Mama Knows Breast

Andi in the news

Watch Andi on the CBS Early Show: Click here.

Watch Andi on The NBC NIGHTLY NEWS: Click here.

Watch Andi on THE TODAY SHOW: Click here.

Sign a Petition to Support the Breastfeeding Promotion Act

Bookmark and Share

You might remember a while back the story about a woman who wanted to be able to take pumping breaks while taking her medical licensing exam. The National Board of Medical Examiners wasn’t going to give her the time she requested.
Well now the advocacy group Moms Rising is circulating a petition to let the Board know it was wrong, and to gather support for the Breastfeeding Promotion Act which is before Congress.
Click here to sign the petition. Here’s the text of the petition:
Sign this Statement of Support for breastfeeding moms everywhere now: “Healthcare professionals inform us that breastfeeding is the best possible way to ensure that babies thrive. In turn, we must ensure that breastfeeding mothers are able to breastfeed, and given the time and environment to pump at work or during other professional obligations.” Congress and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) need to hear that breastfeeding must be supported for all moms, and that we support the Breastfeeding Promotion Act, which is currently before Congress.

Sesame Street and Breastfeeding

Bookmark and Share

Sesame Street may show Baby Bear’s little sister sucking on a pacifier and taking a bottle, but according to a posting on YouTube, the show has supported breastfeeding. Watch this clip to see some mammals (including humans) doing what we’ve done for a mighty long time.

(Thanks to Tanya and Jennifer for posting this one first.)
But a final note…before you give Sesame Street a total thumbs up, consider something I just found on ProMoma sample letter to send to Sesame Street, complaining about excessive images of bottle-feeding on Elmo.

Come to A Book Signing September 19th

Bookmark and Share

Divalysscious Moms, a NYC parenting group, has invited me to speak about my book. You can still sign up. Go to this site, and scroll down to find the announcement for the event and to RSVP.
Alice’s Tea Cup Chapter III
220 East 81st Street
Dinner is served.
Divalyssicous Mom does a lot of cool events, so check out the rest of the site while you’re there.

More Mama Knows Breast Book Reviews

Bookmark and Share

Here are some new reviews:
From Rancid Raves, who also posts at A BoobLog:

…overall, I just loved this book and declare it to be an Inhaler * . The illustrations are quirky and the text is light and humorous. I enjoyed that because breastfeeding can be very stressful, scary and downright painful to a new mother. Per my quick Amazon searches, there simply aren’t any fun, positive books regarding breastfeeding. Who wants to read a textbook if they don’t have to? I’d rather have a friend holding my hand – and this book does just that by walking you through it in a reassuring and comforting manner….
1. A book so compelling or suspenseful that it must be consumed immediately in only a few sittings.
2. A book so easy and enjoyable to read that it can quickly be consumed in only a few sittings.

And this from Cairo Mama:
Mama Knows Breast by Andi Silverman is a compact, concise collection of advice that you might receive from a trusted, experienced breastfeeding friend. There are many great breastfeeding resources out there…but they are large and thick books with a lot of detail. In your last months of pregnancy when you are busy buying things and preparing for labor, it is difficult to read a reference book straight through when you don’t yet know what applies to you.
BabyTalkers is giving away a free copy. Click here to read about it.

Breastfeeding123 Reviews Mama Knows Breast and Interviews Me Too

Bookmark and Share

Angela, over at Breastfeeding123, has been one of my blogging friends for the past year. She’s also been one of the driving forces behind our monthly breastfeeding carnivals.
So I was thrilled when she said she’d review my book and do an author interview with me. Click here for her review of my book Mama Knows Breast. And click here for a Q&A she did with me.
Angela…your turn now to write a book!

Some Mama Knows Breast Book Reviews

Bookmark and Share

For two reviews of Mama Knows Breast, check out Mamanista and She Knows: Pregnancy and Baby.

Learning to Let Go

Bookmark and Share

I’ve sometimes wished I had a remote control that could put the universe on pause. Press pause and the kids would stop on the spot. Press pause and I could go to the bathroom with the door closed. I could work on my book without jumping up to make lunch. Press pause and I could take a dance class, make a phone call. I wouldn’t miss a minute of what the kids were doing and they wouldn’t miss me. (I never saw it, but the movie Click worked on this premise).
Of course the only universal remote I’ll ever really have belongs to our television, so I’ve more or less let go of this absurd fantasy. And I’ve come to realize that learning to let go is something we have to do all the time as parents. It can happen on so many different levels, and so it’s the theme of this month’s Breastfeeding Carnival.
For me, learning to let go has meant acknowledging that I can’t have a full time job, and be home full time. I wish I could do both. But without that remote control, it’s just not gonna happen. I can’t even work from home and take care of the kids at the same time. Anyone who has tried to talk on the phone with a toddler in the house knows what I’m talking about.
And so, to satisfy my urge to work, and my desire to be there for the kids, I’ve had to find a balance. A part-time babysitter, someone who comes in a few days a week, seems to do the trick. While I work, the babysitter does the playground time; the trips back and forth from pre-school; the stroller naps. I’m there for meals, doctor appointments, playdates and in the past, round the clock breastfeeding.
But finding that “special someone” to help with the kids was beyond challenging. I rejected nanny after nanny, babysitter after babysitter, until we found the perfect person. Sarah, if you’re reading this, I want you to know that I will cry the day you tell me you’re moving on to something else. (No pressure!)
It’s taken nearly three years for me to figure this whole thing out. Three years to let go of the notion that I even need a remote control. Hooray for baby steps! Now, if I could just let go of the pressure I feel to stay up blogging at 10:00 pm. Now that would be progress.
So what do other moms have to say about letting go? Read these posts to find out:
Momma’s Angel
Breastfeeding Mums
Musings of A Crunchy Domestic Goddess
The Joyful Mom
My Baby and More

FDA’s Codeine Warning For Breastfeeding Moms

Bookmark and Share

After our first son was born I remember getting some sort of narcotic for pain. I can’t remember which one it was, but I do know that it made me feel sick, so I stopped taking it. And maybe that was a good thing. The FDA has just issued a warning to breastfeeding moms who may take codeine to treat pain.
Here are portions of the story on WebMD:
The FDA today warned breastfeeding mothers who take codeine for after-birth pain to carefully watch their babies for signs of life-threatening drug side effects.
At risk are infants breastfed by women who are “ultra-rapid metabolizers” of codeine. Such women have a genetic makeup that allows their bodies to process codeine with extreme speed.
Normally, the body slowly turns codeine into morphine, a pain-relieving narcotic. But ultra-fast metabolizers “get a real jolt” of morphine — and so do their breastfed babies, warns Janet Woodcock, MD, the FDA’s deputy commissioner and chief medical officer.
“Infants of nursing mothers taking codeine may have increased risk of morphine overdoes if their mothers are ultra-rapid metabolizers of codeine,” says Sandra Kweder, MD, deputy director of the FDA’s office of new drugs….
Codeine, Kweder says, is very commonly used to relieve the pain of birth procedures such as episiotomy or C-section. The drug has been used safely for decades….
Ultra-fast codeine metabolism occurs in people who have a mutation in the gene coding for a liver enzyme called CYP2D6. The mutation is uncommon, but not rare. Kweder says it occurs in 1% to 10% of Caucasians, about 3% of African-Americans, about 1% of Hispanics and Asians, and — surprisingly — in some 28% of North Africans, Ethiopians, and Saudi Arabians….
The FDA does NOT advise women to stop breastfeeding if they need codeine.
“This announcement today does not mean women who need pain medicine should not breastfeed,” Woodcock said. “The benefits of breastfeeding are well documented.”
The FDA urges all breastfeeding women taking codeine to watch their infants — and themselves — for signs of side effects.
The FDA recommends that if you are a nursing mother taking codeine, you should call a doctor immediately if you become extremely sleepy to the point you are having trouble caring for your baby.
Usually newborns nurse every two or three hours and should not sleep for more than four hours at a time. If you are a nursing mother taking codeine, you should call the doctor immediately if your newborn:
* Sleeps more than usual
* Has difficulty breastfeeding
* Has difficulty breathing
* Becomes limp

Remember the Wonder Years? Fred Savage Talks About Frozen Breast Milk

Bookmark and Share

Well Fred Savage (aka Kevin on The Wonder Years) is all grown up now and a dad to boot. The Celebrity Baby Blog has a sweet story about his take on frozen breast milk. He and his family are moving, and they have a freezer filled with breast milk:
We’ve tried, particularly with the move, to clean out our freezer as much as possible because in the old house, it would get cluttered with so much crap. But the one thing we haven’t been able to throw away is the breast milk — and we should, because it’s over 6 months old. You’re not supposed to keep it frozen for more than that. … But I just don’t have the heart to because my wife worked so hard, she pumped every night — it was really hard on her to make this. So we probably have some breast milk from February.
Readers take note… according to, you can store breast milk for up to 12 months. Click here for guidelines.

Widgets, Social Networks…or Why I Haven’t Posted Here in a While

Bookmark and Share

I never thought I’d bother with all that MySpace and Facebook nonsense. But I now get why it can be so addicting. I put up a Facebook profile this week, and instantly discovered all sorts of people I know are on the site. I feel like there was a party going on that I didn’t even know about. I did MySpace too. I don’t like it as much. Facebook is easier to use. MySpace seems “younger.” Once on these sites, I did a search for breastfeeding, and found all sorts of breastfeeding groups or networks.
Oh, and the other thing I’m geeking out on now, is widgets. I put a little icon in the right hand column of this page that says “get my blog as a widget from widgetbox.” Can anyone try it out, and let me know if you like it?