Starting today and running through the next seven days Mom365 is having a week worth of giveaways in honor of Breastfeeding Awareness Month.
See all the great prizes and enter here.
I have been thinking about and researching school so much lately that now I’m dreaming about it! I hate that it just feels like I’ll never be able to get to that point. Money is tight right now and we have a lot in the works as far as family affairs go, so school will be put off until after taxes BUT it’s official. I’ve made up my mind and am going to be going to school to become a Breastfeeding Specialist! I’m so excited, breastfeeding is something I am so passionate about and that I love advocating for. What also makes my heart so unbelievably happy about this is that I have my husbands 100% support in my decision. I feel bad for saying this but being a SAHM was never really my dream. Don’t get me wrong I absolutely LOVE my babies, but being able to monetarily help my family out makes me feel better. Seeing my husband work as hard as he does and be in physical pain kills me, being able to take some of that stress and responsibility from him makes me so happy. Perhaps I’m being a little selfish…
In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, we are going to have our very first contest. Post pictures of your beautiful breastfed babies here, on my Facebook wall or you can email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. On August 7th, I’ll choose my favorite and the winner will get an awesome Boob beanie from the ever-so talented Unravel Me
Today marks the beginning of World Breastfeeding Week. The focus of this years campaign is peer counseling and supporting Breastfeeding women.
A lot of times instead of being met with support and acceptance, BFing moms are discouraged about their choice.
The objectives for this year’s campaign are as follows:
1. To draw attention to the importance of Peer Support in helping mothers to establish and sustain breastfeeding.
2. To inform people of the highly effective benefits of Peer Counselling, and unite efforts to expand peer counselling programmes.
3. To encourage breastfeeding supporters, regardless of thei r educat ional background, to step forward and be trained to support mothers and babies.
4. To identify local community support contacts for breastfeeding mothers, that women can go to for help and support after giving birth.
5. To call on governments and maternity facilities globally to actively implement the Ten Steps, in particular Step 10, to improve duration and rates of exclusive breastfeeding.
This week I will have various Breastfeeding related posts as well as a few giveaways. We’ll cover why breastfeeding is so invaluable, Common Breastfeeding Complications, Proper Latching and Holds, The whole nursing in public debacle, We’ll have an interview with a Lactation Consultant and we’ll even have a Beautiful Breastfed Baby photo contest.
I am super excited about our sponsored giveaway from Unravel Me. She will give one lucky Momma a Booby Beanie!!! I will also have other items up for grabs as well.
This week will be slightly different as I won’t be doing all of my regular daily themes. So stay tuned, perhaps learn something new and participate in all the fun!
Breastfeeding and breastmilk are an extraordinary resource for both Moms and babies that I think is often times over looked.
Before you baby is born your body begins to produce Colostrum. Colostrum is the thick, yellow first milk you will have just after giving birth. Your breasts only produce a small amount of this milk but it is the exact right amount that your newborns little tummy can hold.
The other amazing thing about your breastmilk is that it changes with your babies needs. About three to five days in your milk matures and has just the right amount of fat, sugar, water and protein that your little one requires.
Breastmilk is also easier for your baby’s tummy to digest and can help his or her system fight many diseases.
Moms benefit from Breastfeeding as well! Not only does it allow you to bond with your baby, it gives new mom’s that chance they need to get some peaceful, quiet time. Other benefits for moms include:
- It saves money, as your not buying as many bottles and/or formula.
- The skin to skin boosts oxytocin.
- Linked to lower risks of Type 2 Diabetes, Breast Cancer, Ovarian Cancer and Post Partum Depression.
Now Breastfeeding is not always going to be sunshine and rainbows, many times there are complications. Tomorrow we’ll cover common complications, proper latching and different holds.
My youngest son just turned one and is still nursing, at this point he mostly wants to nurse when he is going to take a nap or if he gets hurt. We exclusively breastfed until he started eating babyfood and solids and it has be a wonderful experience! He does have his top and bottom front teeth so weaning is in our horizon, as I don’t wish to have my nipples bitten off and surgically reattached (I have a bit of a flair for the dramatic).
PLEASE NOTE: I AM NOT A BREASTFEEDING NAZI THAT LOOKS DOWN ON THOSE WHO DON’T CHOOSE TO NURSE THEIR BABIES. (TO EACH THEIR OWN).
Now that we have gotten that out of the way, the reason behind this post is The Big Latch On. The goal of this event is that large groups of women come together and nurse their babies at a unanimous time to set a world record, much like The Great Cloth Diaper Change. I am quite passionate about normalizing breastfeeding in public. It seriously bugs me that a picture of a bare breasted woman in a sexual sense is more widely accepted than a mom nursing her little one.
Now as much as I wish I could go with four kids you can bet your sweet bippy that I won’t be attending (well that, and there isn’t an event in my state) but if you would like to you can find the location nearest you Here.
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