LUVS new breastfeeding commercial.

Breastfeeding in public can be a bit awkward for some women. Some women hide behind a blanket, some are discrete with their clothing covering the breast a bit and others pull it right out. I was in the middle.

Love it. Thank you LUV even though I would stay away from plastic diapers as best I could. I saw two women this week awkwardly hiding behind a blanket. I wanted to shout “Freedom for the breast” but am sure they would think me a lune. I had four kids and never hid but the one time I visited a friend in jail. It was a bit tricky and tense. I think baby’s pick up on the mothers tension. I pulled my shirt up most the time so it was a sort of natural mini blanket. Make sure the bra isn’t compressing the breast as it can restrict the flow of milk and create a possible breast infection.

So what about you, what do you thing about this new commercial from LUVS?

Baby Explains- Normal Newborn Behavior

Is something wrong with your new baby or is this normal newborn behavior? A letter from a new baby, whats normal.

via Baby Explains- Normal Newborn Behavior.

By Diana Cassar-Uhl, IBCLC 

Dear Mommy,

Thank you so much for breastfeeding me!  You probably already know that your milk is designed especially for me, and is better than anything else you could feed me.

I know that right now, you feel like your friends who aren’t breastfeeding their babies seem to have an easier time of things.  Those other babies sleep soundly and longer between feedings, they drink so much, and they don’t fuss to eat all the time like I do!  I can tell you’re getting a little bit frustrated, and I hear all the advice you’re getting … my grandma says you weren’t breastfed and you turned out just fine, my daddy says he feels like he can’t do anything to soothe me, and that lady with the cold hands that you call “doctor” gave you a can of something that she says will help me grow faster.  You’re tired and frustrated because taking care of me just seems too hard, but please mommy, before you give up this yummy breastfeeding thing, let me explain some of my behavior to you.  It might help you feel better.

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Getting your child to eat healthy

When my 29 year old was a baby he had no desire to eat until 9 months old. His first food was avocado, a sort of fruit/veggie. We added peas, carrots, then fruit. As he grew up into his three’s and fours, we added sprout balls (sprouts rolled up into nutritional yeast) and tofu cubes along with lots of other healthy foods. I could eat ice cream in front of him and he wouldn’t even beg it because he didn’t know what it was, he had never had it. (I, on the other hand was feed it every other nights as a child). To this day he eats very healthy.

The point is we ate really good therefore my kids would eat really good, junk food wasn’t an options as it didn’t exist in their minds. You can’t miss what you don’t know.

Babymoon Parenting blog has a post called “It’s not you…it’s me?” Article by Kelly Spec, Registered Dietitian – Spectrum Nutrition
Instructor at Babymoon Parenting in Vancover , BC. I just had to repost her—of course with her permission.

This is such basic, smart, common sense stuff but time and time again I am amazed how many parents don’t get it. Thanks for the reminder to all parents. I wish this article was mandatory reading before someone has their first child. I have such a long list of mandatory reading for 1st time parents.

Is your toddler a ‘picky eater’?  Or not eating at all?  The biggest mistake I see parents make is thinking their child’s picky eating is just the child’s personality when in fact, the issue usually stems from how the parents are feeding their toddlers.

{to read middle of article click here at Babymoon}

If parents do their job of providing a variety of foods at predictable times, in a predictable setting, toddlers can do their job of eating.  Children will not starve themselves (thank goodness this is an innate quality we are all born with!) but they do need their parent’s trust to do their job of eating.

Breastfeeding- all the facts!

Want some breastfeeding facts?

Green Med Info is a website that gathers info/facts, so when you are searching for a subject you can go to there site and find what you are looking for.

This is just one example of their many research items.

Pubmed Data : J Pediatr. 2001 Aug;139(2):261-6. PMID: 11487754
Article Published Date : Aug 01, 2001
Study Type : Human Study
Visit GreenMedInfo to find the fact behind the feeling or question. Tell them gypsychild sent you.

Greenmedinfo: Infant Formula

Greenmedinfo: place to go for complete picture on what is in your food and what that can do or possibly do to your body.

This web page has all the studies you would need to really decide for yourself if you want to consume something or have a family member consume it.

Check out this article on infant formula.

Mead Johnson is a major manufacturer of infant formula both domestically and globally with its flagship product being Enfamil.

Why is infant formula associated with increased morbidity and mortality? We believe that many of the ingredients in these products are not always biologically appropriate, and due to the fact that many are byproducts of the mining and chemical industries, may act as endocrine disruptors or metabolic poisons. For example, vitamin A acetate is produced through “total chemical synthesis” through a petrochemically dependent process. It has been linked to birth defects, and so may be very different from the type of vitamin A (e.g. retinol) found in natural carotenoids like beta-carotene (technically two linked retinol molecules).

 

 

Cloth Diapers

Four babies later and the youngest in her teens; would I use cloth diapers if I had it all to do again?

Definitely!

You might be thinking, “Oh, she used cloth diapers because she mothered her children in a different time.”

Let me tell you that I was out numbered even then.

It was very unusual to see another mother using cloth diapers. When I lived in Key West, there was a large alternative community there. I had strong support there. But when I went for a visit back home I was the only one using them. It really did not phase me because I couldn’t imagine using any thing else.

It was so easy using cloth diapers.

I loved the softness I was putting next to my child at every diaper change.

The hard plastic tape on plastic diapers (now I think some use the soft tape), would sometimes end up wiggling next to the babies hips and leave red marks.

The thought of me adding all that plastic to the landfill; I just couldn’t do it. It was a rare moment that my child had a plastic diaper on.

both in cloth, Key West. Jeremy and Simon

both in cloth, Key West. Jeremy and Simon

 

Jeremy 1 week old; wrong way to put on a diaper

Jeremy 1 week old; wrong way to put on a diaper

I remember the first diaper change. Bob changed all the diapers for the first two weeks. We hadn’t planned it that way and to this day I have no idea how it happened. He did the first change and I just said how well he did it and he kept doing it.

He didn’t do it the best way but it worked. I think the midwife showed him how to do it properly on the third day. The pictures are so cute.

The correct way to put on a cloth diaper

pic from wikimedia–the fastest way to put on a diaper

When our first was two months old we headed out of Key West for the long trip up North. This was a yearly pilgrimage as it was just too hot in the Keys in the summer.

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Still thinking about the movie “Babies”

Ponijao lives in Namibia with her family, including her parents and eight older brothers and sisters. Ponijao’s family is part of the Himba tribe, and lives in a small village with other families.

Mari lives with her mother and father in Shibuya, a busy metropolitan area within Tokyo, at the center of all of the city’s noise and excitement. Mari is an only child and lives a contemporary urban lifestyle.

Born in Mongolia, Bayarjargal, usually called “Bayar” for short, lives with his mother, father, and older brother Delgerjargal (“Degi”) on their small family farm.

Hattie lives in San Francisco, born to very ecological, “green” parents.  Both of Hattie’s parents are equally involved in her day-to-day life, fixing her meals, taking her to play groups, and spending time with her around the house.

What am I talking about?

Why “Babies” of course.

Breastmilk squirted on the babies face to wash the eyes.
A mother licking the babies face then spiting sharply.
A jacuzzi with mother and baby. Baby is not happy.
A river to play in.
A metal bath tub to sit in while a goat drinks from it.

These are all scenes you get to be a part of for a breif hour and 20 minutes.

Some of you might say yuk or gross. I say you need to see the film to understand how it is not gross. In fact is is very amusing.

For me, I would love it to just keep going and going.  I’m looking foward to the DVD with all the extras.

Here’s my take on the above.

Breastmilk has antibiotic properties that helps get rid of infection and also help prevent infection in the first place.

All animals clean their babies by licking them. It is the most natural thing. It is not uncommon in most cultures for a parent to suck out the mucus from an infants nose and spit it out when they are sick. I have been told this from some people I know that lived in Jamaica and other Islands. I know, Yuk you say. But this is normal for them.

My babies bath tub in St John was a metal tub we bought from the hardware store. You see people wash their laundry in them. The tub would sit on the deck and they would bathe outside in the fresh warm air.

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Breastfeeding vs Formula Feeding

I believe in Breastfeeding. I also believe in free will: free will to decide what you want to do. There is a lot of wrong information out there about breastfeeding. Grandmothers, neighbors, friends, and most importantly, your doctor are dishing it out. Yes, your doctor is giving out the wrong info. I am not saying everyone is wrong. I am saying some are and it is up to you to seek the right information from reliable sources. Doctors have very little training in breastfeeding.

La Leache League is the best source.

If you want to Formula Feed after you get correct information, then I respect your decision. But I must say, I have heard the most off-the-wall stories as to why they could not breastfeed.

The most common is, “I pumped and only got a small amount of milk so I started to give them formula and they finally slept thru the night.”

Here’s the truth to this. A pump is very inaccurate in telling you how much milk you make. It can never replicate the suckling of a baby on the breast. Babies nurse as often for comfort as much as for food. Formula is hard to digest making a baby sluggish and more likely to sleep.

So I challenge you to read up.

Look for my post coming out soon about the most common misinformation on breastfeeding out there.

I first posted this in Baby Spot

St John Baby Chickens with their mother

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St John baby chicks

free roam

Free Roaming Chickens

mother chick

Mother, trash, babies

Children are fascinated with chickens roaming around everywhere. It’s a special treat when they have new baby chicks to watch also.
Almost everywhere you go, there are baby and mama chicks. There are free roaming chickens everywhere; in town, out country. Unfortunately these chicks ran into trash left out side reckless.
The chickens don’t care, they find food everywhere they go: trash, bugs, seeds.

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A true mother

                                                         Mother Love!

St John, Virgin Islands. This was an ongoing site there; A cow nursing a baby pig. It has been going on for as long as I can remember. Not sure which cow started it or why. It is not all the cows, usually you will just see one cow nursing a pig. These are Moses’ cows who lives in the valley, Cows run free so it is common to have to wait for them to cross the road.

St John Law: No Pig Left Behind

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