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World Breastfeeding Week

Breastfeeding statueBreastfeeding is an unsentimental metaphor for how love works, in a way.  You don’t decide how much and how deeply to love – you respond to the beloved, and give with joy exactly as much as they want.  (Marni Jackson)

August 1-7, 2009

How great it is to unite moms across the world to celebrate the ability to feed and nourish our children.

Some great quotes…Breastfeeding

A newborn baby has only three demands.  They are warmth in the arms of its mother, food from her breasts, and security in the knowledge of her presence.  Breastfeeding satisfies all three.  ~Grantly Dick-Read

It is only in the act of nursing that a woman realizes her motherhood in visible and tangible fashion; it is a joy of every moment.  ~Honore de Balzac

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Girl BreastfeedingI have been nursing my son for 10 months and it has been a great 10 months.  The only downside for me is that I have had recurrent plugged ducts.  Fortunately, Judah has been able to relieve me of them through nursing and have never lasted more than a day.  But now I have encountered a major bummer when it comes to nursing – Mastitis.

Mastitis is an inflammation of the breast caused by either obstruction, infection or allergy.  Local symptoms are the same as for a plugged duct, but the pain/heat/swelling is usually more intense. There may be red streaks extending outward from the affected area. Typical mastitis symptoms include a fever of 101.3°F (38.5°C) or greater, chills, flu-like aching, malaise and systemic illness.  (cited from kellymom)

For me, I went to bed Tuesday night noticing a small knot on the underside of my right breast and throughout the night it became more and more sensitive.  By Wednesday morning it was red, swollen and hot to the touch.  I researched natural remedies and tried those out Wednesday but they that if things don’t clear up within 12-24 hours to go to the doctor because antibiotics may be needed.  Well by Wednesday night I didn’t sleep at all.  I had had a pounding headache since Tuesday night and Wednesday night brought fever, chills and nausea.  I woke every 2 hours to nurse Judah so I didn’t get any sleep.  I went in Thursday to the doctor and she examined me and confirmed that it was Mastitis and that I did need an antibiotic.  By the time I got the antibiotic and got home I had fever, chills and nausea again – I could hardly stand.  I took the antibiotic and tylenol and nursed Judah to sleep for his nap and then I crashed out for a few hours.  I woke up sweating knowing my fever had broken and for the first time in 2 days I  didn’t have a headache.  Thursday night I developed a hard mass on my breast which is what my plugged ducts are like.  I nursed Judah throughout the night again but he couldn’t seem to unplug it until this morning!  The key to unplugging a duct is to place him in a position to nurse where his chin faces the hard mass.

Other important measures to take with Mastitis are rest, lots of water, frequent nursing, cold/warm compresses, hot showers, cabbage leaves placed over the inflamed area, echinacea, vitamin c.

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Child-led Weaning

Breastfeeding Symbol“How long do you plan on nursing?”  That is a very common question for any breastfeeding mom.  And a family member recently asked me just that.  I replied, “Oh, I plan on letting him wean himself and I really don’t know when that will be.”  Now, this has not always been my thought.  Early on I planned on nursing for 4-6 mo. and then moved on to the “recommended” 12 mo.  But as the 12 mo. mark quickly approaches I am realizing that I nor Judah are ready to end our nursing relationship.  Judah has been a great nurser from the get go.  I’m grateful he was because I really knew nothing about nursing and had not been very exposed to it (I only knew one mom in my adult life that nursed).  So I did what I could to prepare and took advantage of books, my doula and a lactation consultant.  And have thoroughly loved nursing or “nuzzling” as my hubby calls it.

This post is not to judge any mom but to share my current feelings on BF.  I realize that not every BF mom’s start is great and it doesn’t always go as desired.  I too have had my fair share of ups and downs:  positioning, lots of plugged ducts, some biting, night wakings, etc. but I am grateful to be able to still be nursing.  I am now getting to the point where nursing is no longer just about nourishment.  It’s about so much more:  love, affection, security, attachment, a tool for baby to decompress after being over-stimulated and did I mention affection (wink wink)!  I absolutely love that Judah nurses just to be close to me and I use that time to sing, read and talk to him…in which he responds with a smile or a giggle.

Here are some interesting facts about breastfeeding.

Did you know….

1.Human milk has over 300 ingredients, including interferon, white blood cells, antibacterial and antiviral agents, while formula has only 40 ingredients.

2.Human milk has been shown to kill cancer cells in a laboratory dish and has been used in oncology.

3. The human breast “custom-makes” antibodies to fight whatever pathogen the infant is exposed to in the environment.

4. Breast milk has been used to treat eye infections, ear infections, pimples, cold sores, and nail fungus and prevent infection in scrapes and scratches.

5. In some parts of the world, donated organs are bathed in breast milk for the protective factors.

6. There were 22 “significant” recalls of formula for potentially life-threatening situations.

7. Human milk lactoferrin is patented for use in killing E. Coli in the meat packing industry.

8. Donor milk is being used to treat malabsorption and short-gut syndromes, renal failure, inborn errors of metabolism, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, immunodeficiency diseases, burn cases, cardiac problems, and infectious diseases such as intractable diarrhea, gastroenteritis, infantile botulism, sepsis, pneumonia, and hemorrhagic conjuctivitis in both children and adults.

9. Adoptive moms, grandmothers, and yes, even men (!) have been able to lactate for an infant.

Cited from Kellymom.com

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