Category Archives: Breastfeeding

A Bittersweet Announcement

It is with a mixture of relief and sadness that I announce this:

 

Brooke is fully weaned.

 

My almost 17 month love/hate nursing relationship with Brooke is now over. Part of me feels sad. Sad that Brooke is growing up and is gaining independence from me. Sad because I’m no longer the only person Brooke will accept for soothing in the night. Sad that Brooke is no longer getting my antibodies to fight colds and other illnesses. Sad because I can no longer eat anything I like and not gain a pound – I’ve gained 8 since I actively began weaning her. The other part of me is happy. I’m no longer stressed about producing enough milk, not being home at bedtime, nap time etc. Happy that I will no longer have tiny fingers scratching out my eyeballs and picking my nose for me.

 

I can’t believe that with the nutrition my breast milk provided, Brooke grew from this wee little 6 lb 10 oz baby:

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To my vibrant, 16 month old almost 20 lb cute little cowgirl:

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I love you Brooke! Thanks for being such a nursing champ!

Nursing – Cool In the Pool?

My best friend emailed this article to me:

“Nursing your baby: Not cool in the pool?”
Uproar is sparked after a mother is asked to stop breastfeeding her 20-month-old in a public swimming pool. ARTICLE

She then sent me the following question to ponder:

What do you think? There are two sides to this story – ORHC and Ministry of Health.


Here’s my opinion:

breastfeeding_friendly_logo4553I agree with the Ontario Human Rights Commission – it’s her right. I’m proud to live in a Province so supportive of a mother’s right to nurse her baby – anywhere and anytime. While I agree that a woman should be allowed to nurse where ever, and that it is within her rights, I would have to agree that she should have just gotten out of the pool itself and nursed on the deck for the safety of the child (I’d be afraid of dropping Brooke, risking her drowning in the pool). I think the real uproar is because she was approached and asked to nurse elsewhere, which violates her rights to nurse anywhere. Yet I wonder if she was looking for a fight when she could have easily gone to somewhere more private to nurse?

The pool owner was in a damned if you do, and damned if you don’t predicament. What isn’t stated in the article was whether the pool owner was responding to the reactions of the other swimmers. She/He may have asked the mother to nurse elsewhere as the owner didn’t want clientele to perceive the pool as “dirty” because nursing was allowed IN the pool. As well, the pool owner may not have been aware of the OHRC stance on nursing. I would also think that the age of the “baby” may have influenced the pool owner’s decision to request that the mother nurse elsewhere as nursing is often offensive to people, particularly when the “baby” is older than what people consider to be acceptable to be still nursing (in this case the baby was 20 months old – almost 2).

Brooke and I are now facing this challenge, as we continue to nurse in public – people that would have walked by paying no attention to us when she was younger, gawk at us because of her size. I used to be quite comfortable nursing discreetly in public, but now that she’s older I almost feel embarrassed and ashamed even though I’m fully aware that the WHO (World Health Organization) advocates nursing PAST 1 yr of age. Also, now that Brooke is 16 months old I find that I need a very comfortable couch to sit in to nurse, so when we were out together last Thursday, and she had refused her cup all day and hadn’t peed in 12 hours, I was more than happy to nurse her on the vacant couch I found in the mall common area. Previously I would search for a quiet bathroom stall when Brooke was at that awkward stage where she wouldn’t allow any blanket over her head while nursing.

As for the Ministry of Health – As a nursing mom, I know that breast milk is not “leaked”, Brooke certainly ensures that by nursing well beyond when the flow of milk has stopped. If breast milk in the pool is truly the issue than ALL lactating moms shouldn’t be allowed to even swim – and how do you monitor that? Do you pinch their nipples to see if any milk comes out?

I, of course, could go on and on about my personal opinions on nursing in public and extended nursing – instead I will turn this over to you, dear readers, what do you think? There are two sides to this story – ORHC and Ministry of Health.

PS: Here are some more articles related to the incident, as the plot thickened when the breastfeeding mother attempted a Nurse-In:
York Region.com
The Toronto Star
CBCNews.ca
Ann Douglas – The Mother of All Parenting Blogs

Not Much To Say

I’m logged into my blog, all set to write an awesome kick ass post, but suddenly I’m struck by writers block. I just don’t know what to write. Should I write about work? Nah – too boring. We all sit at cubicles all day, so why would I bore you with that stuff? Should I write about softball? In brief I played 6 games in 6 days. Some we won, some we lost. I now feel like I’m 80 yrs old. Should I write about the kiddos? Sierra’s better, Brooke is…..


SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT!!

Yes! yes! You read that right! Brooke is sleeping through the night! Yippeeee! So how did we do it? I must admit I can take absolutely no credit for it. Rob did it.

Thursday Night:
Rob put her in her crib (while I was playing softball) and walked out of the room leaving her there wailing. 9 min later she was asleep. She woke up twice that night, and I attended to her as usual.

Friday night:
Same thing – only he took the monitor and did the night time parenting. He let her cry for 5 min, then went in to her. She took one look at him and flopped down in her bed. He patted her back and tucked her back in. She was up twice that night.

Saturday night:
I nursed her at bed time, then put her in her bed awake. She protest cried, but settled quickly and fell asleep on her own. She woke up once. Rob let her cry and did her night time parenting.

Sunday Night:
Same as Saturday, only she slept through the night.

Monday night:
I had softball so Rob put her to bed. She woke up once in the night.

Tuesday Night:
I put her to bed, Rob did her night-time parenting. She woke up, but didn’t require anyone to help her fall asleep.

So there ya have it folks – 13 months of waking up 2, 3 or sometimes even 4 times a night to nurse, and now I don’t have to do it anymore! Yay! So what am I going to do with all my new found energy now that the kid is FINALLY sleeping? Blog? Clean? Workout? Run? I dunno yet – right now I’m just trying to recover form playing 6 ball games in 6 days…