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Breastfeeding Photos and Pregnancy Photos!

As promised in a previous post, my grateful thanks to the following moms who sent me some really beautiful pregnancy photos and breastfeeding photos for BreastfeedingMums new photo galleries. I was really touched that you chose to share some of your most tender moments with visitors to my site.

Susan at SusanCollinsPhotography.com

Amy at CrunchyDomesticGoddess.com and Attached at the Hip.

Rachelle at FriendKidly.com

SofiaMarie's Mom

Laura at BeachBumsBaby.com and HodgsonVi.com (coming soon).

Susan

Crystal at EwokMama.wordpress.com.

If any of these lovely images inspire you to send your images to BreastFeedingMums you can simply email them to me... and don't forget to include your website or blog URL if you'd like a link in return!


Breast Cancer Without a Lump

Ever heard of inflammatory breast cancer? No, well neither had I until I read the following repost by Amy at CrunchyDomesticGoddess.com. And after reading it I urge all my visitors, male and female, to become aware of this particular breast cancer, know the signs and symptoms and make sure your GP is aware of it too.

Just a few weeks ago, "WhyMommy" from Toddler Planet was nursing her baby when she realised something was amiss. Thinking she may have a breast infection of sorts she went to her doctor to get it checked out.

The diagnosis could not have been more unexpected.

It turned out she had inflammatory breast cancer, a particularly rare type of cancer which does not present itself with a lump and which is often misdiagnosed as mastitis due to the similarity of symptoms.

WhyMommy is now using her blog to help spread awareness of this dreadful disease and is asking bloggers everywhere to do what they can to make people more aware of it.

The following is a repost from WhyMommy's blog. Please read it and spread the word. You may just save a life. Thanks.

We hear a lot about breast cancer these days. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetimes, and there are millions living with it in the U.S. today alone. But did you know that there is more than one type of breast cancer?

I didn’t. I thought that breast cancer was all the same. I figured that if I did my monthly breast self-exams, and found no lump, I’d be fine.

Oops. It turns out that you don’t have to have a lump to have breast cancer. Six weeks ago, I went to my OB/GYN because my breast felt funny. It was red, hot, inflamed, and the skin looked…funny. But there was no lump, so I wasn’t worried. I should have been. After a round of antibiotics didn’t clear up the inflammation, my doctor sent me to a breast specialist and did a skin punch biopsy. That test showed that I have inflammatory breast cancer, a very aggressive cancer that can be deadly.

Inflammatory breast cancer is often misdiagnosed as mastitis because many doctors have never seen it before and consider it rare. “Rare” or not, there are over 100,000 women in the U.S. with this cancer right now; only half will survive five years. Please call your OB/GYN if you experience several of the following symptoms in your breast, or any unusual changes: redness, rapid increase in size of one breast, persistent itching of breast or nipple, thickening of breast tissue, stabbing pain, soreness, swelling under the arm, dimpling or ridging (for example, when you take your bra off, the bra marks stay – for a while), flattening or retracting of the nipple, or a texture that looks or feels like an orange (called peau d’orange). Ask if your GYN is familiar with inflammatory breast cancer, and tell her that you’re concerned and want to come in to rule it out.

There is more than one kind of breast cancer. Inflammatory breast cancer is the most aggressive form of breast cancer out there, and early detection is critical. It’s not usually detected by mammogram. It does not usually present with a lump. It may be overlooked with all of the changes that our breasts undergo during the years when we’re pregnant and/or nursing our little ones. It’s important not to miss this one.

Inflammatory breast cancer is detected by women and their doctors who notice a change in one of their breasts. If you notice a change, call your doctor today. Tell her about it. Tell her that you have a friend with this disease, and it’s trying to kill her. Now you know what I wish I had known before six weeks ago.

You don’t have to have a lump to have breast cancer.

P.S. Feel free to steal this post too.  I’d be happy for anyone in the blogosphere to take it and put it on their site, no questions asked.  Dress it up, dress it down, let it run around the place barefoot. I don’t care.  But I want the word to get out.  I don’t want another young mom — or old man — or anyone in between — to have to stare at this thing on their chest and wonder, is it mastitis?  Is it a rash?  Am I overreacting?  This cancer moves FAST, and early detection and treatment is critical for survival.


Breastfeeding and Pregnancy Photos Wanted!

Want to inspire other women to breastfeed?

Want to show off your beautiful bump?

If so, I'm looking for breastfeeding and pregnancy photos for two new galleries of photos I'm working on for my website, BreastFeedingMums.com.

In return for your pictures, I'll give you a mention here and if you've got a website or blog I'll link back to it!

If you'd like to be featured on the site, then simply email me your photo or photos with a brief description. Names are not required - but if you want a link please include your full URL.

(Oh and by the way, I'm still accepting stories too - full details on my homepage!)

Many thanks...


To Sleep, Perchance to Dream!

Sleep Jack has slept through the night for the past week or so and it is just incredible how good it feels not to be woken up three times a night anymore!

Like I said a while back, I intended to wean Jack by the time he turned two. Well he was two on Sunday and guess what? I haven't weaned him yet... although I have reduced the number of feeds significantly and am now only letting him breastfeed first thing in the morning, around lunch-time, tea-time and bed-time. And not at all during the night anymore!!! Yippee...

But, sleep... what is it good for?

Well after a quick google I discovered that sleep:

  • Boosts your immunity
  • Makes you smarter
  • Helps you look better
  • Increases concentration
  • Makes you a nicer person

(source, VHI Healthcare, The Benefits of Sleep)

Already I couldn't agree more!

Physically I feel much better; I'm learning lots of new stuff for the company Stan and I have created, my skin is improving (I broke out in a rash of angry teenage-style acne last week!), I've been busily hammering away on my website adding over 40 pregnancy pages to it in just the last three or four days and I'm not feeling so angry and resentful towards people who disagree with me!

All that after just about a week of catching up. And perhaps the best thing is that I am now sleeping long enough to have the most amazing dreams, meaning I waken up feeling totally refreshed and alive!!

I can't wait to see how good it feels after six months!


July Carnival of Breastfeeding: The Things They Say

Welcome to the eighth Carnival of Breastfeeding, the theme of which, as promised, is "The Things They Say" ie, funny comments other people have made about breastfeeding!!

As usual, we have some great posts, listed below, for you to check out from both our regular participants and new contributors.

Whilst I’ve heard many a funny story from other people about the things their work colleagues or in-laws have said, for my part, it’s most often my children who say the things that make me grin or cringe.

And as a result of breastfeeding both my daughters until they were almost 11/2 years old and with my son still breastfeeding at 2 years, that's perhaps no surprise really!

Here are just a few of their bloopers, those that I can repeat!

Sarah, aged 2, shortly after her baby brother was born: “Mummy, don't you keep Jack's milk in your little cupboard?” (my nursing bra!)

Tara aged 2: “Mummy, when I was a baby didn't I suck milk out of your... brains?” (spoken in front of visitors - with a deafening silence before she uttered the last word!)

Jack aged 2, on a packed train tugging desperately on my blouse, “Mama Juice, Mama Juice NOW!”

Jack standing beneath me as I waited to be served at a local café, suddenly pulled my pop-button blouse completely open before screaming triumphantly, "Mama Juice!"

Tara, speaking in a very loud clear voice whilst in a supermarket a couple of months after weaning, and just as a gentleman strolled past us: “Mummy didn’t you get a lovely new black bra because you don’t have to feed me your milk anymore?”

So far, that’s my lot - but a word of warning to mothers of toddlers, two seems to be the age at which your children will say the most embarrassing things in public... Don’t say no-one told you!!

For more hilarious stories check out these regular contributors to the Carnival:

Tanya from Motherwear Breastfeeding Blog shares how her baby's signing allowed him to pass on some unexpected messages to her during feeds.

Angela at Breastfeeding 123 interviews her daughters and shares a wonderful breastfeeding picture!

Andi from Mama Knows Breast entertains us with quotes from conversations she's had with her little son.

Jennifer at the Lactivist Breastfeeding Blog describes her future little lactivist in the making - her 21/2 year old daughter!

And here's some posts from this month's guest contributors:

Leisa from Down With The Kids tells a great story illustrating how she needn't have worried about how her older child would accept her breastfeeding their new baby.

Dave at Rattling the Kettle shares the memory of a late night conversation.

Amy at Crunchy Domestic Goddess shares some old wives tales, some of her daughter's thoughts and a beautiful picture of herself tandem breastfeeding.

Renata from Nurturing Notes shares a story told to her by her mother-in-law.


Real or Fake?

Imagine this; you're the breastfeeding mum of an eight week old baby who is most likely undergoing a growth spurt. You're finding it tiring and the constant feeding is wearing you down.

Who do you turn to for advice? Let's see, hmm, maybe your health visitor, your GP, a breastfeeding support group, a breastfeeding forum.... or a forum on formula company Cow and Gate's corporate blog?

Real or fake? - You decide...


Boys - Need I Say More?

Boys! Oh my goodness, boys are so different from girls. And as the mother of two girls I feel well qualified in my observations :)

Over the last three days Jack, who'll be two on Sunday, has been driving me insane with some newly acquired tricks.

It all began shortly after dinner one evening. It was a rather unhealthy dinner of chips (although, in my defence, they were oven cooked as opposed to fried!), steamed chicken (not bad at all!) and baked beans (debateable!).

As usual, the children left a veritable mountain of food behind and I made the mistake of not clearing the table instantly, instead running upstairs to answer a lost ringing telephone! Within moments Stan (Hubby) came racing up to me to tell me Jack had had a great idea - he'd stuck a baked bean up each nostril. Now whereas one of them was only just inside his nose and easily removed, the other was well and truly wedged up there...

Thankfully, I had just last week taught Jack how to blow his nose and he managed to blow his bean out... LOL

The girls never did that.

A couple of days ago we were all up bright and early to leave Stan to work - we've just started a new business venture and he's currently on a training course (more about this in a future post!). Just at the point of leaving the house both Stan and I realised we needed to gather a few bits and pieces and were both upstairs (hmm, do I see a pattern emerging?) for a couple of moments.  Finding what I'd gone for, I came back down to discover the front door lying wide open and Jack missing! Shrieking his name, I raced outside... to find him waiting for us (with a great big grin on his chubby little face) by the car!

To open the door he had had to turn the key...

The girls never did that.

Just last night my parents sent Stan and me a couple of bottles of wine and some chocolates for our wedding anniversary (our 9th!) and Jack, as always, got to the "schweeties" before anyone else. Now Jack loves "schweeties" and could quite easily chomp his way through the lot - so I decided I'd better put them out of reach. But Jack had other thoughts as he eyed them from below!

I watched in amazement as he squeezed behind our huge and very heavy sofa; with all the might he could muster he pushed the sofa across the room to try to reach the tempting box of goodies! (Might his regular doses of Super (Mama) Milk have helped the development of this super baby power I wonder? :))

The girls never did that.

Disappointingly for him, he didn't actually succeed in getting them as they were still just out of reach for him!

Finally, just before bedtime, I poured the children each their nightly bowl of cereal. As the girls polished theirs off, Jack began messing with his. So, I decided to take his spoon and feed him myself.  To show his disdain, he decided it would be great fun to blow raspberries at me with a mouth full of Rice Krispies. I was absolutely showered in the things!

The girls never did that.

Jack, of course thought it was hilarious, the girls' almost collapsed off their chairs with giggles and I could do little else but cover my face as I too dissolved into fits of laughter. (I didn't want to encourage him any further by letting him see me laugh and had to pretend to be very cross when I'd recovered my composure!)

The sweets are now in a very safe place, the door key is now in a very safe place, the beans will be binned in a very safe place next time and in future I'll keep myself a very safe distance from the Rice Krispies...

Now I just have to watch and wait for his next show of divilment!!


Sexy Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Lingerie... Never!

Hot Milk: Baby Doll Delicious A catalogue marketing lingerie for pregnant and breastfeeding women has been labelled by some of its (presumably pregnant/breastfeeding) customers as being soft porn!

From what I can see of the Hot Milk Collection, the lingerie designers Lisa Ebbing and Angela Crosbie have created beautiful, thoughtfully-designed lingerie that makes pregnant and breastfeeding women look glamorous and yes, even sexy!

And tell me this, what sane woman doesn't want to feel alluring and irresistable - especially at a time in her life when she's perhaps feeling frumpy and undesirable?

Read the full story here and let's hear what you think!


Funny Posts invited for July Carnival of Breastfeeding

People say the funniest things when they find out you're a breastfeeding mother; in my case it most often is my children who have me rubbing my head in disbelief, glowing with embarrassment or shaking uncontrollaby with laughter at the innocence of their remarks.

But it's not just children that we're talking about here. We're talking about people in general - the manager of your local corner shop, the teacher at your kid's pre-school, the man sitting next to you in your dental surgery!

And so it is that for the month of July the topic of the Breastfeeding Carnival will be "The Things They Say".

We're going to keep things short and light-hearted for this one. What we're after is posts which illustrate some of the rather odd, silly, unusual, interesting and downright foolish things people have said to you about breastfeeding. In short, anything from the sublime to the ridiculous!

As usual, if you would like to be considered as a guest blogger for the July Carnival,  please ensure that you follow these criteria before submitting your post:

    1. Please write your post in a clear and concise manner.
    2. Check your grammar and spellings.
    3. Stay on topic.
    4. The overall quality of the rest of your blog and its relevance to our readers will be taken into account when choosing participants.
    5. If your blog post is chosen, on the day of the Carnival you will be reminded to include permalinks in a summary post to each of the other permanent blogs in the Carnival  (ie. BreastfeedingMums Blog, Breastfeeding 123, Mama Knows Breast, Motherwear Breastfeeding Blog and The Lactavist Breastfeeding Blog) and to also include links to the other guest bloggers.

Email me your post by July 17th.

Have fun!

See examples of past carnivals here.