Sunday, February 27, 2011
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Monday, February 21, 2011
Now comes the hard part that I never thought much about… how to wean my 19 month old… She is nursing several times a day. She pulls at my shirt when she wants to nurse and cries/fusses when I say no. Most people ask why I have nursed so long ~ some think she is not ready to stop.
My decision boils down to the basic principle of motherhood. You do what you think is best for your family, your children, and yourself. I have heard tons of opinions from others, all of which I appreciate ~ but I am starting to research on my own. After searching many websites and blogs for weaning suggestions, I found this article to be the most helpful…
I am hoping to use all these tips. I really liked tip #9 “Whenever possible, take your time” … I don’t want to feel rushed or rush her… My goal is two months not two days. I am going to follow the advice of tip #3 and attempt for now to cut back to morning and before bedtime feedings. I also think it will be key to follow the advice of tip #4 and give my daughter lots of non-nursing related comfort through this process. Send me all of your positive thoughts and I will give you an update next week.
My baby girl 19 months ago...
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
I found this article from the Washington Post last week...
IRS says breast pumps tax deductible expense
Thursday, February 10, 2011; 1:45 PM
WASHINGTON -- The cost of breast pumps will now be considered tax-deductible medical expenses under a ruling issued by the Internal Revenue Service Thursday.
The ruling, long sought by advocates, means that women will be able to use money set aside in pretax spending accounts to buy the pumps and related equipment, which can cost several hundred dollars. For women without flexible spending accounts, the cost of pumps will be tax deductible if their total medical costs exceed 7.5 percent of adjusted gross income.
Previously, the IRS considered breast pumps to be feeding equipment, not medical devices. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics argued that breastfeeding has many medical benefits for both mother and baby. Advocates hope that making breast pumps more affordable will enable more women to breastfeed longer.
Unfortunately, due to financial restraints and work demands, not all women are afforded the opportunity to nurse their children, despite the proven health benefits," the academy said in a 2009 letter to IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman that was also signed by nine other medical groups. "In order to continue to breastfeed successfully, millions of mothers working outside the house require a breast pump."
Last year, 45 members of Congress wrote the IRS to protest its classification of breast pumps. On Thursday, several issued a statement praising the new ruling. They were Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa.
"Today's decision is a huge victory for nursing mothers everywhere. Modern medicine has documented numerous health benefits linked to breastfeeding, including a reduced risk of illness in infants and a reduced risk of cancer in mothers," the lawmakers said in a statement. "And because breastfeeding is so effective in preventing disease, it also happens to save billions in health care costs."
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Here are a range of superstitions and traditions I’ve heard:
- If you want to conceive a boy, your husband should eat peanuts every day.
- Do not look at monkeys (real or stuffed) or else your child will be ugly and wild when she’s born.
- Do not bend forward from the hip while pregnant or your baby will choke on the thumb she’s sucking.
- Wear socks or slippers on uncarpeted floors, even in the summertime, to keep your body constantly warm and to protect your female parts.
- Women carrying baby girls tend to be happier than women who are carrying boys.
- Do not wear high heels during pregnancy or your baby will “fall out.”
- Sleeping next to a fan will suffocate you and your baby.
- You must eat pots of seaweed soup, which aids in postpartum recovery.
- Swaddle the baby in layers of clothes and blankets, even in the summer, to prevent them from getting sick.
- Massage and stretch your baby’s chubby legs to encourage growth.
- Pinch your baby’s nose to give it a defined bridge.
- Eat lots of fruit if you want a pretty baby.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
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Friday, February 11, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Today I am thankful for La Leche League International. This is a true international organization that is there to help support breastfeeding women around the world.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
SUPERSIZE DELIVERY! WOMAN GIVES BIRTH TO 19.2-POUND BABY
Friday, September 25, 2009
A three-day-old baby boy weighing 19.2-pounds lies next to an average size newborn baby at a hospital in Kisaran, North Sumatra, on Thursday.
Indonesia's heaviest-ever newborn drew curious crowds Friday to a hospital where the boy named Akbar — or the Great in Arabic — came into the world at a record 19.2 pounds.
"I'm very happy that my baby and his mother are in good health," father Muhammad Hasanuddin said Friday. "I hope I can afford to feed the baby enough, because he needs more milk than other babies."
Crowds pushed to get a peek of the extraordinary boy, who measured nearly 24 inches when he was born Monday, at the Abdul Manan hospital in the northern town of Kisaran on the island of Sumatra.
The baby's extreme weight was the result of excessive glucose from his mother during pregnancy, Dr. Sitanggang said.
The boy was the third child of Hasanuddin, 50, and mother Ani, 41, who like many Indonesians goes by a single name. His two "little" brothers weighed 11.6 and 9.9 pounds at birth."He is greedy and has a strong appetite, nursing almost nonstop," the doctor said.
The former Indonesian record holder was a 14.7-pound baby boy born on the outskirts of the capital, Jakarta, in 2007.
Guinness World Records cites the heaviest baby as being born in the U.S. in 1879, weighing 23.75 pounds. However, it died 11 hours after birth. The book also cites 22.5-pound in Italy in 1955 and in South Africa in 1982.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,554809,00.html#ixzz1BQELezuo