Monthly Archives: September 2011

  • Breastfeeding Challenge 2011

    Tomorrow, October 1st, is the Breastfeeding Challenge.  In Canada, it kicks off World Breastfeeding Week, which we celebrate from Oct 1st to 7th (I don't know why it's two months later than when most of the rest of the world celebrated it!) The Breastfeeding Challenge is not just a Canadian event, though.  This year it is being held in 15 countries.  The event is intended to raise awareness and support for breastfeeding.  At 11am local time, all the participants will simultaneously nurse.  Cheers to the world's largest latch on! Momzelle is proud to be a sponsor of over 100 Breastfeeding Challenges in North America.  We hope that women in all communities find the support they need.  This event is a...
  • Got milk?

    Here is quite the tale! It starts with "the breast milk dad", a man from California who decided to blog about his effort to use up the freezer full of breast milk his wife had produced while nursing their baby.  This baby is now weaned and the milk was just taking up space.  The couple had apparently tried to donate it, but to no avail.  So Dad goes on a breast milk only diet, forsaking food. Within two weeks, the uproar was too much to bear and the couple pulled the blog and stopped the stunt.  Outcries to donate the milk eventually led the couple to Emma Kwasnica of Human Milk 4 Human Babies.  Emma put them in touch with a mother of quadruplets in...
  • Monday's Breastfeeding Quote

    While we try to teach our children all about life, Our children teach us what life is all about. ~Angela Schwindt How true.  It even seems to be the case with breastfeeding.  I am reading, researching and joining groups to find out as much information as I can, but I know when my baby arrives in February that they will be teaching me what it really means!  
  • Gender Loving Care?

    Earlier this week, I read a blog post by Alpha Parent called Who is best to parent?  Boys or girls? It is an excellent article designed to help people who are dealing with gender disappointment.  I am twenty weeks pregnant and my husband and I have decided to keep the gender a surprise until delivery day.  This is our first child and I can honestly say that I will be thrilled with whatever we are blessed with; a boy or a girl.  It's cliche, but I just hope for a healthy, happy baby. The idea of gender disappointment does linger in the air though.  I've already heard comments from friends and family such as "I'm sure you'd love a boy to play hockey with...
  • Monday's Breastfeeding Inspiration

    Here is a really sweet video to start the week off on a good note!  I love this song.  It was posted by Social Change Hub.
  • Milk, it's in you to give

    The concept of milk banks is new to me.  I remember a while back when Salma Hayek nursed a malnourished African child; it was the first time I thought breast milk could be so powerful to more than the family using it, but I had never heard of a milk bank. I was really moved by an article called The Gift of Milk I read on mothering.com.  It was about a mom that was back at work and pumping hard for her child.  Her child was refusing the bottle so the milk started piling up in the freezer.  To read the article click here. The reaction from the nurse when she donated the milk and the writer's sense of fulfillment was very inspiring. At...
  • Momzelle perks!

    Now that I have been the blog and social media writer at Momzelle for just over a month, I thought I'd take the time to reflect a little... Working for Momzelle is just perfect for me.  First, I'm due this February with my first child, so the topics Momzelle cares about are the same ones I do.  I get to learn so much about what to expect and be a part of a community of like-minded women.  It feels great to connect and share stories and news with amazing breastfeeding mothers. I get an inside view of how Christine and Vincent (the sibling founders of Momzelle) run this amazing company (a company that won CYBF's best socially-minded company of 2010, just to brag...
  • Monday's Breastfeeding Quote

    Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children and no theories. ~ John Wilmot So it is not a direct breastfeeding quote, but I think the sentiment still applies.  Whether it is parenting theories or ideas about breastfeeding, before and after actually having children can make a big difference.  I am on the before side, being pregnant with my first child.  I have many ideas (theories) about how I'd like to be as a parent and especially as a breastfeeding mother.  I think it is great that I formulate my thoughts before I actually have a child, but I have a sneaking suspicion that many of my ideas will be tossed out the window (or at...
  • The Birth Plan - Breastfeeding and Beyond

    Most of my readers, I assume, are already breastfeeding mothers.  I would love your help and advice on this post's topic! Did you write a birth plan? I plan on writing one.  I am having a hospital birth because the waiting lists for midwives is long and lonely in Montreal (to be fair, we just moved here and I didn't get on the list until I was already eight weeks pregnant).  So far, I have had one visit with my new doctor and felt very comfortable with her.  The hospital has a great breastfeeding policy, in accordance with the World Health Organization.  They also implement the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, although I don't think they are accredited by Unicef.  I admit that in my...
  • Making breastfeeding look bad. No thank you!

    I don't like to write about negative things, but I just had to post about this evenflo marketing campaign.  I've had an extended long weekend away from my computer and as I catch up with all the breastfeeding news this morning I am shocked to see this video! I am not shocked to read all the outraged comments on twitter or facebook.  We've recently been told that breastfeeding mothers have "mama bear" tendencies, so it was no surprise that the claws came out. I am not yet breastfeeding.  When my first child is born in February, I will get an even better sense of the offending nature of this ad campaign.  As a consumer though, I am fully aware of the...

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