6 (or 7!) Random (or Interesting!) Things

August 1, 2008

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Ok, I’m confused.

Nell at CasualFridayEveryday tagged me with this meme. But since she was combining both a “6 Random Things” AND a “7 Interesting Facts” meme, I’m totally confused as to which one to do.

It’s late, I’m tired and hungry too.

Oh wait.

Here’s an idea.

Since it’s World Breastfeeding Week, I’ll do THAT as a theme!

Ok. Here are 6 (or maybe 7) Random and (hopefully) Interesting Things About Breastfeeding. And Me.

  1. I was Wet Nursed. Also called Cross Nursed. Here’s the story.When I was only 5 days old, my mom had to go back to the hospital. She was having chest pains, and the Doctor was afraid she might have a blood clot that had moved to her heart, so she had to stay overnight in the hospital for observation.

    Thing is, she was determined that I was not to have f*rmula, so she called up the local La Leche League group and several ladies sent over bottles of breastmilk.Which I resolutely refused. (Cause, like, I wasn’t going to take a poor imitation of the real thing! At 5 days I had distinguished tastes already!)

    So, fortunately, my mom’s close friend (and the mom of my future childhood friend) was lactating, so she came over and nursed me. And I accepted this arrangement.

    Of course, when she went home, I wouldn’t take a bottle, and my Dad said I slept all night on his chest sucking on his little pinky finger. Which is incredibly sweet and sad all at the same time! I think we have a special bond to this day because of going through that together. :-)

  2. I was a La Leche League leader for 6 years. Hmm… wonder if there’s a connection? :-)
  3. The left is bigger, produces more and was everyone’s favorite. TMI?
  4. The above phenomenon is actually quite common. On all 3 counts. It’s probably because the left one is closer to the heart (hence the heartbeat) and consequently has richer/more abundant milk.
  5. The hardest thing I ever had to do as a LLLL was to NOT tell a mom what I really thought when she asked for advice on what to do with her 3 week old infant while she took a vacation with her husband. Away from baby. :-(
  6. 4 1/2, 4 1/2, 5 and don’t know yet. You figure it out. ;)

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13 Responses to “6 (or 7!) Random (or Interesting!) Things”

  1. Nell @ Casual Friday Everyday on August 1st, 2008 10:17 pm

    I’d say these are pretty interesting! Thanks for playing along with me :–)

  2. carrie on August 1st, 2008 10:19 pm

    Thanks Nell.

    People are talking about the whole controversy over wet/cross nursing, and I can’t help but think of this incident in my life. If it wasn’t for my mom’s friend, would I have gone hungry for two days?

  3. Nell @ Casual Friday Everyday on August 1st, 2008 10:19 pm

    And I do believe I figured it out ;)

  4. amanda on August 1st, 2008 10:25 pm


    My left one is the “good” one too ;)

  5. Stacie on August 2nd, 2008 2:03 am

    Hmmm…never really thought about which one was “better” – they are certainly different. I know I prefer using the left side because it frees up my right (more coordinated hand) to do things…yes, the life of a mother….always multi-tasking.

    Interesting facts you share here.

  6. casual friday everyday on August 2nd, 2008 10:37 am

    My left was always preferred as well. And it is slightly larger. Interesting to see I’m not alone LOL

  7. Tsoniki on August 2nd, 2008 10:37 am

    I’m fairly sure I was cross or wet nursed too when I was a baby. I know we’ve talked about it (mom and I) but I don’t remember. I honestly don’t see the big deal! If it helps a woman to keep breastfeeding, go for it!

    I’m dealing with number five right now. :( A friend is already talking about going out a few times before vacation in Dec so she is ready for their vacation. And she’s really not liking breastfeeding because she has to hold the baby all day. You mean formula fed babies feed themselves? It’s a tough situation.

  8. Patrice London on August 2nd, 2008 3:31 pm

    I think wet nursing is a wonderful gift! I’d do it in a heart beat!

    Sheesh! (#5) I couldn’t imagine leaving my baby at 3 weeks! Are you kidding me?!

    My left breast is the “good ” one, has been for all 3 of my girls.

    Loved reading this!

  9. Arika on August 2nd, 2008 3:36 pm

    Mine preferred my left also. Interesting concept.

    I know what #6 is! ;) That’s GREAT! You go mama!

  10. carrie on August 2nd, 2008 3:37 pm

    Thanks for the comments everyone.

    @Tsoniki – great point – bottled fed babies can’t feed themselves! Yes, it was hard giving her information on how to be away from her baby without losing her milk supply. I wanted to scream, “Take the baby with you!”. I did suggest that she bring along a helper AND the baby so she could enjoy her vacation and along time with hubs but not disturb the breastfeeding relationship.

  11. Angela on August 2nd, 2008 7:50 pm

    My right side is the big producer. I can’t figure out why — maybe something to do with how I preferred to hold one of the babies, or how I slept (co-slept and nursed)?

  12. Tina on August 7th, 2008 7:34 am

    I think wet-nursing is a great idea. I would do it and I would prefer someone to do it for me rather than give my baby a bottle.
    All 4 of my babies have preferred my right breast. I think my left nipple is a bit wonky.

  13. uzra khatoon on August 11th, 2008 12:06 pm

    I vivdly recollect cross-nursed by at least three women. I was child no. 5 of my parents and then about three years old. I had not weaned by then. Mom had to be in hospital for the delivery of my younger brother. Although I had been having solids too, for comfort and at sleep time the aunt of my father (who was in her early forties) would nurse me several times. She used to take betels most of the time and always smelt of its odor. On another occasion when my Mom was sick, my cousin brother’s wife, who was around 18-19, nursed me along with her few month’s old baby – my niece. Later on, when I grew up, she would some time tease me by asking to nurse as she had milk for the several children who were regularly spaced. I was also cross-nursed by my Mom’s slder sister on occasions when we went to her place.

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