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The Nursing Mom's News
February 2002

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Contents:
Nursing Humor by Angela C.
Advertisement: WhisperWear
Article: Cosleeping with Monkeys by Sarah Gaunt
Call for Contributors
Nursing on the Net
Future Article: In So Many Words by Sarah Gaunt
Advertisement: Attachment Parenting International
 

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Nursing Humor
by Angela C.

I have two children, Justice and Gavin. I only nursed Justice for 4 months as she was a very difficult nurser and I was very young when I had her.  When she was about 18 months, I got pregnant with my son.  From the very beginning she was very excited about the baby growing in my tummy.  She would talk to him by placing her mouth on my belly and yelling BUBBY!!  Once she even tried to feed him a bottle through my belly button.  Gavin was born a healthy 8 pounds when Justy was 27 months old.  She never questioned where he came from.  After an initial confusion she just accepted that he was in my tummy and now he wasn't.  When my son would nurse she looked at me questioningly.  Not sure what to tell my nearly 2 1/2 year old I just told her that he was eating.  One morning she came into our bed with us while Gavin was nursing and said to me "Mommy, why baby eat your boob??"  I nearly fell out of my bed laughing.  As the children got older, Justy would come and tell me that her brother wanted nunu.  We had a special song to sing at his bedtime and when he quit nursing at 18 months, She still sings it for him, to the tune of farmer and the dell, Diapy nunu night night.  Diapy nunu night night, hi ho the derry oh its diapy nunu night night.

Angela is a sahm to Gavin, 21 months and Justice 4 years.  Her husband is in the  Coast Guard and is going active duty in March.

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Cosleeping with Monkeys
by Sarah Gaunt

  It's nearing midnight, and I'm still awake. Logan is sprawled asleep at my right side, and Jake is nursing in a semi-asleep doze on my left. The flurry of activity that has ended just minutes ago makes this stillness significant, almost timeless.
  The boys had been bouncing and rolling, laughing and squealing, winding down from the day. We drank imaginary orange and strawberry sodas, talked about our noses, and what tomorrow might bring. Jake talked the most, often too quickly for me to follow, and Logan grinned at me and his brother. I encourage them to lay down, to be still, because it's time to go to sleep now. Jake needs no convincing and immediately flings himself down to nurse. Logan would rather continue to play, though, and he stands on the bed laughing. He stands up and sits down, throws himself backwards onto the pillows, rolls and crawls, and occasionally lays his head down in sweet exhaustion.
  Logan finally twists and turns and squirms himself into a comfortable position beside me and promptly goes to sleep, as if a switch had been flicked. He doesn't often nurse himself to sleep anymore, which I find fascinating since I've never bothered trying to discourage the habit. Jake, on the other hand, still insists on that routine. As Logan was working out the last of his energy, Jake nurses, sometimes pausing briefly to say something, or reaching across me to tickle Logan. Jake was never very good at being still, and even now he wiggles and twists, flinging his legs over mine, and generally driving me bonkers.
  I struggled to read my book over elbows and flying hair, and soon enough Jake begins to drift off. Once he goes to sleep, I will carefully move him into his toddler bed. But in the meantime, I'm wedged cozily between my sons, my little monkeys.
  Logan is the King of Sprawl, with limbs flung in every direction. His cheeks are rosy from playing. I just lay and look at him, in awe of his beauty. When he was younger, and still exclusivly breastfed, I marvelled at his size and how he grew so big on my breastmilk alone.
  Jake is a cuddler, and is curled up against me. All I can really see is the top of his head. Breastfeeding Jake has always been one of the few ways to get him to calm down. As a high-energy all-over-the-place little boy, he rarely sits still for anything. And barely is still enough to nurse! But when he sleeps, he sleeps like a rock.
  And now, with both boys asleep, the stillness in the room is novel. I savor it for a while, reading my book without having a child pull it away, before turning out the light and going to sleep myself.

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Call for Contributors

The Nursing Mom's News is seeking writers. Every mother has a story to tell, and if you are interested in sharing yours, please send it in the body of an email to me at  TheNursingMomsNews-owner@yahoogroups.com . NMN is a non-paying market, but all authors retain all rights to their work, and get a short bio at the end of the piece.

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Nursing on the Net

Site of the Month:
Mothers' Milk Bank at Austin
http://www.mmbaustin.org/
One of the seven human milk banks across America, the Mothers' Milk Bank at Austin, Texas, collects and processes donated breast milk for hospitals throughout the city. The bank officially opened in summer of 1999, and holds annual Mother's Day concerts to promote awareness and celebrate the mothers who give the precious gift of breastmilk for ill and premature infants. You can check out the site to learn how you can help, from donating breastmilk from anywhere in the country to volunteer work and financial contributions.

Nursing in the News:
Breastfeeding May Help Prevent Tooth Decay
http://www.breastfeeding.com/all_about/all_about_tooth_decay.html

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Breastfeeding Q&A

Question: What are some foods that I should try to stay away from. I have heard that some foods can make your baby extra gassy and irritable. Do you have any suggestions?

Answer: Many mothers discover after eating certain foods their nurslings have signs of gas, pain, and fussiness. If you feel that something you ate is troubling your baby, I suggest you begin a food journal. Writing down what you eat and how your baby acts can help you make possible links to food reactions. According to Dr. Jack Newman, "A breastfeeding mother should try to eat a balanced diet, but neither needs to eat any special foods nor avoid certain foods. A breastfeeding mother does not need to drink milk in order to make milk. A breastfeeding mother does not need to avoid spicy foods, garlic, cabbage or alcohol. A breastfeeding mother should eat a normal healthful diet. Although there are situations when something the mother eats may affect the baby, this is unusual. Most commonly, "colic", "gassiness" and crying can be improved by changing breastfeeding techniques, rather than changing the mother's diet." (http://breastfeeding.com/all_about/all_about_myths2.html#M2_1)

If you have a breastfeeding question you would like to see answered in the Nursing Mom's News, please send it to me at quantumsarah@earthlink.net.

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In So Many Words...
by Sarah Gaunt

  My son calls breastfeeding 'nurse', which isn't all that remarkable. Using that term to talk about breastfeeding easily evolved. When he was a baby, I would ask him if he wanted  to nurse, and he picked up the phrase. Many familes use all sorts of words and phrases and signs to refer to breastfeeding, and most mothers seem to dread the day when their child demands loudly in public to breastfeed. I've heard nursies, mommies, milkies, numnum, deedee... dozens of cute words. How do you and your nursling talk about breastfeeding? Next month, I'll feature an article about the ways our children talk about nursing, and share stories of funny and loving public discussions. Please send me an email about your words and experiences!

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Attachment Parenting International
"Peaceful Parenting for a Peaceful World"
Support Groups, Advocacy, Education, Research
http://www.attachmentparenting.org

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Disclaimer

The contents of The Nursing Mom's News (NMN) are not to be confused with medical advice. The information provided by NMN and its contributors is strictly for educational and entertainment purposes. The information should be discussed with a medical professional and weighed according to the individual mother and child.