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Breastfeeding Carnival: Day 14–Final Day

Welcome to The Breastfeeding Cafe Carnival!

This post was written as part of The Breastfeeding Cafe’s Carnival. For more info on the Breastfeeding Cafe, go to www.breastfeedingcafe.wordpress.com. For more info on the Carnival or if you want to participate, contact Claire at clindstrom2 {at} gmail {dot} com. Today’s post is about the importance of breastfeeding. Please read the other blogs in today’s carnival listed below and check back for more posts July 18th through the 31st!
 


 

How You Influence Others: What do you think is the most important thing that you do to influence pregnant and new moms to breastfeed? Do you have a story of a mom who you feel you’ve really helped?

 The most important thing I do for new mothers is to model breastfeeding in public.  The second most important thing I do is to be willing to talk to any new mom who needs it. I had a coworker whose wife was having breastfeeding problems.  I have him my home phone and told her to call me whenever she needed to. I also gave her La Leche League’s number.  On Twitter, I try to answer questions and provide support to new moms, and at least one has said I helped her get through the tough times and make it.  I try not to give bad advice, so if someone has a question I can’t answer, I don’t.  I hate when people give advice just because they don’t want to NOT give advice!  My sister-in-law nursed her toddler while pregnant and after the baby was born against the advice of her friends because I had done it with mine, and she knew it could be done!  She also said she felt comfortable nursing her two year old because I nursed a two year old!  That makes me feel really good.

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Breastfeeding Carnival: Day 11

Welcome to The Breastfeeding Cafe Carnival!

This post was written as part of The Breastfeeding Cafe’s Carnival. For more info on the Breastfeeding Cafe, go to www.breastfeedingcafe.wordpress.com. For more info on the Carnival or if you want to participate, contact Claire at clindstrom2 {at} gmail {dot} com. Today’s post is about the importance of breastfeeding. Please read the other blogs in today’s carnival listed below and check back for more posts July 18th through the 31st!
 


 

Importance of Breastfeeding: Why is breastfeeding personally important to you? Who helped you to first see why breastfeeding would be such a benefit? You know what they say–there’s nothing like word of mouth.

 Breastfeeding is important to me because it’s not easy to do at first, and I did it.  I had problems with my first and last babies, and I still made it to nurse them the longest.  It means that I’m giving physically of myself to my babies.  My first and last are both comfort nursers, and to see how happy it makes them when they are done warms my heart.  I also am a “lazy parent” and love that I can travel at a moment’s notice without preparing any bottles!

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Breastfeeding Carnival: Day 9

Welcome to The Breastfeeding Cafe Carnival!

This post was written as part of The Breastfeeding Cafe’s Carnival. For more info on the Breastfeeding Cafe, go to www.breastfeedingcafe.wordpress.com. For more info on the Carnival or if you want to participate, contact Claire at clindstrom2 {at} gmail {dot} com. Today’s post is about the importance of breastfeeding. Please read the other blogs in today’s carnival listed below and check back for more posts July 18th through the 31st!
 


 

Breastfeeding and Multiples: No we’re not just talking about twins, triplets, etc. Any way that you breastfeed with multiple children. Maybe you’ve breastfed while trying to conceive, maybe you’ve breastfed while pregnant, maybe you’ve tandem nursed, maybe you’ve just breastfeed a younger child while chasing the older one. How does breastfeeding help you parent? What are the challenges?

I nursed my first child for 28 months, and she is only 26 months older than her younger sister.  Because she was over a year old when I got pregnant, I noticed no change in her nursing desires or ability. By then, she was nursing one-two times per day.  My second child latched on like a pro, and I always suspected it was because I was still nursing her older sister.  Unfortunately, my second child was only 6 months old when I got pregnant with her sister.  My milk production went way, way down.  Because I had read that milk production goes back up in the second trimester, I tried to keep nursing her and nursing her during the first three months trying to get through to that fourth month, but it didn’t work.  She was always hungry, so after two months, I gave her formula.  I tried to keep nursing her at bed time so she would at least have that, but she didn’t want it.  For her, breastfeeding was primarily about food and secondarily about comfort, and she was fine with just being cuddled to sleep without nursing (we bedshared).

 I wish I could have tandem nursed my second and third child, and I’m still sad about that.

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Breastfeeding Carnival: Day 5

Welcome to The Breastfeeding Cafe Carnival!

This post was written as part of The Breastfeeding Cafe’s Carnival. For more info on the Breastfeeding Cafe, go to www.breastfeedingcafe.wordpress.com. For more info on the Carnival or if you want to participate, contact Claire at clindstrom2 {at} gmail {dot} com. Today’s post is about how the mothers before you influenced your choice to breastfeed. Please read the other blogs in today’s carnival listed below and check back for more posts July 18th through the 31st!


Nursing in Public: What are your views on breastfeeding in public? How do you feel a mother breastfeeding in public influences others in public? Do you feel breastfeeding in public helps to normalize breastfeeding?

All mothers should breastfeed in public. It definitely influences people. Yes, a lot of people get offended, but a lot of people don’t. I think nursing in public is best for the children, so they grow up seeing it and thinking it’s normal.

I nursed my then-11 month old at a birthday party I attended for a kindergartner. There were a lot of children around. I pulled a chair off to the side in some shade to feed my baby. Some of the kids came around and asked what I was doing. I told them I was feeding the baby. One said that her mom “doesn’t do that. She just uses a bottle.” I said some moms use a bottle, and some do this. She went on her way to play in the bounce house. One of the grandma’s approached me and said that she loved that I was breastfeeding. She was from another country. I find most of my positive reactions have been from people from other countries who are happy to see and American woman breastfeeding.

My daughter’s teacher had a baby just before the end of the school year, and returned to work for the last two weeks. They allowed her to bring the baby with her, and she nursed the baby in class. I thought that was fantastic! Imagine all children seeing breastfeeding. When they are grown, it won’t seem icky or gross. It will be something normal!

 


 
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Breastfeeding Carnival: Day 1

Welcome to The Breastfeeding Cafe Carnival!

This post was written as part of The Breastfeeding Cafe’s Carnival. For more info on the Breastfeeding Cafe, go to www.breastfeedingcafe.wordpress.com. For more info on the Carnival or if you want to participate, contact Claire at clindstrom2 {at} gmail {dot} com. Today’s post is about how the mothers before you influenced your choice to breastfeed. Please read the other blogs in today’s carnival listed below and check back for more posts July 18th through the 31st!


Mothers Before Me: How were you influenced by the mothers before you when it comes to breastfeeding? Did you witness breastfeeding as a child? Was breastfeeding considered taboo in your family? How did this influence your choice to breastfeed?

I never saw a woman breastfeed, that I was aware of, before I breastfed my first child. My mother certainly didn’t breastfeed. My paternal grandmother didn’t breastfeed. My maternal grandmother, who died before I was born, probably didn’t. None of my friends breastfed. The idea of breastfeeding was even gross to me!

My older sister had a child when Iwas 16 years old, and while she formula fed, I heard that she initially tried breastfeeding. “Eww! Gross!” I thought. When I was 20, and a friend of mine had a baby, a co-worker joked that he took our pooled money and bought her a breastpump. Gross! I thought, and “What does that do?” was my next thought. My friend didn’t breastfeed. She formula fed. A decision that seemed perfectly normal in the early 1990’s. Other than those two times, I rarely ever thought about breastfeeding one way or the other. Then I got pregnant.

I chose breastfeeding because it was the right thing to do, not because I thought it was going to be this wonderful bonding experience. My parents adopted a baby, and he was bottle fed, and we bonded just fine thank-you-very-much. I read about the ways it helps the baby’s immune system, and thought I’d do it for just a few months, and I took a breastfeeding class (a one hour class with 30 other people and very little practical advice).

When the baby was born and I tried breastfeeding, it was HARD, but I was determined to make it work. Once we got it working (took a couple of weeks), I was way past any feelings of breastfeeding being gross. Nothing made the baby happier! When she turned a year old, I thought, why stop now?

My family’s initial response was unhappiness. My mother said I was “denying other people the joy of feeding the baby.” My father wouldn’t look at me making me feel very uncomfortable nursing in front of him. Eventually, my mother came around, and now thinks people who don’t try to breastfeed are weird!

I’m proud to be a good example to my children and others (when I nurse in public).
 


 
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What the heck happened last night, little boy?

You were so, so tired at 9pm that I thought you’d sleep through the night, but then at midnight, just after I fell asleep, you started tossing and turning and tried to nurse yourself back to sleep (which is really sweet).  And after an hour of that, I tried to get you to watch quiet cartoons, and you wouldn’t unless I sat up and you sat between my legs and leaned against me like an easy chair watching Iron Giant, while I tried to dose with a blanket on my head to shield my eyes from the brightness.  Then you were acting so cranky tired, but just couldn’t go back to sleep even with the television off until three hours had passed and at that point my eyes hurt to open!  Now I’m at work and you may be still asleep in our cozy bed with your dad, which just isn’t fair, especially when I have no caffeine at work!

 

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“Lucas bit me”

Maddie was making a movie with her stuffed horse.  It had been going on for a long time, and Lucas wanted in on the action.

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