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11/15/06 11:04 am - velvetpage - Newborn language


This lady has identified five sounds (four of which are identical except for the consonant at the beginning or end) that all babies make, worldwide, regardless of race or linguistic background, from birth to about three months of age. There's "Neh" for hunger - the N sound is a function of an initial sucking movement; "awn" for fatigue - similar to a yawn; "heh" for discomfort, such as a wet diaper; "eair" for lower abdominal gas; and "eh" for upper gas, signaling the need to burp.

Fascinating, and it doesn't surprise me. Language and linguistics are my main areas of study, and so much is hardwired into a child's brain that it's really not surprising if this is, too.

x-posted to every parenting community I have anything to do with, so I'm sorry if you see it more than once. If it helps some new moms take care of their crying babies, it's worth it.

10/24/06 05:57 pm - melstra - Biting help?

Everything I have read about keeping babies from biting while nursing says something like the following (paraphrase):

"My baby bit me exactly once. I was so surprised I screamed and gave the baby a bit of a thwap. He seemed as surprised as I was and never tried it again."  

Ok, well that scenario has happened for me now SEVERAL times. And it really hurts! I have tried very hard to keep it from seeming like a game, but Max just doesn't seem to have learned. I sternly tell him no, but he just looks puzzled. I would keep him from nursing to see if he gets the idea...but I certainly don't wish to deny him sustenance. Any advice?

Time to get a bit more vigorous in my internet searching...

10/15/06 09:34 am - velvetpage - Opinions of ____ Nazis

I thought a few of you here might enjoy this. Courtesy of kibbles.


10/11/06 04:10 pm - velvetpage - Welcome new members!

Hello to our new members, and welcome! We'd like to hear from you - your experiences that led you to us and what it is you'd like to get from, and give to, this community. What are your stories?

For myself, I'm a 31-year-old married mother of two girls, aged three and four months respectively. That's them in the icon. :) I'm also a teacher, on maternity leave until March (thank heaven for Canada's social safety net!) and an avid blogger on diverse topics.

I breastfed my first with very few issues. We started giving her one bottle a day around eight weeks, just to give me a break. With Claire, though, there were difficulties. I retained some tissue after my c-section, with the result that my milk didn't come in fully. The retained tissue got infected, landing me back in hospital at two weeks postpartum - probably the hardest two days of my life, since I couldn't take my baby with me. We had no choice but to supplement extensively, and it nearly broke my heart. I landed in the office of an excellent lactation consultant a few weeks later, and she got me sorted out with the help of some domperidone and a lot of good advice. Claire is still not exclusively breastfed, but it's not because I couldn't - it's because I chose to continue giving her one bottle every night, so her daddy (the gentlest man and best father you could ever dream of) could get in some feeding, too. Other than that, she's exclusively breastfed and will be until the end of February (except for solids, of course) when I start preparing her and me for going back to work.

And, for anyone here who may have some experience to share on this one: I'm trying to teach Claire to go to sleep without being nursed or rocked. It's not cry-it-out, because I'm not leaving her alone to fend for herself. I put her down drowsy but awake, and croon and pat her as she settles herself to sleep. The problem is, it's taking well over half an hour every night. Last night she went from fussing to actually screaming after half an hour, at which point I picked her up and nursed her almost all the way to sleep. And during the night, she wakes up many times. Usually, she'll go five or six hours at the beginning of the night, but once she's woken up once, she'll wake up every two hours after that, even if it took me an hour to get her back to sleep. Last night, I totally forgot that I wasn't going to nurse her down anymore, and did it three times. Anyone else have a sleep/food confusion story to share, or some experience that might be of help?

10/4/06 05:54 pm - velvetpage - Interesting.


Breastfeeding does not provide an IQ boost, according to this (quite large) study. Breastfeeding moms are more likely to be smart, well-educated, and to provide a stimulating environment, all of which account for the differences sometimes noted between breast- and formula-fed babies.

10/3/06 07:40 pm - juliel

I have exclusively breastfed my son for 3 months now, but with the onset of strep throat, which disappeared, and in it's path is now a bad cold of 3 weeks, I need to get some rest.

He doesn't sleep well at nights, and is up every 1.5-2hours, sleeping very infrequently during the day as well.

I would like to try supplementing at night only, after his "last" nurse before bed, but of course..he won't take the bottle.

Can anyone give me some advice as to how I might get him to accept the artificial nipple? He does suck a soother(Avent and a Nuk) and the bottle/nipple is the Avent brand, but he really wants nothing to do with it.

Thanks in advance,

9/21/06 07:21 pm - velvetpage - Increased risk from formula feeding

I came across this just now, and thought I'd post it. Before anyone jumps on me, I'd like to point out that the first table show an increased risk of death over babies receiving any breastmilk at all during that time frame, that is, combo feeding counts.


EDIT: I've had time to think about this, and here are my thoughts.

First, the study doesn't do a good job of portraying a causal relationship. In Canada, lower income and education correlate to higher levels of formula feeding, and also account for more of some other risk factors for infant death, like smoking moms and insufficient prenatal care. So how much of that higher risk factor is about the formula, and how much about the other risks? The study doesn't say.

Anyone else have something to add?

9/21/06 08:58 am - bibliophile26 - Part-time breastfeeding

Anyone done this? I'm sure the boob_nazis would string me up, but I really don't want to pump anymore (or at least not more than once per day). I never get more than 2 oz. out and if I do it for a week, my boob is killing me. What can I expect in terms of my milk supply? My daughter will be 9 months old next week. She eats solids and has some formula while I'm at work since I could never pump out enough to cover her eating needs during the day. I'd still be feeding her at least twice before bed, 1-2 times during the night and once in the early morning before work. What about taking Fenugreek.

TIA for any advice.

8/31/06 11:01 am - melstra


Hi Ladies (do we have any gentlemen reading??)
Someone from my moms yahoogroup just posted this article and I thought it was beautiful. Warning-- if you are surging with pregnancy or nursing hormones, it will probably make you cry, like it did me. Still, it's a great story, completely related to the theme of this community, and an important thing to think about:

8/21/06 07:40 pm - bibliophile26 - Baby not drinking much during the day

I recently returned to work (I was out 2 months because I'm a school librarian) and my almost 8 month old daughter has seemed to reject the bottle. Not full out rejection, but she is only drinking 6-8 oz. during the 10 hrs. I'm away from her. She is having 2 solid meals while I'm gone (we were doing breakfast and dinner, but I'd rather maximize the breastfeeding while I'm home so I switched it to breakfast lunch). She is nursing a minimum of 4 times while I'm at home and sometimes more (2-3 times in the late afternoon/evening, 1-2 times during the night and 1 time right before I leave for work). Before the addition of solids, she'd drink 16-20 oz. (some of which was formula because I usually only pump about 6 oz. during the day because I only lactate on one side and my response to the pump is not as good as my response to the baby); however, because she is so much older/bigger, I'd think she'd be drinking at least that much. The really good thing is that she is drinking almost all breastmilk because she is drinking so little while I'm away. Any thoughts on this?

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