I am a couple of weeks behind on our “2013 milestones” but, here we go. I am sure I have missed some milestones, but here are some big ones I can rattle off the top of my head.
Breastfed until 16.5 months, I would have gone longer but my body failed us. (bad boobies!!)
First “real” 2 word phrase – “bay kiki” (Bad Kitty)
First set of molars – January 2013 caused a trip to the ER and resulted in a double ear infection.
First “Big Boy” food- Spinach Feta Pie
First steps – Mid-June 2013 (17.5 mo old)
Recognize all Letters and point to them – 20 months old
First Letter learned and mastered – “E” 19 months old
Recognize numbers 1 – 20 and point to them – 20 months old
Recognize animals and point to them – 16 months old
By the end of 2013 he could say some animals, shapes, colors, about 50% of the alphabet, and numbers 1-10. He can’t do them in order yet but we are working on that.
As of January 15, 2014 when asked “How old are you going to be?” or “how old are you?” he can reply “Two” and attempts to hold up 2 fingers.
A heated debate and a hot topic, the importance of breastfeeding. I am very open-minded about breastfeeding and a mother’s choice. Some moms think it is gross or just don’t want to breast feed their baby for what ever reason they have and some mom‘s don’t have a choice about breastfeeding their babies because their bodies wont produce milk. I have heard some people say that it is not possible but I have friends that tried everything even controversial prescription medications to get breast milk and nothing. Not to mention my struggle to supply my baby with breast milk. I don’t know what I would have done if I didn’t have bottles to feed my son the milk I had pumped for him. Pumping was one way I was able to keep my supply up. And since I had low supply I sure as heck was NOT going to dump it.
I understand a government wanting to promote breastfeeding. Like our hospitals in MA have lactation consultants(LC) to help new moms in the first moments and days of life by being available for hands on help. I don’t know what I would have done with out the support and help of my LCs when my supply dipped. Our hospitals have also gotten rid of the formula care packages they send home with new moms, or maybe they just don’t give them to Exclusively Breastfed Babies(EBB). Breast is best because the mother’s body has nourished the baby from the time it was first conceived, it is natural for it to keep nourishing the baby for as long as the baby needs. When I thought about breastfeeding there was no doubt in my mind that I wanted to have an exclusively breastfed baby. I wanted to breast feed for many reasons. Obviously it is the most complete nutrition my baby could receive and it was FREE. But my mom breastfed me and I have always thought that breastfeeding is a natural part of being a mom. From the moment I first put Robert to my breast he suckled it like he was a pro. It was natural on both ends.
It is argued that the bond between a mother and a breastfed baby or a bottle fed baby is different. I don’t think that the physically being attached to the breast makes the bond stronger between mother and child but it does make the emotional aspect of providing life for your baby a deeper emotional feeling for the mother. I loved everything about breastfeeding, the cuddling him close, watching his little face relax as he started to enter the milk induced sleep, the peacefulness of our mommy-baby time and the feelings that go with breastfeeding that words can’t describe. My friends who either chose to or had to bottle feed their babies are just as close with their babies as I am with Robert. The cuddled their little ones close, watched their faces change as they got full and got to have the same mommy-baby bonding time.
So to the point of the banning the use of baby bottles… That is just ridiculous. All that will do is promote black market baby bottle dealing not breastfeeding. Plus, some moms have over-supply and have to pump to help their body regulate milk production (how I wished I was a mom with over-supply). If those mom’s don’t have bottles to put their milk where will it go? Are they supposed to throw it away? ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? If I ever for any reason had to discard any breast milk I felt like I was throwing away liquid gold. Banning baby bottles will not solve their wish to promote breastfeeding. I think the Venezuelan congress is taking this WAY TOO FAR!!
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::
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.