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October 26th, 2011

A bit of an odd request...

I was given two second-hand Bravado tanks in black and brown, size 36 B/C. These are the wrong size for me, and I was wondering if anyone wanted to trade them for Bravado or similar nursing tanks/vests in a 32 D/E or thereabouts?

I live in the UK so would prefer to trade within Europe, but I don't mind paying the extra postage to the US provided someone's willing to reciprocate!

Link to brown top: http://www.fromheretomaternity.co.uk/shopimages/products/zoom/Chocolate_Bravado_Essential_Nursing_Tank_Top_view1.jpg

January 29th, 2011

I'm kind of curious. Over at breastfeeding, people are always mentioning problems regarding the general public's attitude to nursing in public. I hear tales of tuts, requests to cover up and even to stop. However, I've never come across anything like that in this country, although daughter is only 3 months so I don't have loads of experience of NIP. When I have, though, I've been pretty much universally ignored - a couple of otehr mums have smiled at me, and some teenage boys have been embaressed (had to walk passed me to get to the loos of a cafe, and were trying their hardest to look the other way!). The closest I have come has been coleagues of mine discussing feeding in public, and saying they thought it was improper to "get your babs out in the middle of the Mall". I wonder whether this attitude will change once they have kids of their own? :P

How have others found nursing in public? Any complaints, or do typical British sensibilities mean the public are too polite and embaressed to say anything to you?

January 16th, 2011

Jelonet

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Has anyone ever used Jelonet for cracked nipples? A friend told me about it, but I've never seen or heard of it in England before (aparently it's quite widely used in N. Ireland though).

I may order some, but it's expensive (£4 for a pack of 5) and if a dressing needs to be changed after every feed I'd be spending £50 a week on this stuff! I'll speak to a health worker about it next week, but wondered if anyone had any experience with it here?

January 12th, 2011

Anyone happen to listen to Steve Wright this afternoon on Radio2? I normally cannot stand the man, but today there were positive breastfeeding things said during the 'factoids' section! Steve said something like "2/3 of mothers say it takes 18 to feel attractive again after giving birth... weight loss being one of the main issues". Janey Lee Grace responded by saying she breastfed and found she ad no weight issues after giving birth.

Okay it was a little more in-depth than that, and I doubt whether many of the anti-BF mums would be Radio2 listeners, but I was still impressed with this quick positive mention live on the show. :)

Listen here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b00x97kx (36:29)

November 2nd, 2010

I have a good friend whose third baby is 11 days old and is exclusively breastfed. Not much in that, but she is also a breast cancer survivor and had a total mastectomy on one side, without a reconstruction. She is feeding her baby exclusively on one breast which shows how amazing she is and how amazing the human body can be. She breastfed her first baby for 12 months, and the second for 7 months and only stopped when she was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to have chemotherapy. Anyhow, she is struggling with bra choices. She has a prosthesis and finds it falls out when she uses a feeding bra, and when she has her normal bras on they are quite high and so she can't just pull the cup down out of the way to feed. I was wondering whether a feeding bra with what I can only describe as a A shaped piece of material would be more useful and sturdy at keeping the prosthesis in place. She is using bras from her second baby so could probably do with some new ones. Does anyone have any ideas for makes of bra or suggestions I could pass on to her?

June 7th, 2010

An hour ago, as it happens...

I present two 12 week old kittens, and as of yet unspayed Mama cat.

"Why haven't you had her spayed yet?"
"She's still nursing, we didn't want her milk to dry up."
"These kittens are 12 weeks old!"
"Yes."
"They should have been weaned at 8 weeks!"
"Huh?"
"It's bad for cats to keep nursing past 8 weeks.
"Why?"
"It makes the kittens needy, and they can claw things and knead people."
"I'm sorry, I don't believe that. I can't see how there is any evidence of the need to force wean any mammal. Besides, how could I wena them at 8 weeks, exactly?"
"By separating them. Forcing the kittens to eat solid food. They should be on lots of solids now."
"They are on lots of solids. They eat a lot. Why is it bad for them?"
"It just is."
"I'm sorry, I need scientific proof of that statement, do you have any?"
"It's just what is done."
"I'm sorry, I can't believe it's in the interest of any mammal on the face of the planet, to be force weaned. And I won't believe it until you show me the scientific research proving it.
"Oh, it doesn't matter."

So, there you go ladies, don't let your kittens nurse too long on Mama. They'll become needy and emotionally dependent, and it's not good for cats at all!!!!!!!!

Argh!!!!! No wonder we humans have such a hard time with it!

January 15th, 2010

GMTV

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Have a questionnaire up about breastfeeding, prior to them running an item of older children breastfeeding.

I imagine they need nice healthy respones!

http://www.gmtvsurveys.com/se.ashx

I've blogged all the questions here: http://one-of-those-women.blogspot.com/2010/01/sodding-gmtv-again.html

EDIT: If your'e having problems getting in, try clicking on 'breastfeeding survey' here:  http://www.gm.tv/

January 7th, 2010

http://www.babyfriendly.org.uk/items/item_detail.asp?item=620


A number of newspaper articles have today reported on a Norwegian study which has found an association between higher levels of male hormones in pregnancy and the ability to breastfeed after birth. The authors are reported to have extrapolated from their findings that mothers’ ability to breastfeed is entirely down to these hormone levels. They are also reported to have claimed that exposure to high levels of testosterone before birth account for the differences in health outcomes between breast and bottle fed babies. The findings of this small study are of interest and may warrant further investigation. However, the claims made in relation to these findings do not account for the large differences in breastfeeding rates between countries, with some having 99% of mothers successfully breastfeeding. They are also contradicted by the large body of evidence which shows that levels of successful breastfeeding can be increased by a range of improved support interventions.

The claims made relating to the health outcomes of breastfeeding do not account for the dose response found in many studies, which show that babies breastfed exclusively or for longer periods have the best overall outcomes.

The study does not account for or tally with the known mechanisms for how breastmilk protects against illness. For example, breastmilk contains a range of anti-infective properties including immunoglobulins, white cells, anti-inflammatory components, enzymes and non-antibody factors such as lactoferrin and the bifidus factor.

The body of evidence for the benefits of breastfeeding is very large and comes from a wide range of studies into many different illnesses, carried out by numerous researchers in many different universities. Systematic reviews of the literature have also been carried out and are especially useful, as they are able to eliminate weak studies and combine the findings of all the high-quality papers in order to demonstrate with the greatest reliability whether a protective effect truly exists. It is important to note that there is variability in the quality and depth of evidence in relation to some illnesses which is why the authors of these reviews tend to call for further research to clarify the finding. It remains the case, however, that the evidence for the advantages of breastfeeding is strong.

The two most recent and influential reviews were carried out by the Agency for Health and Research Quality and the World Health Organization and are summarised below:

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December 15th, 2009

Further my last post, the decision has been overturned and baby Alex will continue to receive donor milk until mum Dawn is able to feed him.

Story here.

"They claimed there was no evidence there was any benefit in giving milk to babies born after 29 weeks for more than the first few weeks of life." WTF?

November 25th, 2009

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In Clare Byam-Cook's latest blog entry, she suggests that Breastfeeding Counsellors can be trained on 3 day courses that cost £300.

NCT Breastfeeding Counsellor training takes about 4 years and does not require any payment from the trainee. Training with other breastfeeding charities (BfN, ABM, LLL) is comparable to that.

So what on earth is she talking about? Answers on a postcard as it is not possible to comment on her blog so I can't ask her.

Has anyone heard of such a course?
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