Saturday, February 25, 2012

Informed Choice is Informed Consent. Know Your Rights 08/06 by ProgressiveParenting | Blog Talk Radio

Informed Choice is Informed Consent. Know Your Rights 08/06 by ProgressiveParenting | Blog Talk Radio

Article: from Breastfeeding Magazine, Breastfeeding and Birth Control

Breastfeeding and Birth Control
Got questions regarding breastfeeding and birth control pills? Many moms do.

Although most drugs are judged by their ability to enter breast milk, some drugs (like birth control pills) can actually affect how much breast milk you make, either increasing or decreasing your breast milk supply.

Effect on Breastmilk SupplyEarly in breastfeeding, lactation is very sensitive to your body’s level of prolactin, the milk-producing hormone. Drugs that increase prolactin early on, such as metoclopramide (Reglan), domperidone, and other dopamine antagonists, may actually increase your milk supply.
However, some drugs, such as birth control pills with estrogens, are well known for decreasing milk supply if given too soon after birth. 

If You Try Breastfeeding while Taking Birth Control Pills

Discuss with your doctor options for breastfeeding while using birth control, but stay away from estrogen-containing birth control pills until at least six to eight weeks after you have given birth.

Then watch your milk supply closely. If it seems to decrease, stop the birth control pills. Sometimes just switching the type or brand of pill you are taking will help.

However, Be Warned.

I have several friends whose milk totally dried up as soon as they started the estrogen-containing pills. (I just started menstruating again as soon as I did...what a bummer!)

The Mini-Pill

Another option for breastfeeding and birth control is the mini-pill. Similar to the regular pill, the mini pill is a month-long series of progestin-only pills that must be taken every day.
Normally the mini pill is less effective than the regular estrogen and progestin pill. However, when combined with breastfeeding, it is almost 100% effective when used properly!

I used these pills with all of my children until I had reduced to breastfeeding only a couple of times a day and my sweeties were getting more than 50% of their daily intake from food other than breast milk. The mini-pill worked wonderfully and even kept me from having a period!

Just Remember

There are many options to prevent pregnancy, and you may want to consider all other options first…especially before trying regular estrogen-containing pills.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Shopping for E-book: The Greatest Pregnancy Ever: Keys to the MotherBaby Bond

Editor: Kristen Bason
Forword: Robin Grille

I heard good reviews about this book. Excited to read a copy. It's available electronically on your e-book reader if you're interested to get one. It was rated five star in its customer review.

Includes free international wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet

Editorial Reviews 

Product Description

Once in a great while a book comes along that impacts the lives of families forever. You will never view pregnancy and motherhood the same way again.
Has anyone ever told you that you can get to know your baby and bond with her before she is even born?

Are you looking for ways to address the physical challenges in pregnancy that don’t require prescriptions?

Are you aware that starting in pregnancy you can help your baby develop positive relationships with the important people in your life?

Do you know that your baby’s personality is shaped by your emotions, stress levels, and environment during pregnancy?

Finally, here is a book written by real pregnancy experts that provides keys to unlocking the secrets of having the greatest pregnancy ever! Offering insights and tips for addressing fears and anxieties, managing stress, and increasing comfort during pregnancy, this book offers way of life that will transform you, your baby, and ultimately the world you live in. This book offers real-life solutions to the emotional and physical issues pregnant women face.
The Greatest Pregnancy Ever shares little known facts that can change the entire experience of pregnancy and parenting for families. For example:

• Unmanaged stress in pregnancy can lead to a baby who cries more, sleeps less, and is anxious.
• A mother’s thoughts and feelings create chemical signals that literally form her baby’s brain and develop into emotional intelligence.
• Only during pregnancy and the first few years of a child’s life can parents truly influence who their child will become, both emotionally and physically.

All moms want to do whatever they can to positively impact the development of their child. They want to have the greatest pregnancy ever, and luckily it is possible with the information and practices in this book.

The book is organized into four parts:
B.O.N.D. - Keys to Bonding
• B-Be-ing
• O-Observing
• N-Nourishing
• D-Deciding

The keys relate to the concept of being able to B.O.N.D. This connection is imperative to the baby, the mother, and the partner for overall health and wellness. Many parents find with their busy, overscheduled, and stressful lives that seeking connection is just one more item on their to-do list. The Greatest Pregnancy Ever solves this dilemma by providing very simple tools, techniques, and tips for parents to use. They not only make connection possible, but ease stress and improve parents’ daily lives and their relationships. Start today by embracing motherhood in an entirely new way—start by having the greatest pregnancy ever!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Adventures of a Beauty Queen by Joyce Ann Burton Titular

B-Day Lunch with Gloria Diaz and other Beauty Queens…

I spent a lazy afternoon hanging out with birthday girl Gloria Diaz (Miss Universe 1969) and a bevy of beauty queens at the residence of Nini Licaros (Bb. Pilipinas International 1968).
Beauty Queens in attendance included Evelyn Camus (Bb. Pilipinas International 1971), Peachy Sacasas (Bb. Pilipinas International 1981), Dang Cecilio (Bb. Pilipinas Universe 1979), Chiqui Brosas (4th Runner-up Miss Universe 1975), Annette Liwanag (4th Runner-up Miss Maja International 1975), Sharon Hughes (Bb. Pilipinas Young 1982), Maricar Mendoza (Bb. Pilipinas Universe 1981), Cita Avecilla (2nd Runner-up Miss Young International 1970) and Simonette delos Reyes (Bb. Pilipinas Universe 1970). WHEW!

Birth Class: by Normi Alvaira Herrera & James PCC # 207

Class 207 :)

January 7: Daniel and I attended Lamaze classes conducted by Chiqui Hahn. Oh we sure did learn a lot! Hee-hee-hee-hoooooooo. :D
Photos: 116


PCC # 207
1 Day Birth Class Crush Course

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