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It's Paula Modersohn-Becker and it is monumental.
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http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-12-06/radioactive-cesium-found-in-meiji-baby-formula-spurs-recall-shares-fall.html

Radioactive cesium was found in milk powder in Japan made by a Meiji Holdings Co. unit, raising concern that nuclear radiation is contaminating baby food.

[...] “The dose is pretty small,” said Richard Wakeford, a visiting professor in epidemiology at the University of Manchester’s Dalton Nuclear Institute. It wouldn’t be necessary to ban the products from a radiological protection point of view, he said. “But you can understand the kind of pressure that the manufacturer would be under in these circumstances.”

Is it just me or are babies 'pretty small' as well? Seems like that's not the best argument to make. Not to mention, you know, that's potentially 100% of their diet so maybe that makes it a bit more worrying.
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Biting - The good news is no biting for two weeks now! Some whacks, mostly occasional but not a fang in sight. (OK, except today she repeatedly tried to chew the laptop and gave a small lick to my arm when I stopped her.)

Breastfeeding - Ruby is a champion! Life is so much easier with a child who feeds well. She even sleeps better, I think because she is comfortable.

Bottoms - We committed the ultimate social faux pas on Christmas Eve.

At Jenny’s place I found a strange, white substance on the floor. The adults conferred about what it could be. Looked like ice, felt like jelly, smelt like chemicals.

We prodded it and poked the sample I wiped up and put on the kitchen work surface.

‘It is some kind of artificial substance? Could it be from the new air conditioner?’

‘Could the new insulation be leaking?’

‘The texture feels like cellulose.’

‘Is it just me or is there an organic smell as well as the ammonia?’

Then the six year old pointed out that the trail of white smears followed Margaret wherever she went. Ah, a nappy had been so overfilled that it had exploded. It was the jelly crystals inside the lining of the nappy.

Then there was much hand washing and embarrassment that the small child had better deductive skills than the rest of us.
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Lots of books in November as I generally have two to three hours of reading each night as I feed and comfort others.

Read more... )
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I think I’m going to have to accept that I’m going to have to tandem feed. Despite having been weaned for nearly three months now, Pearl still lunges at my breasts every time she sees them. If she succeeds in latching on, she will continue suck for as long as I let her, undeterred by the fact that there isn’t a drop of milk.
 
My reasons for not wanting to tandem feeding were partly practical – it seems harder – and mostly psychological. Two of my worries about having a new baby circle around breast feeding.
 
Firstly, what if I do not bond with SLF instantly, as I did with Pearl? I would feel terribly guilty; and even worse if we went through the same breast feeding drama as last time because I know that I simply can’t do that again while I have Pearl to take care of as well. I spent up to two thirds of every 24 hours breastfeeding last time (factoring in breastfeeding, pumping, bottle feeding, cleaning up) and that’s just not going to be possible with a toddler as well. So if I don’t bond with the little one at once and I don’t breastfeed her, I will feel rotten about it for the rest of my life. 
 
And secondly, what if I look at the tiny, little baby and suddenly Pearl seems like an enormous, rampaging monster who inadvertently threatens SLF with her toddler clumsiness. This would certainly be exacerbated if she was bellying on up to the bar, putting her large (beautifully round) head next to a tiny newborn and literally taking food from her sister’s mouth.
 
I shall have to do some reading on how people handle tandem feeding.  I know I could just say no, but, frankly, I just don’t see that I’ll have the strength for that. Currently she accepts that there is no milk, but I suspect will become much more demanding once there is a supply.

Weaning

Jul. 13th, 2010 07:46 pm
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The process of weaning, which began on 1 January, is nearing an end. Pearl has not had a feed for a week now.

Feel very sad, but relieved that I won't have to tandem feed.

Oh Medela!

Jan. 19th, 2010 07:36 pm
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I was so fond of Medela. I had really good experiences with their pumps (comfortable) and their bottles (BPA-free) and their teats (did not flow too fast).

And now they are using dodgy social media advertising against the WHO Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes.

see: http://hoydenabouttown.com/20100116.7162/medela-mom-mavens-the-social-media-spam-offensive/
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Safe while breast feeding?

I am sure I took something for hay fever last year but the chemist I saw today gave me the 'bad mother' look* and suggested a homeopathic remedy instead.

I think not. I think I'd like something that will actually stop my nose from running until it starts bleeding (which is where I am at the moment).

* Her sales pitch: 'Well, if you want to put your own comfort above your child's well being, I suppose you could use this. Providing you don't abuse it. But really you shouldn't use it at all. Any woman who really cared about her child wouldn't take any medication at all for her whole pre-pregnancy, pregnancy and breast feeding period. Because obviously you might as well be injecting heroine into your eyeballs as taking over the counter hay fever meds.'

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