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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Food for Thought : August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month

 August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month. The breastfeeding campaign, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, hopes to empower women to commit to breastfeeding by highlighting new research showing that babies who are exclusively breastfed for six months are less likely to develop ear infections, diarrhea and respiratory illnesses, and may be less likely to develop childhood obesity.

In celebration of Breastfeeding Awareness Month, we've compiled the following guide to serve as your one-stop resource for the information and support you'll need to be successful at breastfeeding. Arm yourself with information now, and you'll thank yourself later for giving your baby the best possible start in life.

The Support You Need
The Ultimate Guide to Breastfeeding 
From the proper latch to the perfect nursing bra--everything you need to know to make breastfeeding work for you and your baby.

More Nursing Know-How 
Breastfeeding can be difficult for some women in the first few weeks, but it gets easier and more natural with time. Here, you'll find answers to our readers' most frequently asked questions about breastfeeding.

Where to Get the Support You Need 
Boutique-style stores that specialize in breastfeeding--with bras, pumps, lotions, potions and virtually everything else in between--are sprouting up in cities nationwide. Check our guide to see if there's one near you.

Support Systems
Breastfeeding may be more difficult than you expect. The right help can make all the difference.

The Benefits of Breastfeeding
Miracle of Mother's Milk
It will make your baby healthier and smarter. There are lifelong benefits for you, too.

Words of Wisdom :

Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.

Infuse your life with action. Don't wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen... yourself, right now, right down here on Earth.

Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.

I have seen many storms in my life. Most storms have caught me by surprise, so I had to learn very quickly to look further and understand that I am not capable of controlling the weather, to exercise the art of patience and to respect the fury of nature.

When I was 20, I thought I was 30 - but I was so far from it. When you're young, you want everything to happen now. As you mature, you can look back and see all the great things you achieved with time and patience.

A proud grand-poppa          G.


  1. Hi HB,
    Such excellent advice. This is what mammary glands were invented for. I never understood women who did not want to nurse their babies.
    Absolutely beautiful, stunning photo, but I think Nee would like a wee chat with you . You better wear a bullet proof vest.
    Love and hugs

  2. Butterfly ,
    Thank you ever so much . my son was breast fed , I always thought because Rosa didn't want to go through the hassle of making formulas , When I met this family every baby was hanging from a tit .
    I do think Man was about a month old , Nee is a good mother and yes she told me she was going to spank my musty butt . I will do a post with CC (Nita oldest daughter) I got Nita permission to use it .
    Starting out in business , I did all my photography and layouts , money was tight , sometime Harvey and I would work 16 hours a day . My son married into a family with a strong work sense ,
    Hugs and love

  3. Poppa ,
    I remember aunty nursing Man once , he was about 5 or 6 months old then , uncle pull it out his mouth Man would frown at him , uncle pulled it out the third time , Man got mad got stiff as a board he was so angry .
    This is much needed post and the babies benefits from it .(and the mothers do too).
    Your sweet granddaughter

  4. Hi Aunty and Genie ,
    Genie hope you are improving , Aunty said you sound much better , glad to hear that . Keep up the good work . We are praying for you and your family .

    Dear Maxy,
    I met a woman at a conference I Attended and learrned that she years of experience in business I just got involved in . Once I learned that , I basically stalked her . Every time we saw each other , I asked her as many questions as I could so that I could learn from her . I feel like I may have turned her off , but I didn't want her to leave without gaining wisdom from her . I really do hope that we can stay in touch . How can I reach out to her to keep the conversation going ?
    Wannabe , Miami

    Dear Maxy ,
    I went to a business conference that was focus around women . I had a great time and made a lot of good connections . I also notice that several of the women attendeer brought their husbands . The men didn't participate in the day-time activities , but I often saw them at night in the hotel restaurant or walking around on the property . I didn't that was an option . I bet my husband would have enjoyed being at a resort location if we could just hang out together at night . How can I make this happen at my next conference ? Don't get me wrong ---I don't feel like I missed out on anything . There were activites for attendees every night ,so I were busy , but my husband and I haven't had a vacation in a long time . Sneaking in a mini-vacay .
    Splitting the Difference

    Dear Maxy ,
    I chose to go to a university in another state . The tuition is very expensive and recently my family has hit a rough financial patch . My parents originally gave me their blessing to leave the state and my mom has plan to pretend we live in Florida to give me in-state tuition .
    My older sister is calling selfish for allowing my mom to go through with this plan because it is illegal . I reminded my sister that our mother told me I could got to the school , so our parents will figure out the financial aspect . I feel bad being the reason my mother is breaking the law , but she told me I could go . What should I do ?
    Small-Town Budget Biloxi , Mississippi

    Dear Maxy ,
    Over the years , I have often visited a beach community and had a great time with the people there . I haven't been there in awhile , though, because of work and health issues . I have been invited to come to come for the weekend soon , and I am a little nervous . I have gained a lot of weight and really don't feel attractive . I am afraid that people will look at me on the beach in a swimsuit and make comments under their breath . I am not sure how I will be able to handle that if it happens . I already feel uncomfortable about where I am . Should I stay home ?
    Beached Whale


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