Breastfeeding- Best for Baby, Best for Mom

Read below, then head on over to The Federal Government's Source for Women's Health Information for more information.

Best for Baby
A mother's milk has just the right amount of fat, sugar, water, and protein that is needed for a baby's growth and development. Most babies find it easier to digest breast milk than they do formula. Breast milk has agents (called antibodies) in it to help protect infants from bacteria and viruses and to help them fight off infection and disease. Human milk straight from the breast is always sterile.

Best for Mom
Breastfeeding saves times and money. You do not have to purchase, measure, and mix formula, and there are no bottles to warm in the middle of the night. Breastfeeding also helps a mother bond with her baby. Physical contact is important to newborns and can help them feel more secure, warm and comforted. Nursing uses up extra calories, making it easier to lose the pounds gained from pregnancy. It also helps the uterus to get back to its original size more quickly and lessens any bleeding a woman may have after giving birth. Breastfeeding also may lower the risk of breast and ovarian cancers.


Breastfed Baby May Mean Better Behaved Child

Be sure to read the entire article at http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=93796

Breastfed Baby May Mean Better Behaved Child
By Serena Gordon
HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Add yet another potential benefit to breastfeeding: Fewer behavioral problems in young children.

Parents of youngsters who were breastfed as infants were less likely to report that their child had a behavior problem or psychiatric illness during the first five years of life, a new study found.

And the likelihood of mental health issues decreased in proportion to the duration of breastfeeding, meaning that a child who had been breastfed for a year was less likely to have behavior problems than a child who had been breastfed for just two months.

"This is an early finding, but it suggests that breastfeeding during infancy could have an effect on behavior during childhood," said the study's lead author, Dr. Katherine Hobbs Knutson, a resident in the department of psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.


Previous research has shown that breast milk offers numerous benefits for babies and that breastfeeding can benefit both mother and infant. Babies who are breastfed are less likely to suffer from ear infections, diarrhea, pneumonia, wheezing, and bacterial and viral illnesses, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Research has also linked breastfeeding with a reduced risk of obesity, diabetes, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and certain cancers, according to the AAP.

For mothers, breastfeeding helps the uterus quickly return to its pre-pregnancy shape and helps burn additional calories, which can help get rid of extra pregnancy weight, the AAP reports. Additionally, breastfeeding is believed to help nurture the mother-child bond.

The new study reviewed more than 100,000 interviews of parents and guardians of children between the ages of 10 months and 18 years who participated in the National Survey of Children's Health. Parents were asked about breastfeeding and about their child's behavior and mental health.

Examples of questions included: Are you currently concerned a lot, a little or not at all about how your child behaves? How he/she is learning pre-school or school skills? Has a doctor or health professional ever told you that your child has behavioral or conduct problems?

Parents of children who were breastfed were 15% less likely to be concerned about their child's behavior, compared to formula-fed infants. And the breastfed children were 37% less likely to have a medically diagnosed behavioral or conduct problem, according to the study.

And, Knutson said, the effect of breastfeeding appeared to be cumulative, with those who were breastfed for a longer duration even less likely to have behavior problems.

She also said the study found "a correlation between breastfeeding and cognitive development."

"These findings are certainly intriguing," said Dr. Debra Bogen, a pediatrician in the division of general academic pediatrics at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.

The study adds to the "overwhelming evidence that women should, if they can, offer breast milk to their babies," she added.

Both Bogen and Knutson said the nutritional composition of breast milk might have an effect on the way a baby's brain develops, and that better nutrition could explain the behavioral differences. But both experts felt it was too soon to know for sure the exact cause of the potentially protective effect.


Optimizing your Milk Supply

Optimizing Your Milk Supply After Returning to Work or School

There are three critical components necessary for successfully maintaining milk supply when reentering the workforce or returning to school:

A high quality breast pump that removes milk quickly and effectively

A place to use a breast pump at work/school that is clean, private, and with access to electricity, if needed

Time to use a breast pump at work/school at least every 3 hours

The information provided on this page will help you understand how to manage working and breastfeeding.

Selecting a Breast Pump

When assessing the performance criteria of a breast pump, the breastfeeding baby should set the standard. When a baby nurses he creates approximately 200-250 millimeters Hg negative pressure and sucks approximately once every second (45-55 times/minute).

breast pump suction pressures range from 20-650 mm Hg negative pressure. Pressures above the high 200s often cause pain. Pressures below 150 are reported to be ineffective at extracting milk. A breast pump that is similar to a nursing baby creates 200-230 mm Hg negative pressure and cycles about once every second. Two Medela pumps meet both criteria for suction pressure and cycles (sucks) per minute: the Lactina and the Pump In Style. Both of these pumps are also designed for frequent, long term use and their simultaneous double pumping action may help maintain milk supply more effectively.

If only working or taking classes part-time - less than 4 hours a day or 2 eight-hour work/school days - the Medela Mini Electric or Avent Isis are other options. Although these pumps do not meet both criteria for performance, they are still acceptable when used in this limited and short-term fashion.

When choosing a breast pump, you should consider where at work/school you will be using it. Will you have access to an electrical outlet? If not, does the pump convert to battery operation or can it be used in your car? Both the Lactina and the Pump In Style are electrically operable and can also be powered by a vehicle lighter adapter or battery pack. The Mini Electric can be powered with an AC adapter, 2 AA batteries, or manually. The Avent Isis pump can be operated manually without the need for additional power sources or worry about wear and tear on motor parts.

Breast pumping in the Weeks Prior to Your Return to Work/School

During the time after your baby is born and before you return to the workplace or classroom, your primary goal will be to establish your supply. This is best done through frequent day and night feedings and the avoidance or limitation of supplemental bottles.

Also during this time you will want to select or purchase your breast pump. This will allow you time to become familiar with the operation and cleaning of your pump, enabling you to determine if you need extra parts, etc. and to remedy any pumping problems.

This is also a good time to begin stockpiling your milk reserve and introducing your baby to an alternative feeding method, usually a bottle. Be advised that you will want to avoid bottles unless medically indicated for at least 4 weeks if possible in order to lessen the risk of nipple confusion. Plan to pump milk to stockpile whenever the opportunity arises:

In the early days when the milk supply may be more than the baby needs, often referred to as the engorgement period.

On the other breast when the baby only takes one side.

A few minutes (5-10) after feedings.

In the morning hours when milk supply is most plentiful.

When pumping during these days, expect to only be able to pump small amounts as your body adjusts to a different type of stimulation and while your baby is nursing frequently throughout the day and night. You may have to pump several times in order to acquire the amount needed for one bottle. Once you return to work or school, however, and begin missing feedings regularly, you will be able to pump greater amounts.

Managing breast pumping in the Work or School Setting

Frequency of pumping: Ideally you should plan to pump at least 3 times during an 8 hour work/school day, 2 times during a 6 hour day, and at least once during a 4 hour day. If pumping opportunities are extremely limited,brief pumping sessions of 5 minutes are better than no pumping. If there is no pumping for prolonged periods; i.e.. 8-9 hours or more, expect milk supply to drop. Supply can be increased through frequent nighttime and weekend (days off) nursing sessions.

Some mothers resort to reverse cycle feeding if pumping is not an option at work. This is simply feeding your baby at least as frequently during the night hours as he would normally feed during the day. It is made easier by bringing the baby to bed with you so that you can obtain the rest that you need.

Possible locations for pumping: a women's restroom, lounge, locker room, or break room, an unused conference room or office, an employee health office, your vehicle, or a designated employee breast pumping room. Wherever you decide to pump, make sure that you have access to electricity (if needed for pump operation), the location is private and comfortable (not too hot or too cold; comfortable place to sit), and there is sufficient cleanliness for collecting milk. If using a public restroom wash area to wash pump parts after collecting milk, consider bringing your own wash basin from home in order to maximize hygiene.

Consider doing a "practice run" the week before you return to work/school. Leave the baby with the caregiver and go to your workplace or school a couple of times during the day to pump when you normally will be pumping. This will give you the opportunity to identify any problems; i.e.. With the pump, location of pumping, whether or not your collection/cleaning/storage options are adequate, and the estimated time required for pumping.

Strategies for Maintaining Milk Supply

The number of breast emptying (nursing or pumping) sessions per every 24 hours is critical:

8 times is optimal

7 times is minimal

6 times - expect milk supply to decrease

More frequent feedings can be encouraged by increasing skin-to-skin contact and co-sleeping.

Avoid bottles and pacifiers whenever you and baby are together. This will ensure that all the baby's sucking needs are met at the breast and that you receive vital stimulation to maintain your supply.

Minimize any stress in your life and delegate responsibilities when you can.

Optimize your physical status by going to bed earlier, increasing rest times on off days, getting moderate exercise (increases Prolactin levels which in turn increase milk supply), and consume adequate fluids (many busy moms do not take the time to drink enough, so make it a point to have something nearby that you can sip throughout your work/school day).

A Typical Work/School Day for the Breastfeeding Mother

Set your alarm clock 20-30 minutes early. Nurse your baby during this time even if you have to awaken him.

Dress yourself and the baby.

Eat a well-balanced breakfast including something to drink.

Nurse again before leaving.

Plan to pump around midmorning.

Have something to drink and a snack.

Plan to pump again - or nurse if possible - at midday/lunchtime. Eat a well-balanced meal with something to drink.

Plan to pump around mid-afternoon. Have a snack With something to drink.

Pick up baby after work/school and nurse as soon as you arrive home.

Eat a well-balanced dinner with adequate fluid.

Nurse on demand throughout the evening. This is beneficial to increasing your supply and it helps your baby reconnect with you.

Work in some moderate exercise as this increases the hormone that is responsible for milk production.

Have a bedtime snack with something to drink.

Nurse on demand throughout the night. Bring baby to bed with you to allow for adequate rest.

Is it Worth All This Effort?

Using a breast pump at work/school takes a real commitment. Some mothers make this effort so that they are clearly distinguishable from their baby's caregiver. Only a mother can breastfeed. Others decide to pump at work or school simply because they enjoy breastfeeding and want to continue it for as long as possible. Pumping while at work/school makes this more possible.

There is no doubt about the continued health benefits of breastfeeding to you and your baby even after you return to work or school. Even with the cost of a breast pump and related supplies and the added burden that pumping brings, the cost of NOT continuing to provide your baby with breastmilk after your return to work/school is HIGH! The cost of formula ranges from $48 - $190 per month and specialized formulas required by some babies cost even more. Additionally, formula-feeding is associated with more frequent doctor's office visits and hospitalization, prescriptions, and parental absenteeism from work/school in order to take care of an ill baby. Breastmilk cannot be purchased. Only YOU can provide it!

Guidelines for Storing Expressed Milk for Moms of Healthy, Full-term Babies

The following are some guidelines for storing expressed milk for moms of healthy, full-term babies. Moms who are storing milk for a baby who is in the hospital should follow any guidelines required by the hospital.

Before expressing milk, always wash your hands and make sure the containers you plan to store the milk in have been washed in hot, soapy water and thoroughly rinsed, or have gone through the dishwasher.

Always date the milk before storing it.

If you are expressing or pumping milk to be given to your baby in the next 30 minutes, the milk can simply be kept at room temperature - there are no special storage guidelines.

Milk can be stored in a normal refrigerator with other food items. The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the US Centers for Disease Control say human milk does not require special handling or storage in a separate container.

Breastmilk can be stored at room temperature (66-72 degrees Fahrenheit) for up to 10 hours

Breastmilk can be stored in the refrigerator that maintains a temperature of between 32 and 29 degrees Fahrenheit for up to eight days.

Breastmillk can be stored in the freezer section of your refrigerator that has a separate door for up to 3 months.

Breastmilk can be stored in an upright or chest freezer at a constant temperature of 0 degrees (Fahrenheit) for 6 to 12 months.


Use plastic or glass containers With tops that fit well or special bags designed for storing breastmilk (many pump manufactures make milk storage containers). Thin bottle liners are not recommended. They tend to rip and tear easily.


Milk stored in the freezer should be placed in the middle of the freezer and not kept on the freezer door.

If you plan to add milk to an already frozen container, cool the milk in the refrigerator first. Adding warm or room-temperature milk to a frozen supply could thaw the frozen milk.

Milk that has been frozen and thawed can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours, but should not be refrozen.

Freeze milk in two-four oz. servings. This will allow you to thaw one serving at a time to help avoid wasting the milk.

Whichever container you choose, don't fill it to the top -allow room for expansion when freezing.


Thaw frozen breastmilk under warm, running water. Do not boil! Heating the milk will destroy its nutrients.

Shake before testing the temperature or serving it to your baby (it is common for the cream to separate from milk in storage).

Avoid microwaves. Breastmilk heated in a microwave tends to have "hot spots" that could burn your baby.


La Leche League

La Leche League provides phone support from experience mothers, accredited by La Leche League International. Monthly support meetings for information and support are also available.

Arizona Dept. of Health Services Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Hotline (bi-lingual)
Contact #: 1-800-833-4642

Breastfeeding National Network (Medela)
Contact #: 1-800-835-5968

Ameda Helpline
Contact #: 1-877-992-6332, Option #2


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The God Delusion is a kick ass book from Richard Dawkins, scientist. I recommend this book to everyone.

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Iraq Vet Crushed by Police Horse

In case you hadn't seen this video yet, it shows how dangerous raising your voice against your government can be. People should not be afraid of their government.


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Free and Equal is a website / organization that promotes ending the duopoly of the Republican and Democrat reign on Amerikan government.

For far too long has this nation suffered under the false pretense of change and hope. For far too long has this nation been subject to staggering corporate profits, stagnant wages, and selfishness. It is time for a change. (Real change, not the pseudo-change that Obama or McCain preached during their campaign).

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Breastfeeding Testimonials

Breastfeeding Testimonials

I was able to stay at home with my son for almost a whole year after he was born, but then I went back to school and work. I continued to breast feed my son during the times that we were together. Since I put him in daycare in Sep. 2003, he has only been sick once. Several of the other children in his class have been sick many times. He is now 18 months old and I still breast feed him once a day. I believe this is the reason he has been able to stay so healthy.


When my third son Colt was born I told my doctor that I would be ready to go back to work right away. WIC promotes breastfeeding and I could bring my baby with me to work, "Why stay home?" I was a working mom! We headed off to work together when Colt was a few weeks old. He and I never missed a day of work for those first 4 months we were together. Then Colt had to stay home though and I had my first "problem". He WOULD NOT take a bottle. The "problem" was solved though. Dad or "Mr. Mom "as I lovingly called him drove around town and the office area with Colt stopping by for visits every few hours throughout the day. This routine continued on until Colt was about a year old. I owe gratitude and appreciation to the WIC program for their support to my breastfeeding endeavors and to Mr. Mom for his patient driving abilities.

Kelly and Colton Carpenter

Maricopa County WIC Program

I recently became a new mom, and I wanted to exclusively breastfeed while working full time. I faced the obvious challenge of being away from my baby and having to work full time. Luckily the county policy allowed me to bring my baby to work for the first three months, and provided me with an electric breast-pump after my baby turned three months. Being able to breastfeed during these first three months helped me overcome the initial obstacles of breastfeeding.

My baby is now eight months old and is still completely breastfed. Our success is largely due to the county's breastfeeding policies.

This is written by Yolanda Escajeda, Community Nutrition Worker, Maricopa Co. WIC Program

I am Yolanda's supervisor at the WIC office. While she was bringing her baby to work, she was able to balance her job responsibilities and breastfeeding with a little help from her co-workers. It was really fun having a baby at the office. Having the baby at the office prompted conversation between the staff and the clients, and helped promote breastfeeding to our clients.

Andrea Wilson, RD

In May of 2000, I was lucky enough to get to bring my son to work with me. He was 7 weeks old. Every morning, until he was 6 months old, my husband would get him ready for work while I did the same. We would leave the house with a trunk full of essentials and arrive at work ready for the day. In the beginning he would spend a majority of his day on his "Boppy" pillow sleeping and nursing. As he got older and more curious he spent more time in his bouncy seat and "Pack and Play" playing and interacting with anyone that would walk by. My son went to meetings, conferences, computer software testing, and anywhere else my job would need us to go. He had regular visitors from around the office and for the most part brought a sense of peace. It's hard to be mad or upset when there is a baby around. No, it was not always easy to have him at the office but the difficult times were few and luckily I had strong support from my co-workers to conquer any troubles. My son is extremely social today and I attribute that to his early office experience. He is also extremely healthy which I attribute to the complete availability of breast milk until he was 7 months old.

After I returned to work without him I took part in our office's pumping program, which consisted of an electric pump and the time necessary to adequately pump. Due to this program, I was able nurse my son until he was 15 months.


Arizona Department of Health Services

Office of Nutrition Services

"Intel's openness in regards to the needs of breastfeeding mothers was very refreshing to me as a working mom. Intel provides mother's rooms for women at work while away from their babies. With both my sons, I worked flexible hours and was given the opportunity to use the mother's rooms provided by Intel for nursing mothers. This allowed me to continue to put the health and comfort of my children first while still applying my efforts and focus on Intel. The mother's room was equipped with phone, internet and email access to allow me to continue to be productive for Intel while taking care of my children's needs as well."

Maryann Iannitti, Intel Marketing Manager.

I have 2 children the first son is now 4 and a half and I only had a small amount of trouble but for some reason I decided to stop when he was 3 months old. My second son is nearly 13 weeks. I was determined to breastfeed for at least 6 months. Well Isaac had a different plan for me. Due to health problems when he was born he had to have a bottle of either breast milk or formula when I wasn't there and was tube fed for a week. This made him quite a lazy feeder who didn't want to work for his food. After many many stressful feeds I decided that I couldn't take anymore so I hired a medela breast pump and express all his feeds. While I don't attach Isaac I am still exclusively breastfeeding him and am very proud that I lasted this long. I admit it is very tiring expressing every 3-4 hours and feeding Isaac a bottle every 2-3 hours during the day and usually once at night. The only drawback is that I have to make sure that I express before I go anywhere and try to be near my pump when I start to get a bit full. I hope other new mums will decide to go this way if they have problems with their babies attaching.

Good luck to everyone!



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I used to do this in high school.

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Fire Dennis Erickson

Fire Dennis Erickson (or at least don't offer him an extension)

I never thought that hiring Dennis Erickson to coach Arizona State football was a good move for the Sun Devils. Here is why:

Lack of Control Over His Program
During his time at the University of Miami, the Hurricanes were found to have broken NCAA rules on Pell Grants due to a member of the financial aid office, and were placed on three years' probation not long after Erickson left the school for 'lack of institutional controls.'

2008 Stats (as of 29 November 2008)
76th in scoring offense with 264 points
91st in total offense with 3551 yards
40th in scoring defense with 241 points allowed
43rd in total defense with 3633 yards allowed
19th in penalties with 86 penalties for 741 yards

2007 Stats
38th in scoring offense with 420 yards
57th in total offense with 5577 yards
59th in penalties with 80 penalties for 734 yards

Dennis Erickson would be better for a different football program, not at Arizona State.

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Exercise of the week: drop lunge

This week, try the drop lunge. It is a challenging lower body exercise that doesn't require any equipment.