12 1 / 2014

My IBCLC instructor today asked me why this patient had insufficient milk supply. I checked everything: no hypoplastic breasts, no history of diabetes, no thyroid problems, no weight problems, no PCOS, definitely no fertility issues, no stress (besides from having “no milk”), no birth control usage but considering progesterone only methods, had 3 previous children and exclusively breastfed them for only 1 month before supply went down, mom pumped at least 6 times a day, no diet concerns that may decrease supply, no family history of milk supply issues, and mom had a VBAC for this pregnancy….freaked me out for a bit, but then the IBCLC, OBGYN, and peds didn’t know why either. phew…

Sometimes, we just don’t know why. All we can do is try a care plan and see what works. Everyone is different.

12 1 / 2014

journeyindminor:

Saying that breastfeeding is natural and beautiful is one thing. Saying it’s better than formula feeding, that using a bottle or shield is wrong- that’s entirely another thing.

Most of us are educated on our feeding choice. We go one way, another, or both ways. What is wrong is that there is so…

12 1 / 2014

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12 1 / 2014

glitterygothmummy:

Poppy latched beautifully! She even brought up some milk as she guzzled which is new! please milk come in more………

12 1 / 2014

sometimesthemightyfall:

Ultimate excuse to avoid company.

12 1 / 2014

mommaandbaby:

A lactation consultant is a health care professional who is knowledgeable, skilled, and experienced in lactation (breastfeeding). The lactation consultant’s primary focus is to provide education, assistance and support to breastfeeding women.

Breastfeeding has proven benefits for mothers and…

>.< this board exam is gonna cost so much! Why does getting a license to help someone so expensive????

12 1 / 2014

lovesexandparenting:

Ivan’s still 8 months but when I plan on going back to school he’ll be 16ish. I’ve been stressing myself out with anxiety over pumping but I just remembered that a 16 month old can eat much more solids than an 8 month old. I mean, we’re not talking newborn anymore.

It’s not going to be for a…

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12 1 / 2014

mommasharkxtwo:

Hayden bites every chance she can. The worst is when she bites Liam the moment I turn my head or use the bathroom etc. She even pretends to give you a kiss an bites you.

She’s 16 months, so she only understands ‘we don’t bite’ every once in a while but ugh. I’m so sick of it.

Liam has been…

12 1 / 2014

"If they are hungry, mothers, feed them, without thinking twice. Because they are the most important people here."

Pope Francis, giving the thumbs up to breastfeeding in the Sistine Chapel during his sermonette.  (via fcb4)

12 1 / 2014

parenthoodchronicles:

I have seen a few posts by other mamas arguing over whether research or instinct is best for raising our babies. I could see both sides of the argument but didn’t comment at first because it seemed to spark a war on either side. I was emailed personally and asked my opinion.

I believe parenting…

12 1 / 2014

elsieescobar:

I watched the documentary @Blackfishmovie last night. I was blown away by the deep relationship of killer whales with their community and culture, but most of all of the powerful bond between mother and offspring.
Key insights: The offspring stay with their Mom their whole life &amp; they have a special part of their brain just to process emotion!
Of course the scenes within the documentary where the babies are taken from their Mamas and the reaction of the Mamas was heart wrenching for me. It was so painful to watch.
My mind cannot wrap itself around that.
Although the cruelty to animals in captivity is quite an unavoidable theme, there was something else that was bigger: the psychological effects of acts against nature have on living beings.
LIVING BEINGS…any living being whose innate nature is not nurtured, loved, guided and supported physically, psychologically and spiritually will have a greater probability of behaving in an aggressive and perhaps violent way, OR enhance a part of their nature that might cause harm to other living beings.
Being physically close to both of my girls and navigating the intimacy of extended nursing is something that I wouldn’t change for anything - not even if someone magically offered me the magic pill to get back all my lost sleep in exchange for choosing not to nurse. I would make the same choices I’ve made chose again and again.
I don’t know what kind of effect this physical closeness will have on our relationship as the girls grow, as they are their own unique little beings, all I know is that I feel so blessed to have the gift of cuddles and snuggling for extended periods daily.
I’m so grateful that I was able to come home from my trip and provide Mae with comfort via my body and help her way back to being my vibrant little toddler.
And I’m super grateful for these beautiful images taken by my friend Jennifer Stein as I shared the last fleeting moments of Mae having nummies, not only for me but for her when she grows…
You can watch #Blackfish on Netflix or check out more info here http://blackfishmovie.com/.
#nursing #breastfeeding #bonding #love #sacred #thespacein

elsieescobar:

I watched the documentary @Blackfishmovie last night. I was blown away by the deep relationship of killer whales with their community and culture, but most of all of the powerful bond between mother and offspring.

Key insights: The offspring stay with their Mom their whole life & they have a special part of their brain just to process emotion!

Of course the scenes within the documentary where the babies are taken from their Mamas and the reaction of the Mamas was heart wrenching for me. It was so painful to watch.

My mind cannot wrap itself around that.

Although the cruelty to animals in captivity is quite an unavoidable theme, there was something else that was bigger: the psychological effects of acts against nature have on living beings.

LIVING BEINGS…any living being whose innate nature is not nurtured, loved, guided and supported physically, psychologically and spiritually will have a greater probability of behaving in an aggressive and perhaps violent way, OR enhance a part of their nature that might cause harm to other living beings.

Being physically close to both of my girls and navigating the intimacy of extended nursing is something that I wouldn’t change for anything - not even if someone magically offered me the magic pill to get back all my lost sleep in exchange for choosing not to nurse. I would make the same choices I’ve made chose again and again.

I don’t know what kind of effect this physical closeness will have on our relationship as the girls grow, as they are their own unique little beings, all I know is that I feel so blessed to have the gift of cuddles and snuggling for extended periods daily.

I’m so grateful that I was able to come home from my trip and provide Mae with comfort via my body and help her way back to being my vibrant little toddler.

And I’m super grateful for these beautiful images taken by my friend Jennifer Stein as I shared the last fleeting moments of Mae having nummies, not only for me but for her when she grows…

You can watch #Blackfish on Netflix or check out more info here http://blackfishmovie.com/.

#nursing #breastfeeding #bonding #love #sacred #thespacein

12 1 / 2014

and not a care was given

12 1 / 2014

wyattlylesmama:

I feel judged by so many people I know because I nurse Wyatt in public. Um, he’s hungry! I even use a cover, so what the heck?! No one ever says anything mean to me, but just the way they talk about it is like it’s so wrong. Ugh, whatever.

20 11 / 2013

keepingupwiththesenchaks:

This makes me feel a little better.

This article does sound a little harsh, but it is a viewpoint of one mother. The comments section is scary to look at….

This is how I look at it: We all try to do the best we can with the knowledge and tools that we have and that we make our own informed decisions and others should respect that and not make judgements only on that. I mean I was bottle/formula fed and I’m not bashing at my mom for “making me what I am or do today.”I’m sure if you care and love your kids, they’ll look at the more important stuff and appreciate all the things you’ve done, whether it be you having breastfed them or not, as long as you helped them with their education, put food on the table, and a roof over their heads.

I’m sure even if they invent a ray gun that magically causes women to lactate, not everyone is going to want to use it.

20 11 / 2013

ravingliberal:

Another thing I love about SOA: the casual treatment of breastfeeding. It’s not an issue, it’s mentioned in the most off-handed manner, it’s presented as normal. There’s no particular reason thus far in the narrative for Tara to be nursing bb Thomas, so Gemma saying to him, as she pulls out the…