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Monday, November 8, 2010

Series Meeting Tomorrow

Tomorrow, November 9, 2010 Series meeting #3: The Art of Breastfeeding & Avoiding Difficulties;The normal course of breastfeeding, recognizing challenges, caring for yourself, and getting support.
As always, our meetings are free to all interested women and any babies or children who need them.  Hope to see you there!

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Friday, November 5, 2010

The 10 Easy Reasons to Breastfeed

Baby's whole body and brain benefit immensely.
Release for mother hormonally causing calmer feelings.
Easier digestion for baby than formula.
Available fresh instantly for hungry baby.
Soothing for a crying baby.
Treasure of a lifetime bond with your child.
Free (cheaper than formula by a long shot)!
Effortless pregnancy weight loss.
Enhanced poop smells better than formula-fed babies (until solids start!).
Decreased risk of SIDS than formula-fed babies.

From NEW BEGINNINGS, Vol. 23 No. 5, September-October 2006, p. 204

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Did you know?

Did you know that many of your breastfeeding questions can be answered with a click of your mouse? Check out these wonderful Breastfeeding Answers pages from! For instance did you know that human milk contains anti-infective properties?

Human Milk Has Anti-Infective Properties

Breastfeeding mothers often notice that their children are sick less often than children who aren't breastfed. Human milk provides different kinds of defense against disease, including secretory antibodies against specific pathogens. It also contains lactoferrin, which not only is the source of iron for breastfed infants, but also appears to have antibacterial and antiviral properties. Other components in human milk protect infants on a molecular level because their actual shape hinders certain pathogen's access to the infant.

Because human milk has protective qualities, infants who are not breastfed have more emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and treatments with antibiotics. The protective effects extend beyond weaning. (See the table below.)

Human milk offers immunological protection against many chronic diseases. According to Outcomes of Breastfeeding versus Formula Feeding, compiled by Ginna Wall, MN, IBCLC, and Jon Ahrendsen, MD, FAAFP, human milk feeding is associated with less risk of the following diseases: celiac disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, sudden infant death syndrome, childhood cancer, autoimmune thyroid disease, appendicitis, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, helicobacter pylori infection (associated with gastric ulcers), Crohn's disease, colitis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, tonsillitis, allergies, atopic disease, and asthma. (This comprehensive report can be found at *.)

The mechanism of these apparent long-term immunologic benefits remains unclear, although theories abound. Human milk contains bioactive components that enhance the growth and development of the human infant.

One gastrointestinal hormone, cholecystokinine (CCK) signals sedation and a feeling of satiation and well-being. During suckling, CCK release in both mother and infant produces a sleepy feeling. The infant's CCK level peaks twice after suckling. The first peak occurs immediately after the feeding. It peaks again 30 to 60 minutes later. The first CCK rise is probably induced by suckling; the second by the presence of milk in the GI tract. The drop of infant CCK levels 10 minutes after a feeding implies a "window" within which the infant can be awakened to feed from the second breast or to reattach to the first side for additional fat-rich milk. Waiting 30 minutes after the feeding before laying the baby down takes advantage of the second CCK peak to help the infant to stay asleep.

* This link updated in May, 2007

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Maya Ties for sale

LLL of Sandy currently has two Maya Tie mei tei baby carries for sale. For prices and/or to purchase please email Renee at

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

gentle discipline & loving guidance

LLL has 10 concepts (see the bottom of our blog for all 10.) One of them is From infancy on, children need loving guidance which reflects acceptance of their capabilities and sensitivity to their feelings. Today at the LLL of Murray meeting Timbra talked about ways to put gentle discipline in action in our lives from gently helping a breastfeeding baby not to bite, to keeping toddlers out of mischief. When we give our babies and children respect as fellow members of the family and take their personality and needs into consideration we are giving them more than just discipline that will keep them from harm, but valuable tools that will help them deal with others throughout their lifetime.

For more information on gentle discipline read this article from LLLI, entitled What is Gentle Discipline?