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Looking for Advice on Buying a Washing Machine and Dryer

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So this is not your typical Mama Knows Breast post… but I’d love to get some suggestions from everyone out there.  We need to buy a new washing machine and dryer.  I’m aiming for front loading machines since they are more energy efficient.  I’ve been checking reviews and am stymied.  Tell me what you use and why you think it’s great or horrible.

Breastfeeding May Reduce Fevers After Immunizations

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The first time our eldest son had to get a shot, I wept.  I simply couldn’t stand the thought that he was in pain.  Fortunately, I was breastfeeding, and I stuck him on my boob as soon as the doctor was done.  Sure enough, the crying stopped.

Now, a new study shows that breastfed babies are less likely to get fevers after immunizations than babies who are partially breastfed or who receive formula.  The study, which was done at a vaccination center in Naples, Italy, was published in the June issue of Pediatrics. From the site WebMd:

“Infants in the new study had received their first or second dose of the combination vaccine to prevent six diseases: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), Haemophilus influenzae type B, poliovirus, and hepatitis B co-administered with a vaccine to prevent pneumococcal meningitis. The moms were taught how to take temperatures rectally and told to take their infants’ temperature on the night that the shots were given and for the following three days.

Of 460 infants, 25% of infants who were exclusively breastfed developed a fever, as did 31% of infants who were partially breastfed and 53% of those who were exclusively formula-fed. The protective effects of breastfeeding held even after researchers took into account other risk factors for fever such as vaccine dose, maternal smoking, maternal education, and the presence of other children in the household…

Exactly why breastfed infants are less likely to develop a fever after getting shots is unclear, but breast milk may contain certain anti-inflammatory substances that could potentially reduce fever risk. It may also be due to the fact that breastfed infants are less likely to stop eating when they don’t feel well because breastfeeding provides a sense of comfort during illness…

‘It could be that there is some anti-inflammatory protective benefit in breast milk,” says Natali Aziz, MD, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif. She tells WebMD that she routinely encourages new moms to breastfeed. “There is a significant amount of data and research that maternal antibodies are transferred during breastfeeding and can be protective against viral infections.’”

Julie Bowen Breastfeeding Twins

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I love the ABC show Modern Family. It’s one of those rare laugh out loud shows that sometimes gives you a new perspective on your own foibles.  And my husband likes it, too. Plus, we went to college with one of the stars, Julie Bowen… so that’s kinda cool.

Anyway, all over the internet right now is buzz about Bowen breastfeeding her twin boys. She went on the show George Lopez earlier this week and even shared a photo of her doing the double football hold.  Very impressive. Here’s what she had to say (from The Huffington Post):

“It’s like two little liposuction machines on you,” she said. “They suck the fat out of you. They call it the ‘double football hold.’ You hold one here, and here [gesturing to her breasts], like two footballs… They’re doing God’s work right there, helping me return to my birth weight.”

The Fox News website actually has a poll, asking people if they think Bowen “went too far” sharing this photo.  Go vote.  And here’s the pic. (ok, I’m still trying to upload it.  I’m working off WordPress now, after switching from Moveable Type. Still trying to work out the kinks here).

ABC News Airs “What Would You Do” Show on Breastfeeding in Public

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I made it home in time Friday night to watch ABC’s “What Would You Do?” tackle the issue of breastfeeding in public.  The show, if you’ve never seen it, has actors play characters in uncomfortable situations.  Then, the cameras roll to catch how bystanders react to the unfolding scene.

In this episode, as a mom in a cafe breastfed her baby, the manager began to berate her.  Customers looked on. Some  stepped in to come to her defense; others supported the manager.  Then the show played out the same scenario with an African-American mom, then a very young mom and then the first mom again, only this time she was drinking a beer.

Kudos to ABC for looking at how people respond to breastfeeding in public, and hopefully enlightening some folks who might not understand the imperative of feeding a hungry baby, wherever and whenever.

Going To DVR this ABC Show Tonight

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ABC Show “What Would You Do?” tackles the issue of public tonight…  Click here to see a sneak preview.

Welcome to the New Face of Mama Knows Breast

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So here it is folks… the new look of MamaKnowsBreast.com.  Welcome! Take a look around. Tell me what you think.  And join the breastfeeding conversation.

A huge thank you to my designer Jason Yovanoff! Jason, I love it!  And, a big hug to Toby Schmidt who designed the Mama Knows Breast logo.  If you like the logo as much as I do, visit my store on Cafe Press and buy a t-shirt, mug, baby bib or onesie.

Ultrasound Shows How Breastfeeding Works

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This is a very cool ultrasound video that shows how breastfeeding works.

To read more about the study behind this video, click here to the newscientist.com

Some Moms Talk About Breastfeeding

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A couple of weeks ago I went to a book party for The Hot Mom To Be Handbook. Courtesy of Shari Criso, here’s a video recorded at the event. We’ve got Liza Elliott-Ramirez (founder of Expecting Models) interviewing me, Bettina Forbes (co-founder of Best for Babes) and Shari (of the Simply Breastfeeding video). The audio is a bit tough in spots, but you get the idea… a bunch of moms talking about babes and boobs!  Here’s the link to the video (or you can click on the image below).

A “Hot Mom” Conversation with Jessica Denay at her NYC “The Hot Mom to be Handbook” event from Joe Criso on Vimeo.

Gisele Bundchen Talks About Breastfeeding

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Supermodel Gisele Bundchen had this to say at the Met Institute Costume Gala. From The Insider (watch the video):

New mama Gisele Bundchen shared how she’s gotten trim since welcoming baby Ben with hubby Tom Brady back in December. The secret? Exercise, and she added, breastfeeding! “It’s the best for my baby but it’s actually benefiting me too,” she said with a smile.

Major Recall of Children’s and Infants’ Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl and Zyrtec

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If you have any unexpired bottles of these products, it appears you should through them away. From the company press release:
McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc., in consultation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is voluntarily recalling all lots that have not yet expired of certain over-the-counter (OTC) Children’s and Infants’ liquid products manufactured in the United States and distributed in the United States, Canada, Dominican Republic, Dubai (UAE), Fiji, Guam, Guatemala, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago, and Kuwait. (SEE RECALLED PRODUCT LIST BELOW).
McNeil Consumer Healthcare is initiating this voluntary recall because some of these products may not meet required quality standards. This recall is not being undertaken on the basis of adverse medical events. However, as a precautionary measure, parents and caregivers should not administer these products to their children.

Be sure to click through here to see the list of recalled products.