Monday, December 6, 2010

Breastfeeding Friendly Businesses

Wow, I just realized it's been nearly a year since any of us have posted! I really want to apologize to everybody for that. Amanda got really busy with home-schooling, and I was combining home-schooling with 3 jobs - my store, my magazine and the census. For a while I was working 60-80 hours a week and juggling my ninth grader's schedule. My fifth grader was at a Christian school, and providentially, my husband was able to help a lot with the kids during that time.

I'm so thankful for the extra income that really helped during a time of need, but I found other things sliding a bit, and for that I do apologize.

I'm back in the store most of the time now. My daughter is, for the first time in her life, attending a public school, and I am thankful for the many blessings we've had this year.

One of those blessings on a professional level has been the recognition by Medela of A Nurturing Moment as a Medela Certified Nursing Center. We were very pleased to receive this recognition.

Now Bravado, my favorite maker of nursing bras, has come up with a wonderful site that lets moms know where they can find a breastfeeding-friendly business. This is particularly useful if you're traveling! Think how nice it would be if you're visiting relatives this Christmas and you're out and about in an unfamiliar area to pull out your phone, go to this site, and find a place where you can comfortably nurse your baby!

If you find a business that is particularly open to nursing mothers, you can add it to the site. And you can also leave comments about the businesses listed there. What a great way to reward businesses that are mother-baby friendly.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

And so we move on

After 3.5 years of nursing, my son weaned over the holidays. He's been slowly going that way for a while, only nursing once every couple of days for the past few months. Then at some point after the craziness of the holidays, I realized that it had been three weeks since he had nursed.

I had thought I would feel more muddled about things. I know so many women who were happy but sad and kinda confused about being happy and sad when they were finished nursing their last. But while I feel a slight bit of melancholy about it, on the whole I'm pretty good with it. It's been 6 years since the last time my body was my own, no baby inside or outside dependent upon it. I always enjoy going into the next stage of things, and I'm looking forward to seeing where we go now.

He's asked a couple of times since then, but it's half-hearted at best, and when I say no he's easily distracted. I didn't have the chance to really analyze things when I weaned Liz; it happened quickly with her because I was so tired and so pregnant, and I just couldn't anymore. But with Connor, I've been able to savor each step in the journey and to know that we made the journey together, rather than the needs or wants of one dominating the other. I'm happy with the way it ended.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Nestle Picture Upsets My Son!

My oldest son just got home from an amazing conference in Atlanta, Passion 2010. He already felt called to mission work, but came home really pumped about all kinds of opportunities. It's exciting to see God at work in this young man who nursed until his third birthday, slept with us when he was little, spent many hours in a baby sling, and learned about trust from day one as we taught him to trust us.

He was five when our family went to Costa Rica, then Peru to serve as missionaries. During his formative years, he saw me working as a lactation consultant in developing countries. He also heard our dinner table conversation which occasionally consisted of diatribes against Nestle born of my frustration with the damage they were causing to mothers and babies in Andean countries (and around the world).

Fast forward to Passion 2010. The ministries involved did a great job of presenting the work they are doing in developing nations around the world. He was particularly impressed with the work of one organization who has a project designed to support prenatal health and postpartum care and instruction. He even told the representatives that his mom would LOVE to be involved in providing any breastfeeding information they might need! (Then he called me to make sure I was okay with that!)

However, as he looked at the many pictures of precious children suspended from the ceiling at their display, he saw one picture which caused an immediate strong reaction of anger! It was a picture of a smiling tyke holding a carton marked Nestle. His anger wasn't directed at the mission agency at all. He realized they were simply trying to portray the reality of what children experience. But he felt furious at Nestle for compromising the health of so many infants. He was even able to explain to his girlfriend just what it was that made him so angry about the picture.

As he told me this story, my mama heart swelled with pride because he really gets it! He understands that supporting and protecting people in developing countries means helping mothers trust their own ability to provide the very best nutrition for their babies.