NEW NFL SAFETY RULE …
I can understand no purses, no back packs and no cushion seats but come on… NO DIAPERBAGS??? Do any of these idiots making the rules have/had babies? OMG I can’t imagine trying to stuff a 12″x6″x12″ plastic bag full of diapers, wipes, dirty diaper bag(for the cloth diaper users), diaper cream, baby powder, a change of baby cloths(face it blowout’s happen), blanket(can’t change that baby on a dirty public changing table), lovey(or fave toy), nursing cover(I would nurse cover free in my seat to make a point), toddler shoes(some babies pull them off and they have to go somewhere), formula(for the formula babies), jarred/pouch baby food, bottles, pacifiers, teethers, and mini-first aid kit(I never go anywhere without one).
I really think they are taking this whole “safety” thing to a whole new level of ridiculous.
It has been a long breastfeeding journey. I have gone through herbal treatment after herbal treatment. I have a nice regimen of herbal teas and supplements. I had gotten so I was able to pump about 8oz of milk a day (pumping 3-5 times a day) but the last few days I have only gotten about 5 oz a day in 3 pumping sessions. I don’t know if it is hormones adjusting but it makes me sad to know that my herbal regimen might be starting to fail and my body is building a tolerance to them.
I am sad to think that my milk producing days are coming to an end. Robert has been much more independent the last few days and not asking to nurse. I know 16 months is a good run to breastfeed but my heart breaks thinking that this is the first time, and not the last, that I feel my little guy doesn’t need me as much. I know he needs me in new ways but it is still an adjustment.
Then I wonder is this going to be the feeling I have for all major milestones? I miss the days of cuddling him and watching his little face go from hungry to content to full and blissfully in a milk coma. It is the most peaceful look I have ever seen. Now I have to sneak into his room while he sleeps to catch a glimpse of that peaceful look.
My little boy and my body are in sync no matter how much I try to pump… ::BIG SIGH::
04/01/12 – 2 months old
This is my favorite breastfeeding moment. Our youngest cat, 5 years old, was my baby before Robert came into our family. She was a little jealous of the amount of attention Robert got and still is. She was also protective of the little guy. Until he was too big for her to fit she liked to lay on the other side of him while he nursed. It was so sweet. When he got bigger she would lay on my legs if I had them propped up or on the little table I had next to us. This is the only picture I have of nursing our little one. At the time I didn’t want pictures taken because I had tubes around me and I didn’t really want to remember that part of recovery. Truth is, I never forgot and now I consider it part of my right of passage to being a mother.
Here is more information I have found on Moringa. This plant gets more and more interesting the more I learn about it. For the last few years the World Health Organization has been helping to promote the plant for its nutritional value and health booting properties. Both water and alcohol based tinctures made from the leaves of the Moringa Tree have been able to fight off various bacterial infections such as Staphylococcus aureus, Vibrio parahaemolyticus, Aeromonas cavaie, and Enterococcus faecalis but didn’t work on others. When the leaves are ingested either whole, ground or in powder form it has been clinically proven that the medicinal properties of the Moringa leaf balances the blood glucose levels and could also have a benefit to the insulin regulation in the body. The leaves can also be made into a paste and used on the skin to aid in the beatification process. There are so many health benefits to the leaves. The amount of iron is 3 times more than what is found in a single serving of spinach. This can help people with iron deficiency and anemia.
The Moringa roots bark from has been used to successfully treat post-menopausal epithelial ovarian cancer. It has been clinically proven to be the only herbal plant that benefits the female reproductive system because of the anti-tumor and female hormone properties it contains. The root bark however should not be taken by woman in the childbearing years or pre-menopausal because the chemicals in the root cause a fertilized egg not to be able to implant into the wall of the uterus. Therefore, the Moringa root bark has been used in some cultures as a natural form of birth control. It is a delicate balance because too much of the root bark can cause extreme uterine contractions and has caused fatalities when overdosed.
The Moringa Root Bark is not to be confused with the Moringa Leaf which is very healthy and packed with all kinds of good stuff.
NOTE TO SELF: Don’t take too close to bedtime… I was wide awake with a lot of energy. I didn’t fall asleep until about 2 am and not for a lack of trying.
Here is more information about Moringa. It is packed full of info on blood pressure, anti-aging and so much more … http://moringamalunggay.com/health-benefits.htm
I first heard about this from a friend who is a Herbologist. She was interviewed for a new special and posted a link to the interview. So I commented and asked her if it would help with lactation. She looked into it and got back to me and said “absolutely” and suggested the capsule form since I live in an environment that is too cold to grow it myself. Also, to see results in relation to milk supply a lactating mother should have been diagnosed with low milk supply.
So the main question I had was “is it safe while nursing” the answer she gave me was for most woman it will help them tremendously. After doing a little research on my own I agree with her when she says this is a miracle plant. (if you are considering this treatment check with your doctor before starting to use it) Here are some of the benefits it has antioxidant properties (Alpha-carotene, Bata-carotene, Beta-cryptoxanthin, Chlorophill, Lutein, and Zeaxanthin), high levels of Vitamins A & C, iron calcium, and potassium. It has also been said to help relax and calm the breastfeeding mother. This is my final attempt at increasing my milk supply. It has been a long road to make even 1 – 8oz milk a day to give him.
My journey begins with my first 400mg dose of Moringa tonight… I will post additional information on the benefits to Moringa as I learn more.
I am on day 3 of using Fenugreek for increasing my milk supply. My pills are 610mg each so I am working my way up to 10 pills a day. I started with 6 the first day and 8 yesterday. Today I start with 10, the full 6 grams recommended.
What I have noticed so far:
My milk supply has increased a little, I was able to pump only 1 oz of milk between both breasts in about 20 – 40 minutes before starting the fenugreek. As of last night I was able to pump 2 oz between both breasts in 20 minutes. My breasts are feeling fuller and aren’t hurting as much while nursing. I have not read anywhere about this however I think it is helping the letdown not be so intense for me and my son’s latch seems to be improving as well which I contribute to his not having to work as hard to get milk.
With any luck this will continue to help and I will report back soon.
I have a slow supply of breastmilk it seems. A couple of the Mommies in my mommy group have had wonderful success with fenugreek and I am going to try it. I have the pill form and was wondering how much to take here is what I found.
How Much do I Need to Take?
Fenugreek Capsule Form (580-610 mg)
2-4 capsules, 3 times per day — 6-12 capsules (total) per day 1200-2400 mg, 3 times per day (3.5-7.3 grams/day) (3) German Commission E recommends a daily intake of 6 grams (4)
I will keep you posted as to my success.