Am I a “lactivist”?

I do not consider myself a lactivist – but I do NOT support formula companies and their practices. Breastmilk is meant for your baby. It’s the best thing for your baby. It is the only perfect food they will ever receive. I feel that my role in this community is to Inform, Educate and Support breastfeeding families. I want you to get the right information; I am not spewing opinions or one sided insights. It is my goal to have the most up to date information and to help you get that information. I take this seriously, and it is my passion to normalize breastfeeding once again, but I am not going to shove information down the throats of the unwilling. I am not going to tell you it’s my way or no way. I want to educate you on the benefits of breastmilk and the dangers of formula. What you choose to do is your decision. I feel that putting out the information is my job; what you do with it is your job. My goal is to get babies and families to understand how amazing and rewarding this journey can be.


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21 thoughts on “Am I a “lactivist”?”

    1. Ugh – this sucks. I hate when peploe do that to other peploe. They don’t think you went through some sort of though process on your decision? There were no emotions involved? I had a lot of problems with breastfeeding. It is a long story but the thrust is I stopped when LM was 3 months old because he couldn’t latch, my milk suplly sucked, and I was pumping every 2 hours with a hospital grade rented pump just to keep up. Even then, the most I could produce in a day was 10-12 ounces, and LM was drinking 20 ounces a day. I could not continue the pumping schedule when I went back to work.The decision for me to stop was gut wrenching and there was a ton of guilt involved. Luckily, no one gave me any shit for it, not even strangers. But I still think how incosiderate it is that someone should comment on it as if this isn’t an emotionally charged topic.

      1. i would just pump a few bottles and then feed baby betltod breastmilk at night. formula will keep your baby alive but it is not healthy for a baby, so if you can breastfeed and get away from it stay away from it, besides your milk tastes good and formula is gross so the chances your baby will take formula at night aren’t very good. I will tell you though that it is really easy to snuggle baby in bed and lay your boob out and the baby will learn to latch on by itself and you can just roll over and switch when your other breast gets heavy. It is so easy. I have done this with 4 children and no one has ever had to get up with the baby. Once the baby doesnt need to eat at night, we put the baby to bed it his/her own crib. Daddy can take his turn feeding breastmilk out of a bottle during the day and I think that you will find that if you do NOT supplement with a bottle that you will have plenty of milk, however, if you supplement you will start having problems keeping up, especially in the beginning. Dr.s and WIC dont suggest you pump until baby is 6weeks old and your milk supply have been established. If you need more information, check out, Lalecheleague.org. Goodluck and Congratulations on choosing the best for your baby!

        1. I started baeestferding my son when he was born, and he would ALWAYS fall asleep after a couple of minutes of eating(during the day) and he would sleep that long through the night as well. The nurses at the hospital tols me to try and keep him awake by tickleing his feet, doing the funky chicken’ with his arms or rubbing the hair against the way it usually goes. When he ate at night he would only eat for about 10 mins then fall asleep and be good for another couple hours.If your baby is hungry then he will tell you. that is why they cry.and the weight loss is normal, for the first little while it will be up and down a bit.

      2. I wouldn’t reemomcnd doing formula breastmilk. At least not until you get breastfeeding going successfully, including your milk supply. I wanted to breastfeed 100%, went to the class, read the books, etc. My son was born 4 weeks early and was 5 lb 14 oz when we brought him home. I was so freaked out about him gaining weight I started supplementing. Big mistake. In the beginning when breastfeeding is tough, just giving the baby formula is SO much easier. But it screws up everything you are doing. My son didn’t want to latch on after sucking a bottle and pumping was so difficult. Every time the baby eats you have to pump. It already takes forever for them to eat, then you are pumping after that and then by the time you are done it is time to start feeding them again! LOL! Just take it from me, I regret it and wish I would have NEVER supplemented. My son ended up having a milk issue anyway and had to go on hypoallergenic. But sometimes I think if I would have stuck to it, he wouldn’t have had to. Just give it a try at least for the first 6 weeks or so. Also, my son didn’t sleep longer than 4 hours at a stretch until 8 months. So it didn’t really matter. He ate every 2-3 hours on formula for the first few months.

    2. i commend any woman who even atttmpes to bf for a day. i had a lactation consultant make me feel guilty as we were never able to latch without a shield and she basically told me i am lucky to be living now because 100 years ago without pumps and shields my baby would be dead. needless to say i didn’t use her services anymore. i pumped for 14 weeks before my second battle with mastisis which landed me in the hospital at which point i decided to wean from the machine. congrats to you for making it as long as you did.

    3. If you stop ****** feeding the milk will evlteuanly dry up. I would suggest getting a ****** pump to keep removing the milk. I would imagine that the doctor told her this because what you put in your body also goes into the milk. that’s why they tell you not to take medication while ****** feeding. also if you get very upset while ****** feeding- your milk can sour and make the baby sick!

      1. Misa – Paula, only YOU could make an elevator sexy!! Hot cpuole and hot shoot. I love the one of her with her head down and him laughing!!! Where was the shoot done?

        1. You are supposed to feed them every 2-3 hours, but htlseony, I didn’t. I was exhausted from doing everything so when she woke up is when I fed her. She didn’t gain quite enough weight at first, but she is now 19 months old and doing perfectly fine. Breatfed babies tend to be on the smaller weight side at first from everyone I have talked to, babies weight fluctuates a lot the first few weeks. 2-3 dirty diapers is NOT enough???? My daughter dirtied about 2-3 a day and my pediatrician said it was normal.If you want to feed him ever 2 hours just wake him, change his diaper to help him wake up and then try feeding him if you are making an attempt that is all you can do.

        2. I agree with Cardinal. 3-5 hours straight is way too much sleep for a nowrebn. Some babies are very sleepy and you simply have to wake them up and stimulate them to feed. This will help you to develop a better milk supply too. It’s simply not enough nursing for either of you.If baby is very sleepy, undress him and nurse him in only a diaper when he begins to doze after the first couple of minutes. Wake him up and put him back to the breast. Tickle his feet, keep him unwrapped, and don’t put him in a dark quiet room during the day. You need to help him wake to feed.

    1. What foods are most likely to be a poerlbm?Some of the most likely suspects are cow’s milk products, soy, wheat, corn, eggs, and peanuts.Other suspect foods: * Any food that a family member is allergic to * A food that mom recently ate a large amount of * A new food (if baby’s symptoms are new) * A food that mom doesn’t like, but is eating while breastfeeding (and/or ate while pregnant) for the benefit of her baby * A food that mom craves, or feels she has to have after a bad day Conscious likes and dislikes of foods are signals that your body may be reacting to them in an abnormal way.Keeping a food journal with a record of foods eaten and baby’s behavior/symptoms, with time of day for each, may be helpful when trying to pinpoint a poerlbm food.RAST stands for Radioallergosorbent test. Allergen specific IgE is measured from blood samples. In general, skin testing is more sensitive and specific, and has the advantage of lower cost and almost immediate results. The main indication for RAST testing is when skin testing is either impossible or unreliable. Examples include dermographism (where the patient will weal and flare with any skin trauma regardless of allergy), severe dermatitis (skin testing needs to be performed on relatively intact skin), lack of cooperation (eg: young children) or where access to skin testing facilities is difficult or impossible. False positives and negatives do occur, the former particularly in patients with atopic eczema.A radioallergosorbent test (RAST) is an allergy test that involves collecting blood. A RAST can be performed to test for food allergies and in other circumstances when a skin test the more common allergy test cannot be done. Both tests are highly specific, although a skin test is more sensitive, less expensive and produces immediate results.If you are experiencing symptoms of allergies such as sneezing, itchy eyes, runny or congested nose, swollen sinuses, coughing, and wheezing an allergy test may be done to identify which specific substances (allergens) are triggering your allergic reaction.THE ELIMINATION DIETThis is a diet that Martha recommends in her lactation-counseling practice whenever she suspects a baby’s colic could be caused by sensitivities to food in a breastfeeding mother’s diet. This diet was developed by William G. Crook, M.D. (Detecting Your Hidden Allergies, Jackson, Tenn: Professional Books, 1987), and it has several variations, depending on how bothersome the symptoms are. The elimination diet we use is based on eating the least allergenic food in each of the food groups. You may need to do this for two weeks since it can take this long for the offending foods to get out of your system and baby’s system. Here is the variation we find helps mothers get the quickest, surest relief for their hurting babies: Breastfeeding Saved My Highly Allergic Baby

    2. I’m sad that you felt so judged by the onlnie community. I’m glad that I wasn’t a mom when you had Grey so that hopefully that judgement wasn’t passed by me. I also ran into some extremely judgemental moms during my pregnancy and it was the low of my year.I’m so proud of you for sticking by your plan this time around- you have no idea. And listen, EVERY SINGLE PERSON I KNOW has bf problems, whether or not they remember it a few months later, but it’s totally normal and it should be nothing that people feel shame for. It’s funny how one little person (and LC, a friend, whatever) can make that much difference. I have been that person for at least ONE woman, and I feel so good about it.-Gillian

  1. My edition is now an aniuqte so this review is not current. I was fortunate enough to have the author as instructor in a course with the same title at UW School of Nursing in 1980 and I can safely say it is the single course which has made a daily difference in my life ever since. Worthington-Roberts has great integrity and this permeates a piece of professional literature in a way one seldom sees. I was thrilled to see that the book is available in a current edition and would recommend anything by this author on the subject of maternal and child nutrition without reservation. Today I practice as a staff midwife and breastfeeding specialist in a hospital in Norway but still find English language sources to be the best on such topics as this. There are now many, many books on pregnancy, breastfeeding and lactation, but there will always be a place on my bookshelf for this one.

  2. miteuns, miteuns miteuns I Was so stressed because all of those numbers nurses would give me the first days. After my first check up I knew my baby was eating enough. His weight told us he was perfect and I only? fed him 5/10min (MAX) on only 1 breast per feeding, and after 4h I would do the other breast. Do what your feeling tells you to do. Eliminate stress and drink a lot Now he’s 4months and 17lbs, on breastmilk only

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