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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
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With summer just around the corner, we gathered some treats for our beloved fans and avid readers!
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Have you heard of Old World Gourmet? Their products, which include a variety of gourmet snacks and drink mixes are made in the United States of America and the company is owned and operated by women! To satisfy your sweet tooth, four different flavors of "Cream Cheese Chewies" are available- and I was lucky enough to get to try a couple over Mother's Day weekend! Thanks OWG for the opportunity to review your products!
First, I'm going to tell you what I think about the Strawberry Cream Cheese Chewies.
I loved how pretty the Strawberry Cream Cheese Chewies came out of the oven. Don't they just look scrumptious? Preparing these only takes a few ingredients you probably already have in your fridge and cabinet. And you don't have to have much experience in the kitchen to get them to turn out perfectly.
After they cooled, I cut them and put a few into a nice little to-go box and took them over to my mom for Mother's Day. She LOVED them! She ate several while I was there visiting.
I also thought they tasted great. The strawberry flavor is delightful, and meshes well with the cream cheese topping. Great for a spring or summer dessert, especially!
Now let me tell you about the Chocolate Espresso Cream Cheese Chewies.
If you know me, you know I LOVE coffee and I LOVE chocolate. So naturally, I fell in love with this dessert. Just like the Strawberry Cream Cheese Chewies, they're easy to make with a few extra ingredients. The Chocolate Cream Cheese Chewies compliment your cup of coffee in the morning so much so that you may have to have two of them just to make sure... Well that just may be me. I definitely will be wanting to make more of these in the future. And you have a chance to do so too!
OWG is giving away one bag of Cream Cheese Chewies to one lucky reader, US resident only. Just fill out the Rafflecopter below to get your entries in.
Also, here's a really awesome OWG coupon code for FREE SHIPPING on all orders of $50 or more, just enter SHIP50 on checkout at http://www.owgshoponline.com
Latched On Mom did not receive compensation or payment for the review which was given. All opinions are my own, written by me. I have no affiliation to the company, unless otherwise stated.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
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Tuesday, May 7, 2013
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I just saw something kind of shocking on Facebook, shared by the Unlatched page. Similac has came out with a new product specifically targeting breastfeeding mothers. Similac boasts this new kind of formula with an attractive phrase, "Helps provide a gentle introduction to formula." The website goes on to say that this is perfect for breastfeeding moms who want to supplement. The page has the formula companies advice on breastfeeding and supplementation, which is very inaccurate information, and undermines mothers by encouraging them to use/continue to use their product, which then in return causes the majority of mothers to begin to lose their breastmilk supply.
There's a few things I am wondering...
First, why is this new formula better of a supplement than any other formula by the same company, or any other company for that matter? Their site doesn't explain the differences at all. Why aren't all of their formulas said to be this gentle on babies? What is wrong with the other formulas out there?
Secondly, supply and demand is a HUGE component of breastfeeding and if you're being encouraged to supplement, most likely you will begin to experience a drop in supply due to baby not demanding as much nursing/breastmilk. This product, doesn't help half the mothers who feel they need to supplement. Instead, these women should be referred to an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant). You can find local help by a lactation consultant by clicking HERE. For the mothers who need supplementation, that's fine, you shouldn't feel like you're a horrible parent or guilty. That is why formula is available as an option. It's a good thing when your choices are slim. Remember that formula isn't your only choice, there is donated milk available at milk banks (find a location near you here- https://www.hmbana.org/milk-bank-locations), as well as mothers within your community that donate extra milk free of charge like HM4HB or Eats on Feets.
I supplemented my baby at 6 months, knowing that if I continued, I would eventually wean him... If I would have had this product available at that time, I would have trusted their marketing campaign and used it. If I could go back and change one thing, I would have contacted a IBCLC and at least found out what other options I had and learned more about the benefits of breastfeeding a full year as well as continuing to breastfeed past a year. We'll have to have a post all about that some other time :)
What do you think of this product? Do you think it is supportive of breastfeeding mothers who supplement?
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
There's a lot of factors that determine if a pregnant woman is considered high risk. Some of the most common risk factors for mother-related conditions are age, weight, circulatory/cardiovascular problems, diabetes, chronic disease, autoimmune disorders, history of genetic disease, and history of having prior complications with pregnancies like miscarriages, preterm labor, preeclampsia and others. Then there are conditions that arise that are fetus/baby related such as fetal exposure to viral and bacterial exposure, exposure to substances both pharmaceutical and street drugs, or if testing has indicated disease or defects in the fetus/baby.
So you've been told by your OB or your midwife that you're high risk... Now what? What does that change for you? How does it affect the baby? Will you still be able to have the birth you want? Where do you turn for emotional support? So many questions race through your head, you may feel alone and just have constant worry something is going to go wrong.
Depending on your individual situation and diagnosis, you may have many changes or little to no changes than what you'd typically expect in a normal, healthy pregnancy. Usually more frequent doctor/midwife visits are in order to closely monitor you and baby's health. You may need to change your diet, add new medications, and visit specialists. Sometimes, in severe instances, bedrest is recommended to keep you safe. If you're put on bedrest, there is a wonderful organization there to aid you in this called Sidelines- http://www.sidelines.org/. I used sidelines when put on bedrest for 30 days due to my blood pressure spikes. The representative emailed me and called me, giving me her support. It was so nice to have someone there that I could share how I felt with and she really seemed to understand. How your baby will be affected is also dependent on your individual situation and diagnosis. I know it's common to run off to Google and look for info about it, but often questions like these can really only be provided by a specialist in the condition you are experiencing. If you feel the need to continue to explore, I would personally encourage you to look into local or national organizations that promote awareness and support the community for those dealing with particular diagnosis.
Can a high risk pregnant woman have the birth they want? This is a question I should write an entire post about... I believe yes, any person should have all accommodations made to help them feel as comfortable as possible with their labor and birth. I believe that doulas are a great resource to depend on to help you find the answers to this question. Where do you find a doula in your area? Here's a helpful link to get you started- http://www.doula.com/hire-a-doula.shtml Even if you can't have a doula, you should be able to have a doctor who respects you and will let you experience your birth in the easiest and healthiest way for you. Speak with your doctor frequently about your desires and if they don't seem to understand your wishes, let them know that they can do a better job! Or find someone who is more receptive to you and what you want from your birthing experience.
Lastly, where is there to turn for support? I have compiled a list of online resources for support just for those who are considered high risk.
You can also check your local hospital to see if there are local groups offered.
Please leave any additional resources you may have in the comments! Thanks!
Monday, April 22, 2013
First of all, I'd like to address a product that has recently debuted at Target, and other stores that is marketed for new mothers... I became aware of this yesterday from a share by Debunked on Facebook and wanted to let my readers know that this is a very deceitful product. It is a "test" to see how much milk that you make. These people have no way to guarantee their results, and must have absolutely no knowledge about lactation whatsoever. The people who support this product are almost as bad as the people who created it. The amount of milk that you're able to pump IS NOT A RELIABLE INDICATOR of how much milk you produce (source HERE). Below is a picture of this product.
There is a petition to remove this product from Target shelves, and I am urging everyone to sign it- https://www.change.org/petitions/target-remove-milkscreen-breastfeeding-assessment-test-from-store-shelves as well as educate yourself further about how to tell if you make enough milk.
Concern: Baby is fussy when breastfeeding.
Answer: There's tons of reasons why baby could be fussy. Usually around the first growth spurt (or any growth spurt), this can come up. Baby could expect a faster flow, trying to keep up with their increasing appetite. Or just the opposite, baby is used to a slower flow and all of a sudden your body is keeping up with their need and it actually becomes a forceful let down. Baby could also have some extra air in their tummy and you may need to stop and burp baby, or even practice infant massage to help them feel more comfortable. Baby could have a stuffy nose or a slight cold. Maybe baby is teething, which is a very long process... Even when you can't see teeth, they may very well be beginning to come in. You can read more about all the potential factors as to why your baby is fussy when breastfeeding here- http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/child/fussy-while-nursing/ and here- http://kellymom.com/parenting/parenting-faq/fussybaby/
Concern: Your breasts feel "empty."
Answer: When baby is born, your body will begin to create a supply usually for two babies or more and will regulate itself after a few weeks of exclusive breastfeeding. Once it's regulated, breasts don't feel as engorged. It's perfect just for what baby needs. More about this subject here- http://kellymom.com/bf/got-milk/supply-worries/breast-fullness/
Concern: You pump and what comes out isn't nearly what you think baby needs.
Answer: The average mom can pump between 1-3 ounces per pumping session. Most babies are much better than getting milk out than a pump is (source HERE).
Here is an image that REALLY helps you put it into perspective of what baby needs per feeding. Pic from HERE.
The ONLY reliable way to determine if baby is getting enough milk is by diaper count and weight gain. Also a baby typically nurses 10-12 times a day. Expect baby to have approximately 6 wet diapers a day, and poopy diapers count as a wet diaper as well. You can read more about this many places, here is a great outline about how to tell if baby is getting enough milk- http://www.askdrsears.com/topics/breastfeeding/faqs/getting-enough-milk-how-tell
Also, all babies and people gain weight differently, and this is important to keep in mind. A favorite article of mine is "Look at the Baby, Not the Scale," by Dr. Jay Gordon, you can read the article here- http://drjaygordon.com/pediatricks/newborns/scales.html
It's not a bad thing to doubt yourself as a mother, every child brings a whole new realm to your universe and there's a lot of unexpected surprises along the way. If you're worried about how you're doing things, you're ok. It just means that you care and want the best for your family. By learning you grow and develop faith in what you are becoming. Believe in yourself and find like-minded people to support you.