In late October, a study was released discussing “Microbial Contamination of Human Milk Purchased Via the Internet.”
Various news outlets picked up the study; I first read the The New York Times article “Breast Milk Donated or Sold Online is Often Tainted, Study Says.”
There are some wonderful responses that I’ll link at the end of this post, but I want to raise the points that were the biggest red flags for me. (more…)
Just a few weeks ago, I woke up extremely confused and surprised. I sat bolt upright and thought to myself ”did I nurse last night?” I thought I must have slept right through a nursing for the first time in two and a half years. But the next night, it happened again. And the night after that. Finally, this wasn’t a fluke. My toddler had night weaned himself.
I had every one of the doctors that we see tell me that this wouldn’t happen. “If you continue to cosleep, you’re just going to have to be okay with night nursing until you stop” they all said. I had resigned myself to this fate of waking up one or two times every night for the rest of eternity, and truthfully I wasn’t even trying to night wean him anymore. We were cautiously working towards weaning during the day time, with only a nap time and 5 o’clock nursing every day remaining. The last thing I had expected was for him to take his new big-boy-self-comforting skills and apply them in the middle of the night. But when he was ready, he was ready. He did it!
Now that we’re on the other side of night nursing, I just want to shout it from the rooftops. “It can happen! Kids can wean themselves even if they’re laying right next to you!” It makes me feel so happy to know that the tearful nights I had envisioned this process to be were not going to have to become reality. We will continue to cosleep until our 11pm tube feeding is ready to go, but I’m so happy to say that until that point, everyone involved will be getting full nights of sleep, worry free.
I love dairy. I love everything about a milkshake. Yogurt with fruit seriously speaks to my soul in the morning. Cheeseburger, yes please! Even healthy meals like whole grain pasta and home made sauce are better topped with a bit of cheese. So when I found out that my new little baby projectile vomits and is constantly uncomfortable due to the dairy I was ingesting, it was a sad day for mommy. I knew that going without dairy would be hard but I knew putting my little one on formula for such a selfish reason would be so much harder. So we packed the baby up, headed to the grocery store, and bought all kinds of things I never knew existed.
First we started with milk. I love milk in cereal, with cookies, and just by the glass. We have tried coconut milk, almond milk, soy milk, hemp milk, flax milk, and maybe a few others. We have found some we really liked and some we dumped down the drain. Vanilla is a nice addition to make some of them sweeter, but I found out the hard way vanilla flavored milk and scrambled eggs don’t go well together! We regularly buy almond milk as it is the easiest to find and it has a good consistency and flavor. Then the search for good replacement cheese and butter began.
We found some cheese replacement that weren’t too bad. We knew we had to accept the fact no matter what it looked like, soy cheese is never going to be the same as real cheese and we had to enjoy it for the product it was at the time. We usually purchased the shredded type to add to dishes and once mixed it, it wasn’t too bad. We slowly stopped using most cheese alternatives just because they didn’t add much to a dish. This forced us to use more spices and sauces and we now like so many more flavors that would have never found. Butter wasn’t too hard because we could use margarine if we wanted and there are a few other types made with soy or oil.
The biggest struggle we found was that we needed to watch our soy intake. Being vegetarian meant we already had some soy in our diets to help replace some metat protein but adding it again as a dairy replacement was too much. We made sure to only have 2-3 soy products at once so we didn’t have to worry about over doing it. The easiest way to avoid soy was to not buy soy milk and to stick to oil-based butter.
Being dairy free was hard for me, especially when we were not at home. A lot of people don’t understand the extent of dairy being in things and it is impossible to avoid sometimes when eating at a friend’s for dinner. But being aware of what I ate, which wasn’t a bad thing, definitely helped me cut a lot of dairy out of my diet. And helped baby girl keep the good stuff in!
As a mother of three children who fall into the “extended breastfeeding” category, I can honestly say I have no clue why some children choose to breastfeed longer than others. Each child is unique in why they wish to breastfeed and for how long. Here I offer some possible reasons why some children breastfeed longer than others, why some children go on a breastfeeding strike, and how you may promote extended breastfeeding in a reluctant child.
Yes. Research shows babies who engage in extended breastfeeding (1 year or more) reap the wonderful benefits of immune support and better health, mother-child bonding, higher IQ, increased cognitive development and stronger growth development. Hooray for the boob! (more…)
My daughter started out her journey with breastfeeding being fed my milk through a nasal gastric tube. She was 10 days old. Prior to receiving my milk she was given TPN (total parental nutrition) through an IV. I remember one night when things got really bad in the hospital. She was up all night long, my husband and I took shifts soothing her and sleeping. She was miserable, crying and inconsolable. The nurse, who frankly was the worst nurse we had, told me she was just hungry. It was around 4 am and I felt like punching her in the face and asking her what she proposed I do about it since I wasn’t allowed to feed her. (more…)