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Wow…Moms Learn How Teens Really Feel

As a parent, there may not be much praise received on a day-to-day basis, especially from your children.  So it is an great feeling getting to hear how much your children love and appreciate you.  No matter if you think you already know how much they care, nothing compares to hearing it directly from them.

Below is a video of just that.  Several teen girls recorded a video with their mothers, telling them exactly how they feel and what their mothers mean to them.  From the way these young women present themselves to what they say to their mothers; it is obvious these mothers have done excellent jobs in raising these young ladies.

***Sharing of this video is ENCOURAGED!!  As stated in the original description of this video on Global Moms Challenge’s YouTube Channel, every time this video is shared Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 (per share, up to $250,000) to help improve the health and well-being of moms and children worldwide through MAMA, Shot@Life, and Girl Up.  Also, check out Melissa Hillebrenner’s post on the BabyCenter.com blog to learn more about her and her organization’s initiatives***

Has your child ever sat down with you and said what you mean to them?  Have you done this with any of your parents?  How did it make them and you feel after? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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4 Breastfeeding Benefits All Moms Must Know

Benefits to the Baby

1) Colostrum Production

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Sleep and comfy breastfed baby

After birth, a woman’s breast milk contains a special liquid called colostrum. This yellow liquid is chock full of nutrients and antibodies that do more for your baby than formula. A woman’s body is designed to give just enough of this liquid,and as your baby grows and develops, the concentration of colostrum in the breast milk also changes to suit the needs of your child. This golden nectar also helps to develop the baby’s natural immune system. Breast milk is also easier for the baby to digest, which ensures the child doesn’t need to adjust like it would with formula. This helps to reduce the likelihood of diarrhea and an upset stomach.

Benefits to the Mother

2) Money Saved & Convenience Made

The breastfeeding benefits are not limited to the health of the baby. Mothers who breastfeed reap a plethora of benefits as well. Firstly it saves money and offers a convenience that cannot be matched by formula. The breasts are always ready to feed your child and there is no preparation involved (unless you are putting on a nursing cover to breastfeed); saving time before trips and throughout the day. Imagine not having to buy bottles and formula. You don’t have to ensure sterilization of equipment and there is no warming of the milk needed. When your baby is hungry, you are ready!

3) The “Love” Hormone

One of the most significant benefits to breastfeeding is the oxytocin release experienced by both mother and child. Regarded as the “Love” hormone, oxytocin is released during breastfeeding (partly due to skin on skin contact), which creates a bond and provides overall well-being to those involved.

Breastfeeding is also linked to lower incidence of common health problems women experience: Type 2 diabetes, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and postpartum depression.

 

Societal Benefits

4) Healthy Living

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Live life to the fullest, with less worry to you and your little ones.

Breastfeeding helps society out immensely. As mentioned, it reduces the incidence of illness, which puts less pressure on hospitals to address ill health in our babies and youth, in general. Also, in countries less well off than other first world powers, the societal benefits of normalized breastfeeding should not be overlooked. It is a readily available resource in times of emergency and economic struggle. For those nations with poorer health care, the nutritional factors and presence of antibodies within breast milk could be the only guard the child has to prevent disease and hydration. Children fed breast milk do not need another hydration source, as breast milk provides all a child needs, even on the warmest and arid days.

A Few Problems?

The benefits of breastfeeding have been stated, but it is also important to consider the issues women can experience throughout this process. Like most things in life, you have to take the good with the bad.

Problem 1: Tender and sore breasts

When the breasts engorge with fresh milk, they may become extremely tender and sore. If you are using a method where breastfeeding and formula feeding are used in tandem, this tenderness may become amplified.

Solution: More frequent feedings will reduce discomfort.  Then on the other hand, more frequent feedings can sometimes lead to sore nipples, which usually are a result of a baby suckling too hard. There are products available to reduce pain and start the healing process.

Problem 2: Infection

Another potential issue is breast infection, referred to as mastitis. This occurs when bacteria enters into the milk duct.

Solution: Elicit the help of a professional. It is important to visit your doctor if you feel as though an infection has occurred. If breastfeeding is done correctly, these problems can be minimized, and the benefits certainly outweigh the risks.

There are books that can be written on this subject.  The benefits, problems, and solutions mentioned above are just a few on the subject of “breastfeeding.”   With you being our reader (and probably a mom that breastfeeds or has breastfed), we would like you at add what you feel would add to the value of this article.  What are some benefits you have experienced from breastfeeding?  Have you ran into any problems?  What solutions did you find?

 

**This is not the place to bully and belittle others.  Be mindful, and considerate of other mothers that have chosen to breastfeed or formula feed.  Everyone has their reasons, and no one should be criticized for their decisions concerning how they feed and care for their child.  So, please help us to keep the negativity away.**

State Breastfeeding Laws

What are your State’s Breastfeeding Laws? This May Surprise You…

Have you ever wondered what the breastfeeding laws were from state to state here in the U.S. as of 2013 (December 2013, to be exact)?  We were curious too.  So we decided to research that question a little and put our results together in an infographic to share with you.

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below…especially if you live in a state where the laws may have changed, or if we missed an important  law related to breastfeeding in your state.

Enjoy & Be Sure To Take a Look at our Stylish & Full Coverage Nursing Cover

Info provided by National Conference of State Legislatures

State Breastfeeding Laws:

Map 1 note: Light purple doesn’t necessarily mean that it is against the law to breastfeed in public, there just isn’t a law in place that specifically states that breastfeeding in public is legal/illegal.

Breastfeeding Laws by State

Know your state’s breastfeeding laws in the United States

 

Additionally, there are several states that have unique laws regarding breastfeeding.  Some of these states and their laws are as follows:

  1. Virginia – Women are allowed to breastfeed on any land or property owned by the state.
  2. Louisiana – All child care facilities are prohibited from discriminating against breastfed babies.
  3. Mississippi – Requires licensed child care facilities to provide breastfeeding mothers with a sanitary place (not a toilet stall) to breastfeed their children or express milk.  Also, they must provide a refrigerator for storing expressed milk with a staff trained to properly and safely store and handle human milk. Each facility must display breastfeeding promotion information to their clients.
  4. California – The Department of Public Health is required to develop a training course of hospital policies and recommendations promoting exclusive breastfeeding and specifying staff for whom this training is appropriate.
  5. Maryland – Tangible personal property that is manufactured for the purpose of initiating, supporting, or sustaining breastfeeding is exempt from the state’s sales and use tax.
  6. CaliforniaNew York and Texas – They all have laws related to the procurement, processing, distribution or use of human milk.
  7. New York – Created a Breastfeeding Mothers Bill of Rights that is required to be posted in maternal health care facilities. New York also created a law that allows a child under 1 year of age to accompany their mother to a correctional facility, if the mother is breastfeeding at the time she is committed.

 

 

 

 

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Breast Cancer Awareness 2013 Supporters…Who are They?

Already, it is October and Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Time to get out all that pink and put it on in support of finding a cure for this disease. As one of the most widely recognized annual awareness months, support and awareness is growing exponentially worldwide. We increasing support through athletes and their uniforms, businesses donating portions of their profits, people participating in walks and runs, and others showing their support in their own ways.

The Actual Purpose Of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

With all of the fun festivities surrounding Breast Cancer Awareness supporters, it is important we not forget what the main purpose of this month is for.

Breast Cancer claims thousands of lives on a yearly basis. It is the second leading cause of death among women, claiming the lives of about 20% of women diagnosed with the disease. Men, although it is rare, also are not exempt from being diagnosed with breast cancer. Every year there are nearly 2,150 men diagnosed. Of those 2,150, about 410 of those men are laid to rest as a result of losing the battle with breast cancer.

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There is no cure for breast cancer but there has been major advances, largely due to the cumulative support efforts of society during these awareness months. We are seeing a steady growth in organizations in support of finding a cure for this horrible disease. This has helped create more aware and proactive people, resulting in more early detections of breast cancer and better treatment. This has lead to an increase in breast cancer survivors and a healthier world, when it comes to breast cancer.

Please join us in supporting Brest Cancer awareness month this October by wearing your pink, purchasing from businesses that support, and getting out to at least one event in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. If you have an organization, group, event, or just a comment, please leave it below. We and many of our users would love to know who you are.  Also, if you are looking for donations to your organization to aid in finding a cure for this horrible cancer, DRIACover is donating %5 of it’s sales to organizations in support of this.  If you would like it to be you organization DRIACover donates to, fill out the contact form and we will respond to you as quickly as possible.

References:

www.nationalbreastcancer.org
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7 Tips For Selecting The Perfect Daycare

Tips For Selecting The Perfect Daycare From One Mom To Another

To select the right daycare, you must first decide which type of care you want. Although each category has several subdivisions, your choice comes down to two principle options, each with its own pros and cons: daycare centers and in-home daycare. If you evaluate in-home daycare against daycare centers, you may be mixing apples and oranges. Therefore, decide on a daycare type before you evaluate particular facilities.

After you choose the daycare type, begin considering local providers. Here are some tried and true ways to objectively test each daycare facility.

1. Research your options. You wouldn’t have your hair cut by a complete stranger. Instead, you would ask friends and coworkers for references. Finding the right daycare facility begins the same way. Ask around and find out what parents like and do not like about various providers. Once you have a list, look for membership in the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) or theNational Association of Family Child Care (NAFCC). Membership in these groups is not must, but it helps. Finally, ask for references, and then call them.

2. Evaluate ratios. For babies, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a ratio of one adult to three infants. However, this ratio may not be adequate if toddlers are frequently in the baby room, demanding time and attention from caregivers. In the same way, one special-needs infant may require a personal caregiver. Check the ratio, but then check the reality.

babies_holding_hands3. Look for interaction. More than food, water and shelter, your child needs love to grow and thrive. Look around and see if caregivers are interacting with the children. Are they on the floor playing? Are children in their laps being read to? Or are caregivers detached, watching the children rather than engaging with them.

4. Determine if your parenting philosophy meshes with the facility’s policies. Everyone has opinions about nap times, food choices, television, and discipline. If your provider’s philosophy does not mirror your own, this could be a problem. While you may feel flexible about one issue, such as maintaining a schedule, you may be completely inflexible about another, such as discipline. Therefore, examine both the provider’s policies and your personal flexibility.

5. Find turnover statistics. Children thrive on stability and love. If a caregiver the children trust suddenly leaves, this could cause mental strain. Find out what causes turnover or, conversely, why retention is so high.

6. Arrive unannounced. Nothing provides real-world information like a few surprise visits. Do not be intimidated. You are deciding which facility will care for your child.

7. Listen to your intuition. If your gut tells you that something is “off,” then seriously consider why. Even if the provider is highly recommended, this facility may not be the right place for your child.

After completing these steps, you should be pleased with the daycare facility you chose. However, if the provider does not measure up, it is okay to begin again. While change is difficult, keeping your child with the very best provider is extremely important.

Choosing the right daycare provider is one of the most important decisions you will make. So do some research, make some phone calls, and listen to your intuition. You will feel confident when you know you have chosen the very best caregivers for your child.

Trudy enjoys studying early childhood development psychology. She works at The Growing Tree Academy where she provides parents with tips on how they can raise healthy, happy children.