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Weighing In On Breastfeeding And Babysitting

babysitting-and-breastfeedingIt makes me a bit proud to see some professionals standing up against companies or institutions that hurt breastfeeding women in the name of profits. These institutions use their usual tactics.

They get with the hospitals to wine and dine with their staff. This way, they get prominent placement and product pushing.

They elbow past any information or support breastfeeding women might have gotten. Instead cans of formula, bottles, products with their names plastered all over. They come up with pamphlets telling women exactly how to wean and switch to formula. These pamphlets are passed out like candies on Halloween.

That kind of public relation technique is very hard to beat. How can a small group of breastfeeding women get their message out when big institutions are collaborating with hospitals to promote their products? If this thing goes on and on, there will be more and more women preferring formula milk.

Again, there is nothing wrong with that. However, women are left with no other options. How fair is that?

We should always have a choice. Hence, there should be enough information about breast milk as much as there is about formula milk.

The groups that are supporting both kinds of milk should be on common ground. They should not be beating each other in getting the information out first. For me, it really shouldn’t work that way because the way an infant should be fed is a very sensitive topic.

As a mom, it’s important to get or gather the right information for herself. When a mom does her own research, she’s not doing it for all the other moms out there. She’s doing it for herself. So what she seeks to learn or to find out is all based on what her needs are.

Obviously, the needs of every mom are very different from each other. So the right information for each mom varies.

It’s just like babysitting. When a mom looks for a babysitter, she looks for one who can fulfill her needs. Looking for the kind of babysitter who can provide personalized service is not easy especially if you are not part of Sittercity.

Sittercity has become the leading resource for childcare simply because it provides every bit of information relevant to a mother’s search.

Sittercity understands how moms seek information to made sound decisions. So that’s why they provide both moms and babysitters a common ground to connect to each other.

There are no dirty tactics on Sittercity. Instead, Sittercity provides credible information for both moms and babysitters to connect to each other.

So what’s my point here? My point is simple. Moms need a lot of credible information to make sound decisions. We don’t want events sponsored by big companies or institutions to promote formula milk. We want studies or researches that can provide us credible information on both formula and breast milk.

Information is wealth. The less information we gather or get from studies and researches will only put us in a position where we are bound to be more ignorant than learned.

When you’re a mom, you don’t want to be ignorant, As a matter of fact, you can’t afford to be ignorant.

With companies and institutions promoting formula milk, it’s hard to gather credible information to make sound decisions. To start with, there is no credible information when a product is being promoted.

With lack of credible information, moms are just left with freebies that promote the product. They can’t grasp any kind of information that can support their decision. They’re just stuck with a product and that’s just not the right way to decide as to the manner an infant should be fed.

The good news is that there are now some hospitals that train nurses in infant feeding. I hope that they will be teaching them how to support breastfeeding moms rather than push formula on them over every little thing.

As long as companies and institutions push their way around to promote their milk products, breastfeeding will continue to be a debatable topic. Hopefully, it will cease to be debatable when it finally stands on common ground with big companies that produce formula milk.

Breast milk shouldn’t really be debatable. There really is nothing to debate about it because it’s good for the baby. What is highly debatable is the NBC show called The Baby Borrowers.

You have probably heard or seen the show. If not, then think Wife Swap, but with infants.

I thought it was really surreal but it did take some time to watch. My heart will be breaking for the young infants who ended up crying with strangers for days, It’s bad enough that the participants played the roles of parents were teenagers; it’s even worse that the babies were borrowed.

Who lends their babies for an experiment? As it is, it’s surreal to leave a baby with a babysitter, more so leave a baby with a bunch of teenagers just for the sake a reality show. How strange is that?

To this day, I am still unable to understand why the parents of the babies have abandoned them. Though the show’s producers have claimed that the parents were just next door; they were not able to step in as needed. Come on. Their children were not old enough to grasp the whole concept of the show.

As you might have guessed there are many people, myself included, who think this is a horrible idea. Taking an infant from their parents, the people he or she has created a deep bond with, and just handing them over to a total stranger. Is this a good idea? Not at all.

I think the show kind of proves how parents are desperate for caregivers. They will go to extremes just so someone can watch over their little ones. That’s a scary thing.

The show has long been cancelled but I just can’t seem to forget it. To this day, I still can’t believe there were parents who had loaned their little ones to complete strangers.

Were they desperate for caregivers? Probably so. Well, they should have just gone with Sittercity instead of signing their little ones up with a reality show.

Mommy Instincts, Moms and Breastfeeding

There’s Just Something About Breastfeeding

something-about-breastfeedingEverybody loves a hero. This bit of news is all about an awesome hero. So if you want to take a break and hear some good news, take a look at this news bit.

A Chinese police officer by the name of Jiang Xiaojuan, got a lot of attention for her good deeds. According to news, this kind-hearted police officer shared her milk with other infants who had been orphaned by the devastating 7.9 earthquake that struck China. Although the this news came out a couple of years ago, it’s still news for me since I also shared my milk with other infants.
It’s not all the time you hear of a police officer sharing her milk with infants other than her own. At that time, Jiang Xiaojuan was a 29-year-old officer with a six-year-old son. At one point, she was breastfeeding 9 babies. I think that’s just totally awesome.

This just proves that once you are a mom, you will never cease to be one. According to her, she not only responded to call of duty but to her very own instinct as a mom.

You might think that the bit of news isn’t an attachment parenting topic, but for me, it is. As an attached mom, I feel strongly about breastfeeding. I am all for it and seeing that other moms believe in it as well just inspires me even more to take a stand on it.

The earthquake that struck caused many families to be torn apart in so many terrible ways. To see a woman step up and help children who were separated or orphaned from their mothers is a heroic act we should all applaud.

I do not want to turn this into another formula verses breastfeeding fight. There are hundreds of infants still starving from lack of food, whether that food is breast milk or formula. In the horrors of the quake many mothers have been able to feed their children themselves or been able to obtain clean water and proper formula. That another mother would step in and do something so amazing should be above all of that.

In any way you look at it, I think this bit of refreshing news is really worth sharing. It’s truly inspiring and I’m sure some moms out there are seriously considering doing the same thing, share their milk.

Well, a mom doesn’t have to be a police officer to be able to do such a heroic act. Any mom can share her milk with other infants.

Breastfeeding moms can also become heroes by donating their milk to milk banks. These kinds of banks collect and store breast milk for babies who cannot be breastfed for a variety of reasons. There are milk banks in many countries across the world that help care for children by connecting nursing mothers to babies in need.

Some hospitals in China have milk banks already set up to collect milk donations. Spreading the word about the ability to help other babies in need is a great way to help other children. Donating milk to your local banks can help a lot of children who are unable to have the benefits of breast milk.

On the lighter side, did you know that the Motherwear Blog has a great list up of breastfeeding freebies? This is good news to all nursing moms out there. There is no doubt that everything on the list consists of every important item nursing moms would love to have.

Everything from free videos and posters, to books for kids, and a great recipe for cookies that helps increase lactation. It’s a great excuse to curl up with your baby and munch on a plate of cookies. Breastfeeding is hard work so it’s nice to get some free goodies for it.

Especially when you are nursing a toddler! It is often called the Nursing Olympics, the special brand of nursing when your toddler is hanging over your shoulder, upside down, while trying to eat cookies and pulling your hair.

Every mom still nursing her older child knows all about that phase. They are too big to be happy staying still but too little to understand why mommy needs them to stop trying to run through the house with your nipple in their mouth. Ouch!

Though one of the perks is getting to watch your toddler mimic you in cute ways. I have pictures of both of my sons as toddler nursing their baby dolls. Though their baby dolls never gave them the fun of trying to nurse a child doing loops in their lap.

As my youngest is going on 2 (in six days) and still breastfeeding daily, I’m happy to be mostly past the squirming and flipping phase. He still has his moments of thinking whether he needs to nurse. I don’t know how long this is going to last, right now as long as he wants, but as long as there are some fun freebies I’m still game.

I really think that breast feeding does something incredible to moms. This is not to say that we are any special than the rest but the thought of sharing a part of us to feed the little ones is just so humbling. For me, it just gives me a different perspective on this so called chaotic life.

For any mom who has breast fed her little one, she knows exactly what sharing and the sacrifice mean. Suffice to say, the most in depth definition of the two words would probably come from moms who have breast fed her little ones.

Just take a look at the Chinese police officer who unquestionably and willingly shared her milk with other infants. She definitely understands what it means to be a mom. In my own opinion, there’s just something about breastfeeding that attaches a mom to any infant in need.