Hi! Nice to meet you!

Jenny - posted on 01/27/2010 ( 30 moms have responded )

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Hi! I'm Jenny and I started this group as a place to encourage moms who are thinking about breastfeeding, who are breastfeeding, who did breastfeed, or wish they had, or want to in the future!!! I am a trained peer breastfeeding counselor who has nursed two boys and am currently nursing my 10 month old girl. I absolutely love the experience of breastfeeding and I would love to share it with you and hear about yours. Feel free to ask questions, share stories or just vent a little. Being a mommy isn't easy so lets encourage and love each other!!!!

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Cassie - posted on 01/27/2010

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I think I make member number 10! :) This group will slowly grow! :) I am a breastfeeding mommy of my 15 month old daughter and am about 4 months along with our second who will also be breastfed.



I am disgusted by the changes made in Breastfeeding moms and have already left the group and joined this one. Can't wait to get to know you all!



Jenny, I have never moderated a group before but if you need help, I would be happy to be a moderator. I have tried to educate myself as much as possible over the last 15 months of breastfeeding my daughter on the ins and outs of breastfeeding. If you still need help, I'm usually on COM a couple times a day and would be glad to give any assistance needed! :)

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I don't think it would do any good.... I'm pretty sure they give you the topic (or choices of topics) AT the test..... Thanks for the offers though. I've just got to get off my butt and start reading my study book again. I'd just rather be on the computer. I can focus on THIS reading. Lol! Just no other....

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Theresa, if you ever need ideas for a topic or getting started on a topic, post it! I'm sure you'll get plenty of help here!

Cristy - posted on 01/29/2010

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So nice to have a group that teaches not preaches and allows for opinions. I'm the mother of 2 a 3 and a half year old and 7 month old. My first was breastfed at first but has attachement issues and eventually refused the boob in favour of a bottle which paved the way for an exhausting 6 months of expressing, My daughter has always breastfed well and also is good at taking a bottle, she has had formula on occasion at childcare if I haven't sent enough expressed milk. I also, started her on solids at 5 months as she was very keen. I'm a paediatric nurse and have just started back at work. If you're still in need of moderators I'm happy to help, but not sure what it envolves. I love practical parenting.

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High school English teacher? Too bad you can't write the essay for me. ;) The writing part isn't a problem for me. It's the thinking of WHAT to write that I can never do. Especially when you are given certain topics you have to choose from and can't just make something up. Of course, I don't think I could do that either.....

Krista - posted on 01/29/2010

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Heh -- you misspelled "punctuation". It's another example of what I call "Krista's Law" -- as soon as you tout your own expertise in spelling, grammar or punctuation, you will immediately commit an error in one of those areas. It's happened to me so many times that I've lost count. One time it happened on a cover letter for a job position as an English editor -- that was embarrassing.

Jenny - posted on 01/29/2010

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Oh man, I know I totally have mommy brain. It think it a result of speaking toddler for so long! But if you do go back to school I would love to help you any way I can. I was a highschool English teacher before I started staying home (now I do daycare in my home) so if you need any help with writing/editing/grammar, I'm your woman! (and please ignore the horrendous grammar, spelling and puctuation in my posts, I'm usually doing about 7 things while I'm typing so don't judge me!!!)

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Thanks. :) Any way to implant info into my brain so that I can get my GED w/out studying?... ;) I was smart in school, but have been out of school for 17 years and just have NO focus. Lol!

Jenny - posted on 01/29/2010

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Teresa, I really can't imagine, I'm sure it would be kicking my butt too, in fact some days just being a mom period kicks my butt! I think your amazing for still nursing your son. I know what a hormonal wreck I was at 8 months pregnant not to mention after I had my babies. It sounds like you are very strong, I'm sure you don't always feel that way. I know we are all just getting to know each other, but if there is anything you need, we'll be here for you!

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Love this...an open honest breastfeeding group! My daughter is currently 20 months old and I breastfed her for 11 months. Loved every minute of it! I miss it so much that I want to get pregnant again just so I can breastfeed!



Also, it seems that you have plenty of moderators, but if you want more I would love to do it.

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Jenny, well it's a long story which may eventually all come out. Basically, my ex decided to bail when I was 7 months pregnant. I found out when I was 8 months pregnant. He was 'kind of' there til the birth of our son, but I've been completely on my own since leaving the hospital w/ him. Yeah, I pretty much cried non stop for the first 4-6 months of my son's life. I'm much stronger now, but still struggling w/ a LOT. I know lots of women can 'handle' the life of a single mom, but it is kicking my butt pretty hard.

Terri - posted on 01/28/2010

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Hi Jenny Im Terri, I am breastfeeding my baby who is 13 months. I have 4 children and have breastfed them all. Thank you for inviting me and it will be nice to discuss stuff on a site that isnt so close minded. Looking forward to the discussions and offering any advice I can. :)

Jenny - posted on 01/27/2010

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Wow I am loving reading all of your stories! It looks like a lot of us have young ones close in age, I'm sure we'll be talking about that as time goes by. It will be nice to have mommies who understand the craziness being pregnant and/or nursing a newborn with toddlers running amuck!

Teresa, did I read that right, that you have only been a single mom for 22 months? I'm sure that has been difficult. I hope we can be there for you in any way we can. I am in awe of you for nursing twins, too. That is quite an amazing feat in itself!!!

Johnny - posted on 01/27/2010

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Yeah! Thanks for starting this group. I am mommy to Michaela who is still happily breastfeeding at 18 months. I am nursing after breast surgery and I needed to supplement with formula from months 1 - 5. First month she got donor milk, and on doctor's recommendation, I started her on solids at 5 months in order to wean her off formula. It worked and we've been nursing only ever since. But of course, despite my passion for breastfeeding, I'm clearly unwelcome in Breastfeeding Moms :(

I am planning to allow my daughter to self-wean, and I hope to breastfeed any future children exculsively. But I know how very hard a road breastfeeding can be, and I think we need to give all our support and encouragement to any mother, those who are just considering it, those who are struggling, and those who it didn't work out for. I am hopeful that mothers will find this group, and not have to face judgment of their parenting choices along with nursing advice.

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Hi! I'm Teresa. Single mom of 22 months to 8 year old identical twins and a 22 month old boy. I nursed my girls for 15 months. We had to supplement w/ formula a handful of times when they were newborns for the sake of my sanity.... and I used it in their baby cereal which we started at 3.5 months. My 22 month old son is still nursing a TON and has only tasted formula a couple of times (in a sippy once or twice and in baby cereal... which he never wanted to eat).



I actually don't 'agree' w/ the use of formula, but I'm also of the 'your kid, your business' philosophy. :)

Kendra - posted on 01/27/2010

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Thank you so much for starting this group!! I might have lots of questions. I'm currently nursing my 8 month old daughter, and 8 weeks pregnant!!

My name is Kendra, mom to Tatum and Kyle and a bun in the oven :)

Jennifer - posted on 01/27/2010

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I completely agree! I hate when women are told that they have failed and are doing wrong by their children for not nursing exclusively for at least 12 months. I really do believe that they hurt their cause more than they help it.

Mandy - posted on 01/27/2010

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hi!

my name is Mandy and i am the mum of Harley, 7yo and Robbie, 12mo, and am expecting my 3rd on the 17th August. i am still Bfing robbie, but plan to wean him soon, to get ready for baby number 3!

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FORMULA FORMULA FORMULA there i mentioned it lol. I have to say I breastfed three sons and plan to on baby no 4 due in august but some moms on the other sight can be so self righteous. Yes we all know breast is best we dont need it rammed down our throats all the time. I was formula fed and I couldnt care less what i was eating 30 years ago. Also agree with the mum who mentioned feeding her baby solids before 6 months why does everyone hate you for it. When my oldest was born 11 years ago we were told to give him solids at 4 months old to this day jars of baby food in shops say from 4 months old on them. Sorry just venting.

Laura - posted on 01/27/2010

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Thanks for starting such a welcoming group! I call my five-month old daughter my "dual-fuel" baby. I wanted to exclusively breastfeed, but due to having only six weeks of leave, and an increased work schedule during the holidays (I work part-time in a department store), we had to make the decision to supplement with formula. I would rather have my baby full and happy with formula, than hungry while waiting for mommy to get home from work so she could nurse. I do pump, but wasn't able to do so often enough to keep my growing girl happy.
I am also feeding her solids, and have been for a month. It became pretty apparent that she was ready for them when she started trying to take food and utensils out of my hands!

Shelley - posted on 01/27/2010

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Thankyou for starting this goup i am a mother of 2 little girls i breast fed my oldest to 15 months and am currently feeding my 9 month old i am so pleased that you are accepting of all mums i came over from the other group and was really disapointed with what happened there.

Jenny - posted on 01/27/2010

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Thanks Courtney! Welcome!!!! Since you guys are in on the "ground floor" let me know if any of you want to be moderators. You are all welcome to.

Jenny - posted on 01/27/2010

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Krista- I am so glad you were able to breastfeed, you should never be made to feel bad for giving your baby formula. You worked HARD for that breastmilk! And your experience is invaluable for other moms who have similar hurdles.
Nicole- thanks for you comments on the other post, I really liked what you had to say, It's great that you are enjoying nursing, and that you had someone to help you through the process. There may be some people that find breastfeeding easy right from the beginning but most of the moms I know had to struggle a little at the beginning.

Great to meet you ladies, I look forward to talking with you!!!!

Courtney - posted on 01/27/2010

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I'm so glad that you created this wonderful community. I am utterly disappointed with the "Breastfeeding Moms" community for applying all those amendments, because apparently I'm not welcome posting there anymore since I have given my son formula occasionally, and I started him on solids before 6 months. I am just looking for a community where women who breastfeed can post anything about breastfeeding.... THANK U!

Nicole - posted on 01/27/2010

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Hi! I'm a first time Mommy to a wonderful three month old boy. I've only quite recently (the last month or so) began to really enjoy breastfeeding. It did not come natural to me and I had no family experience to help guide me.

We made it though and now our nursing relationship is something I truly treasure! It was through compassionate advice and assistance from my midwife that I was able to get through the first 6 - 8 weeks which, for me, were the most trying of all.

Krista - posted on 01/27/2010

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Hi Jenny -- I'm really glad you created that group. I did not feel at all welcome over at the main breastfeeding group because I had to supplement with formula, and they don't even want formula mentioned over there.

I hope that I can help other mothers, especially those who have had breast surgeries. I had a breast reduction at age 17, and with a lot of hard work (and not a few pharmaceuticals), I was able to give a modest amount of breastmilk to my son. I'm very proud of that, and want to help other BFAR mothers through their journey.

Jenny - posted on 01/27/2010

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Thanks for joining Jenn, hopefully we will grow!! I'm new to this whole "create a group thing" feel free to invite people! I'm glad you kept at it, I had a hard time with my first child too, he was premature and had to be in the NICU. I had to pump and bottle feed for a while then switch him to breast. It was a challenge but definitely worth it!
I wanted this group to be open to everyone because I know some moms who tried really hard to breastfeed and for whatever reason couldn't. They were so discouraged by it, and felt really guilty. It breaks my heart because I know they are loving moms who are going to raise healthy happy babies. I want to have a community that people who are just starting to think about it or who may not have been successful in the past can come without being judged and get the info and suppot they need to try it again next time!!!

Jennifer - posted on 01/27/2010

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Thank you for starting this group! Breastfeeding is about love and I feel that some take it too far and that can discourage people from trying it for fear of failing.



My name is Jenn and I am a first-time mom of a beautiful 8 month-old girl. I love my daughter, and while I really did not like breastfeeding for the first several months I have grown to love it!

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