: The March of Motherhood

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Breastfeeding with Herbs

Aromatherapy and herbs compliment breastfeeding.
An invigorating massage with ylang-ylang and sandalwood
Provides peace and calm. I use tangerine (a happy scent)
And neroli (expensive but worth it) postpartum and
while nursing.

Scenting my body with creams and essential oils is 
Exhilarating. Bergamot, petigrain, lavender and lemon
In an aromatic burner help focus the mind and check
stress and exhaustion. A few drops of neroli, tangerine,
Clary sage, or geranium in a small spray bottle filled
With distilled water works wonders to scent a room and
Is also a great facial mist.

Tangerine, neroli, lavender and mandarin help prevent
stretch marks, and lift the spirits. Ylang-ylang is a relaxant
and lowers high blood pressure.

I found placing two drops of lavender and two drops of
Geranium in a sink or tub of warm water, and bathing
my breasts helped with engorgement. Wash the oil from
the nipples before nursing. (True relief is for baby to nurse
on the breast or expressing some milk by hand or pump.)
mastitis is a more serious breast infection, but the use
of Echinacea will work wonders since this herb is nature’s
best antibiotic.

Immediately after birth, our midwife placed the baby at my 
breasts for about ten minutes before the cord was cut. She 
nursed securely and sweetly. Letting her nurse while the cord
is still attached will provide baby with enough iron to last 
through most of the first year.

I experienced postpartum depression when my baby was
Two months old, and a gray cloud it was. Motherwort settled
my mind and eased my restlessness, but I had to be careful
not to become mentally addicted to it.

Alfalfa leaf encourages milk supply, is rich in minerals and
Vitamin K which helps the mind. Red Raspberry enhances
milk supply, tones the reproductive system, is a source of calcium
and is a tonic herb. A must for the breastfeeding season!

Blessed Thistle enhances milk supply and helps with
distressed emotions. I drink echinacea before going into a crowded
public place because the benefits of the herb will go through my
milk to my baby. I drink a pot of fennel, coriander and anise seed tea
three or more times a week to relax baby’s tummy. Licorice root
is a perfect sweetener; it provides estrogen which helps balance
hormones absent during nursing.

Breastfeeding and mothering is a labor of love, a wonderful,
powerful journey. Aromatherapy, herbs, and natural diet can make
wholesome this earth-shaking moment in a woman’s life.

~ by Debbie Officer, reprinted from Compleat Mother, Winter 1997 issue


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We have a little child somewhere
beyond the farthest stars
and through his soul has left this life
he really is still ours.

We made him one warm summber night
as we melted into one.
God looked down upon our love
and blessed us with a son.

While we slept with hearts entwined
we knew not as we lay,
a little soul awoke inside
and there began to play.

For nine whole months the three of us
shared so much love and joy,
it was so lovely, wasn’t it,
dear tiny, stillborn, boy?

And now the clothes and furniture
picked out with so much care
sit quiet, still and silent
and your empty crib is bare.

Though people try to comfor us,
the just don’t understand,
how sad it was to kiss your cheek,
and hold your lifeless hand.

You lay there in your casket,
like an Angel we had found,
while we whispered last good-byes,
I sprinkled petals all around.

I looked into your father’s eyes,
and saw them fill with tears.
I never will forget that look,
if I life a thousand years.

Good-bye dear son, we now must live,
without our little “other”,
but Calvin, we will always be
your father and your mother.

Love, Mom


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Pumping and Praying

My five-year-old was born early, at 30 weeks. I ran from office
to hospital for six weeeks, pumping, holding, tube feeding,
pumping and praying. Owen came to the office with me until
he walked, thankfully not until 18 months, when he started staying
home with Daddy. We breastfed two years.

When Isobel was borh three years later, full term, thank
heavens, I found myself with another infant who couldn’t 
nurse, probably due to a very traumatic birth with forceps.
I started pumping and tube feeding, and she nursed, finally,
at 12 days.

I blossomed into a breastfeeding radical. I feed my babies
openly, publicly and as often as possible. I challenge
anyone who remarks on the breastfeeding relationship.
Isobel is two years old and still breastfeeds many times a
day; we’ll stop when she wants to. We managed to afford
a king-size bed a year ago, and we have a family-bed. The 
children are thriving!
~Janet Bardon, Halifx, Nova Scotia


Where’s Mamma?

“About 60% of all kids under three are now regularly
cared for by someone other than their parent, most 
often a grandparent (23%).” According to Peter D. Hart
Research Associates, USA Today, 8/5/97

“About 60% of child care infants are not breastfed and
have impaired mother-infant bonding,” says
developmental neuropsychologist James W. Prescott
of Boone, North Carolina.


Pertussis/Asthma Link?

Can the pertussis vaccination of infants cause asthma
to develop later in life? A study of 149 non-immunized
children showed 6 developed asthma before they turned 18.
A study of 126 immunized children showed 23 developed
asthma before maturity.

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2 tbsp. White Oak bark
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Use in a sitz bath as often as possible.


Bitch,  Bitch, Bitch

A law will be presented in the French Parliament to protect
against aggressive dogs. One proposal is to forbid the trade 
of dogs before the age of seven weeks, based on the
knowledge that early separation from the mother makes
some dogs dangerously aggressive. Hopefully the law about
Canis Familiaris will inspire the species Homo Sapiens.
~ Primal Health Research, Michel Odent
London, England


Beauty of a Woman 

The beauty of a woman Is not in the clothes she wears 
The figure she carries 
Or the way she combs her hair.

The beauty of a woman 
Must be seen from her eyes, 
Because that is the doorway to her heart, 
The place where love resides. 

The beauty of a woman, 
Is not in a facial mole,
But true beauty in a woman 
Is reflected in her soul.
It is the caring that she lovingly gives, 
The passion that she shows,
The beauty of a woman
With passing years - only grows 



Maternity leave would last for two years...with full pay.

There'd be a cure for stretch marks.

Natural childbirth would become obsolete.

Morning sickness would rank as the nation's
number one health problem

All methods of birth control would be improved
100 percent effectiveness.

Children would be kept in the hospital until
they were toilet trained.

Men would be EAGER to talk about commitment.

They wouldn't think twins ere quite so cute.

Fathers would demand that their SONS be home
from dates by 10:00 p.m.

Men could use THEIR briefcases as diaper bags.

They'd have to stop saying, "I'm afraid I'll drop him."

Paternity suits would be a line of clothes.

They'd stay in bed for the entire nine months.

Menus at most restaurants would list ice cream
and pickles as an entree.

Women would rule the world!


Peace to all of you.

Catherine Young, Jody McLaughlin, Greg Cryns




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