December 2000 Newsletter
Part 2

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LITTERS AND OFF THE LINE

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My copies are dispersed among a wide variety of people. Brought a half
dozen to a monthly meeting offered at the hospital in which birth options
are discussed, gave a copy this morning to the woman who sold me her
clothes dryer, made some copies for one of my gordas who is still nursing
her 14 month old and wanted assurance she wasn't alone.
Un abrazo
Joni Nichols - Guadalajara, Julisco, Mexico

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The Mother is facinating with all sorts of people's stories. My mother
breastfed me and three of my brothers, and then bottle fed (at the
insistence of my father) my youngest two brothers. Both of them (now aged 30 and 34) have major problems with their bowels, and one had his complete large intestine removed due to extreme colitis. Oh dear it goes on! My breastfed twins are four months and doing well.
Fran Cumming, Sydney, Australia

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I'm celebrating ten consecutive years of nursing. Baby Luke is 23 pounds
at nine months and shares 'his' milk with sister Lexi, who is four. Russ,
10 and Dani, six, fondly remember their nursing days. Russ says the two
things he is looking for in a wife are that she believes in Jesus and that
she'll nurse the babies.
Sounds like a good start to me.
Jena Morey, New Castle, Indiana

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I am 55 years old and the mother of four children. I would never have
known that your magazine existed if it hadn't been for my daughter, Jane.
She introduced me because she knew I would like Catherine Young. I am also in the breast cancer sister-hood. Because of Catherine and so many others, I feel hope and read that part of the magazine first. But little did I
know that I would enjoy the rest of the magazine so much. It hasn't been
so long ago that my nose would have been up in the air and I should have
had a haughty smirk on my face if I would have heard discussions about
midwives, homebirths, breastfeeding babies over a year old, making tea
from all kinds of plants ('weeds'), not thinking that doctors were at the top of health services and no one else could know more than they, and even considering not getting vaccinations.

Slowly Jane has reconditioned the family. Her mother and two sisters who
are all nurses, and her dad and brother have some pretty traditional ideas.

It has taken quite awhile to crack our shells. When we aren't kidding her
about being a hippie or asking what she is stirring up in her cauldron, we
have found that a new and more natural way of life is seeping into us.
Anita Robinson, mother of Jane Shanta, Creston, Iowa

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There is a baby boom on at Victoria General, so I've been run ragged, and
given out 150 Mothers.
Carole Arndt, Egnell Breast Pump Rental, Sooke, British Columbia

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I'm happy to read the beautiful stories in The Mother and am concerned
about human rights violations by the medical establishment, and now, the
midwifery corporations. In Quebec, midwifery is legal, but midwives can't
practice at home, so big deal. Continue the fight, and remember,
chemotherapy is to cancer what Nestle is to babies.
Marypascal Beauregard, Sawyerville, Quebec

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Your enthusiasm for natural mothering educated me and challenged what I
knew about caring from my daughter. In the meantime, I breastfeed wee Mary to sleep.
Patricia Shaw, Waterloo, Ontario

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Reading The Mother reminded me that I am OK, and there are others of like minds out there.
Kim Samuels, Paisley, Ontario

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FUNNY

Innocence is Bliss !

A little girl walked daily to and from school. Though the weather that
morning was questionable and clouds were forming, she made her daily trip to school. As the afternoon progressed, the winds whipped up, along with thunder and lightning. The mother of the little girl felt concerned that
her daughter would be frightened As she walked home from school, and she herself feared that the electrical storm might harm her child.

Following the roar of thunder, lightning, like a flaming sword would cut
through the sky. Full of concern, the mother quickly got in her car and
drove along the route to her child's school. As she did so, she saw her
little girl walking along, but at each flash of lightning, the child would
stop, look up and smile.

Another and another were to follow quickly, each with the little girl
stopping, looking up and smiling. Finally, the mother called over to her
child and asked, "what are you doing?"

The child answered, smiling, God just keeps taking pictures of me."

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Winter 2000 was a good read. I spent a peaceful afternoon nursing my
sweetheart and reading it, cover to cover. It is like connecting with
friends across the country. Two moms and two midwives I know are in the
litters section. Sometimes you can even have a friend show up on the front
cover, nursing her three- year old daughter. Fun.
Hi to everyone!
Anne-Marie Freeman, Bayfield Ontario

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The Mother inspires me to continue breastfeeding my son (who just turned a year regardless of what his doctor has to say and the proddings I get
from my family to wean him. If you would have asked if we planned to have
a family bed, I would have said you were crazy, but instinct won out, and
on Liam's first night, he spent an hour or two in a craddle next to the
bed, and woke up terriefied. I am happy to say the three of us have been
sleeping peacefully together ever since, and Liam can decide when he needs more space.
Michelle Fagan, Port Colborne, Ontario

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When you start out with Nestle Carnation milk and corn syrup, like me,
you're behind the eight ball for life, and anything can tip you over the
edge. I'm not sure it's any one thing that causes cancer, after that. It's
a total load. The lump in my right breast is cancer.
I weep.
Aliss Terpstra, Toronto, Ontario

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As a Leche League leader, I'm not allowed to mention The Compleat Mother, or hand them out at meetings.

So my friend Marva brings her bulk subscription with her and passes them
out as soon as the meeting is officially over.
Lady Elle Tuck, Angus, Ontario

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I wouldn't want to miss the current issue or the next.
Joni Nichols, Guadalajara, Mexico

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I'm pregnant with Baby #2, and my son, almost three, is uncircumcized,
unvaccinated, breastfeeding and sleeps in my bed. It's so good to know we
are not alone in our unconventional parenting philosophy.
Melanie Courchesne, Callandar, Ontario

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I love the video, Birth Joy and Raspberry Leaves.
I am hooked!
Toby Jay Neal - Toronto Canada

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The Mother has been a huge influence and inspiration in our lives. Thank
you from my heart.
Tamara Ireland, Winlaw, British Columbia

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A friend had back issues from the '80s and I found them supportive and
wonderful. Different from the "What to Expect. . . ." trend.
Jennifer Jackson, Coronation, Alberta

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We found out we were expecting a few weeks after we were last told it was
unlikely I would have children. We were ecstatic, but also unsure of
ourselves. I was breastfed and had never considered bottlefeeding but
shortly after find an obstetrician I received free cans of formula and
bottles and pamphlets on the convenience of bottlefeeding. I thought I
would keep them in case one night I felt overwhelmed and then I could
substitute a few feedings for formula. More paphlets via my doctor came
and I soon found myself crying myself to sleep everynight, and completly
devestated at the thought of being a mother. Then I found The Mother.

I traded in my cold, impersonal doctor and got myself a warm, loving and
dedicated midwife and doula and built up my confidences again. I flushed
the formula and threw the bottles in the dumpster. My baby will never have
a bottle, and I will never by Nestle products again.
Amanda Maloney, Ottawa, Ontario

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As I finish reading each Mother, I donate it to our Family Cenre for the
Breastfeeding Support Group.
Julianne Bankley, Russell, Ontario

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Send Mother's Favourites; I need all The Mother I can get.
Colleen Leclerc, Windsor, Ontario

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My last issue was Spring 2000 and I don't know how I made it through the
summer without TheMother.
Stefani Brown, Toronto, Ontario

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Subject: Re: Birth Joy and Raspberry Leaves video

I loved it. I cried like a baby. Thank you.

Love,
Linda Frank
Stillwater, Oklahoma

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Catherine: Thank you some much for putting my message in your magazine! As
a result, I am now communicating with 3 different women who responded.

1. An ICU pedatric nurse from BC
2. A mother with 4 kids in Missisauga
3. A mother of 2 in rural Ontario (Pontypool). You have enriche> d my life
truly. They are all wonderful women who remind me that I'm not alone, and
I will never forget what you have opened for me. You are a viable Goddess!
Thank you again, Emily Magee

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A Medscape extract: researchers have discovered that what a woman does in
adulthood diet-wise is less protective against breast cancer than how and
what she ate as a young child. I figure it's only a matter of time before
they stumble on the truth, that breast cancer is a Nestle, a Monsanto, an
overweening pediatrician, a meddling shaming scolding parent or in-law
disease. . .
Aliss Terpstra, Toronto

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I was reading your circumcision website and had aquestion. I've heard
that if a male is not circumcised he can more easily give infections to
his partner. Is this true?
Karinette [email protected]

Dear Karinette,

No, it is not true that an intact men can more easily give infections to
his partner. Most males in the US at this time are circumcised and this
has not halted the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.
Anatomically speaking, the intact penis provides a gliding sensation
during intercourse. The circumcisedpenis, which has it's foreskin cut
away, can easily cause abrasion to the mucosal tissue of the vagina.
Circumcision of males or females does not provide protection from
harboring or transmitting sexually transmitted diseases. If it did, what
genital surgery would we recommend for females? The vulva and vagina are
much more anatomically complicated than the penis. The most common female genital malady is vaginal yeast infection.. Individuals from middle
eastern backgrounds, where female genital mutilation (FGM) is common, have proposed removing the external female genital folds to prevent yeast infections. Of course, we would not even consider such sophist ideas.

An unsafe partner, one whose sexual history allows for the possibility of
any kind of sexually transmitted disease must be considered high-risk for
to either a female or a male partner, intact or circumcised. Sexually
respectful persons wash before for politeness and wash afterwards for
prudence. Cutting away anatomical structures from genitals does not prevent disease for either the male or female.
Jody McLaughlin

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My son is still being breastfed, but there was a time I wondered if I'd
make it till he was 6 month. I have been using a breast pump, since my
son was 2 months old. I had to return to work at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art when he was 3 months old. I feared I wouldn't be able to continue breast feeding. With the pump I was able to pump twice a day for 9 months, until I became a stay at home. I loved the Purely Yours pump, it was very efficient, and enabled me to continue to provide my child with healthy breast milk. I am a real advocate for breast feeding. If I can do
it most anyone can!

When my son was 13 months my husband watched our son for the weekend. I was able to climb Half Dome, in Yosemite, with 30 women from the Bay Area. We trained for 3 months together. The route we took up Half Dome was 19 miles, with a 4800' elevation gain, the top was 8842.' It took the entire day from morning to night. I brought my pump in my back pack along with my first aid kit, and water.

The hike was straight up and straight down. I pumped right before the
summit in a grove of pine trees. Next the challenging and yet invigorating part of the climb was up the granite using cables. It certainly got my adrenaline flowing. I pumped on top while waiting for the other women to summit. It was such an awesome connection to be up on top of a mountain, and still know I was doing something for my baby. It just goes to show, you can pump almost ANYWHERE, even at 8842 feet on top
of a mountain!

The hike was such a wonderful accomplishment. It's so important for women to remember after becoming mothers, we still need to do things for
ourselves too. It makes us better mothers.

Happy trails,

Mary Grant-Coster
San Mateo, Ca

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I am a breastfeednig mother of a 11 month baby girl and enjoy
the breastfeeding experience enormously. However there is one problem: my
daughter refuses to drink anything from a bottle or a sippy cup. That
becomes a real concern when I have to go out for more then 3-4 hours,
which since I go to an evening classes cannot be avoided. Are there other
women that have/had the same problem that can share their experience?
Kasia Quirus [email protected]

Dear Kasia:

It sounds like you and your daughter are well bonded and she
wisely won't take anything less than the perfect infant food you
so lovingly provide. If you nurse her as long as she likes before
you leave for class, and immediately when you return, your reastfeednig
relationship will not be harmed. But is there
anything any mortal can teach you that is more important than
what you are learning, successfully mothering a baby? Could that
class wait until you are not so vital to your little one?
~Catherine Young

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DEAR MOTHER DEAR

Dear Mother Dear;

May we reprint the Seuss for Nursing Mothers poem in our Breastfeeding
Booklet given to 200 parents a year?
~Lynette Link, Birth & Parenting Education Program -St. Luke's Regional
Medical Center, Boise, Idaho

You can print it every year,
Print it there and print it here,
Tell the parents in their ear,
Breastfed Babies are most dear.
~Catherine Young

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Dear Mother Dear;

I had a breast reduction operation to alleviate back pain. My prognosis is
good to partially breastfeed, it is likely my milk supply will only be
50%. I will take herbs and galactogogue medications to increase my milk,
but I hope to find one or two special women who will donate breastmilk.

Please leave a message at (905) 272-3835, or
1-888-249-3937 or send an email: [email protected]
~A Greater Toronto area Nursing Mom-To-Be

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Dear Mother Dear;
Can a Type I Diabetic mother on an insulin pump breastfeed her baby?
Elizabeth Manuel email: [email protected]

Dear Elizabeth;

Yes, mother's with Type One Diabetes using an insulin pump can breastfeed.
The insulin pump gives regular increments of insulin 24 hours a day; this
is called the basal rate. You also calculate and then manually give
insulin when you are about to eat any food. (This is a bolus.) The bolus
and the basal rates disburse insulin in a way that comes to mimicking
functioning islet cells. This means you have fewer spikes, highs and lows.
The blood sugars stay closer to normal. I have had A1C's of 7.5 or less
ever since I started wearing the pump.

The more normal the blood sugars the easier it is for moms to produce
milk. With spikes or high sugars you get dehydrated and I think there can
be leaching of ketones into the milk. With lows there isn't enough energy
to put towards the production of milk. The more stable your blood sugars
the better your milk production. There is no reason an insulin pump would
keep a mother from nursing and should make it easier to nurse. However, I
did not have the pump when I nursed my first child and I had no problems
at all, even though my blood sugars were not as stable as they are now.
If you have any more questions feel free to email me.
~Meg Scherbatskoy
[email protected]

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Dear Mother Dear;

I read about Dr. Jorgensen's device for HIV + moms to pasteurize their own
milk. Could I heat donated breastmilk on the stove with a thermometer, and
hold it above 60 deg C, for 30, minutes without special equipment?
Mother Anonymous

Dear Mother Anonymous;
It would be tricky to do it on a stove, but it could be done.
~Jack Newman, MD

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Dear Mother Dear;

I am a breastfeeding mother of a 11 month baby girl and enjoy the
breastfeeding experience enormously. However there is one problem: my
daughter refuses to drink anything from a bottle or a sippy cup. That
becomes a real concern when I have to go out for more than 3-4 hours, to
an evening class. Did anyone else have the same problem?
Kasia Quirus email: [email protected]

Dear Kasia:

It sounds like you and your daughter are well bonded and she wisely won't
take anything less than the perfect infant food you so lovingly provide.
If you nurse her as long as she likes before you leave for class, and
immediately when you return, your breastfeeding relationship won't be
harmed. But is there anything any mortal can teach you that is more
important than what you are learning, successfully mothering a baby?

Could that class wait until you are not so vital to your little one?
~Catherine Young

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Dear Mother Dear;

My new album attempts to communicate my deepest, heartfelt experience of
being a Mom. When my son started school it was more traumatic for me than
him, but I'm adjusting. It does give me glorious hours to play music . . .
Bedlam Records, RR#3 Belfast, Prince Edward Island, C0A 1A0
[email protected]

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Dear Mother Dear,

I consider resuscitation a contraindication to cord clamping. I think of
the placenta as the primary respiratory organ until full lung function is
evident. I don't like to ask a baby to be dependent on lung function alone
when the lungs are struggling.

Furthermore, I sometimes want to give a babe a drug during resuscitation,
and the easiest way to do that is to give it to the mom, where it can go
straight IV pretty easily, and thence across placenta to babe.

When babes are in trouble they have almost no IM absorption whatever.
Especially when I get a depressed baby from epidural or narcotic, I won't
let the cord be cut while I'm working on the babe. IV narcan to mom wakes
up the babe inside of 15 seconds if the card is still open.
I find you can do any resuscitation you can think of with babe right in
mom's lap or beside her in bed, and although it's terrifying to watch
somebody working on your baby two feet from your nose, I bet it's even
worse not knowing what's going on because babe was whisked away out of
your sight.

So don't do aggressive placental amputation when babe is doing poorly.
Richard Garrison ,MD

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Dear Mother Dear;

We are a homeschooling family with six kids between six and 19, and are
expecting #7 in March. Similar families out there, please email us:
Jamie McRae, Gibsons, British Columbia
email: [email protected]

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Dear Mother Dear;

Baby #3 is due in 19 days! Do you have any info on:
1.NOT receiving the oxytocin shot after birth
2.NOT clamping or cutting the umbilical cord for at
least 30 minutes
3. NOT suctioning baby after birth
4. NOT pulling on the umbilical cord to see if the
placenta is loose/on it's way.
These topics were clearly written in our birth plan, and our doctor
laughed, yes, out loud.
Love in Christ and Birth,
Jodi Caskey and soon-to-be-born Baby Samuel
[email protected]
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Dear Mother Dear;
We are a homeschooling family with six kids between six and 19, and are
expecting #7 in March. Similar families out there, please email us:
Jamie McRae, Gibsons, British Columbia
email: [email protected]

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They finally released the Ingredients in viagra!

2% Aspirin
2% Ibuprofen
1% Vitamin C
95% Fix-A-Flat

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Wishing you all a peaceful holiday season,

Catherine Young
Jody McLaughlin
Greg Cryns



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Birth, Joy, & Raspberry Leaves
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of The Compleat Mother

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