#Breastfeeding and the #Holidays: What Could Be More Fun? #thanksgiving

This is by far my favorite time of year. The Holidays. I don't know why its always put that way since we have dozens of 'holidays' during the year. Of course, my favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. Not for some noble reason that my great-great-grandmother on both sides was Cherokee. I apologize but I am more shallow than that and Thanksgiving is for eating. Lots of eating. 3 families worth this year. Thinking about eating brings me to the problem at hand. I have an already sick, cranky, NURSING baby who is going to get very upset after getting in the … [Read more...]

Defying Doctors, Antibiotics, and Benefits of Breastfeeding

Well, Baby E is at it again. He has yet another ear infection. He has had this one for a month now. How did we get to this point? Surgery? My 13 month old needs surgery? What parent ever wants to hear that? The road so far  (distant echoing of 'Carry On My Wayward Son'):Week 1: Starting Saturday....Runny nose, coughing, weird puffy eye thing. His ped was not in the office on Tuesday so we saw a different doctor. She said it was an viral infection, cellulitis under his eye, and prescribed Augmentin. (we have had 5 ear infections in less than a year … [Read more...]

Here and There and the Computer Chair! #breastfeeding

Do you have a favorite place to nurse? Are there places you think breastfeeding would be inappropriate? Any places you wish were more breastfeeding-friendly? Tell us about it!My favorite place to nurse is my computer chair! My nursing pillow fits in there perfectly and I can blog while feeding the baby. I dont strain my back leaning over him. We nurse there at least 4-5 times a day. I need a new computer chair but I am worried my new one wont be as good as the last one. My other favorite place to nurse is our big red leather lazy boy type chair. I … [Read more...]

Breastfeeding Celebrations

Congrats to me. I am still going strong at 11 months! Breastfeeding Elijah is one of the true joys of my life and I am happy I have made it this far. Sure there have been trials:1. Going back to work in December when he was 12 weeks with him refusing to take a bottle2. Getting an Upper GI done in February-no BF'ing for 8 hours. I thought I would die, I was too tired to pump and then having to pour all that milk down the drain when I did pump. 3. Getting my gallbladder and umbilical hernia removed in March-no BF'ing for 24 hours, no holding the baby … [Read more...]

Gasp! Nursing in Public…

So here it is again. Another day, another dollar, another breastfeeding chat.  However, today we get down to the skin. Nursing in Public. Do you do it? Do I do it? How does one do it?I will say I am very lucky. Both my boys nursed like champs, perfect latch on so its really easy for me to nurse in front of other people which I do as often as neccesary. Some women have trouble because of their babies popping off or not having a good latch or even having to use a nipple shield.  No trouble for me. Once my boys were latched on, they would eat until … [Read more...]

Disappointment at the Big Latch On Event

I am very upset today. I planned  my entire day around the Big Latch On Event.  We even decided to skip a Cub Scout event. I figured those come around every month but this is once a year and maybe this time next year I wont be breastfeeding. So I am sure you can tell this post is heading in a negative direction so I will get to the point. I got the kids dressed, we left the house and I realized I forgot my folding chair. The event was going to be at a park so I needed somewhere to sit. I ran by a Walgreens and bought a chair for 15.99! That is … [Read more...]

Guest Post – Planning to Breastfeed?

Planning to Breastfeed?While breastfeeding is natural, it's not exactly instinctual. Granted, baby will root and seek out the breast, smelling their way there, but it's a relationship both you and baby have to work on together. You are partners - you need each other to be successful. The catch is, you can't really practice beforehand.While I was pregnant, I watched videos, read books, and attended classes. I practiced the various holds with a doll (though they aren't squirmy!) and felt as prepared as possible.Here are some of my recommendations … [Read more...]

World Breastfeeding Week & the Big Latch On Event

Wow. I cant believe its here already. My first World Breastfeeding Week.  When I breastfed my older son, I had no idea World Breastfeeding Week existed. So here I am... I have been Exclusively breastfeeding Baby E for 10 months, 2 weeks and 2 days. Its been a long journey but I am so happy to have made it this far. For those that havent heard of World Breastfeeding Week, please go check it out. Its amazing. It is celebrated in more than 170 countries. This year is going on from August 1st through August 7th! The Big Latch On Event is a newer event. … [Read more...]