Saturday, August 30, 2008

another take on flights and nursing

same great blogger compiled a list of nursing incidents where mamas were harassed, threatened, subjected to humiliation for feeding their children at the breast.

why why why does this still happen?!

Friday, August 29, 2008

nursing and flights

really great article by a blogger who took the time to contact airlines to find out their breastfeeding policy.

Cover up! Airline breastfeeding policies…

Friday, August 22, 2008

breastmilk saves the world!

...okay maybe not exactly, but it is certainly is a less polluting way to feed an infant and toddler!

i loved the title of this ...mammaries for the planet which outlines some of the ways breastfeeding has a carbon neutral footprint!

...a few gems from the article...

"breastfeeding is the ultimate example of an ecologically sound food — it comes to us from the most local source available, is delivered to its consumer without any pollution, and is the first step in a baby’s understanding of nature’s interconnectedness."

"...In their first year, a baby on formula consumes an estimated average of 14,500 ounces of formula. That divides out to more than 60 canisters that are thrown away in a year..."

wonder how this happened?

3 canadian cities in the international edition of monopoly...go figure!

Friday, August 15, 2008

damn cough

so i have tried just about everything
to no avail
this cough is getting the better of me
up each night with it
very broken sleep

almost 4wks now of cough cough cough

what i have tried
hot water with raw honey and lemon
nat mur
lots of liquids
sleeping seated
immune boosters - homeopathic
vit c and b
eliminating dairy
onion and sugar - makes a syrup
water upon water
ibuprofen for the few times i got headaches from coughing
steam inhalations

...i don't know what to do next...

Monday, August 11, 2008

one of the sites i am reading today

just a way to bookmark a site i am reading
my son has an intact immune system

and a quote i found that i thought was great - God doesn't make mistakes. Say NO to circumcision

Saturday, August 09, 2008

house for free

it is the ultimate recycling project
a homeowner in ottawa - close to the downtown core is giving away the house she lives in
it doesn't come with land or location
you'll have to move it yourself
which will run about 40k
you have to live within 100km and prove you have land to put it on
but other than that, the house could be yours!

Thursday, August 07, 2008

preventing pprom

preterm premature rupture of the membranes - argh
i had no clear understanding of it until it happened to me
6wks before cal's due date, and a woosh
and my water broke
and labour came quickly

...or could i have done something to stop it
that's what i have been looking into

i had a normal pregnancy and an abnormal birth experience and still try to make sense of it
i will be better versed on it all now

i stumbled across ways to prevent pprom, many of which i already did so can't learn from those for any potential future pregnancies

- take folic acid for at least a year - already did for years in combo with b12 sublingually
- no heavy lifting - duh!
but then i started finding more tips

pregnant after prom has a lot of suggestions like...
- "Ask your health care practitioner to do wet preps or cultures, not just a dipstick test...Bacterial vaginosis (BV) /gardnerella. Some studies show that treatment for BV substantially reduces the incidence of PROM...Group B Streptococcus (GBS). Usually your practitioner will only test for GBS once you reach 36 weeks, to prevent transmission to your baby via vaginal delivery. However, you may want to be tested routinely from the beginning of your pregnancy because it is not known what role GBS plays in PROM."

- "The fFN test measures the amount of fetal fibronectin in vaginal secretions (performed like a pap smear). A determination that the fFN "glue" is disintegrating may be a sign that a woman is at risk for preterm delivery, even if she is otherwise asymptomatic."

- and here is where a long list of suggestions begin...

General guidelines - apply to entire pregnancy from positive home pregnancy test through delivery

Everyday Activity
No lifting over 10 pounds.
Minimal stairs.
Limited standing and walking.
No housework.
No increase in altitude or long car trips.
Get lots of rest.
No bending.
No baths. Sit down in the shower if you can (use a plastic lawn chair if you don't have a seat in your shower).
Use unscented soap.

Avoid nipple stimulation, including letting hot water run on your breasts in the shower (it stimulates the uterus).
No sex or orgasm
Use antibacterial wipes after you use the toilet to prevent chances of infection.
and then even more!

Diet & Supplements
Get adequate protein in your diet (minimum is 60 grams of protein daily).
Minimize sugar intake; reduce intake of carbohydrates.
Keep taking your prenatal and folic acid supplements.
Take extra Zinc, Vitamin E, and Vitamin C, on top of prenatals (ask your health care practitioner for dosage).
Drink water (2 to 3 liters per day).
Drink unsweetened or fruit-juice sweetened (not corn-syrup sweetened) cranberry juice, or take cranberry capsules to prevent urinary tract infections.
Eat yogurt (including soy yogurt with live cultures) or take acidophilus supplements to help your body naturally fight off infection.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

the chemistry of parenting

so interesting. dh and i are definitely into attachment parenting as a way we live with our son.
i really enjoy the sears family and their approach to attachment parenting.
now they have posted an article about the chemistry - the hormones that are active as an attached parent...

"In reviewing attachment-chemistry studies , we conclude that a secure mother-infant attachment keeps the baby in hormonal balance"

Friday, August 01, 2008

laundry soap

so i finally am happy with the laundry soap i have been making. i was trying lots of combos and was using borax which i love to use but is hard on cloth diapers

batches later and happy happy

4l bucket
2c washing soda
1c castile soap
1tsp ginger -mmm love the smell for laundry
1c baking soda
warm water
add all and stir
have to stir before each use

about 1/2 c per load

earth-gentle living...and then hang dry load...this part is definitely harder in the winter
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