Sorry, sorry… life has caught up with me! I really haven’t been blogging much as I’ve been focusing on my day job, kids, Mama.Baby.Love and replying to email/text questions of breastfeeding/babywearing/cloth diapering moms. I’m cleaning out my draft posts (yes, I have numerous!!) and I found this post which I initially wrote as a comment to another page. I can’t remember if this comment was published — yes it has been that long! So I decided to edit it a publish it in my blog.
Welcome to the Milk Mama Diaries Carnival (August). For this month, we write about the World Breastfeeding Week 2014 – Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal for Life and share how breastfeeding can help the Philippines achieve the 8 Millennium Development Goals developed by the government and the United Nations. Participants will share their thoughts, experiences, hopes and suggestions on the topic.
Please scroll down to the end of the post to see the list of carnival entries.
|as a panelist at OABPF|
|With Patti Rundall, Velvet and Lei.|
Another presentation I found especially enlightening was that from the Indonesians – on why breastfeeding mothers end up failing. Indeed, what they shared is true. Breastfeeding mothers are often blamed for their “failure” to breastfeed and they themselves think they “failed.” But in truth, it is the system that failed them, and also the people surrounding them. Because of barriers to breastfeeding they face in every step, they have no option but to end up stopping breastfeeding.
Now how does this tie up with this year’s World Breastfeeding Week Theme? My goal is to tie up breastfeeding with the MDG Goal of Global Partnership. This document from the World Health Organization explains the aim and challenge of goal 8:
Fifth, goal 8 calls for a global partnership for development. This unique feature of the MDGs recognizes that there are certain actions rich countries must take if poor countries are to achieve goals 1 to 7. Goal 8 is a reminder that global security and prosperity depend on a more equitable world for all.
We buy food in season because we believe that Mother Nature provides us with fruits and vegetables when our bodies most need them: mangoes in April, avocadoes in June, and lemons/calamondin in September. We also ensure to follow the teachings of our forefathers and ancestors who, throughout the centuries, developed natural and balanced diets to fulfill our nutritional needs.
|nursing E with the tree of life behind me|
The MDG goal on environmental sustainability focuses on the lack of access to safe drinking water and sanitation, with the target of reducing the population without access by half. Breastfeeding ties to this because breastfeeding CAN improve sanitation by reducing waste products. Let me end with this quote from the Eco Waste Coalition:
Breastfeeding is a perfect example of Zero Waste, generating no trash and pollution and contributing to the MDG on environmental sustainability. Unlike the production of so-called artificial formula milk, breastfeeding entails no forest clearing, no mining, no tree cutting, no fossil fuel burning, no wasting. It’s the most basic remedy to the energy, climate and garbage maladies afflicting our society.
Mec insists to do the Math and breastfeed!
Ams, The Passionate Mom says Breastfeed for a Better Future
Pat says breastfeeding saves money and the planet
Cheryl, the Multi-Tasking Mama, tackles maternal health as addressed by breastfeeding
2011 CNN Hero Ibu Robin highlights gentle births and breasfeeding, even in disaster zones
Felyn stresses that Healthy Moms = Healthy Babies
Monique reminds us that there are second chances in breastfeeding
Normi relates how breastfeeding gave her strength and purpose
Nats thanks Dr. Jack Newman for showing how breastfeeding can be a win-win situation
Em believes breastfeeding is a solution to societal problems
Marge shares what breastfeeding has taught them
Kaity was empowered financially and as a woman through breastfeeding
Madel relates her breastfeeding saga
Jen of Next9 reminds us to do our research and share what we know
Celerhina Aubrey vows to work on one mother at a time
Grace wants to put an end to stories of toasted coffee and similar stuff over breast milk
Diane shares how she prevailed when things did not go according to plan
Hazel appreciates mommy support groups
Roan combines two passions, breastfeeding and architecture
Queenie tackled breastfeeding as the best choice for the environment as well and breastfeeding myths and poverty
Rosa shares how the picture she thought of was realized
Sally believes breastfeeding benefits mankind and our planet Earth
Floraine reminds us that breastfeeding helps combat diseases
Crislyn was happy to realize that she improved her own health by breastfeeding
Armi reminds us how breastfeeding during emergencies is crucial
Arvi tells us how breastfeeding made her look at her body a different way
Clarice elaborates on how breastfeeding saves lives and the planet
Giane reminds us that women empowerment can begin by seeing breastfeeding as more than a feeding issue
Liza thought she was only breastfeeding for her child
Breastfeeding Awareness Month is happening next week! As always, it is packed with activities to promote, support and protect breastfeeding and further the breastfeeding advocacy. Let me start with L.A.T.C.H.’s big event this August — Breastfeeding Uncovered 2014: Mission Possible. LATCH has expanded to Cebu and Davao cities and we decided to bring back Dr. Jack Newman to visit 3 major cities in the Philippines.
This year’s topics will focus on breastfeeding challenges commonly experienced by Filipino families, such as poor weight gain and latching issues. Aside from providing explanations on the causes and solutions to these challenges, Dr. Newman will also include a module on what healthcare practitioners need to know about breastfeeding that were not discussed during their training.
Starting August 16, 2014, there will be an exhibit of images of OLLL at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Mandaluyong. On August 30, Saturday, Our Lady of La Leche Movement will have a Thanksgiving Mass to Our Lady of La Leche at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Mandaluyong City. Aside from the Thanksgiving Mass, other activities for the day are as follows:
- 8 – 11am medical mission for pregnant women and children below 2 years old
- 11am short talk on breastfeeding benefits and spirituality
- 12nn mass with special blessing for pregnant and nursing moms, as well as childless moms ( TTCs )
SM Cares, in partnership with LATCH is bringing Dr. Jack Newman to SM Mall of Asia, SM Cebu and SM Davao. He will talk about bottlefeeding mentality, breastfeeding myths and how we live in a bottle feeding society and how it affects our understanding of breastfeeding. His SM talks will be a day before the main LATCH symposiums and it will be a great preview of his full day talk. LATCH will also be selling tickets to the full-day symposium at the SM activities.
I was able to sign-up for ilactation’s Heart-to-Heart Online conference earlier this year. Learning about breastfeeding is never-ending. There are regular researches and updates and I am pretty happy that there are providers which allow advocates like myself to listen and learn online, in the comfort of my own home or while commuting.
The focus of this post is one of the topics – The Second Night, presented by Jan Barger. It is in relation to my other post, Solutions to the Challenging First Week. New parents are often overwhelmed by the abrupt change in their routine and lifestyle when baby comes. However let us not forget the baby – whose new environment is totally different from the mother’s womb.
So what is “The Second Night”? Jan Barger is a nurse and IBCLC who has an education company – Lactation Education Consultants. She identifies this phenomenon as an event recognized worldwide but is not yet documented in literature. The event occurs about 24 hours after the birth (or sometimes even beyond that) when the baby always wants to be at the breast, falls asleep at the breast and wakes up when removed from the breast and only seems to be content when attached to the breast.
Why is this a concern? Because by the time “second night” sets in, mom is usually exhausted as the adrenalin from the birth has worn up. Mom is also more vulnerable to suggestions from people around her that baby is still hungry and her milk has not come in or her milk is not enough.
Barger explains that beyond these superficial concerns, second night is really about the changes in the newborn’s surrounding — when baby is at the breast, baby is closest to the womb which provides a semblance of prenatal life:
Second night is not limited to the actual second night after the baby’s birth. This phenomenon also happens weeks or even months after the baby’s birth, when baby is already at home. Coping at home is more difficult as the mother begins to doubt her capabilities. Furthermore, in the Philippines, we are usually surrounded by extended family members who do not help with their comments about giving formula milk to the baby.
What should a mother do? Keep baby close to you. Shut out the naysayers. Read, read read. Here is very interesting slide from Jill Bergman, another presenter from ilactation:
LATCH is also pleased to share that Dr. Newman’s new book was just released and will be available in the Philippines through LATCH. More details about that shortly.
Make sure that you grab a copy so you can have it autographed by Dr. Jack! 🙂 Meanwhile here are scenes from last year’s Breastfeeding Uncovered recorded by Nice Print Photography (thank you!!!)
Excited?!! Sign-ups are open and if you pay by credit card, sign up via eventbrite below. Meanwhile for BPI bank payments, sign up here bit.ly/latchbump2014.eventbrite.com. For group registrations, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.