Tandem Breastfeeding on Television Means…

tandem breastfeeding on television

Tandem Breastfeeding on Television: Phil & Lil breastfeeding on the show “Rugrats”

Today my daughter was watching an old episode of The Rugrats, and I noticed that Phil & Lil, as they reminisced about their first laugh together, brought the scene up of them breastfeeding together. I was surprised & happy to see such a normal representation of breastfeeding on television (granted this aired, what, 10? 15 years ago originally?) I suppose times have changed, but not too much. Still, Tommy’s mom (the ‘normal’ mom) bottle-fed while Phil & Lil’s mom Betty (the ‘radical feminist’ who’s token outfit sports the female symbol on her chest) is the one breastfeeding. But you know what? I’ll take it. =) I love that my daughter can watch mainstream television & feel normal because she too was breastfed just like them.

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Cooking Together

So I’m adventuring into cooking again. It seems that creating is the key… whether cooking, writing, or making cosmetics; I’m happiest when I’m creative. And tonight I got to do that with my daughter, how cool is that? Tonight we made lasagna (which, while it sounds simple, this working mom hasn’t made lasagna in about a year). Although a few years ago, when she was a baby the lasagna had homemade sauce as well, I’m cooking with baby steps; after all, I am still working two jobs & being the full time single mommy. So, excuses aside– it’s time to cook! Here’s the recipe I improvised tonight:

“Lasagna With Hidden Veggies”

Ingredients:

3 cups fresh organic baby spinach (trying using the ‘baby’ variety because it’s less bitter & organic because spinach is a high pesticide product when bought conventionally & fresh because it contains the highest quantity of vitamins & nutrients)

1 lb part skim ricotta cheese (part skim because mama’s gaining weight, haha)

8 oz shredded mozzarella cheese (reserve a little for topping the lasagna)

1 jar tomato marinara sauce

1 egg

1 box lasagna noodles

1/4 cup parmesan cheese

(Protein option for us carnivores: 1 lb beef or turkey. Vegetarian: 1 block of tofu)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. For us meat eaters, brown the meat in a skillet on the stove; drain grease into empty jar to discard safely (did you know that kitchen grease down your drain clogs your drain & puts dangerous oil particles into our water system?) & set aside.

3. Blend spinach with tomato sauce.

4. Mix cooked meat into the tomato/spinach sauce.

5. In a separate bowl, mix together: 1 egg, parmesan cheese, ricotta cheese, & shredded mozzarella. (If you’re using the tofu meatless option, mix the tofu into this mixture for color coordination.)

6. Layer lasagna: First put lasagna noodles in bottom of pan. Then put the cheese mixture on top. Then put the sauce mixture on top of that. Then the noodles again, etc until the pan is filled. Ideally the last layer is sauce & sprinkle with remaining shredded mozzarella)

7. Place in preheated oven for 45 minutes. Let stand 5-10 minutes before cutting into & serving. Enjoy!!

Let me know how it turned out! Were your kids or hubbie surprised or oblivious to the veggies? (that’s what I was after!) 

For me, breastfeeding was the perfect moment of love, comfort & accomplishment. No, it wasn’t always easy, but if we’re talking honestly it was easier than most other things I’ve done inmy life because I had my ‘mommy instincts’ to fall back on, biology, my infant who knew what to do & told me when I didn’t, & all the other moms who reached out & helped me & supported me (because that’s what we do).

The Science of Mom

Since becoming a mom, and especially since starting this blog, I have paid particular attention to new breastfeeding research. After all, my training is in nutrition, and breast milk is one of the most interesting foods around. Plus, I’m currently lactating and still breastfeeding my daughter a few times per day, so it’s on my mind.

When I look back at the papers that I have covered and those that I find on other blogs and media outlets, I notice that many focus on how breastfeeding improves outcomes in babies.

But I also notice that when I blog about breastfeeding research, I have to spend a big chunk of the piece talking about the limitations of the study. Breastfeeding research – at least when conducted in humans – will always have big limitations that require disclaiming and explaining. The problem is that it is impossible to randomize breastfeeding trials or…

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Tips to Save Time, Money & Mother Earth From Your Kitchen

  • Grow your own food. Gardening is suprisingly easy, especially if you start from plants instead of seeds but of course buying seeds is much more cost-effective. For example, one organic zucchini plant cost me $4 but one package of about 50 heritage, organic, Zucchini seeds from a small supplier cost me only $2. Gardening is a fun activity to do with kids too. When my daughter was an infant I wore her in a front sling when I was in the garden, & when she started wanting to help more I gave her a little plastic shovel & she mixed the soil up beside me.
  • Not only can you make your own food but for those with little ones… make delicious fresh organic baby food for pennies. Pureeing baby food & packaging it in freezer trays for later is also a fun activity to do with bigger children.
  • If you can’t or prefer not to harvest your own do your gest to buy local & in season. You will save money, support your local farms & economy, & neighbors. You will also save on the emissionsthat the trucks give off bringing their lot from california or mexico to your super market.
  • When you need fresh produce & local is not available, buy organic! Organic is not only better for your health but better for the environment, saving the soil, the water supply, & the wildlife, just to name a few 😉
  • Make large batches of food with fresh ingredients or fully cooked dinners & freeze excess in BPA free freezer trays.
  • Note, if you freeze baby food & you find your baby doesn’t like that particular vegetable, don’t worry, adding those pureed veggies to tomatoe sauce, melted cheesees, & mashed potatoes works great for adding whole foods & vitamins to meals in a sneaky way.

Great blog post. In my opinion, there’s always a scientist, always a person, who will have a different opinion. So while most are talking about the benefits of organic foods, one has totalk about the negatives, I suppose that’s just human nature to 1- be different 2- be righteous 3- make a profit i.e. who funded these scientists? Was it kraft foods? Was it a fast food corportation?

Anthony Gucciardi
Infowars.com

Do you eat real, organic food? If you do, you must be a jerk, according to a new ridiculous ‘scientific study’ that most likely has financial ties to factory farm corporations and junkfood makers across the planet. Instead of discussing the wide variety of health benefits of eating real food — the kind made without harmful pesticides that actually make you stupidthe researchers use participants to show how ‘eating organic can make you a jerk’. Now spanning the mainstream media headlines, the ‘scientists’ use the fact that those who eat organic are ‘stingier with their volunteering’ time as one of the reasons as to why it could ‘make you a jerk’.

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