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It Wasn't a Fluke...Mommy's Milk Makes Kids Cuddly...

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Thursday, February 02, 2006

Ok, so this isn't exactly scientific research I'm posting here, but after last week's post about how Miss Independant suddenly became all snuggly and lovey when I pulled some breast milk from the freezer, I had to follow up with round two's findings.

Elnora has been teething some this week...not sleeping well, being sort of whiney during the days and hardly eating anything. So yesterday, I pulled out two more bags of breastmilk from my diminishing freezer supply and poured them into one of her Nubys for a before bed treat. I handed it to her, then left her in the kitchen, went in the living room and sat down.

Sure enough...a few seconds later, in she comes... She's sipping on her milk, but stops when she gets to me. Hands me the cup, crawls into my lap, then reaches out for it again. The funny part is that as she sits in my lap drinking her mommy milk, she proceeds to do her "dance" of bouncing up and down. She stops that long enough to lean WAY back, look at me, laugh and pat me in the face.

LOL...talk about melting the heart. All of a sudden my little whiner turns into a giggly, huggy toddler that wants to hug the dog, hug me, give me kisses and dance.

Seriously...there's an addictive chemical in there...gotta be! (Or maybe it was that crack I smoked back when I was pumping...)

Anyway, there you have it. Anecdotal proof (and we all know that counts for WAY more than any silly statistics!) that breastmilk makes kids more huggy and more lovey.

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  1. Anonymous Alena | 3:48 PM |  

    That's a really sweet story. Makes me not want to wean my 16 month old. He's the sweetest and cuddliest toddler ever, and I wonder if nursing has something to do with it.

    By the way, I recently found your blog and now read it daily.

  2. Blogger Jennifer | 5:33 PM |  

    Welcome aboard Alena!

    That was really one of the hardest things when I stopped pumping...knowing that when the freezer stock ran out...*poof*, it's all over. Still have about 200 ounces left...

  3. Anonymous Alena | 6:48 PM |  

    I don't know if this is the right place to ask this, but I'm just curious - what made you decide to pump instead of nurse your daughter "straight from the tap"?

  4. Blogger Jennifer | 5:32 AM |  

    She wouldn't latch.

    Well, not really...she latched on perfect right after she was born...then, during my stay in the hospital, lots and lots of typical hopsital things happened that led to her screaming anytime she came near my breast. (part of why I won't be going back to a hospital)

    After a couple days of spending three hours trying to get her to latch then turning around and doing the same thing over again, there was no way it was going to happen. We had to get food in her somehow, so I started pumping and bottle feeding her instead of supplementing with formula.

    Once she got a bottle, that was the absolute end of it. So I pumped until she was about 13 months.

    It turned out to be a pretty good way for our family to do it. We had all th benefits of bottle feeding...Greg could get up with her, my mom could keep her overnight if I had to travel for a seminar, etc... I only had to pump four times a day to have all the milk I needed, so it wasn't bad at all.

    With the next one, I'll try nursing again, but I expect I'll end up switching to pumping whi they're still fairly young. Just worked really well for us. :)

  5. Anonymous Alena | 9:11 AM |  

    Thanks for such a detailed answer! I applaud you for going so long with pumping. I wouldn't have been able to do it. I found pumping very difficult.

    Of course because of nursing, I haven't been able to be away from my baby for more than three hours, but I don't mind. It will soon end, and I will miss it greatly.

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