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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New SIDS information

2 11 2006

There is a new study linking sids to a brain deformity and not the way your child sleeps.

CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) — In a small study with big implications, researchers found some of the strongest evidence yet that sudden infant death syndrome — a medical and sometimes legal mystery once known as crib death — may be caused by brain stem abnormalities.

The finding “takes the mystery away from SIDS,” said Marian Willinger, a SIDS researcher at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, which funded the study. “It should take the guilt away from any parent who has lost a baby because they always wonder, `What did I do wrong?’ Now, they need to really understand, `My baby had a disease.”‘

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Clearing a stuffy nose

30 10 2006

Here is some great information about clearing your babies stuffy nose….

Does your baby have a stuffy nose? Learn how to help ease your little one’s discomfort, and soon everyone will be breathing easier!

It’s no fun when babies have bad colds and suffer from congestion. Because their nasal passages are so small, it doesn’t take much swelling and mucus to cause stuffy noses. Too little to blow their own noses, babies rely on your to help ease their discomfort.

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What is your parenting style?

24 10 2006

I was searching to find out what other types of parenting styles work for other parents and I can acroos a few articles that I thought that might interest you….Take a look and enjoy!

What is attachment parenting? The term, “attachment parenting”, was conceived by pediatrician William Sears and his wife Martha, to describe a highly responsive, attentive style of caring for a child. Attachment parenting promotes physical and emotional closeness between parent and child through what the Sears refer to as the “Baby Bs.” The Baby Bs are bonding, breastfeeding, babywearing, bedsharing and boundary building.

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Four Parenting Styles

Indulgent parents (also referred to as “permissive” or “nondirective”) “are more responsive than they are demanding. They are nontraditional and lenient, do not require mature behavior, allow considerable self-regulation, and avoid confrontation” (Baumrind, 1991, p. 62). Indulgent parents may be further divided into two types: democratic parents, who, though lenient, are more conscientious, engaged, and committed to the child, and nondirective parents.

Authoritarian parents are highly demanding and directive, but not responsive. “They are obedience- and status-oriented, and expect their orders to be obeyed without explanation” (Baumrind, 1991, p. 62). These parents provide well-ordered and structured environments with clearly stated rules. Authoritarian parents can be divided into two types: nonauthoritarian-directive, who are directive, but not intrusive or autocratic in their use of power, and authoritarian-directive, who are highly intrusive.

Authoritative parents are both demanding and responsive. “They monitor and impart clear standards for their children’s conduct. They are assertive, but not intrusive and restrictive. Their disciplinary methods are supportive, rather than punitive. They want their children to be assertive as well as socially responsible, and self-regulated as well as cooperative” (Baumrind, 1991, p. 62).

Uninvolved parents are low in both responsiveness and demandingness. In extreme cases, this parenting style might encompass both rejecting–neglecting and neglectful parents, although most parents of this type fall within the normal range.

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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….





Survival Tips For New Parents

20 10 2006

Here is some information if you are a new mom….It doesn’t matter if this is your first or 3rd baby…please keep in mind that not all information works and only do what YOU feel is right for you and your baby/family….

Deciding to become a parent is, for most of us, the most important decision of our entire lifetime! It’s not just saying to the world, “We’ve decided to start a family,” or “We have a new baby,” it represents a major lifestyle change that requires a high degree of preparation and understanding on the part of both individuals.

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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.