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Home should be a safe place. Physically, emotionally, relationally. A safe place we can build relationship and learn and grow in a safe environment that frees us to foster creativity and exploration without fear of harm. This week we're talking about SAFE HOMES. We hope you find these resources helpful! Share away! Live freely. Live safe.
-Your TLB Team

Dear parents,

One of our primary concerns as parents is the safety of our children. They depend on us for nutrition first, but also for everything from diaper changes, the clothes they wear, the place where they sleep, cuddles and kisses, a clean house, bandaids, car seats, child-proofing, to owning kid-friendly products, teaching them safe practices while out and about, and more, all of which are connected to keeping our little bundles of joy safe.

 

And nothing brings out the mama and papa bear in us than hearing, or just fearing, that our children may not be safe. 

 

For this edition of #TLBsafeKids newsletter, we are zooming in on safety in our homes. There is a balance that all parents need to strike between creating a bubble-wrap world for their kids and letting them have an all-access pass to everything in the house. One extreme leads to kids - and then adults - with limited problem-solving skills and a stunted understanding of their own limits. The other is more or less a test of survival with the real possibility of severe and lasting consequences. 

 

Some of the safety precautions that we have chosen for our home have come straight out of our own near-tragic experiences.

For example, we have never had much aesthetic appreciation for blinds, but every home that we have lived in has had some for us to enjoy. When EarthBaby, our first child, started toddling around, we found ways to make sure the pull-strings were safely out of reach of her little hands. We tied them up in knots, we hung them up over the blinds, we were creative. Fast-forward a number of years and a few children, and Jessica and I went on a trip, entrusting our children to some dear, trusted friends with children of their own. While we were away, one of our children ended up getting tangled up in the strings of their blinds, with one section of string pulled up tight around her neck. Fortunately, our friends got her untangled right away, with no more serious injury than a slight rope burn on our child’s neck. They relayed the story to us, horrified, and explained that it has been a while since they had small children in the house and didn’t think of all the ways they needed to child-proof their house. In our current house, we simply took the blinds down, preferring to risk someone taking a peek into our open lives than to keep the ugly things up. If we were ever to choose to put them back up, we would most likely invest in a cord winder like the ones Rhoost makes for home safety. 

 

I won’t go into as much detail with other examples, but we put gates up where we could to prevent any further neck-threatening tumbles down various staircases, we have put latches on cabinet doors to subvert potion-making attempts, put dangerous items out of reach and secure, and learned how to set up safe sleep spaces. Which reminds me, I also installed a safety rail on a loft bed to avoid ever having to go back to the emergency room on account of our 10 yr old tumbling out of bed and catching her fall with her chin. On a Lego. Safety and also our own sanity as parents is what prompted us to purchase tear-free shampoo and body wash free of phthalates, sulfates, DEA, or numbing agents, like California Baby, preferring not to subject our children or our eardrums to screams of torture any longer. 

 

Now if only someone would invent a tool for Legos to put themselves away, parents could also invest in a preventative safety measure for their own feet.


Jeremy Martin-Weber 
Proud father to 6 vibrant children
co-owner BeyondMoi.com and TheLeakyBoob.com


Safety at home and on-the-go.

This Week On TLB 

Breastfeeding and Teenage Boys

by joni edelman
Sometime in the early 2000s, a friend was visiting my house for a playdate. Nothing special, just the typical crackers and raisins and toys all over the house sort of thing. We were just sitting on the couch, chatting and eating ice cream — you know, like stay at home moms do — and mid sentence, she paused, “Joni, what is THAT?”

‘That’ was a book on my ottoman (not coffee table because, hello, no coffee tables with five toddlers running around). ‘That’ was a book by Anne Geddes, a large coffee table (ottoman) book. It featured photographs of women — in all states of pregnancy and postpartum — their babies, and sometimes babies that weren’t theirs. You get what I’m saying; there were babies and ladies. Oh and also, they were nude, or partly nude.

I said, “It’s a… book?” Other Less Free-Spirited Mom says, “BUT THEY ARE NAKED. Aren’t you afraid your kids will see this? They are TOTALLY NAKED.”

Astute observation, Queen of Obvious. The commoners are so lucky to have you.

“No. I’m not really worried about them finding it because I read it to them. I don’t want them to be embarrassed by seeing nude babies and pregnant women. Bodies are normal. Whatever.”

The playdate became less frequent after that.

You guys still with me? MORE HERE

Receiving Breastfeeding and Pumping Support Online and Over the Phone

In today’s busy world moms cannot always find time to meet with a lactation professional in-person when support is needed. These professionals can be far away, only have office hours at limited times and let’s be honest, when you have a newborn it can be near impossible to even get dressed let alone making it out of the house. But there is hope! Breastfeeding moms can receive support by reaching out by phone and speaking with a Consultant, nurse or a member of the breastfeeding community regarding breastfeeding or pumping concerns. Phone triage is a first step to resolving some breastfeeding issues. Mom’s face frustration caused by inconsistent information about breastfeeding and often, the unique personality of the baby is not taken into consideration. READ MORE

Mean Green Lactation Sipping Soup

by Carrie Saum

Ingredients:

One small handful of the following:

  • sliced, frozen carrots
  • frozen green beans
  • frozen peas
  • chopped zucchini (I use frozen for the sake of convenience, but fresh is also okay.)
  • spinach
  • 1 cup water or broth
  • 1-2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil or other fat
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3-4 leaves of basil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1.  In a small sauce pan, combine water or broth, and all the veggies except the spinach and basil. Cook on high until veggies are bright green and tender (about 7 minutes).
  2. Transfer cooked veggies and broth to blender.  Remove center circular piece on the blender lid.  (*This is VERY IMPORTANT.).  Cover the blender pitcher with the lid, and cover hole with a kitchen wash cloth to prevent splattering and burns from hot liquid.
  3. Blend on high, adding basil, olive oil, and apple cider vinegar as it blends.
  4. As soon as the soup is smooth and well blended, pour into your favorite mug and sip away!

This stays good for a day or two in the refrigerator.  You can also add other veggies like broccoli or swiss chard.  You can get creative.  But this is a great base with a ton of flavor, great vegetable based protein and fat, and gives your body the fuel you need to keep going.

Stay Healthy,
Carrie

*Blending hot liquid with a tight-fitting lid can cause heat and pressure to build up and blow the lid off the blender.  You have to leave a way for heat to escape safely, otherwise you risk burning yourself.  I fold up the kitchen cloth and hold it lightly but securely over the small opening in the lid when I start the blender.  I remove the cloth when the liquid stops splashing up the sides (usually within the first 5 seconds).  BE SAFE.

Boobs and Bottles Around the Web

Child Furniture Safety 1st Strap Install

EDITOR'S PICKS:

Jessica's latest home safety product picks for this month! 

1. Crane green drop cool mist humidifier (means no burn risk!) helps everyone breathe easier. 
http://crane-usa.com/products/drop/green-drop/

2. Mrs. Meyer's multi-surface everyday cleaner in basil: 
http://www.mrsmeyers.com/basil-multi-surface-everyday-cleaner/

3.Arm and Hammer baking soda- cheap and easily accessible scouring powder option is safe enough for baking, great for cleaning bath tubs and more. 
http://www.armandhammer.com/deodorization/baking-soda

4. Rhoost cord winder prevents accidental strangulation: 
http://www.rhoost.com/products/blind-cord-winder

5. Newton breathable crib mattress: 
http://www.newton.rest 
(video review here) https://www.facebook.com/TheLeakyBoob/videos/vb.103498619688114/898149070223061/?type=2&theater)

6. Smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors: 
http://www.firstalert.com/products/detectors

7. Safety Gates for stairs and other hazardous zones: 
http://int.safety1st.com/our-products/home-safety/safety-gates-and-barriers.aspx

8. Anti-Tip TV Strap: 
http://www.kidco.com/product/furniture/s143/

9. Non-toxic shampoo and body wash: 
http://www.californiababy.com/calming-shampoo-bodywash-17-5-oz.html

10. Furniture anchors (why should you anchor and how? See this informative post here.) http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=19349816&camp=PLAPPCG-_-PID15203197:BRUS&cagpspn=plab_15203197&eESource=CAPLA_DF:19349816:TRUS

#LeakyLooks: Milk-friendly Fashion For All Moms!

#LeakyLooks: Self-Care is Sexy

When we take care of ourselves. Take a time out. Hit the refresh button. It changes us for the better. Maybe not a lot. But it WILL make a difference. I can tell you this: taking care of myself makes me feel amazing. Sexy, even!

Whether that is painting our nails some crazy color, soaking our feet in the bathtub, rubbing some lotion on our hands and practicing deep breathing, yoga, screaming in a pillow, locking ourselves in the bedroom closet with our fairtrade chocolate….WHATEVER it is…do it. Running on fumes isn’t fair for anybody, especially you. It’s amazing what we can accomplish for ourselves and each other when we practice filling ourselves up. So go. have a bit of fun. Recharge and remember what you love. Life is too short and too amazing to run it on empty.

Remember: You are always enough. Want more inspiration? Check out more on these looks HERE

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Cuddle = Nurse; A #MyStoryMatters Leaky Share


When I was pregnant with my first child I knew that I wanted to breastfeed. My mom nursed my siblings and I until we were one and I wanted to do the same. Looking back I didn’t think we would be going as long as we are with no end in sight. Maggie, my very energetic, free spirited 21 month old is so amazing. I treasure our nursing sessions because it gives us a few minutes throughout the day to just sit and cuddle. Cuddle is the word she uses when she wants to nurse – how can anyone say no to that?!  READ MORE

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11 Ways To Keep Food Allergy Kids Safe

It’s back to school time.  I heard the internet’s collective cheer as parents and children started a new school year, and then the following week grumble as new clothes lost their shimmer and the reality of the next nine months starts to settle in like a fog.

With every new school year comes an increasing debate around food allergies.  Peanuts, tree nuts, soy, dairy, wheat, avocado, strawberries, eggs, fish, chicken, you name it, someone is allergic to it.  (Whatever we are doing as a society with and to our food, it’s beginning to emerge as allergies in our children. But that’s another post.)

My son, E, is one of those allergy kids.  In fact, his allergies are so severe, I cannot send him to group childcare or preschool.  I want him to have the socialization.  I think it’s incredibly important. But his list of allergens is so extensive, group settings with other small children just isn’t safe.

This Week On Our Stable Table  

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Chicago Court Judge Amazes Couple By Keeping It Real

19 years ago today, I took “the L” to meet my fiancée at the Cook County Marriage Court on Clark street in downtown Chicago. We went to the lower level of the old building and waited our turn to stand before a judge to officially become what we had already pledged in our hearts: to spend the rest of our lives together as a couple. As far as we were concerned, a marriage license was just a piece of paper. It was nothing compared to the reality and strength of our commitment to each other. We didn’t need it personally. But we realized that it was the way to make our commitment official for everyone, to legitimize our hearts’ union, and our physical union in the eyes of Christians, so we purchased the license, waited the appropriate number of days required, and now stood outside the door to the judge’s chambers. READ MORE

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