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Cheap breastfeeding necklace options

A breastfeeding necklace is a great option to entertain little hands during a feed. Most breastfeeding mums know the joy of being pinched, scratched, clawed and of having their nipple taken in odd directions when bub decides to look at something without detaching first. Ouch! I didn’t use a necklace with my first, but I definitely need one now. Lillypilly finds it hard to concentrate at a feed, when she knows her big sister is doing something fun nearby. Ergo, a necklace is required.

There are some lovely one out there. If I had the money I would buy this one or this one.
Alas, being a SAHM means this is not an option. Some thrifty options are required, so I’ve come up with this list of cheap breastfeeding necklace ideas

Use what you have
Search through your jewellary box for necklaces with bright colours, interesting beads and textured designs. Anything that can be pulled off the necklace, easily broken or rough on bubs hands is out, but that should still leave a few options. I found an old wooden necklace with different shaped beads. It’s smooth and Lillypilly likes the feel. Boo even wears it while she breastfeeds her teddy. Too cute!

Make something
I used to make jewellary, so I’m going to strand something myself. It won’t be fashionable, but I’ll use assorted colorful beads I have left over from my crafty days, and string it on tiger tail.

Another DIY option is to knit or crochet something. I have a shirt with a crochet neck line and bub loves to play with it

If you have no craft skills or materials, you could rip scrap fabric into strands and tie it together. Leave dangly bits for bub to play with. Trim regularly for loose threads though.

Hit the Op shops
Op shop jewellary stands are full of outrageous necklaces that were fashionable 5 years ago, but dated now. They are perfect for breastfeeding necklaces. Usually you can get one for under $5

Use a brooch
A beautiful brooch can be an option to using a necklace. Choose one that’s fun and colorful, or one with nice textures. Make sure you use the safety clasp.

Use a toy
The other day I desperately needed a necklace, but didn’t have my wood one on hand. I grabbed a small toy and held it at my breast and it did the trick. Not as convenient, but still an option

Hopefully one of these options appeal to you, and you get a cheap and effective option. Remember that these options don’t have built in safety clasps or double knotting, so caution and common sense are required. Never leave bub unattended with your breastfeeding necklace, especially if its a DIY option or not designed specifically for breastfeeding.

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Give that baby a drink

I have many pet hates. I have a metaphorical menagerie of things that greatly peeve me. However, few get me as worked up as the following well intentioned, but completely misinformed statement: ‘geez it’s hot today, you better give that baby some water’. Grrrr.

Exclusively breastfed babies under the age of 6mths, do NOT need supplementary water. Not even on ridiculously hot days. Clever mother nature provides us with both a watery foremilk to hydrate baby, and a rich creamy hindmilk to fill baby up. On hot days, bubs tend to like short, frequent drinks which gives them plenty of foremilk, and therefore plenty of hydration. Giving young babies water actually gives them a false sense of fullness, and reduces the amount of breast milk they take in for the day.

One of the best pieces of advice I got prior to leaving the hospital was to ignore the advice of people who birthed 30 years ago. I am constantly surprised by how much I agree with this. All mothers can offer advice and support that is useful. However this advice does need to be scrutinized in light of modern research. Many of the parenting strategies of our parents have been shown to be counterproductive and in some cases detrimental. Breastfeeding advice certainly falls in that category.

For practical, research based advice on breastfeeding babies in hot water, see this link

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Breast feeding ‘politics’ – a post and a response

I absolutely had to share this recent post and comment doing the rounds on the net.

Well known Australian blogger and social commentator Mia Freedman recently posted on her blog about her thoughts on the over zealous promotion of breast feeding becoming ‘borderline bullying’. Within this post she shared the story of a friend in hospital who needed some formula. Read the original blog here http://www.mamamia.com.au/parenting/lets-chill-out-about-breasts/

Model and author Tara Moss, who is also a UNICEF ambassador, responded to this blog post with an articulate and evidence based response. It is one of the best articles I have read in a long time. This response is not supposed to demonise those who formula feed, for any reason. It is instead a comment on the importance of health workers continuing to promote breast feeding at every opportunity. Read Tara’s response here http://blog.taramoss.com/index.php?itemid=739

I hope you enjoy these blogs if you have not seen them already, and find them as informative as I did.

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Breast feeding baby: a recipe for for a challenging baby?

Not long ago, some new research was released on breast feeding babies. After studying questionnaires filled in by mothers of babies aged 3 months, the researchers concluded that breast fed babies were harder to soothe, less likely to smile or laugh and more likely to be distressed. This research received wide publicity in the media, and triggered much debate and discussion amongst my peer group.

I am massively pro-breast, and find this type of research to be truly alarming. Not because I am worried my baby may be ‘difficult’, but because I am worried it will influence new mothers decisions about breast feeding.

So is the research right?
Only more research could confirm that. However, there are some glaring issues with the methods used, and the findings highlight to me some societal issues with breast feeding. The research was exploratory, and in my view missed many important aspects of the mother-baby relationship. As an example, it does not appear that sleep was covered. Any new mother can tell you the effects on her mood and outlook that a lack of sleep causes. As breasted babies wake more frequently, it is likely their mothers are a little more tired, and perhaps more sensitive to their babies ‘behaviour’. I know when my girl wakes a lot, I find her more difficult the next day. I’m sure she is not – but it seems like that to my tired brain. There is also no information on the timing of breast feeds, and whether mothers were attempting to follow a routine with their baby.

But all this debate over validity aside, I think there is a more important message to take away from this. The researchers found this extra crying by the breastfed babies was COMMUNICATION! They were not unhappy by nature it seems, they just needed to tell their mummy something. And most likely that something was ‘more boobie please’. This to me highlights the importance of listening to our babies, breastfeeding on demand and remembering that frequent feeding is normal and natural. If I was to give an expectant mother advice about breastfeeding, this research tells me it should be that learning to read her babies cues is more important than any routine. And from my personal experience, I’d also describe to her the look of pure bliss on my baby’s face after she has just finished a feed and is nestled against my breast. That can’t be bad!

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