Thursday, March 7, 2013

Breastfeeding a toddler

click to enlarge or download it to read the details

This is a summary of my nursing experience with my daughter. Every baby is different. This is not for moms to compare, but to encourage moms to continue nursing as long as possible!

As a newborn our daughter nursed for an hour at every sitting. She had acid reflux with projectile vomiting so she'd often throw everything up. After which we'd nurse an other hour or so. Moms with newborns with out reflux feel they are constantly nursing, but mom's of reflux babies really are constantly nursing! Here's a post I wrote about it.

Once we resolved the reflux it spaced out to every 2-4 hrs around the clock till around 16 months. That is when she started walking. Now that she has more to do, is more independent, she doesn't nurse as long though still 24/7. 

During the day it's a few minutes here & there, with cluster feeding before we get out of bed & at night. Have I had chronic sleep deprivation for 2 years because of this? Not at all, since we co-sleep/bedshare I've got plenty of rest from day 1 :) I can't imagine it any other way!

This post was started to answer a friends question.

Q: A is almost 14 months and eats everything I do. Lately she seems to want to nurse even more...

Our daughter almost 2y/o eats everything we do too. People who see her eat say she has a good appetite. Those who say this often don't know she nursed before the meal or will STILL nurse after!

Seems quite appropriate that she is nursing while I type :-D

Possible reasons toddlers nurse more is the same as babies... growth spurt, illness, pain, change of environment, people in their lives, low milk supply in mom.

Here are some resources
Kelly Mom 

Research to back up some of the reasons I chose to nurse as long as possible:

The longer you nurse the higher your baby's IQ

"Our data suggest that a longer duration of breast feeding benefits cognitive development." from this study 

from National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine 

still compiling links to studies so check back for more reasons...

Update: Now she is 3 & I am so thankful she is still a voracious nurser! 

She heals from cuts & scratches like a superhero! It astonishes me how fast.

I'm not just a proud mama...

I've checked with other people, teachers, moms etc. She is smart! Others notice she is advanced for her age. 

She has clear, healthy, baby soft skin. 

The average sickness for the 1st year is 12x! Add that plus the 2-3 weeks it takes to get over a cold/cough and that calculates to an almost constantly sick baby. Yet dear daughter had only several full blown cold/coughs, several mild sniffles & 1 stomach virus in 3 years. 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Nuts to Avoid


 Do NOT eat almonds from the US! 

Here's why: USDA’s raw almond pasteurization mandate "toxic gas (propylene oxide) or steam heat for all raw almonds produced by American growers"  

from Restoring Raw Almonds from California — Farmer Lawsuit Moving Forward 
From the Weston A. Price Foundation WAPF Action Alert Email 

"EPA has classified propylene oxide as a Group B2, probable human carcinogen. (5)" from

No labeling required to show that almonds have been steamed or treated with propylene oxide (PPO). And they can still be called RAW! 

If you are of childbearing age, especially avoid the organic (until the law changes)! 

"Steam processing is the method delineated to the organic... almond industry... 

Recent scientific studies show that heating almonds creates potentially harmful levels of acrylamide, a threatening byproduct of the amino acid asparagine. Acrylamide is a chemical known to cause cancer, or reproductive toxicity (such as birth defects and other reproductive harm)." from Ethical Bounty 

I will continue to look into this. I will gladly read current info you have or listen to discussion if I'm mis-reading it. In fact, I'd like nothing better than to report the law was reversed & delete this post because I really, really enjoy almonds & almond butter! 

Photo Credit Images

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Kale/Spinach Pesto


  • 2 cups packed spinach
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


  1. 1. Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. 2. Stir into rice and serve.
  3. * Can also be mixed into cooked pasta, fish or chicken.

Kale Pesto from © Copyright, 2013, Weelicious 


  • 2 cups packed kale leaves
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnuts*
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 garlic clove, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


  1. 1. Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and puree until smooth.
  2. 2. Serve over rice, pasta or as a sandwich spread.
  3. Note: If you don't have toasted walnuts, you can easily make them. Just spread roughly chopped walnuts on a baking sheet and pop in a 400°F oven for five minutes.
Accompaniments: cooked pasta, cooked rice, chicken, fish or as a sandwich spread

Top 10 healthiest foods according to Dr Mercola

You'll be surprised to find BUTTER is on the list! What is different about this butter that makes it healthy? Find out at the website below:

Organic Co-ops

I use to live in the Tampa area, now I live on the other side of FL. I liked our organic co-op & have missed it. I'm excited that we recently joined one over this way! This has been a reminder how fortunate we are to be near one. 

You may be near one & not realize it; so here are the organic co-ops that I know about. If you know of one in these areas that is not listed below I can add it if you give me the website.

Tampa area

Orlando area
North to south 

Mt  Dora 


Buzy Bee 
Lake Mary 


Sea Vegetables

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Homemade toothpaste

Many recipes I looked into had more ingredients then I wanted to deal with so I was happy to find these simple instructions. I now use this recipe for our family and love the consistency and taste.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Psychiatry Making a Killing - the trailer

Inedible Egg

Reasons to avoid formula

Items found in recalled formula:


Cancer causing toxins found in formula

Infant Formula Causes Cell Death

The full study, is published in the journal Pediatric Research

Disclaimer: The information & knowledge gained from this website is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of information from my research and experience. This website is not a replacement for a health care provider & the advice given should not be considered a diagnosis or treatment. Seeking a professional care provider is the responsibility of the reader.