You Know You’re a Breastfeeding or Pumping Mom When…

You Know You’re a Breastfeeding or Pumping Mom When…

Happy Throwback Thursday (#TBT). It’s the last week of World Breastfeeding Month and a great time to repeat this blog article from 2013. These comments from moms two years ago will still be both funny and fitting for a lot of you out there. Some things just don’t change.

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Motherhood transforms life for many women. Breastfeeding and pumping moms seem to have their own special circumstances, challenges and humorous moments. We took a lighthearted survey when we asked our Facebook friends to finish the statement, “You know you’re a breastfeeding or pumping mother when…”

dreamstime_s_6203855You cry over spilled milk.

“You have cried over spilled milk or yelled at your husband for throwing some out!”

“You break into tears when your milk bag breaks.”

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A recent welcomed sight at Pittsburg International Airport

You appreciate a designated, clean place to breastfeed or pump.

“The first thing you think of when doing ANYTHING (work, running errands, date with hubby, meetings, etc) is where/when will I nurse/pump?”

“You catch yourself smiling whenever you find a special little room in public places reserved for breastfeeding/pumping moms!”

Your clothing options change quite a bit.

“You plan what top you’ll be wearing ahead of time . . . at least I do!”

“All your bras resemble trap doors.”

“You don’t wear regular bras anymore because it’s just easier to wear nursing bras all the time.”

“When you dream of putting on your breast pads….”

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Corban supporting his mom!

You receive support from unexpected places.

“People at work know your pump schedule and remind you it’s time to go pump… (And I’ve only been back to work for a little over a week…)”

“When your 4 year old daughter feeds her pretend baby like mommy and only bottle feeds when she “goes to work.””

“Your other kids know your pumping schedule and remind you when it’s time.”

“When my 4 year old son knew how to put Medela pump parts together and said, “Mommy I help you” and “Mommy, baby sister wants your milk”.”

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You are prepared for just about anything.

“You’ve pumped while ordering a bean burrito from the Taco Bell drive-thru (using your pump’s battery pack and your nursing cover, of course).”

“Your drawer at work is filled with extra sets of shields and storage bags.  And you have a cheap, single manual pump for when you forget your electric pump all together.”

“You have a 32 ounce (or larger) cup of water with you at all times.”

“You keep extra nursing pads and a handheld pump in your purse when you know you will be away from the house for a while.”

“You eat with one hand at your desk during your 30 minute lunch break.”

“When you have two Medela pumps at work just in case one breaks down.

“When you have to keep your arms folded over your chest because you’ve leaked through your shirt while in public. Also, when you keep extra clothing in your car in case that happens.”

For more information about Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas or about how to become a donor, click here.

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“It’s My Path to Breastfeed and Help Other Babies”

“It’s My Path to Breastfeed and Help Other Babies”

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Iris and Sienna

Iris, 27, lives in Biloxi, Mississippi with her husband, Jack, and 8-month-old daughter, Sienna. As a first-time mom, her breastfeeding journey started with utter fear, and has happily resulted in pure joy, confidence and a whole lot of extra milk. She explains, “In the hospital after delivery, I was so inexperienced and nervous, I wouldn’t breastfeed without a nurse by my side.” Within two months, Iris had so much success breastfeeding and pumping, she couldn’t keep up with storing over 1000 ounces.

Becoming a Milk Donor

After Sienna’s pediatrician suggested milk donation, Iris called Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas and was encouraged to learn about the easy approval process and overnight shipping program. She says, “After an interview and blood test, I received milk donor bags, shipping supplies and instructions. Everything has been convenient and not a hindrance to my routine.”

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Sienna

Breastfeeding Advice for Other Moms

Iris urges other moms to persevere if they experience any breastfeeding roadblocks. She reiterates, “You are equipped to feed your baby and any problems will pass. Keep trying.”

 

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Future Plans

Tomorrow, Iris starts full-time nursing school at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. “Although I have a Bachelor’s Degree”, she explains, “I have decided to go back to school.” Sadly, Iris had a miscarriage before she became pregnant with Sienna. She acknowledges, “I had such caring emotional support from my healthcare providers that it really influenced me to pursue nursing. I want to help others like they helped me.” With the support of her family and plenty of milk in her new deep freezer, Iris will pump at school and plans to continue to donate. She says, “Breastfeeding and donating my milk has been such a fulfilling experience, I would definitely re-do it all over again.”

For more information about milk donation, please click here.

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The Science Behind Breastmilk

The Science Behind Breastmilk

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Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas is celebrating Breastfeeding Awareness Month, and it’s the perfect time to brush up on the science behind those amazing mammaries and what they are capable of. Who knew there was such fascinating vocabulary hiding inside breastmilk? As we say around the milk bank all the time, “every drop contains a miracle”. Here’s the proof:

Wordy Wednesday- alpha linolenic acidWordy Wednesday- IgG

 

 

Wordy Wednesday- lactoferrin

Wordy Wednesday- Colostrum Definition

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Latching on for World Breastfeeding Week

Latching on for World Breastfeeding Week

photo-5Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas started celebrating World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7) this past Saturday as a sponsor of the 4th Annual Family Expo & Big Latch On at Will Rogers Memorial Center.

photo-8 (1)Over 275 moms latched their babies simultaneously to help promote breastfeeding awareness and acceptance. Families visited vendor booths, bid on silent auction items and participated in fun activities like Zumba, yoga and dancing to live music.

At 10:30 a.m. moms, dads, siblings, babies and friends all settled on the floor under the atrium at Will Rogers. As moms latched their babies at the same time, volunteers helped count participants. It was so inspiring to see moms show such passionate dedication to their babies, their families and each other.

photo-7 (1)The event was organized by the Tarrant County Breastfeeding Coalition, a local group comprised of lactation consultants, nurses, dietitians and breastfeeding supporters. The coalition’s mission is to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.

World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from August 1-7 in over 176 countries. This year’s theme, assigned by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), is “Breastfeeding and Work: Let’s Make It Work!”. photo-2 (1)The campaign calls for a concerted global action to support working women who breastfeed: “Whether a woman is working in the formal, non-formal or home setting, she needs to feel sufficiently empowered to claim the right to breastfeed on behalf of both herself and her baby.”

For more information about Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas or about how to become a donor, click here

 

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Milk Bank Luncheon will Feature Popular Mom Blogger, January Harshe

Milk Bank Luncheon will Feature Popular Mom Blogger, January Harshe

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 Wednesday, September 30, 11:30 a.m.

Ridglea Country Club, Fort Worth, Texas 76116

$65 general seating

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screen shot 6January Harshe from Birth Without Fear is joining Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas to celebrate motherhood and the miracle of donor human milk on September 30 in Fort Worth. The event will commemorate the super powers of mothers and raise funds for the milk bank’s charitable care program. Executive Director of MMBNT, Amy Vickers says, “Many women don’t know how strong they are until they experience pregnancy, childbirth and parenting. At the milk bank, we are surrounded by superhero mothers who help save sick babies with their extra breastmilk. It’s truly amazing to know what moms are capable of.”

preemie-feetAustin-based mom of 6, January Harshe developed her organization, Birth Without Fear, to give moms a voice through social media. She has gained a loyal following from hundreds of thousands of mothers (and dads) through her blog, Instagram and Facebook. Her Instagram page gained notoriety with the now infamous hashtag, #takebackpostpartum, starting a movement to praise and accept a woman’s natural body changes after childbirth. Calling the months immediately following birth, the fourth trimester, January says, “I want women to embrace every change and learn to love themselves as much as they love their babies.” She adds, “I am looking forward to meeting moms in Fort Worth in September and celebrate the life-saving work of Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas.”

The luncheon will support the milk bank’s charitable care program, the Milk Money Fund, as well as support the organization’s permanent endowment fund. Money raised will ensure that all infants with a medical need for donor human milk will receive it, regardless of a family’s ability to pay for processing fees.

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