HAPPY WORLD BREASTFEEDING WEEK!
just some titbits – i mean, tidbits…
Last week, Maryam of Milk Friendly interviewed me. I talk about breastfeeding decisions & gear, nursing style, and a most-embarrassing-moment!
This project is a funny & much-needed one. So excited that they reached their fundraising goal. Would love to nurse in the Milk Truck one day.
Chris warned me that this photo is a bit revealing, but:
a) It’s only nudity if there’s nip. Right?!
b) I barely have ANY photos of me nursing the twins.
c) There’s more skin than this on any given Facebook page.
Nursing the sisters has been one of the easiest things I’ve ever done as a parent. No joke. And I don’t take that lightly. In that meticulously neurotic, calculating place in my heart, I know that the Lord made it easy for a reason. To give me peace. Or rather, to keep me sane.
But I know that not every mama & baby have such an easy time of it…
I recently came across this post and wanted to pass it along. A mama is reaching out for help, and I certainly hope she gets some answers. I’m sure some people will read this and wonder why she’s so upset. We are fortunate to live in a place where we can give up breastfeeding and still keep our babies alive & thriving. But the nursing relationship is obviously important to this mom, and it’s her right to feel discouraged. I want her to get some support!
And while we’re on the topic of breastfeeding struggles, what happens when there’s just not enough milk? After you’ve nursed on demand, pumped in between, and swallowed so much fenugreek you smell like waffles… then what? My friend Gretchen gave birth (naturally) to twin boys (one of whom was breech) exactly one week after the sisters were born (in the same hospital – a nurse caught one of her boys in the water). Watch her birth video here – it’s totally appropriate and will totally make you cry. Once she settled into a routine with her new sons, though, she began to realize she wasn’t making enough for them. This was certainly by no fault of her own. In addition to the methods mentioned above, Gretchen pulled out all the stops – domperidone, a supplemental nursing system, and donor milk from other mamas. There wasn’t much improvement, so Gretchen got creative. Read her goat milk formula recipe here.
Wanna be part of a world record? Nurse your baby for a minute at an approved location on Saturday morning… Check out the Big Latch On! I’ll be out of town, but I’m hoping to hit up a location in Asheville, NC!
Lastly, donate here to the Best for Babes “a Buck a Boob” campaign! This organization devotes its efforts to helping breastfeeding mothers succeed and beat the “booby traps” that trip up many new moms.
And there you have it! My titbits for World Breastfeeding Week. MOOOOO!!