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Update on All Things Organic Melinda

To my dear followers, I have so much wonderful news.

L.I.V².E. has been met with a ton of wonderful reviews, which I will be posting on the site very soon!
Latino Heritage Month has been very eventful. I have been hosting or have been part of events every single week this month.

The Mami Loves You Blog Series is a hit. There are 5 days left of the series!! Sign up for the last five days and to be included in future segments of the Mami Loves You Blog series.

My second book will be released the week before Thanksgiving. It is entitled, “Pumpkin, Spice & Everything Nice: Local & Organic Recipes to Get You Off the Naughty List.” It will feature holiday recipes inspired by Autumn and Winter flavors.

I am putting my first course together entitled, Eat Like a Vegan. This course is for individuals who want to learn how vegans eat, those who have recently become vegans, and anyone curious about the vegan lifestyle. Registration will begin soon! The course will be a 6 week online course. Stay tuned for my information. is going to be moved soon. You just have to visit the same URL, though. The change will happen on the back-end.

However, I will be updating to, so it is imperative that YOU, my followers, sign up to my listserv in order to stay up to date an all that Organic Melinda has in store for you and to follow my blog.

Please make sure to CLICK HERE to stay up to date on Organic Melinda.

I have also started a rewards program for subscribers who get individuals to sign up for my Healthy Living Consultations.  If you refer a friend and they mention you to me, you will earn $5.00 for every referral.  No Purchase Necessary on your behalf. For more information, please email me at

Tomorrow, October 10 at 8:00 p.m. est, I will be part of a Tweet Party with Bloggers of Health.  Use the hashtag #BOHmh to join us.

Registration for the writing course I am TAing taught by Caits Meissner will be closing tomorrow at midnight. For more information and to register, click here! The course starts on October 14th!

Then, on October 15th at 9:00 p.m. est, the Tampa Bay Bloggers and I  will be closing off Latino Heritage Month with a Twitter Party.  Use the hashtag #healthyLatin to join us.

Well, that’s all for now.

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Day 7 – Capoeira Love

To My Sleeping Beauty,

It has been a long day, today, and one when I am super grateful for all that capoeira has brought into my life.

Capoeira gave me you, of course.

This morning, Mami did a presentation in Newark to inform the local community about Organic Melinda.

I had a total duh moment when I realized that most of the community in Ironbound Newark speaks only Spanish and Portuguese and all of my flyers were in English.

Note to self: Translate LIVE to Spanish.

I served green smoothies to anyone who would take them and explained my mission: to make healthy, non-gmo food available to everyone.

When that was done, I went home to take care of you. We washed clothes together and then headed to a roda with Grupo Senzala.

It was a great roda, and I got to play a lot. I thank you for your musical spirit and your patience to let mami have a fun day of capoeira.

We also went out to dinner at a Mexican restaurant.

As I watched people interact with you, I was so happy for you.

You get to live your whole life always knowing the strum of the berimbau, forever recognizing the beat of the atabaque and pandeiro. You will have access to axe all of the days of your life.

I hope that the capoeira community will be part of your long-term family for many years to come.

I wish for you the peace and joy that I feel with every cha-cha-ding-dong-dong.

Axe meu bebe,
Mami Loves You

About this Series:

In honor of Latino Heritage Month, I will write 30 letters for 30 days to my beautiful daughter. This series is entitled, Mami Loves You. In these letters, I will tell her about the world around her, and reflect on her development.

Each Tuesday and Thursday, I will honor a Latina woman that I believe is a great role model for my daughter to admire. Through these letters, I pay homage to my role as a mother, and I will teach my daughter about one of the cultures that has birthed her.

To Subscribe to the series Mami Loves You, follow the link: and fill out the form.

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The Causes of Emotional Eating and Tips to Stop

With commercials and advertisements constantly telling us to eat, eat, and eat some more, many of us feel hungry all of our waking hours. Yet, what often follows food advertisements is an onslaught of more advertisements about diet and weight loss.

We are constantly being told through media images that we must eat to enjoy life, to be cool, to hang out, BUT we must be fit, muscular, and thin while we do it.  These mixed messages often leave us in a state of confusion.  You add the fact that food is tied to so many of our identities and cultural memories, and eating can often become a blanket of comfort, a tool to deal with pain, and an escape from anxiety.

In this post, I will share information on the causes of emotional eating through my own experiences and those of Marriage and Family Therapist, Yaritza Zayas and Lori Brannen-Graham, a Personal Trainer and Holistic Nutritionist.

Defining Emotional Eating

Yartiza defines emotional eating as, “The use of food (any food) to cope with a feeling state that is overwhelming. This does include feelings that are categorized as “good” or “happy” (i.e. pride, excitement, etc) not limited to “negative” feelings (i.e. sad, upset, anger, etc).”

Lori states, “Emotional eating can be defined as using food to either comfort oneself in times of stress or ‘self-medicating’ through food.”

According to, “Eating to feed a feeling, and not a growling stomach, is emotional eating.”

Unpacking the Definition

In other words, we all experience emotional eating.

Emotional eating is not a problem that is only experienced by people who are characterized as over-weight. It is, also, not a problem that is only experienced by women.

Having a celebratory drink or slice of cake after running a marathon or getting a job promotion is a form of emotional eating; as is the stereotypical image of a girl downing a pint of ice-cream and a box of chocolate after a break-up.

Emotional eating can also be seen in fitness models and bodybuilders eating weekly “cheat meals” to deal with feelings of deprivation after a week of strict calorie-counting.

Many people eat when they are bored; this, too, is a form of emotional eating.

When Emotional Eating Becomes a Concern

Celebratory eating is, generally speaking, not a problem if it is not excessive.

The concern with emotional eating rises when it becomes a cycle that an individual cannot break him/herself out of or an individual feels like s/he has little to no control in stopping.

If you eat, and then experience feelings of guilt, anger, or frustration, it is a good idea to ask yourself why you just ate.  Were you hungry or did other emotions spark your desire to eat?

In our interview, Yaritza and I discussed food as an addiction.  Like any drug addiction, food can serve to mediate anxieties, fears, feelings of worthlessness, and can make you feel good.  It has been well-documented that sugar has addictive properties akin to cocaine.

Emotional eating can also be form of self-sabotage and an immediate outlet to cope with unwanted feelings. Survivors of physical and sexual abuse are known to resort to emotional eating as a way to make themselves what they perceive to be physically unattractive or as a way to cope with feelings of emptiness or pain.

So, if every time you are sad, anxious, or angry, you run to the refrigerator, you are probably an emotional eater.

 Causes of Emotional Eating

Emotional eating can start at a very young age, such as when children receive food as a reward for good behavior.  In my conversation with Yaritza, we discussed the prevalence of this behavior in the Latino community. While treats as rewards, in of themselves, are not a problem, they create a connection between good feelings and food, which can last a lifetime.

Here is a free-list of other factors that cause and/or contribute to emotional eating:

  • stress
  • anxiety
  • a break-up
  • anger
  • sadness
  • lack of impulse control
  • wanting comfort
  • inability of coping with and handling difficult emotional states
  • feelings of deprivation
  • eating below caloric requirements
  • boredom
  • psychological difficulties or mental illness
  • having an eating disorder

Each of these factors can work together to create an environment conducive of emotional eating.

Personal Stories

Lori shares her difficulties with emotional eating when she was a bodybuilder a few years ago.

 “I had developed ritualistic eating habits and patterns that consequently led to some health issues and the feelings associated with emotional eating. I would restrict myself all week knowing that I had a planned ‘cheat’ on the weekend. During the week it’s all I could think about….I dreamt of chocolate. It was always the same disappointment each time, though. I would spend the following day lethargic and cranky, promising myself to not binge until the following weekend. I led this lifestyle for so long it just became normal to me.”   

While Lori struggled with feelings of self-deprivation and extreme calorie-counting to maintain a competition-ready physique, Yartiza shared her emotional triggers.

“I have battled with overeating and my trigger was anger. I have a quick temper and to avoid getting violent or to calm the anger feelings I’d overindulge to get so stuffed that I couldn’t move and essentially  become helpless and a non-threat.”

I have also struggled with emotional eating as a way to mediate anxiety, stress, and even as a way to stake claim over my body.  Perhaps, the last part was more triggered by anger.  In a previous post, I shared my struggles with having a positive view of my body.  I discussed some of the difficulties that arose from constant name calling, and my mother policing everything that I ate.  At times, I would eat just to defy her.

Anxious and stress-related eating began when I was in college. I had to work multiple part-time jobs while going to college full-time and maintaining a high GPA.  During mid-terms and final exams, I would sit down with a giant bag of chips, a large container of salsa, and a jug of purple soda.  All of the junk food would provide me with a sugar rush that would keep me awake long enough to study and finish papers. However, I would feel the damaging effects of eating so much and so unhealthy for days after these events, especially when I would binge eat to stay awake for 3-4 days straight.  

Dangers of Emotional Eating

Emotional eating, for many, is a coping mechanism to deal with difficult times, but it can actually cause further difficulties.

Certified Personal Trainer & Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Lori explains, “There are many dangers associated with emotional eating, including (but not limited to) many psychological troubles such as self-loathing, guilt, frustration, disappointment, shame, and/or feelings of failure. These feelings can perpetuate stress and keep the cycle on-going. Emotional eating can be habit forming and long term can cause metabolic damage. It can also lead to yo-yo dieting (to compensate for an emotional food binge) and lead to major body weight fluctuations. “

Family Therapist, Yaritza asserts that emotional eating can lead to “lifestyle diseases like obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc. [and it can be] linked to other addictive behaviors (not limited to high risk behaviors like drug use, for example).”

Another danger of emotional eating is that individuals might not learn other ways to cope with difficult emotions or times.  It is important to have healthy ways of coping with life’s difficulties and celebrating good times without turning to food.

Tips on How to Stop

Now, that we have an understanding of the factors that lead to emotional eating and the potential dangers, here are 8 tips shared by Lori, Yaritza, and I on how to overcome emotional eating.

1. Practice Mindful Eating

“Use hunger as your guide and eat until you are comfortably full. Practicing mindful eating can bring your focus and awareness to the food directly in front of you. If mindful eating becomes a habit it will become harder to revert back to emotional eating,” advises Lori.

2. Stay Hydrated

In our phone interview, Yaritza explained to me that our body signals are the same for thirst and hunger. Many times people confuse the two sensations.  If you have eaten in the past hour or so, and, all of the sudden, you are very hungry, drink some water.  If it satiates your desire to eat, then you were thirsty, not hungry.  Staying hydrated also helps you to feel fuller longer.  Most people require their weigh divided by 2 in ounces of water per day.  For example, I weight 129 lbs, so I would need at least 65 oz of water a day.

3. Recognize  Your Triggers

It is important to figure out what triggers your desire to eat or over-eat when you are not hungry.  Once you figure out what is causing you to eat when you are not hungry, then you can begin to stop.

Lori states, “When you are in a moment of wanting to soothe yourself with food, find something else to do. Replace that habit with something new.”

4. Keep a Journal

It is good to keep a journal of your feelings and a log of your food.  By keeping track of your feelings, you can begin to identify the emotions that trigger binging, explained Yaritza.  Keeping a food log makes you accountable to what you are putting into your body.  Keeping a journal has helped me a lot in my own battle against emotional eating.

5. Exercise

Yaritza and Lori are very physically active women.  They exercise almost every day and both commented on the importance of exercise as a tool to cope with stress, anxiety, and other emotions that lead to emotional eating.  Exercise, also, releases feel good hormones into your bloodstream, which can curb negative emotions which may trigger food cravings.

6. Eat Enough

It might seem ironic to suggest that you eat more food when you are struggling with emotional eating, but I found that feelings of deprivation are a major factor in emotional eating.  Make sure to eat high quality, healthy food, and keep healthy snacks around you.  If you are not eating enough to sustain your body and activity level, you will definitely feel unwell, physically, mentally, and emotionally.

7. Switch Out Sweet Treats for Healthier Ones

When I find myself wanting to eat because I feel stressed or anxious, it is hard for me to find junk food in my household.  I really avoid it like the plague, because I know that the momentary feeling of goodness and satisfaction will soon give way to my stomach hurting and feelings of regrets and anger towards myself.

So, instead of feeding my emotions cupcakes and cookies, all I can find in my refrigerator are carrots, hummus, and fruits and vegetables. While this does not directly solve the problem of emotional eating, it serves as a baby-step in the process.

8. Seek Professional Help

It is always a good idea to speak to a therapist or psychologist when you are an emotional eater.  Therapy can provide you with a tool-kit in order to better manage your triggers.


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Farm to People: Buying Locally Grown Food – Review of Nourishing Newark Farmers’ Market

Many of the supermarkets in Newark do not have a large supply of fresh fruits and veggies. Instead, most of the supermarkets are full of processed and packaged foods. Access to healthy and affordable fresh fruits and vegetables is one of my main concerns when it comes to food justice, and programs like Nourishing Newark Farmers’ Market exist to address this concern.


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While walking to Question Mart a few weeks ago, I noticed what appeared to be a festival in Washington Park (across the street from the Main Public Library in Washington Street, Newark, NJ). It was not a festival at all; it was the Nourishing Newark Farmers’ Market. I felt like I hit a gold mine. I really, really love fresh foods, and it does not get much fresher than a Farmers’ Market when you don’t own your own garden.

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I walked into the park seduced by the live Jazz music, and immediately noticed the large crates of romaine lettuce, garlic, potatoes, watermelon, corn, peppers, herbs, tomatoes, zucchinis, and various greens (See Figures 1-4). The farmers’ market had all of the fresh veggies that Question Mart was lacking on my visit there. I, immediately, noticed a white sign that read “No GMOs” (See Figure 5) on the Matarazzo Farms stand. Before purchasing food, I walked around and spoke to the various stand employees, but most of the employees did not have opinions on GM foods. When I asked an employee of one stand where he sourced his seeds, he said, “I don’t know. The regular way?” Unconvinced by this response, I went back to the Matarazzo Farms stand.

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The employees at the Matarazzo Farms stand had a lot to say about GMO foods, the politics of USDA Organic labeling, and the need for people to buy locally grown food. I was told that Matarazzo Farms has been run by the same family for almost 100 years. The current head farmer is Jim Matarazzo, who I met on a subsequent trip to the Nourishing Newark Farmers’ Market. Jim is very knowledgeable on the food industry and the infiltration of GM foods into supermarkets. He was very patient with my many questions and provided me with a list of organizations that I should research in order to have a deeper understanding of USDA Organic labeling, which I was informed is very expensive in New Jersey. Many New Jersey farmers grow foods in a way that would be considered organic, but they cannot afford the certification of USDA Organic labeling. In other words, many farms in New Jersey are GMO-free and pesticide-free even though their foods are NOT labeled USDA Organic.

Not only were the employees of Matarazzo Farms well informed on the issues that interest Organic Melinda and my readers, their prices were significantly cheaper than what I have been paying at Whole Foods Market, Pathmark, and Trader Joe’s. It appears that one of the main reasons organic food is more expensive than non-labeled food is to cover the costs associated with Organic Certification. On a Wednesday trip to the Nourishing Newark Farmers’ Market, I spent only $10.00 on a nice amount of produce (See Figure 6). On a Thursday trip, I bought some fresh fruits and vegetables for only $18.50 (See Figure 7). I have paid upwards of $50.00 for the same amount of produce. I am, now, exclusively, buying produce in the Nourishing Newark Farmers’ Market until it ends for the season. The market is inspiring quite a few of the recipes for my upcoming cookbook.

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The Nourishing Newark Farmers’ Market is available in Newark three times a week. I attend on Wednesdays or Thursdays before 3:00 p.m EST. The Wednesday market is located at Washington Park across the street from the Newark Main Public Library. On Thursdays, the market is located on the corner of Raymond Blvd and Broad Street in the PSEG Plaza.

On my visits, I find that the Wednesday market is smaller than the Thursday market. On Wednesday, I only saw 2 farm stands, a smoothie stand, a honey stand, and a snack stand. On Thursday there were three farm stands and various stands of cooked food and desserts. Both days feature live music.

I am very happy to report that Nourishing Newark Farmers’ Market is available to Newark residents. They accept SNAP/Food Stamp benefits, WIC benefits, and, of course, cash, debit and credit. The Farmers’ Market most definitely received the Organic Melinda stamp of approval!

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Providing Breast Milk Against the Odds – Iris’ Story

In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, which was August 1-7, 2013, I want to share Iris’ breastfeeding journey, because, in spite of many challenges, she has been dedicated to ensuring that her daughter, Baby Z, is provided the best nutrition.

Baby Z was born 10 weeks premature, and had to stay in a neonatal intensive care unit for 37 days.  I remember Iris’ stress the day she went into labor as she worried that her milk supply would not come in.


Baby Z in the NICU

Iris knew that she wanted to breastfeed her baby long before she discovered that she was pregnant.  She was breastfed as a child, and her maternal and paternal aunts also breastfed their children.  She recalls, I grew up watching my little cousins being comforted and fed in my aunts’ laps, both in the home and out at public functions.”

With the unexpected early birth of Baby Z, Iris had to now figure out how to feed her baby.  Due to Baby Z’s delicate medical condition, she would most benefit from receiving colostrum, which is the first milk a mother makes and provides antibodies to protect the baby from diseases. Because newborn babies have immature digestive systems, mother’s milk is best for them, as many children face difficulties digesting cows’ milk.  When a child is born prematurely, their digestive system is further compromised, and the need for mother’s milk is heightened.  For this reason, I quickly volunteered to donate milk if Iris’ supply did not come in.  However, since my daughter was well over a year old at the time, I no longer produced colostrum.  Luckily, Iris’ colostrum came in just in time to feed Baby Z.

Because Baby Z “had great difficulty latching, I continued to pump rather than feed from the breast directly,” remembers Iris. Like Iris, some women experience difficulties with newborns latching on for various reasons.  In Baby Z’s case her mouth was too small.  A lactation consultant can usually help with non-medical latch difficulties.  Iris was able to help Baby Z latch twice by applying a nipple shield, but she has to pump breast milk in order to feed Baby Z.

“Not being able to feed a child directly is a huge blow to a mother. It’s not something you expect when dreaming of having a baby. Exclusively pumping is extremely tiresome as you have to wake up every 3 hours to feed your child and sit up pumping for another 45 minutes to make enough for the next feeding.”

Iris has experienced many challenges to providing her daughter breast milk. She has to pump milk multiple times a day and laments, “While breastfeeding in public is becoming more widespread and accepted, I still have to take my plastic funnels and machine to a nearby bathroom or closet.

Recently, after exclusively pumping for two months, Iris experienced a drop in her milk supply. She tried to supplement with baby formula, but Baby Z was unable to properly digest it. Thus, Iris opted to join the growing number of women who are using donor milk.

“My milk supply began to dwindle around the time my daughter was going through a growth spurt. Unable to keep up with her appetite, I chose to supplement her feedings with formula. After a few days I noticed that she was extremely irritable, gassy, and miserable. With a google search, I discovered quite a few groups online where mothers could find breast milk donors. I loved the idea of relying strictly on breast milk, so this immediately became my number one option. Soon after posting a short description of my situation and location, I was bombarded with messages from women who wanted to help.

“The love was overwhelming. I did not have any fears because it is my belief that it takes an incredibly selfless and wonderful human being to offer their milk to a stranger. So far, I have used donor milk from two mothers and a co-worker has offered hers after I run out of my current stash. My daughter does not seem to notice the difference between my milk and the donors and I am glad she is back to her usual cheery self.”

With the security of having donor milk during supply drops and being able to provide Baby Z with her own milk, Iris is free to enjoy the “the best cleavage I have ever had!” (Her words, not mine!)


Iris and a flourishing Baby Z

Baby Z is thriving and has more than doubled her weight since birth.  She is an active little girl who enjoys cuddling with her Mom and sleeping on her Daddy’s chest.

I share Iris’ story to let women know that there can be many barriers to breastfeeding your baby, but there are also many solutions.  For mothers who want to feed their babies human milk and cannot do so, there is the option of receiving milk donations as well as having a wet nurse.

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On Breastfeeding a Newborn turned Toddler

I know women who have fantasized about breastfeeding since they reached puberty, and I know others who don’t want a baby anywhere near their breasts.  I, on the other hand, never thought about breastfeeding until I discovered that I was pregnant in August of 2011. Being the researcher that I am, as I own a research and editing company (, I began to do just that – research.  I read about the benefits of breastfeeding and joining Facebook groups, such as The Leaky B@@b.   I learned about some of the dangers of breastfeeding with an inadequate diet, and, in many ways, the journey from non-pregnant to soon-to-be lactating momma is what really led to what is now Organic Melinda.

Benefits of Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding has tons of benefits for both mom and baby.  First of all, it is FREE, and when you’re living on a budget, what could possibly beat free? Second, it is perfectly design for YOUR baby.  Third, it requires no preparation.  Feeding is as easy as lifting up your shirt and propping your little one on your breast.

Of course, breastfeeding experiences vary from woman to woman, but I have had the ideal breastfeeding experience. My milk supply has always been ample, my daughter latched on as soon as I gave birth, and at 16 months old, she is still a big fan of the tittie.

Here are a four breastfeeding benefits from the Natural Resources Defense Council:

  1. “Breast-fed children are more resistant to disease and infection early in life than formula-fed children.
  2. “Significant evidence suggests that breast-fed children develop fewer psychological, behavioral and learning problems as they grow older. Studies also indicate that cognitive development is increased among children whose mothers choose to breastfeed.
  3. “Breastfeeding helps a woman to lose weight after birth. Mothers burn many calories during lactation as their bodies produce milk. In fact, some of the weight gained during pregnancy serves as an energy source for lactation.
  4. “Women who breastfeed avoid the financial burden of buying infant formula, an average expense of $800 per year.”

My Breastfeeding Experience

I requested that my daughter be placed directly on my chest the moment she was birthed, and thanks to an excellent team of midwives that was made possible.  I, immediately, presented my breasts to my daughter when she was placed on top of me. She fed from the right breast first and then the left one.  She still, somehow, prefers the right breast over the left 16 months later.  I read that immediate skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding as soon as possible after birth are vital to a great breastfeeding experience.  Not women are able to do this because they have C-Sections or other medical problems, which prevent breastfeeding immediately or at all, but if you are able to breastfeed and willing, I believe this small step went a long way in my journey to successful and long-term breastfeeding.

The first three weeks of breastfeeding were definitely the hardest.  When the milk came in my breast were super-engorged. I was sure that my body thought I had birthed triplets.  My tiny baby of 5 pounds and 9 oz was not able to empty them out, so I would pump at night or take hot showers and manually express the milk.  I won’t pretend that there weren’t many sleepless nights those first weeks because there were more than I want to remember.  However, I was determined to have a positive breastfeeding experience in spite of people constantly suggesting that my milk supply would be inadequate.  It wasn’t, thankfully.

I breastfed my daughter exclusively and on demand the first four months of her life.  At four months, she began to sprout teeth and I introduced a mashed up fruit here and there.  It wasn’t very frequent, because the recommendations were to exclusively breastfeed until 6 months old.  However, at four months, she began to show some interest in my food and trying to grab it. I began with an occasional banana or avocado once a week or so.  At 6 months, I started introducing solids about 3 times a week and slowly began to increase her food intake.  I was still breastfeeding on demand but would give the solids first.  I allowed my daughter to lead the process and would often just let grab food out of my plate.  She only ate fruits, vegetables, and nuts for the first year of her life.  After the first year, I introduced eggs and tried other meat products. Even though I am a vegan, her father is not, and we decided to raise her omnivore.  She has never really taken to many meat products and really loved vegetables at first.  But these, days, she is in a crunchy phase, which provides new challenges for me to be more creative in the kitchen with food preparations.  At 16 months, she is mostly vegan with occasional meat since I am the one doing all of the cooking in the household.

My daughter is still a big fan of the tittie milk.  She feeds anywhere between 6 to 8 times in a 24 hour period.  When she’s sick, she breastfeeds more and almost exclusively. She has never been ill for more than 3 days, and had one fever since she was born.  She has yet to experience any major illness, and I pray that she never does.  I should perhaps mention that my daughter is not vaccinated, which is a private decision her father and I made.  As I have explained, I try to live life as naturally as possible, and at this point, we do not want to vaccinate our incredibly healthy daughter.

Myths about Breastfeeding

Some of the most prevalent myths I heard about breastfeeding came from people who had never actually breastfed or known anyone to breastfeed long-term.  Here are three of the myths I heard most often while pregnant that caused fear and confusion in my heart.

  1. You will not make enough breast milk.
  2. You need to use formula for your baby to be full.
  3. Breastfeeding hurts.

Myth 1 – FALSE

While some women will experience ebbs and flows in milk supply, this is usually a natural part of the breastfeeding process.  When your baby is experiencing growth spurts, you will make more milk to meet her demands.  When your baby remains at a steady size for a while, your milk supply will regulate.  Many women confuse this for a drop in milk supply and turn to formula.  In most cases, formula is not necessary.

As I have stated above, there are exceptions.  Some women do experience drops in milk supply which can be caused by many factors, including stress and diets.  When this happens, it is not necessary to turn to formula, immediately.  First, you can try Mother’s Milk tea. I took it about 5 times a day when I was having surgery and needed to store milk for my daughter.  In about 4 days, I was making more milk than I could pump.

If you milk supply does drop or diminish and you cannot build it up, you can get donor milk from a few sources likes Eats on Feets and Human Milk for Human Babies. Please read their protocols for accepting donor milk to ensure a safe and viable product for your baby.

Myth 2 – FALSE

Breast milk was intended for human babies while the formula industry is about 150 years old.  Believing that a child needs formula to be satisfied is denying the evolution of nature.  Prior to the development of Nestle’s first formula, human babies consumed human milk.  The development of formula was intended to be used by mothers who could not breastfeed. It was not meant to be a complete alternative to breastfeeding.  Formula use became as prevalent as it is, today, to mass marketing campaigns which convinced generations of women that breast milk was inadequate.

Myth 3 – FALSE

Breastfeeding has never hurt me.  Sure, you might get the occasional bite, but you can get your kid out of that habit pretty quickly by simply saying “No” and putting the boobie away.  If you do get any sort of chafing, bruising, tenderness, or cuts from breastfeeding, just express some milk from your breast and rub it on your nipple and areola.  That cured any ailments I had.

What if I don’t want to Breastfeed?

Clearly, breastfeeding is your choice. If you feel uncomfortable breastfeeding your child, no one should force you to do so. However, I would strongly advise that, at minimum, you breastfeed for the first 6 months and, most definitely, for the first week of life to give your child the benefit of colostrum.

If you have any questions about breastfeeding, email me at and I would be happy to answer them for you!