Thursday, September 29, 2011

World Milk Sharing Week




It's World Milk Sharing week and I just thought I would write up a little post about my experience with milk sharing. First of all I am so incredibly grateful to the three wonderful women, two found through Facebook's Human Milk for Human Babies and one friend, who have shared their milk with Scarlett and I. I am proud to say that because of these wonderful women Scarlett has been given only breastmilk! In the last two months my milk supply has started to dramatically decrease despite pumping 6-7 times a day and some days of power pumping. I was only making 10-15oz per day which was definitely not enough for Scarlett. Thanks to some wonderful donors I did not have to use formula. I have decreased my pumping sessions now to 3-4 times a day because I was starting to go crazy. Scarlett is so mobile now and into everything. I was also feeling bad about spending so much time with my pump and not enough time with my daughter. I am only making 8-10 oz now but with my donors support will hopefully be able to keep Scarlett on breastmilk til she is about 10 1/2 or 11 months. So all in all, I am so thankful to you wonderful women who pump out your extra milk for those of us struggling to make enough!! I will forever be indebted to you! I wish more women would consider the option of milksharing vs formula feeding.

Milksharing Websites:
Milkshare: http://milkshare.birthingforlife.com/
Human Milk for Human Babies: http://www.facebook.com/hm4hb
Eats on Feets: http://www.facebook.com/EatsOnFeetsHome
CafeMom Sharemilk:http://www.cafemom.com/group/37369?email_id=619947591

In case your like some of my family and unsure about the possible dangers of milksharing vs formula feeding this article by PHD in parenting addresses some of those concerns:
http://www.phdinparenting.com/2010/11/28/risks-of-informal-breastmilk-sharing-versus-formula-feeding/

So Happy Milksharing Week!! And if you are breastfeeding I urge you to consider milksharing! It may make a difference for some wonderful child and his/her mother struggling to make enough!

Please feel free to comment on your experiences with milksharing or your thoughts on the subject.

Friday, September 16, 2011

First Thresherman's Show


Every year in September the small town I grew up in hosts a Thresherman's show complete with tractor pulls, steam engines, a saw mill, and old homes. I have not missed a year and was even queen of steam back in the day. This was Scarlett's first year attending. She had so much fun looking around and watching Grandpa work in the saw mill. 



Watching Grandpa work at the saw mill.




I love this picture! She loves her Grandpa!


Her first train ride which she surprisingly slept through!