the child until it was grown.  But what if a man and his wife were on a journey and the wife died, out in the middle of no where – how would the child survive?  There have been recorded historical accounts of the man simply picking up where the wife left off, and with great success.

On November 1, 2002 a news story was published about a man in Sri Lanka, Mr. B. Wijeratne,  who began breastfeeding his daughter after the death of his wife.   He tried to feed the baby powdered milk, but the baby would not accept it.  In desperation he simply put his daughter to his own breast, and she began to nurse.  This article can be accessed at the following website:  http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_700634.html”>http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_700634.html

David Livingstone, the traveler and explorer, notes an instance in Scotland of the male breast yielding milk.  In this particular circumstance, a man’s wife had been put to death, and in his extreme desperation the man put his son to his breast.  To his surprise, the man found that his breast produced the needed milk (1).

Why do people feel this is so unusual?  It has been done since ancient times.  Even the Bible speaks of it:

Numbers 11:12  “Have I conceived all this people? have I begotten them, that thou shouldest say unto me, Carry them in thy bosom, as a nursing father beareth the sucking child, unto the land which thou swarest unto their fathers?”

Obviously, a nursing father is a sight that must have been at least occasionally seen during those times or else there would have been no point to the metaphor Moses was trying to construct.

Isaiah 49:23  “And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.”

Sharing the breastfeeding of a child is a wonderful way for mother, father and child to nurture their shared relationship.  According to the above passage, it was good enough for kings and queens.  When a woman exclusively breastfeeds a child, often the father will feel left out, and begin to resent the close relationship of the mother and baby.   Even when a father does not participate in the actual breastfeeding act, he is still very important to the breastfeeding relationship.  A woman cannot properly enjoy and nurture her child if she feels the father is resentful of the time and attention she gives the baby.

Fathers, when you bring a child into this world, you agree to put that child’s needs first above your own.  That means one of two things.  You can allow your wife to breastfeed and nurture the child without any reservations, recognizing that the meeting of your child’s needs in a sensitive and timely manner is privotal to his or her normal emotional development.  Or, you can share the breastfeeding and nurturing responsibilities with your wife, and give your child the benefit of both a male and female attachment role model.

In either case, I hope men breastfeeding will catch on all over again.  It has taken some time for breastfeeding to once again attain a favored status among mothers, and it seems our society is still a bit backward about the acceptance of women nursing in public.  Even in their own homes, some women feel it necessary to cover up when nursing.  Perhaps when courageous men and women begin to step out of the darkness and nurse in the light of day for all to see, it will finally, once and for all become the preferred infant feeding solution, and not something we need cover up by hiding behinds privacy drapes and in public restrooms.

Here’s one more verse:  “One dieth in his full strength, being wholly at ease and quiet.  His breasts are full of milk, and his bones are moistened with marrow” (Job 21:24).  In this verse, breasts full of milk signify good health and full strength.  Men, how is YOUR strength?
 
 

References:

1.   Livingstone, David.  (1858).  Travels and Researches in South Africa.  New York:  Harper Row, p. 141.