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This one was taken by Brittany…the mom who helped me organize. I will have my photos up later. Thi sisthe only one of me though ๐Ÿ™‚

I posted comments regarding this thread and this thread over at Feministing. Interesting.

Also, Hathor has a new strip out about feeding our children naturally and in public. She also posted a comment on the Feministing post about the Nurse-Ins

More later…it was a success though!! YAY!

ETA: WOW my jeans are getting to be too big! I am enjoying that!

My breasts are fuller than normal. There is extra milk and Zoe is drowning when she latches on. I cry when she latches on-not because it hurts, because, let’s face it, I am a nursing pro by now; but because there is no extra babe to take in the milk meant to feed him.

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Go here to find out what you are worth, then read up on how Motherhood-or being an unpaid caregiver in general-is a huge risk to becoming impoverished in our country.

*Results are your weekly worth. Obviously to find your annual worth multiply by 52. Maybe subtract a week for vacation time…or not as most vacations are going to be family vacations-no? So you are still on the job.

I got this on a list I am on. It is from Compleat Mother. I give you….

The Obstetrician Song

Enjoy!

World Health Organization and all the info they have on breastfeeding. LOTS of great things on this page and it’s NOT JUST ABOUT BABIES AND TODDLERS IN THIRD WORLD PARTS OF AFRICA! (pssst…..that’s why they are called the WORLD Health Organization, not the AFRICA Health Organization.)

From the site:

“Q: Up to what age can a baby stay well nourished by just being breastfed?

A: Infants should be exclusively breastfed โ€“ i.e. receive only breast milk โ€“ for the first six months of life to achieve optimal growth, development and health. “Exclusive breastfeeding” is defined as giving no other food or drink โ€“ not even water โ€“ except breast milk. It does, however, allow the infant to receive drops and syrups (vitamins, minerals and medicines). Breast milk is the ideal food for the healthy growth and development of infants; breastfeeding is also an integral part of the reproductive process with important implications for the health of mothers.

WHO recommends that infants start receiving complementary foods at six months (180 days) of age in addition to breast milk. Complementary foods should be given 2โ€“3 times a day between 6โ€“8 months, increasing to three times a day between 9โ€“11 months with one nutritious snack. Between 12โ€“24 months of age, three meals should be given and two additional nutritious snacks can be offered between meals, as desired. These foods should be adequate, meaning that they provide sufficient energy, protein and micronutrients to meet a growing child’s nutritional needs. Foods should be prepared and given in a safe manner to minimize the risk of contamination. Feeding young infants requires active care and stimulation to encourage the child to eat.

The transition from exclusive breastfeeding to full use of family foods is a very vulnerable period. It is the time when many infants become malnourished, contributing significantly to the high prevalence of malnutrition in children under five years of age worldwide. It is essential therefore that infants receive appropriate, adequate and safe complementary foods to ensure the right transition from the breastfeeding period to the full use of family foods.”

I really hate the old wives tale about giving babies younger than 6 months a bottle of really watery formula and rice mixture so they will sleep. Rice turns to sugar. Why would you feed that to a baby you are trying to help to sleep. Further more, ‘sleep-training’? I’ll have something on that soon I am sure, as we are a bedsharing family and sleep is a need not a habit. That’s all I will say about that for now.

There is zero reason a baby younger than 6 months needs anything other than human milk. Sure,Mama, you might be excited to see your babe eat solids for the first time, but trust me, HECK, trust WHO, your baby can wait and so can you. Cherish how little they are. Babies don’t keep. Stop rushing and just cherish. Cherish each moment you have your baby at your breast. They will thank you for it with or without words.

Please watch this. It is absolutley amazing. Babies have the instinct to nurse and know what to do without help. This reaffirms my opinions about formula feeding-ESPECIALLY out of convenience. that may sound cold and judgemental and maybe a little callous (keep in mind I KNOW there are wimmin who CANNOT nurse their babes for very specific reasons regarding health or supply) those who do not and think its because they couldn’t-I firmly believe they did not do it long enough to know. There in no reason every child shouldn’t have breastmilk either from their mother or from a milk bank.
Oh and KUDOS to KYC on the formula from the hospital ban!

There is a great sound bit about HIV and Breastfeeding over on NPR. Go Listen. It’s quite interesting!

La Leche League

Ask Dr. Sears

Breastfeeding

CDC

Nurse Here Now

The Lactivistย 

and for a little funny in your nourishing and activism:

HATHOR!

Article

“The WHO also says feeding colostrum in the first hour increases the likelihood babies will continue to be breastfed which gives them a head start in the “race against malnutrition”. There are 170 million underweight children in the world and 3 million of them die every year.

Colostrum is a sticky yellow-white substance yielded by the mother’s breast soon after birth. It is rich in antibodies and essential nutrients. Yet, in many cultures, ignorant of its health benefits, the custom is to throw it away. Giving newborns water or other liquids denies them a “good start in life” says the WHO, referring to the WHO Child Growth Standards and how babies fed colostrum within the first hour of being born measure up well against the standards.

Breastfeeding in the first hour or so after birth also confers benefits to the mother, such as improved lactation and less loss of blood. ”

Granted, some babies are just content and not wanting to nurse after birth, but giving them that first bit of liquid gold, colostrum, is vital…especially in countries where wimmin are often told to throw away their colostrum and wait for the milk to come in…or to not nurse at all under the lie that formula feeding is superior.