Friday, April 16, 2010

Highlights from the moedergroep of April 15th 2010

Last night, April 15th, we held our monthly breastfeeding support group. Just like last month, we boasted an attendance of 19 mothers, fathers and mothers-in-law! As usual, we had a lot of pregnant moms there, which we absolutely enjoy and encourage! It's essential to educate and relate to other moms and parents. We originally had planned to speak about pumping, working and breastfeeding, but decided to do a free-style after all. The discussion was lively and believe you, everyone got their chance to ask and be answered.

What was touched on a lot though was how to manage breastfeeding and working outside of the home, of which a mom there was experiencing some trouble with. It was concluded by all in the group that although it's more challenging, what are the months of pumping and nursing, compared to the rest of your life you'll spend working? Our babies deserve the best, and if it puts an inconvenience on us, we do well to keep the big picture in sight. After all... we are not just women anymore, we are mothers. We are strong, we are fragile, we are tenacious, we are cooks, breadwinners, nurturers, referees, teachers, love givers, and best of all, love receivers from all ends.

We spoke a lot about the lactating breast and how it works. We explained how supply and demand sits in each other, and the avoiding of scheduled feeds. Another important thing we discussed was infants sleeping at too early of an age through the night. It is known that a newborn baby must wake to feed, especially during the night. This is not just to protect his mother's supply but also to protect his blood sugar levels from plummeting and further preventing him from waking up. Breastfeeding can be exhausting... if a mother has to get out of her bed, pick the baby up out of the crib, nurse, put the baby back to bed, and repeat. Breastfeeding is easy. Co-sleeping, or more precisely, safe bedsharing, is a wonderful parenting tool that gives mom much needed rest during those first months. It was also noted that in lands where bedsharing is the norm, SIDS rarely occurs, it doesn't even have a name. This shows us that bedsharing is inherently safe and a natural biological response to a certain need.

Needless to say, we really enjoyed ourselves. I always feel so privileged to be in the position to educate and inform mothers about breastfeeding, and most importantly to learn about others' experiences and the hardships they've been through. I think that despite as much as I may educate myself in this field, I will always continue to learn from those around me and new ones I come in contact with. I will never be too high, or "know too much" to think I know it all, because that isn't what taking care of mamas is about. All breastfeeding mamas are professionals in their own right and I commend all of them!


  1. Hello,

    I don't have a comment about your blog but I am a breastfeeding mama who is planning a trip to Aruba next month. I have been trying to find any laws regarding breastfeeding in Aruba and haven't found anything. Is there anything I should know before my trip? Thanks! I'd love if you could email me at

  2. I have breastfed and co slept three babies now... baby no 3 is 16mths and with this baby I have somehow created a breastfeeding co-sleeping nightmare. She will wake during the night and SCREAM until I put my breast in her mouth. By this time the others were sleeping through the night but this baby is very upset to wake up and can only go back to sleep with a breast in her mouth. I don't know what to do to get her sleeping through the night as the others naturally increased the gaps between nightly feeds until they were sleeping right through. I'd love if you could do a post about this topic and any suggestions you have. Thanks!