Archive for the ‘Breastfeeding’ Category

My Modern Wet Nurse

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 by by

As you know, I am slightly obsessed with Breast Feeding since I had such a hard time with Baby Bear and didn’t get enough milk.

I prayed that I would not have the same issue with Mini, so we monitored it very closely with weight checks every few days in the first few weeks. The verdict was in that I have Insufficient Glandular Tissue sometimes called IBT also.  You can read about it here.  I can produce some milk, but not enough for Mini to thrive on so I have to supplement.  Mini has horrible gas and bloating plus always sounded congested so I tried several types of formula on her and nothing really helped.

What if I could just give her breast milk though?

So I am not into actually having someone physically nurse my baby (besides me) I just needed some milk.

bag of breast milk and bottle
Mini’s Donor Milk

I looked into ‘eats on feets‘ with Baby Bear {a group of women that have milk needs or donations for no charge}  but was not brave enough to try it. I took a leap of faith (more…)


How to Donate Breastmilk

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 by by

If you read this blog consistently, then you would know that I have donated breast milk before. After talking to a friend, a recent new mom, about my experience, I realized there are a lot of things to be learned about donating breast milk for those interested. In this blog post, I hope to answer a good number of questions for those interested in saving their own breast milk for others in need. I’ll neglect to mention why I donate breast milk and focus on the logistics of HOW.

First of all, let us acknowledge that there are four main ways to donate breast milk and each requires a separate process.

1. Donating to a friend/relative
2. Donating to a national milk bank
3. Donating milk to create fortifiers, Helping Hands Milk Bank
4. Donating using a third party, Human Milk for Human Babies, etc.

Donating to a Friend/Relative

The easiest and also least likely scenario (more…)

Miracles of Momma’s Milk {from a breast feeding failure}

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 by by

I totally understand that not everyone is able to nurse their babies.  I did not produce enough milk for Baby Bear and had to supplement her with formula.

miracles of momma's milk
I tried everything natural and even took Domperidone, a prescription galactagogue that did increase my production but still not enough to feed the baby.  She was failure to thrive for the first month and it was really hard to deal with the fact that my body wasn’t doing what it was supposed to naturally do.  I even took a natural birthing class at Birthways LLC in Chicago and they said that it is ‘impossible’ to  not be able to breast feed and it was most likely do to mother errors, etc.  I literally tried everything and wish that they would have given different advice in the beginning so that I would have not felt inadequate.  Maybe that is why I am so obsessed with these really cool facts about breast milk (more…)

Oh Time Magazine

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 by by

Have you seen the Time Magazine cover for this week?

It surely has sparked a lot of controversy on the interwebs.  But this is OK: (more…)


Mondays: First-Time Breastfeeding Tips for New Moms

Monday, May 21st, 2012 by by

This week, for Mommy Mondays, I want to discuss some tips for learning the tricky up-hill slope that is breastfeeding. No man understands all the feelings attached to this word. Before you have your first baby, you can almost write a book about the horror stories you have heard about breastfeeding – crazy things, like bleeding nipples, pink or green breast milk, babies that lose weight from not getting enough, moms that say it is the hardest thing they have ever done in their life…. There really is a lot of hype about breastfeeding. Not to mention all the breastfeeding guilt-trippers. “You know, if you aren’t successful at breastfeeding, your child will get sick about 15 extra times each year. Do you REALLY want to be responsible for that?” or “If you don’t breastfeed your child, then their IQ will be 10 points lower- how’d you like THAT for you kid?”

Honestly. It’s just like that.

So, here is a less-complicated viewpoint. Breastfeeding is great for you and your baby if it is done right. Some women can’t or won’t breastfeed, but that doesn’t make them bad moms. If you want to be a successful breast feeder, it can be tough or confusing. If you really want to breastfeed that little darling of yours, you will need some help. Here are some tips to help you make that happen.

Read up on successful stories. You will hear some CRAZY things if you talk to other women about breastfeeding. Crazy. So, make sure you know the facts and that you hear some success stories.

Arm yourself with a buddy. Find a woman (mom, grandma, bff, aunt, cousin, whoever) that you are comfortable talking openly with and that has breastfed successfully. Let them know that you will be coming to them with questions- they can be a great resource. It can really be one to the best things that you can do to help you succeed. Don’t know anyone you feel comfortable with? Join a mommy website and post in their forums. (more…)

Be.You.Tiful. Mom Series: Nursing is Not Natural

Thursday, May 17th, 2012 by by

A seed of insecurity was planted the day I held my first born in my arms for the first time.

Don’t get me wrong, there was unexplainable joy and deep seeded love the moment our eyes met, but with it came dark feelings that I didn’t invite into my heart or home. I made sure that the seed was firmly planted and nurtured every time I received unsolicited advice, and when I compared myself to other moms: abilities, gadgets, nursing successes, weight loss, etc…….

The Day the seed of insecurity bloomed.  The cold room was filled with tired moms with fake smiles holding their babies.  I had no idea what was awaiting past those double doors.  Our pediatrician began examining our son.  His facial expressions were different as he questioned me about his bowel movements, eating habits, etc…  He went to get a nurse, and they both examined him and left the room.  Something was wrong.

He walked back in with a serious face and said, “You can’t go home with your son.”  Suddenly, time froze; his words and condescending voice just became one long sentence spoken in slow motion.  Finally, I tuned back in and I heard him ask, “When was the last time you fed him?” He was now speaking to me as if I was a reckless, careless 15-year-old mom. It didn’t help that I did look that young, even though I was 28 years old.

“Mrs. Tuten, he is alarmingly under weight.  He was born at 6.5 lbs, and he has now lost more than a pound. I am afraid that he won’t make it through the weekend if I let you go home.” (more…)

Creepiest Breastfeeding Ad EVER???!!!

Thursday, May 10th, 2012 by by
Notice anything odd? Like a full set of teeth?

Those of you who know me know that I am the biggest fan of doing things naturally. I eat organically as
often as possible. I use all natural cleaning products- I mix vinegar and water to clean my kitchen and bathroom. I’ve even cut out using any kind of beauty products with parabens in them. So you know this automatically makes me a HUGE proponent for breastfeeding. It’s definitely something I plan on doing as easy or difficult as it may come in the first few days. So in no way am I ragging on anyone who does breastfeed or is trying to promote it. That being said the brilliant people in Louisville, KY who came up with this entertaining albeit CREEPY public service announcement to promote breastfeeding in the African-American community have a major FAIL on their hands. It’s not ‘cause
the kid isn’t cute- she is- even though she is talking. (Which happens to be a HUGE creep factor for me. Babies talking, dancing, doing tricks etc…freak me
out almost as badly as (more…)


Simple Homemade Nursing Cover

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012 by by

When Peanut was still nursing, I bought a nice nursing cover from Target and loved it. It was a bit of a splurge for me, but it made nursing discretely much easier. Fast forward to now, and I am nursing Snowflake, again using the handy cover. However, about a month ago, I somehow lost it and was having a lot of trouble nursing with just a blanket since Snowflake apparently hates being covered up. After several weeks of debating whether or not I was going to shell out money for a new, I decided to make my own!

This project is so easy and I am proud of how resourceful it is! All you need is a good sized receiving blanket (which I somehow had like a bajillion of), some scrap fabric and a piece of boning (if you have any, but not necessary).

Cut 2 strips of fabric 4 inches wide for the straps. You can make these (more…)

Dear Target:

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012 by by

Breastfeeding is not obscene. See?

Recently, in a Houston, Texas area Target, a breastfeeding mom was harassed and humiliated for breastfeeding, discretely, in the store. Yesterday, a nationwide Nurse-in was staged in more than 250 Target stores in 35 states across the country, and even in Canada. Here I am with one other mom, nursing our babes in our local Target.

Also? Have you seen NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne’s Twitter debacle after he encountered a nursing mom in a grocery store?

Kasey later apologized on his Facebook page, stating in part:
“My comments were not directed at the mother’s right to breastfeed. They were just a reaction to the location of that choice, and the fashion in which it was executed on that occasion.”

But clearly, based on the above, he still has no idea.

Breastfeeding Triplets

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 by by

It can be done. Granted, there will be many hurdles to jump.

BUT… it is possible. Take it from me. The girls got mommy milk until 13 months old. Ian went all the way to 20 months, and he chose by himself to give it up. I think the peer pressure got to him. After all, his sisters were getting milk in sippy cups.


That was that. Fortunately, I was comfortable with his decision. Not that I wasn’t sad. I did cry about a million & a half tears, most of them because it was the end of our breastfeeding relationship, the other part because I knew I would never have this opportunity again.

I was reminded this evening by a great online friend, Renee, how important this relationship was to me. How much I sacrificed for my kids to get the goodies from mommy. She even wrote a little shpeel about it on her blog.

Most triplet moms don’t even think it is possible. Some run in to supply issues. Others run in to health issues. I can speak from experience. I had mastitis a total of ELEVEN times in 16 months. Yes, you read correctly. And if you have had it, you know what I sacrificed to keep going.

This battle was in my heart. I already gave my children a disadvantage by knowing they would be born premature. This was my way to give them back a little something. If you doubt the fight is worth fighting, I encourage you to find a La Leche League near you. They are a wonderful support group. If anything, they will provide a comfortable environment where you can ask questions and receive educated answers.

If in doubt, just know that this triplet momma, that didn’t have a nanny and did days by herself, could manage to breastfeed and pump over 90 oz of milk on a daily basis. So if you think you can’t…