Why I breastfed my baby on TV

 

 

guest post by Jennifer Borget, news reporter for Austin, YNN and blogger at The Baby Making Machine.

 

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It’s amazing how something as natural and innate as breastfeeding can be so misunderstood.

I didn’t see breastfeeding growing up. It wasn’t until I was an adult that I began to learn the benefits. I believe there’s a serious gap in awareness and knowledge about breastfeeding, and so many mothers—Especially in the minority community–don’t know what they’re missing.

I work as a news reporter and have a chance to help make an impact. In an effort to bring awareness to breastfeeding, and continue this important discussion, I sat down with two other mothers and conducted an interview with our babies latched-on, on-air.  (See the original segment here.)

It was bold, and something that required quite a bit of discussion and approval from people way above my pay grade, but in the end, it aired, and I was happy with the result.

Providing breast milk to my babies—What I consider to be the best nourishment for my children, hasn’t been a walk in the park.

First, I had to do my own research on the benefits and process. My mother tried to breastfeed me, but said it didn’t work out. I remember helping with my younger sisters formula bottles as I grew up.

All I knew was formula, and we were fine. I didn’t think it would be a big deal if breastfeeding “just didn’t work” for me either.

I took many of my questions to Twitter, and often found myself getting annoyed by self-proclaimed “lactavists” who told me to throw away my emergency can of formula, and seemed to have an answer for every excuse I had for why breastfeeding may not work for me.

At the time I felt like these tweeple were acting like “know it alls” who perceived formula as poison. To this day I’m still a little intimidated by overzealous lactavists, but then again, I wonder if I’ve become one myself.

I started with a goal to breastfeed through maternity leave. I pumped almost every day, multiple times a day. I stored more than 200 ounces of frozen milk to use as an emergency stash after I went back to work. I pumped every day at work, but some days I came up short, and the stash came in handy.

My husband was very supportive, making sure not to feed our daughter right before I left to come home. It was liquid gold we were rationing.

Three months went by, and I set a new goal to breastfeed until my daughter hit six months. That’s a lot of formula money saved—One of my big motivations at the time. Then I set another goal to continue nursing until her first birthday. By the time my daughter turned one, we had survived our own personal hiccups, and made it further breastfeeding than I had ever imagined. I continued to nurse my daughter until she was about 17 months. By then I had learned an immense amount of information about breastfeeding, and found myself on the giving end of breastfeeding support.

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Jennifer and her children on set at her job.

Now, my daughter is three and I have a three-month-old nursing baby boy. I’m excited to talk about breastfeeding with anyone who will listen. I hope I don’t come across pushy. I’m really just excited to share a secret, the secret benefits, convenience, and enjoyment breastfeeding brings, that I didn’t know about when I was about to have my baby. Though they’re not really secrets, I just didn’t know about it at first.  This excitement is what drove me to do a news segment on breastfeeding, and with it being World Breastfeeding Week, there was no better time.

Here in Austin and in other locations around the world, nursing mothers are coming together for latch-on events, and nursing in unison. These events are made to start conversations about breastfeeding and nursing in public. One idea is the more we see women breastfeeding, the more normal it becomes, and the more people can learn about the benefits of breastfeeding. If I had seen women around me breastfeeding while I grew up, maybe I wouldn’t have been so hostile towards women who tried to inform me about it. Maybe then breastfeeding would have never been a question, but an automatic decision.

If I had seen women around me breastfeeding as I grew up...

 

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Have you found yourself becoming more of an advocate for breastfeeding?  How so?  Where you ever hostile towards those that tried to inform and encourage you to breastfeed?  If you’ve changed, what inspired that change?

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Mother of All Giveaways Boob Giveaway for WBW 2013!

Welcome to The Ultimate World Breastfeeding Week
Giveaway,
 co-hosted by The Leaky Boob, San
Diego Breastfeeding Center
, and The Boob Group.  This year’s
World Breastfeeding Week theme is Mother to Mother Support, which is what
we are all about!

World Breastfeeding Week is a time to celebrate breastfeeding mothers
around the world, as well as recognize the barriers that these same
mothers face as they strive to meet their personal breastfeeding goals.
Breastfeeding, as all things having to do with parenting a child,
requires a supportive network that guides, provides helpful advice, and
elevates a mother’s self-esteem.  Mother to mother support, in
addition to community support and education, are crucial to a mother’s
personal breastfeeding success.

To celebrate World Breastfeeding Week 2013, over 40
breastfeeding-supportive companies have donated items for 2 enormous
Breastfeeding Mom Prize Packages, each valued at over $600!  First,
we’d like to introduce you to the co-hosts of the Ultimate World
Breastfeeding Week giveaway.  Then, we’ll share all of the goodies
that have been so graciously donated.

 

Meet Your
Hosts 

The Leaky
Boob
: The Leaky Boob was created and is managed by Jessica
Martin-Weber with her husband Jeremy Martin-Weber along with some
volunteer moderator admins on the Facebook page. This website and its
Facebook page exists to unite breastfeeding mothers and those that support
them through laughter and tears of joy and share our experiences and
informational resource.  Created in April, 2010, TLB is intended to
be a breastfeeding “pub” that aims provide a safe space to
find breastfeeding support, information, and community in order to help
breastfeeding mothers reach their breastfeeding goals and to encourage
those that support breastfeeding.

 

San Diego Breastfeeding
Center
:  The San Diego Breastfeeding Center is a
judgment-free online and in-person resource for qualified breastfeeding
information and personalized assistance for mothers facing breastfeeding
challenges.  Founded by Robin Kaplan, M.Ed., IBCLC in 2009, SDBFC
offers private breastfeeding consultations, classes, free support groups,
and an extensive blog. In March 2013, SDBFC launched the San Diego Nursing
in Public Task Force to educate the San Diego community about the laws
that protect a mother’s right to breastfeed in public and to provide
support and guidance to mothers who have faced harassment for
breastfeeding in public.

 

The Boob
Group
: The Boob Group is a weekly podcast offering moms
judgment-free breastfeeding support.  Hosted by Robin Kaplan, M.Ed,
IBCLC, each episode features a breastfeeding expert and a panel of
breastfeeding mothers, openly discussing breastfeeding successes,
struggles, and everything in between.  The show helps guide mothers
by providing an honest, natural, and relaxed approach to
breastfeeding.

 

Here are the
Prizes!

How to Enter the Ultimate World Breastfeeding Week giveaway:

You may enter the giveaway from August 1, 2013 – August 7, 2013.
On August 8, 2013, we will announce 1 lucky winner of the Breastfeeding
Mom Prize Package #1 and 1 lucky winner of the Breastfeeding Mom Prize
Package #2.

 

Breastfeeding Mom Prize Package
#1

WBW 2013 Master List 1

 

One Hygeia Enjoye Pump: A
hospital-grade performance double breast pump that is designed for
long-term and frequent pumping needs.

One carrier and accessories from Beco Baby Carrier: One Soleil
Baby Carrier (Stella), one Soleil Accessory Pack (Stella), and a Carry-All
Bag (Stella).

One Weelee™ car seat travel bag by Clek: A universal travel bag designed
to protect your car seat from damage while traveling — two rugged wheels,
a telescoping handle, luggage ID tag, thick layers of padding for optimal
protection, plus a little extra room to stow extra vacation
essentials.

One $100 eGift Card from Zutano:
Good for everything from Baby Clothes to Bedding, Toys to Tableware, where
Whimsy and Fashion meet online!

One Pump&Nurse Tank and New Relaxed Fit Crossover Bra from Rumina Nursingwear

Two general admission tickets to any MommyCon in 2013:
Philadelphia, Kansas City, Portland, or Los Angeles.

One $30 gift certificate to Undercover Mama: Undercover Mama
keeps your back, sides, & belly covered while you nurse! Perfect for
pregnancy, breastfeeding & beyond!

One Pumpin’ Pal Pumpin’ Comfort
Kit: Includes one pair of all three sizes of Super Shields, The Original
Hands-Free Strap, and the Air-Dry parts bag.

One $50 gift certificate to A
Mother’s Boutique
:  A Mother’s Boutique offers everything a new
mother or mother to be needs in one convenient location – From maternity
clothing to breastfeeding gear, nursing bras, breastpumps and slings, we
have something for every mom.

One Naked nursing tank: The
North American made Bamboo Naked Nursing Tank is a midsection cover-up for
pregnant and breastfeeding Moms – Transforms EVERY shirt into a nursing
shirt, just throw it on underneath your regular wardrobe!

One Arden bra by The Dairy
Fairy
: The only nursing bra that multitasks as much as you do – nurse,
hands free pump, and adjust the fit, all while looking and feeling
beautiful.

Four cloth diapers from Lovely Pocket Diapers: Save
thousands and diaper your baby from birth to potty trained for as little
as $140 with Lovely Pocket Diapers one size reusable cloth diapers!

One KangarooCare
breastfeeding and babywearing necklace for mom and baby.

One trio of salves from Motherlove
Herbal Company
: Enjoy a set of Green Salve (for itches and rashes),
Diaper Rash & Thrush Salve, and Nipple Cream.

A collection of essentials for nursing moms from Fairhaven Health: Enjoy our
Nursing Blend, Nursing Time Tea, and Nipple Nurture Balm!

One PumpEase and ‘Through a Child’s Eyes Keepsake Colouring
Boob from Snugabell Mom & Baby
Gear
: Fashionable hands-free pumping bra… because women like
pretty things, EVEN when they’re pumping!

One Milkies Milk Saver:
Created for breastfeeding mothers to collect milk at any time from
the non-breastfeeding side.

One Milkies Freeze: Created to
hold your own bags of milk collected in the order that they are placed,
making it easier to use the older milk first and so forth.

One My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear Giraffe kit: Includes a 16″ stuffed
giraffe and special red heart recordable sound module to record your
baby’s heartbeat.

 

Breastfeeding Mom Prize Package
#2

WBW 2013 Master List 2

 

One carrier and drooling pads from Beco Baby Carrier: One Gemini
Baby Carrier (Micah) and set of Drooling Pads (Natural).

One Organic Collection Baby Carrier from Ergobaby:
Made from 100% Oeko-Tex certified Organic cotton, the Ergobaby Organic
Carrier blends eco-consciousness with the utmost attention to quality and
safety.

One $100 eGift Card from Zutano:
Good for everything from Baby Clothes to Bedding, Toys to Tableware, where
Whimsy and Fashion meet online!

One Naked nursing tank: The
North American made Bamboo Naked Nursing Tank is a midsection cover-up for
pregnant and breastfeeding Moms – Transforms EVERY shirt into a nursing
shirt, just throw it on underneath your regular wardrobe!

One breastfeeding scarf from Snoob – A stylish, versatile
breastfeeding scarf that offers discreet cover when breastfeeding in
public.

One $30 gift certificate to Undercover Mama: Undercover Mama
keeps your back, sides, & belly covered while you nurse! Perfect for
pregnancy, breastfeeding & beyond!

One nursing tank and hands-free pumping accessory kit from Glamourmom.

One Rocky Road Maternity/Nursing bra and brief set from Cake Lingerie: Cake Lingerie
designs and manufactures luxurious Maternity/Nursing Lingerie, to make
women look and feel beautiful during this extraordinary period in our
lives.

One Pump&Nurse Tank and New Relaxed Fit Crossover Bra from Rumina Nursingwear

Two ultra absorbent pocket diapers from Thirsties.

One Deluxe Baby Gift Basket from Episencial: Enjoy the moment with
Babytime! By Episencial favorites that will soothe and care for your
baby’s skin.

One order of Matraea
Mama’s
Milk Tea: Matraea Mama’s Milk Tea is a flavourful
tea used to increase milk production when your supply is low and also may
promote easier digestion in your baby.

One combo pack from Bamboobies: Bamboobies nursing
pads are made of bamboo, organic cotton and hemp which make these
reusable breast pads incredibly absorbent and unbelievably soft.

One shirt from Mama Pear
Designs
: One of MamaPear Designs best-selling shirts! Simple graphics
spread a positive message of “Peace. Love. Breastfeeding”

One Virtual
Breastfeeding Culture: Seeking Mother to Mother Support in the Digital Age
book
by Lara Audelo: a new book about the online support communities
that mothers have built for themselves; share the journeys of 30
breastfeeding mothers who narrate their own stories of finding valuable
support and life-changing friendships online.

One Second Skin Swaddle from Precious Image
Creations
: Versatile and easy to use; designed for skin-to-skin
positioning of your new baby, while providing safety, temperature
regulation and discretion, and accommodating breastfeeding and
pumping.

One baby romper from One
Creative Mama
: One Creative Mama helps to normalize breastfeeding by
creating humorous breastfeeding advocacy gear for moms and babies.

One set of colorful wooden nesting bowls from Little Spruce Organics:
This beautiful, durable set of wooden nesting bowls is made with safe,
water-based dyes and is perfect for babies and toddlers who are just
learning how to place objects inside of one another and stack.

One nursing necklace from Freja Toys, made from natural materials and full of
warmth and love.

 

Enter our
Giveaway! 

 

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Peer Support and a history of World Breastfeeding Week- Celebrate WBW 2013

this post made possible by the generous sponsorship of Fairhaven Health.

Nations around the world continue to make progress in terms of normalizing and supporting breastfeeding, whether in public or in the privacy of a mother’s home. Last week, Guam senator Aline Yamashita introduced a bill to protect the right of women to breastfeed in public or private spaces. In fact, most U.S. states and territories have passed some sort of law regarding breastfeeding.

This is exactly what the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action had hoped for when they launched World Breastfeeding Week in 1992. Each year, World Breastfeeding Week celebrates women’s breastfeeding rights from August 1-7. The global campaign aims to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding, while raising public awareness about the benefits of breastfeeding. 

This year’s theme is all about breastfeeding peer support. Approximately 77 percent of moms begin breastfeeding after delivery, however only 47 percent of moms continue to breastfeed at six months old, and by 12 months old only 25 percent of moms breastfeed their infants. Community support after delivery is essential to successful and sustained breastfeeding. Traditionally, families provided this support but with the global community available via the world wide web, women can seek peer support from Internet communities including The Leaky Boob.

To celebrate World Breastfeeding Week 2013 and breastfeeding peer support The Leaky Boob is hosting The Ultimate World Breastfeeding Week giveaway along with The Boob Group, and the San Diego Breastfeeding Center. Two lucky winners, announced August 8, will each receive an enormous gift basket of breastfeeding support products including teas, nipple salves, breast pads, baby carriers, and much, much more. Last year’s Ultimate World Breastfeeding Week giveaway had over 19,000 entries and the sponsors anticipate having even more this year!

In keeping with the theme of the week, Fairhaven Health plans to host contests and giveaways on their Belly to Breast Facebook page where Facebookers can enter to win natural breastfeeding support products like:

  • Nursing Blend: A doctor-designed breastfeeding supplement that offers optimal vitamin and mineral support for breastfeeding women, and helps increase milk production.
  • Nipple Nurture Balm: An organic, all-natural nipple balm designed to soothe, protect, and heal sore or cracked nipples.
  • Fenugreek: A concentrated, all-natural Fenugreek supplement designed to help increase breast milk production.
  • Nursing Time Tea: A natural nursing tea to help increase breast milk quality and quantity.
  • Nursing Postnatal: A comprehensive postnatal multivitamin designed to meet the unique nutritional needs to breastfeeding women.

World Breastfeeding Week also brings The Big Latch On, a global event where women and their children come together to breastfeed for one minute. The goal of the event is to break the record for the number of women breastfeeding simultaneously. Last year’s record to break: 8,862 women and their children. Valuing supporting breastfeeding mothers, Fairhaven Health is working with numerous local organizations to supply breastfeeding support products for Big Latch On events across the country and encouraging online events and interactions that raise awareness of breastfeeding around the world.

For a full list of this year’s events, visit worldbreastfeedingweek.org.

About World Breastfeeding Week

The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) was formed in 1991 to act on the Innocenti Declaration passed by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The declaration recognizes that breastfeeding is a unique process that provides ideal nutrition to infants, contributes to healthy infant growth and development, reduces disease, contributes to women’s health, provides social and economic benefits, and provides women with a sense of satisfaction. World Breastfeeding Week, launched on August 1, 1992, is WABA’s main global campaign to support and promote breastfeeding, and commemorates the adoption of the Innocenti Declaration.

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The 3rd Dimension of Breastfeeding – Communication and Community

It’s World Breastfeeding Week.  Some ways I will be celebrating:

  • Breastfeeding
  • Writing
  • Interacting on TLB’s Facebook page
  • Participating in Holistic Moms Network’s World’s Biggest Breastfeeding Twitter Party
  • Talking with friends, family and probably complete strangers about breastfeeding
  • Breastfeeding related shout outs on my Facebook pages
  • Working on the new look and resources for theleakyboob.com
  • Sharing guest posts

The main way I'm celebrating WBW 2011- breastfeeding Smunchie

The theme set for World Breastfeeding Week 2011 is “Talk to me!  Breastfeeding- A 3D Experience.”  On worldbreastfeedingweek.org the 3 dimensions of breastfeeding are explained as “time (from pre-pregnancy to weaning) and place (the home, community, health care system, etc)” with an emphasis on the 3rd dimension of communication.

This 3rd dimension of breastfeeding is really what The Leaky Boob is all about, particularly communication within the context of community because it’s in that context that communication can unfold in ways that come alive through personal experience.  In fact, I believe that without community a good portion of all the right communication in the world falls on deaf ears.  Communication within community has one crucial and weighted piece: relationships.

Of all the ways I’m participating in WBW 2011 celebrations perhaps the most important are the ones that keep building up community that fosters dialogue.  Dialogue that doesn’t just include currently breastfeeding women but rather extends beyond those women and related health care professionals to invite those no longer breastfeeding to share, to reach men, youth, children and women that never will breastfeed and include them in the conversation.  This dialogue isn’t profound, it’s just normal, every day conversation.  Like breastfeeding is a normal, every day activity.  But dialogue isn’t just talking, it’s listening too.  The stories, concerns, fears, happy memories, uncomfortable and awkward exchanges and sometimes even the uneducated, misinformed opinions of those we’re communicating with.  In listening, really listening to these I usually discover how I can fine tune my own communication further while providing support and encouragement.

Tonight I’m looking forward to participating in what is hopefully going to be the World’s Largest Breastfeeding Twitter Party hosted by the Holistic Moms Network.  You can find the party happening at #BigBFParty (I suggest using tweetchat.com or some other site to help you participate in the party)
As communication and community unfold this evening at 10pm EST I hope that this 3rd dimension of breastfeeding grows further to inhabit not just one hour or one week but our regular, every day life through out the year and in time develops into normal, every day conversation with the normal, every day people in our lives.

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How are you celebrating and participating in World Breastfeeding Week?

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For some reason my hyperlinks aren’t working.  So I’m going for the direct, old fashioned way.

World Breastfeeding Week: worldbreastfeedingweek.org

World Breastfeeding Week Press Release: http://worldbreastfeedingweek.org/pdf/wbw2011-pr.pdf

Holistic Moms Network #BigBFParty: http://holisticmomsnational.blogspot.com/2011/07/support-missing-link.html

The Leaky [email protected]@b Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/TheLeakyBoob

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Through the eyes of a child


For World Breastfeeding Week I was excited to host “Perspectives: Breastfeeding through Children’s Eyes Art Prject.” The original plan was to take submissions for a week and then select one to be printed on note cards, a collaboration with Paper Mama, the sales of which would go to benefit Best For Babes Foundation. We were and are all super excited. But we want more submissions.

In an effort to get more submissions, we’re going to extend the contest deadline to September 15th. We have some great submissions so far and love seeing how your little ones view breastfeeding. We are looking forward to even more. Spread the word and ask your little ones to share their artistic expressions of their perspective of breastfeeding!

To submit, send a scanned copy of a high quality photograph of your child’s piece to theleakyboob @ theleakyboob.com by September 15th with your child’s first name, age and anything they had to say about breastfeeding and their submission. You may submit as many as you’d like.

We are looking forward to all of the submissions and hope to help a good cause and I’d love to show that children seeing breastfeeding is not a sexually perverted act and is in fact a positive in not only the lives of the mothers and babies but the children exposed to such beautiful nurturing as well.

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The Tardy WBW 2010 Perspectives blog-carnival wrap up

“Why are you always on the computer now? I thought we were going to do something special while Earth Baby and The Storyteller were at camp?”

Lolie’s beautiful blue eyes were wide with expectation, waiting to hear what had to be a good answer from me.

Lolie, 7 years

Generally, I’m very careful about my time and protect the routine for me and my children. Though I’m not attending births right now which does make it a little easier, when I am, knowing it could be thrown off at any second means holding onto whatever rhythm I can is crucial. That, and I like to really be with my kids. Whenever I get really busy I hear the words to Harry Chapin’s Cat’s in the Craddle spinning through my head. Since I don’t want that to be me, no matter what it was I was doing, I strive to find a balance.

Looking at Lolie and knowing the answer to her question the frustration of having just lost the carnival post full of links and information suddenly melted away. In the light of Loli’s frustration with me not being available I realized that my explanation of “It’s World Breastfeeding Week and I’m running a blog carnival and lots of give-aways!” sounded weak to even my grown-up mind. No way my 7 year old was going to give a rat’s rear-end about World Breastfeeding Week, young lactivist though she may be. I had promised cupcakes and her sisters had been gone for 3 days already.

So, dear reader, I closed my laptop. Quite frankly, she matters more than a blog carnival, she matters more than World Breastfeeding Week, even. I knew you all would survive and were probably busy with your own lives on a Saturday. And I knew you would understand. Though I no longer comfort or nourish this child at my breast, I do comfort and nourish her with my time and attention. We curled up together, lap top pushed aside, with a book we had started and read for an hour. We painted toe and finger nails. We turned on Regina Specktor and danced like crazy. We played wii for hours- something we never permit in our normal family rhythm- and she profoundly creamed me in Mariocart. We went out to a fancy-shmancy frozen yogurt boutique. We said farewell to her god-parents for the next 3 months until they come home from London for Christmas. We made lactation cookies. We sighed and giggled after sliding around in socks on the hardwood floors. We built towns of blocks with farms and watch-towers. We set-up the slip-n’-slide. We attended a ball in our living room complete with play silks and gowns and danced to Rachmoninov’s 3rd piano concerto. We drank iced tea out of china tea cups because with the summer Houston temperatures we didn’t want hot tea. We watched a movie and I didn’t even multi-task, she cuddled with 3 of my girls. We went to the thrift store and found cheap treasures. We hit the grocery store and planned a fancy dinner. She reveled in being the biggest big sister and not a little sister. As my helper, she took charge when needed and entertained a tired, melting-down Squiggle Bug for us to make it through the grocery store. When I sat down to breastfeed Smunchie she asked if I needed my computer. I told her no, I just needed her and she beamed at me, grabbed a book and got as close to me as she could without knocking Smunchie off my lap and breast and she read me a story about a boy with a loose tooth. After finishing her story she stroked Smunchie’s fuzz and asked me if she breastfed like that. I told her yes she did.

People, it was good. It was better than a 1000 comments on any post ever.

Lolie, 7 years old

And I realized something. The most important thing I did for World Breastfeeding Week was step away from my computer and spend time with my daughter.

So now I bring you the late finale to our blog carnival.

The Piano Man managed to squeeze in some time to write some of his thoughts on breastfeeding; Mammaries… I mean, Memories. I’m not actually sure when he did it, honestly but when he read it to me I teared up. He shared a memory of seeing his mom breastfeed his little sister and I have now made a mental note to write or call my mother in law to thank her. Again.

Our second guest post is another beautiful and moving story. We’ve had so many this week and I’m thrilled to share another that is honest, inspiring and full of a mother’s desperate love. Breast Nurturing: A Relactating Story.

I’ve really enjoyed all of the bloggers that participated in the carnival. There were new-to-me bloggers and some I’ve been reading for a while. I hope you found some to follow, their voices offering unique perspectives on life that both challenge you and help you know you’re not alone.

Re-Normalizing Breastfeeding: A first step for life-long health– Looking solely at breastfeeding from a health perspective, Kirstin muses about the long term impact of breastfeeding vs. formula feeding. Kirstin is mother to one with another on the way, she says she’s learning to be a little crunchier everyday. She blogs at My Belly Blog.

Happy World Breastfeeding Week!
– A personal journey that leads to discovering the joy of breastfeeding. I so appreciated Laura’s honest telling of her breastfeeding experience, ups, downs, and in betweens. Laura is a SAHM who throughly enjoys catching bugs, splashing in the pool and eating popsicles with her 16 month old son Aiden and I just love the title of her blog: Blissed Out Baby.

Swimming Upstream– Becky didn’t see a lot of breastfeeding before she had children and entered breastfeeding her son pretty much alone. Her story and dreams of a world where breastfeeding moms have support is inspiring. Becky is a wife and mom of two little ones, striving to keep order in her home who is enjoying her new found hobby of blogging… somewhere in the desert.

So It Has Been A While. Your Point?
– Alex’s hubby hijacked her blog and wrote a great post sharing his thoughts on breastfeeding! Hearing from men on breastfeeding twice in one day is a perfect way to ring out World Breastfeeding Week, don’t you think? Even if it is a little late.

Our children’s art project, Perspectives: Breastfeeding Through Children’s Eyes was planned to wrap up tomorrow but to give more time for more submissions (and we already have so many great ones!) we’re extending it through the rest of the month. As August is National Breastfeeding Month this is a fitting time for kids to be creative about breastfeeding. Send submissions to theleakyboob @ theleakyboob {dot} com.

Hope you all enjoyed the blog carnival. I’d love to hear which blog posts and guests posts touched you. Leave me a comment sharing what encouraged, inspired and connected with you from this week. Thanks you all for a wonderful World Breastfeeding Week celebration and I hope you understand why this wrap up is tardy.

Loli holding the Rollie-Pollies that earned her nick-name.
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Breast Nurting: A Re-lactation Story

For our WBW blog carnival on “Perspectives: Breastfeeding From Every Angle” we are pleased to host guest posts from various contributors. Today we hear the perspective on breastfeeding from Rachel, a mom that re-lactated after medical reasons led her to wean very early. Rachel has a re-lactating blog chronicling her journey.


When my son was almost 4 weeks old, I began my relactation journey. I stocked up on medication, supplements, information and support. You see, he was formula fed at one week old. I was hospitalised overnight with severe anxiety attacks and extreme insomnia when he was 6 days old and was not in a state to breastfeed so he was given formula feeds.

I then allowed my milk to dry up as I focused on getting better mentally. After finding out that I had lost my first pregnancy early in the second trimester, I understandably was anxious during my second pregnancy and beyond. As a result, I had postnatal depression & anxiety all surrounding the fear of losing my son and not being a ‘good enough’ Mumma to him.

I so desperately missed breastfeeding – not only for all of the health benefits to him and myself but because I loved it.

I started being very conscious of eating well, drinking loads of fluids, resting, and nursing him as often as possible. He would latch on but got increasingly frustrated because I was producing next-to-no milk. I was taking several galactologues and started pumping regularly. I stayed in contact with a lactation consultant and ordered a Supplementary Nursing System. Some beautiful, generous Mummas are donated expressed breastmilk to us as well.

To say I was determined is an understatement.

I was so blessed to have a cooperative baby and an extremely supportive husband. I went from expressing literally a couple of mLs from both breasts at a time to producing more than enough breastmilk (750 mL in a 24 hour period) in just seventeen days!


Getting my supply back was only half the battle. It was then a matter of getting him back to the breast. 11 days later, after much frustration and a few meltdowns (from both him and I) my baby boy had his first of many feeds from the breast… and we haven’t looked back. That was over 5 months ago and my ‘boobah’ loving baby boy is so happy.

It was trying, don’t get me wrong. I had to hand express at first and expressing so regularly and constantly was draining both physically and emotionally. I had all the normal duties of a first time Mum to contend with alongside postnatal anxiety, an exhaustive pumping schedule, painful nipples (hello nipple thrush, meet hospital grade double breast pump), the financial cost and it was so time consuming. But it was beyond worth it.

I spent most of my free time (hah! Free time with a tiny baby?) researching relactation on the internet. I searched for success stories, blogs, articles, anything that would tell me that it was not only possible but that it was worth it. At one point I remember saying I just want someone to come to me from the future and tell me that this will all be worth it. Well, it is. It really really is.


I didn’t just want to breast-feed. I wanted to breast-nurture. I am a relactation success story. I just want to be a voice for relactation to say that it is achievable and gaining back our breastfeeding relationship has been so very rewarding.

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Mammaries…I mean Memories…

A few weeks ago I had invited The Piano Man to contribute something for World Breastfeeding Week. It didn’t seem like he was going to have the time but he surprised me with this and I’m so glad he did. A guest post by The Piano Man, the greatest support a Leaky [email protected]@b like me could ever ask for.

The Piano Man and Squiggle Bug Fall 2009

It’s fascinating to me how perspectives vary from culture to culture, region to region, or even from person to person; how you can discover that you have so much in common with someone who lives half-way around the world, or surprisingly opposite views with a close childhood friend or family member. I’m not sure how much of the way I see the world fits with each of the different cultures (and subcultures) I’ve been a part of – French, American, family, conservative christian, liberal christian, secular university, classical music, etc. It is a complex tapestry of many sources and I won’t try to unweave it here to show where various threads find their origin. I wish to simply share some of the impressions, memories and thoughts that come to mind when I think about breastfeeding.

The first memory that pops into my head is that of a church potluck in France, where I grew up. This particular gathering happened to take place in my backyard. It was a beautiful afternoon, sunny, not too warm, and we had plenty of shade from the trees we had in our yard. Lunch was over and my Sunday school teacher’s baby girl communicated it was her turn to eat. A short asian woman, her mother was my teacher throughout my middle school years, and was always so full of wisdom. In the most relaxed way, she just put her baby to her breast and met her baby’s need in what struck me as a very natural, unceremonious way. I was very aware, in my junior high state, that breasts also serve sexual purposes, but in that moment they were intended for something much more meaningful.

The Chateau by The Piano Man’s childhood house (seriously, this was basically his backyard).

I am aware that my mother breastfed all 4 of her kids, but being the third, I have virtually no mammaries – sorry, memories – of it. Sorry, our neighbor across the street has made mention of a certain man’s club nearby (I refuse to associate the word “gentleman” with it) called Memories, and every time he does he slips up and says “Mammaries” instead, which, ironically, while pointing out just what type of club it is, also completely desexualizes it for me.

As I was saying, one of the only memories I have of my mother breastfeeding happened a couple of days after my little sister was born. Back then, in France, kids were not allowed in Labor and Delivery, but my Dad figured out a way for us kids to meet our newest sibling. My mother’s room was on the ground floor and looked out over a grassy area right outside her window. I remember the ground having steep hills, but perhaps they were steeper to me as a 5 year old than they would be for me now. Steep grassy hills would be something that would stick in a young child’s memory. So we walked quietly up one of the hills, admonished by our father not to disturb the other patients with loud voices. When we arrived at the top, we approached an open window and looked into a white room where my Mom was sitting up in bed, holding a bundled baby to her chest. I was afraid to get too close, acutely aware of how unwelcome I was at the hospital. The room seemed very uninviting to me, all white, sterile, with a hint of pink which must have been the blanket my little sister was wrapped in. My mother looked very tired and happy, gently holding our newborn in nursing position. Perhaps seeing my little sister breastfed contributed to my positive views on breastfeeding, having it modeled in such a comfortable environment by people I loved and trusted.

Oh to be sure, I also developed a “healthy” sexual view of breasts as well. They are one of the most obvious physical differences between men and women, and I think it’s in those differences that our fascination and curiosity with the opposite sex start. My wife, Jessica, and I have had many conversations about why men have such an obsession with breasts. For brevity’s sake, I’ll share just a few of my thoughts on the matter. The aforementioned obsession appears to be an American one. Nowhere else in the world does there appear to be such a preoccupation with body image. We could spend all day listing off examples (like how I am assailed by images of perfect bodies every time I visit the grocery store). Breasts are primarily and almost exclusively perceived as sexual in the US. In complete contrast, Jessica mentioned an article where some women belonging to an African tribe where women don’t cover their breasts were interviewed, and they laughed out loud at the thought of grown men being into breasts, the idea being so foreign to them, in fact, that their reaction was to picture men wanting to breastfeed like babies! I place myself somewhere in between these two extremes.

Jessica, Squiggle Bug and The Piano Man, December 2008

The Piano Man feeding Smunchie a bottle of Mommy-milk, March 2010

Seriously, our culture has this sexual-only view of breasts so ingrained in its psyche that I wonder how our babies would survive if formula suddenly disappeared! What a major adjustment that would be in our way of thinking!

The Piano Man providing support in labor, December 2009

When we had our first child, Jessica and I discussed what we would do to feed our baby. Though breastfeeding seemed the natural choice to me, I was also acutely aware that it was Jessica, not me, that would be the one to sacrifice her time, her convenience, her desire for solitude and privacy, in order to give of herself physically to her baby, facing discomfort, frustration at times, and even pain. I realized that the benefits would be hers as well, the closeness and intimacy, the cuddles, the many many moments that would become beautiful memories, and more. But as I wasn’t equipped to make that sacrifice myself – that commitment, if that’s a more comfortable term – I was in no position to demand that she do what I thought was best. Fortunately, we live in an era where there are other options available. (It just now struck me that if formula weren’t available, there really wouldn’t be much of a decision to make for most people!) As to the view that her breasts were “mine,” if they cannot fulfill both functions in the same season (I’m sure I don’t have to tell any of you that this isn’t a problem for many women!), assuming that they are meant for both, then to me it comes down to pitting the distinct benefits of breastfeeding for our baby (and for her mother too!) – her NEED – against my desire to enjoy her breasts for my pleasure (and hers too!) – a WANT. Need VS. want. Need I say more? After arriving at that conclusion, it was just a matter of deciding how long Jessica would breastfeed, a decision that I felt was Jessica’s to make, and which she has reassessed with every baby. My role has been to support these decisions and provide encouragement in every way I can.


I had planned to write something light and sweet, but I guess I have some pretty strong opinions on the matter! But I’ll finish with light and sweet. My favorite part of Jessica breastfeeding our babies, health benefits and all other arguments aside, is how darn adorable they are together. The sweet communion they share, those tender cuddles (I admit I am a big fan of cuddling!), the milk-heavy smiles; those moments they share where they obviously draw into each other a little further, getting closer beyond the skin to skin, in those moments, when I take a moment to observe, I feel myself getting drawn in as well, to both of them, and it. is. beautiful.

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HAPPY HOUR! TGIF!

World Breastfeeding Week is almost over and we have Friday Happy Hour to celebrate!

And this time, there are 3 totally awesome, totally beautiful give-aways for Happy Hour. The theme? Art! In honor of the children’s art project, Perspectives: Breastfeeding Through Children’s Eyes to benefit Best For Babes our TGIF Happy Hour give-aways are 2 prints and a children’s “Keep Me Busy Note Pad” set.

Without further ado:

1) Katie M. Berggren already did a Happy Hour give-away with us this week and today we have another winner’s choice 8×10 print to give away.

2) Another talented mom-artist, Kate Hansen already has a give-away up and running here on the blog but agreed to do another one for Happy Hour on Facebook tonight.

3) From Panda Tushies, we are thrilled to offer a give-away your kids will love, the “Keep Me Busy Note Pad!

It’s Happy Hour at The Leaky [email protected]@b. To be entered, head over to The Leaky [email protected]@b on FaceBook and look for the posts on our wall saying “COMMENT HERE TO BE ENTERED!” There is one for each give-away. You don’t have to do anything but comment to be entered but if you haven’t already, “like” Kate Hansen, Katie M. Berggren, and Panda Tushies and let them know The Leaky [email protected]@b sent you. The Happy Hour give-aways are only open from 4-10pm CST. Good luck everyone and have fun!

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KIDS EAT FREE! YoHo Graphix 4 Me!

YoHo Graphix 4 Me did a fabulous Happy Hour give-away on TLB Facebook yesterday. The PeaceLoveBreastfeeding wall decal was a huge hit and lots of fun. Lisa, the WAHM behind YoHo Graphix has also been putting a free downloadable breastfeeding related digital embroidery designs on her Ice Mudd blog every day during World Breastfeeding Week. I heart today’s.

So with all that you’d think Lisa would be done. But no. She’s got a TGIF Kids Eat Free give-away! Get inspired with a YoHo Graphix 4 me wall decal design featuring a line from The Road Less Traveled by American poet, Robert Frost.


To be entered into the random drawing for this give away…

  • Comment on this post after you’ve visited the YoHo Graphix 4 Me Etsy and tell me what your favorite product there is.

  • For an additional entry, share this give away on a social networking site such as FaceBook, Twitter or a parenting board (Not TLB forums) and let us know how you shared it in another comment.

The give away will close Saturday evening. Have fun and good luck!

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This Give-Away Is Now Closed!
Thanks to YoHo Graphix 4 Me and everyone that entered.

The winner is Amber! Lisa, from YoHo Graphix has your e-mail address and will be in touch with you to get your shipping address. Congrats and enjoy! Oh, and once you get your wall decal, we’d love to see some action shots!

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