Here’s my latest post on the giggle GAB blog. It’s about how to continue breastfeeding when you have to go back to work. Here’s an excerpt:
First of all, being pregnant is work. Giving birth is work. And raising kids is work. You may not get paid for it, but it does require physical and mental exertion and long hours.
Now that we got that out there, let’s put it aside and focus on what happens when you’ve got to get back to the office. How are you going to handle those meetings, conference calls and work trips while continuing to breastfeed? With multi-tasking of course. Spend your maternity leave establishing a good breastfeeding routine. Feed your baby on demand, whenever she shows signs of hunger. Make sure she’s latching on well for each feeding and gaining weight. And if you are having any discomfort or problems, get help as soon as possible from a lactation consultant. It will be harder to take the time to get advice once you’ve gone back to the office…
For the rest of the blog post, continue reading here at the giggle GAB site.
Welcome to newborn land. Your days and nights blend together. You can’t remember the last time you washed your hair. And you’re going a little stir crazy. We know. We’ve been there.
So, guess what. It’s time to put on some clean sweatpants and go for a walk. Take that baby and get out of the house. Sure, you may have to feed her while you’re out and about. But breastfeeding in public… in other words, anywhere other than your own sofa… isn’t as hard as you may think. Here are some tips for taking the show on the road.
I’ve written about this one before… a “breastfeeding” doll made by a Spanish company. But back then, it wasn’t on sale in the U.S. Now it’s coming to a store near you. From the New York Times:
…In addition to the doll, little girls (and boys) get a halter top that they can wear, with two flowers that symbolize breasts.
The Breast Milk Baby doll.
As the doll’s mouth is brought to the flowers, it makes a sucking sound, as if it is drinking milk. Afterward, the doll cries until it is burped.
“The whole purpose behind a doll is to pretend like you’re a parent,” said Dennis Lewis, the American representative for Berjuan Toys, the Spanish company that makes the dolls. “The dolls are meant to just let kids play as mommies and daddies naturally.”…
Here’s an interview that Amy of the blog Frugal Mama did with me to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week. Here’s the link and an excerpt:
Frugal Mama: Hi Andi! I’m not sure why I haven’t covered breastfeeding on Frugal Mama, because if you are raising a family and trying to save money, breastfeeding is a perfect start. Let’s talk about the economic benefits.
Andi Silverman: I think it’s funny that a lot of people don’t even think about the economic benefits. It’s more of an afterthought. Most people are thinking, “How am I going to feed my baby? What is the best, most nutritious way, and what would work for my lifestyle?”
And then, if they’re using formula, they might realize, “Oh, this is costing me a lot of money!” Or if they’re breastfeeding, they might say, “Wow. I’m saving a lot by not having to buy formula, and bottles.” So saving money can be a motivating factor for breastfeeding, but I don’t think it’s the thing that gets people to breastfeed.
Frugal Mama: I agree. But it is a nice side benefit.
Andi Silverman: Yes, it is a nice side benefit. When you have a baby, all of sudden things can get very overwhelming. You’re buying so much stuff. Stroller. Crib. Mattress, sheets. Maybe you redecorate the baby’s room. And then the clothes. And then the diapers and toys! It’s unbelievable how those costs pile up.
So one way to cut down on those expenses is to breastfeed. You don’t have to buy bottles. You don’t have to buy formula. And formula can get very, very expensive. Breast milk is like nature’s gift to a new mom and baby..
Just when I thought the summer was getting rolling… bam! Only a month left. Anyway, I do love August for the annual World Breastfeeding Week celebration. Around the world, there are events to mark this. And things actually go on all month.