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NICHQ Launches Unprecedented National Effort to Increase Breastfeeding Rates in US Hospitals

Newborn child, seconds after birth. The umbili...

Newborn child, seconds after birth. The umbilical cord has not yet been cut. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m so happy about our local hospital getting a grant to help them work on becoming baby friendly. The first link here is the press release and the second is the list of 90 hospitals across the nation getting the grants.

I have spoken once before about the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative. A hospital taking the BFHI steps will help so many more Momma’s and babies get to have the wonderful bond and relationship of breastfeeding.

No breastfeeding is not always easy or beautiful and some times it does down right hurt (thanks to new teeth). I have never heard a woman say “I wish I had formula fed” but I have heard many say “I wish I would have”… “tried”…”not stopped”….”had milk” (don’t get me started on that one)….”know more and had more help”. When a hospital takes these steps to becoming a BFHI many of these statements and pit falls could be avoided by many.

My hope and wish is for every mother to at least try to breastfeed. I would love to see that the U.S. not only meet the goal of have 75% of babies born in the U.S. to start out breast feeding But to exceed that and have 90% of babies start out breastfeeding and 75% still exclusivity breastfed at 3 months. Now that is a goal to have!


Baby Explains- Normal Newborn Behavior

This is a great read for any soon to be or new mommy. If you ask yourself  is there something wrong with your new baby or is this normal newborn behavior? Here the answer comes for the babies point of view. Keep going Mamma you are doing great in your little ones eyes!

from the A letter from a new baby, whats normal.

via Baby Explains- Normal Newborn Behavior.

Getting Ready for Breastfeeding-Your Nursing Area

My Nursing Area is the curve of my sectional couch. I can nurse in my favorite position “natural” or the “Laid back”, and sit Indian style. The kitchen table bumps up right against the back of the couch so my glass or bottle of water has a place and/or snacks. There is a plug right behind the couch on the other side perfect for my pump, and charge my phone or Kindle Fire. Also, the window is within reach so I can open the curtain and let some light in.

Here is a link to a post that talks about a lot of the things you should think about before the day you come home with your little pumpkin.

Your Nursing Area.

Review: “Milk Up”

Milk Up is a free book that you will be emailed a chapter once every other day or so. It has 14 chapters and takes about a month to read as most chapters a not long and the book is written in a way that it is easily read. It has all the same information as most other books about increasing your milk production,but it also has a diet section that gives you a meal “plan”. This diet isn’t for weight loss it is for milk increase. I personally eat the scrambled eggs recipe in a breakfast wrap. I give it 4 stars


Pump-n-pal breastpump shields
After trying pump-n-pal shields for about 2 weeks now I have desided that they are great to have around, but are not the only shield you would need. It is hard to do breast comprestion when useing these shields. So if it is important for you to massage and compress while pumping these may not be for you. If you are looking for a shield that you can use while sitting on the couch reading a book or watching T.V. these are great. Also, If you are one of those people (as I am) that pump while driveing to and from work or on car trips than I would highly suggest these. **** 4 out of 5 stars

How to Breastfeed Appropriately: A Stern Guide

This is super funny.

How to Breastfeed Appropriately: A Stern Guide