NYC moms can receive breastfeeding support texts!

From the city of New York’s website:

Mobile Milk is a text messaging campaign to encourage and support breastfeeding. Text messages are delivered between 28 weeks of pregnancy and 4 months after giving birth. During pregnancy, women receive 1 – 2 messages per week, which provide information and tips for preparing to breastfeed. After delivery, mothers receive text messages 3 – 4 times per week, providing guidance and support during the first weeks and months of breastfeeding.

Here are some examples of the text messages participants receive when they sign up for Mobile Milk:

Prenatal messages:

  • “Ask to have your baby in your room with you after birth – it is a great way to learn when (s)he is hungry. Hospitals call this rooming-in.”
  • “Exclusive breastfeeding is when you feed your baby ONLY breast milk for the first 6 months of life. It is best for moms and babies!”

Postpartum messages:

  • “It can take 3-5 days for your milk to fully come in. Don’t worry, it’s coming! Until then, the yellow, nutrient-filled colostrum is all your baby needs to eat.”
  • “More breastfeeding at first means more milk later. Putting your baby to the breast frequently will establish a good milk supply for the months ahead.”

Women can sign up for Mobile Milk while pregnant or after giving birth. Text “MILK” to 877877.

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Seven Weeks Postpartum – Preparing to Move

Quint’s sleepy smile.

Quint is a 14 pounder already! And is it any wonder why? All this baby does is eat and sleep. His favorite nursing position is side-lying because he doesn’t even have to wake up. And if he does wake, he just falls back asleep. Seriously. This is Quint’s typical day at the house: He sleeps all morning until past noon. (Sometimes a big sister will wake him and he’ll look around and wiggle for a while.) While he’s sleeping during this long morning stretch, he will stir a few times, pretty much just when he pees and fills his diaper. Then he starts moving his head from side to side and sounding grumpy until a nipple pops in his mouth. I change his diaper and he usually just keeps his eyes closed. Then I breastfeed him. If no nipple appears, he cracks an eye open and starts grunting or yelling for food. If he does eat, he goes right back into a deep sleep until the next time he pees. At some point, he wakes for an hour to watch his sisters, then sleeps again until past 7pm. He wakes for a few hours to wiggle and watch people and then goes back to sleep before midnight after a warm bath with me. Then he’s up a couple times at night because he peed and wants more milk. Easy life! And he poops every couple days.

When he is awake, his big sisters run over and chatter a mile a minute at him. And give him a million kisses. And they squabble with each other over who gets to side closest to him. To think they refused to accept he was a boy, not a girl, for the first few hours of his life?

He is tracking people in the room now, moving his head from side to side. He is starting to have the most wonderful facial expressions as well, lifting his eye brows and blinking when he’s excited. He gets very wiggly and waves his arms and kicks his feet when he’s happy to see someone, making cooing noises and goat sounds. And he’s smiling! I love watching his personality develop. He’s so mellow, it’s been wonderful. He only really gets upset when his sisters accidentally bonk him or if he’s over tired during the end of his awake period from 7 or 8pm until 10 or 11pm. This kid does have some serious poop explosions though. No matter what type of diaper he’s in, cloth or our compostable Nature Babycare diapers, his yellow poo just slowly seeps out and covers everything until he’s done. I really need to start ECing and just get all of that in a potty! I’ve been waiting until we move though and have hardwood floors. I hate steam cleaning messes out of our carpet in our current place.

As for me, I’m feeling great. My body feels like it’s strong and capable again. I have long since had any lochia and my back twinges are gone. Breastfeeding is going smoothly still and my nipples have only felt sore the last couple of days since Quint has been nursing more during his awake period. I feel like I’m eating a ton and my weight has stabilized at about 15 pounds over my pre-pregnancy weight.

I do feel pretty exhausted if I over do my excursions with the kids, like I did over this past weekend when I had a friend visiting, but then we just hang out at the house and relax for a day to recover. Actually, I am feeling pretty tired right now, just thinking about packing up our entire house and moving in just about a week. I have the boxes ready to go in the living room but have not found the motivation to start filling them. Eeek! Oh and in case you didn’t see it, I had an interview with Indie Birth yesterday. Listen to the podcast!

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My podcast with Indie Birth Association

I had a chat with Maryn of Indie Birth Association this morning and it is already out and ready for everyone to listen!

Paala’s Journey from C-Section to Freebirth - Indie Birth

My immediate reflections after the interview were that I couldn’t believe I had just had a mom to mom chat with someone I admired. I was excited to be on a podcast with Maryn because I’d listened to her podcasts every night they came out before bed and fell asleep listening to her tell mothers to trust themselves. And then I felt exhausted from trying to keep my kids from interrupting me during the interview. The only way I could make it through the whole half hour with all three kids with me was plopping the big kids in front of the babysitter (don’t judge me!) and praying my baby stayed sleeping. But then my two year old got bored with the TV and insisted on nursing the whole time, nonstop. Any other diversion was unacceptable! Then I really had to hope my little 7-week-old Quint stayed sleeping because his big sister drank all his milk.

Anyway, in the conversation we just talked about my previous births, what I did for prenatal care, and how I knew I wanted an unassisted birth. If you want to see all of Indie Birth’s podcasts, click here to see all episodes.

Did you take a listen? What did you think? Also, how do you keep your kids occupied and out of your hair when you have something important to do?

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Things you never imagined might be awful after having kids: Going to the bathroom

And no, I don’t mean just going #1 or #2 after having a vaginal birth.

Ah, I miss going to the bathroom without kids.

Comic from NickMom. ILLUSTRATED BY ADRIENNE HEDGER. Source.

I wish I was in the mood to laugh right now but all I can manage is a smirk. I have been in so many public restrooms this last week because I’ve had a friend visiting and we do lots of touristy things in San Francisco. So, that means lots of bathroom breaks and me having to deal with the kids being nuts while my friend, kid-less and fancy-free, gets to leisurely relieve herself, reapply lipstick in the mirror, and waltz out without a care in the world. (Can you smell the jealousy?)

If I could turn back the hands of time, I would apologize to my mother for how I acted when she had to help me in public restrooms as a little girl. And then, when I was an adult without kids, I would savor the calm minutes each time I went to the restroom. You know, sometimes I argue with my husband over who gets to take the child in to use the restroom and who gets to use the bathroom without a child. I almost never win because my husband says the men’s room is disgusting and no place for, well, anyone. And many times businesses do not put a diaper changing table in the men’s room. That’s a bit sexist, isn’t it?

So, thanks NickMom for the little smirk today. They do need to make another comic strip about going to the bathroom with a baby strapped to you and then having to do a diaper change on your lap while sitting on the toilet because some women’s restrooms don’t have changing stations. HOW ANNOYING IS THAT?! Where are we supposed to change the baby? On the wet counter by a sink or on the nasty floor? No thanks.

Do your kids go nuts in bathrooms like this? How do you keep them from licking the door and touching the floor and touching the toilet lid and water?

PS – I don’t want any moms with 100% perfect kids or just one easily manageable child chiming in an ruining my complaining.

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Birth Video of the week: The Free Water Birth of Jack

Birth is universal. No matter where or how in the world a woman is giving birth, a connection is felt. And I feel strongly that It’s important to share all types of births, especially physiological births in which the mother and child are completely unhindered and able to birth naturally without interventions. Everyone, noy just women, need to see what our bodies can do and have been doing since the dawn of time.

This water freebirth video was shared with me earlier this week by the birth photographer from Perth, Western Australia that documented it, Jessica Newton of Home-Grown Photography. Although water births are becoming increasingly popular, freebirths are much less common. A freebirth, or a family birth that is unassisted by medical professionals registered with the government, is one of many birthing options for a pregnant mother and her child.

Grab some tissues!

The birth of Jack v 2.0 from Jessica Newton on Vimeo.

Go give her Facebook page, Home-Grown Photography, some likes for supporting pregnant mamas and babies!

Did you have a water birth? Did you have a freebirth? Share your story!

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Shocking breastfeeding advice given to new mothers in the 1950s

What advice was given to new mothers in the 50s? Check it out.

[Shared by Alison Adams.]

Wow. Just wow. Is it any wonder so many had issues nursing? The scheduled feedings after not being allowed to nurse for a full 12 hours after birth, and only nursing a few minutes at each session seems so regimented. We all know breastfeeding on cue is where it’s at, to allow the baby to thrive and to keep up your supply. And poor papa is only allowed to see his child for 15 minutes all day? How awful!

What do you think of this advice? Did your grandmother breastfeed? 

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Do grandparents expect children to breastfeed covered up?

A recent nursing in public experience in which a future-grandmother attempted to shame a breastfeeding mother and baby brought something to my attention. Do the elderly support nursing in public? Or do they need shielding?

A story shared by Brittany James answered my question.

[Shared with permission.]

While I am certain everyone of every age has their own opinion on breastfeeding in public, I bet more grandparents support breastfeeding than we give them credit for. I know I shied away from nursing around my children’s grandparents but I couldn’t pin point why. I had to be told expressly that no, my father-in-law did not mind my nursing at all and was happy that all nine of his grandchildren were breastfed.

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