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Forum: Preteens and Teens   04-15-2014, 06:57 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 14,292
Posted By CheriK
Perfect thread! Would you believe this is...

Perfect thread! Would you believe this is exactly why I'm here today? DD (12) started her first period yesterday. I'd given her a basket of products about a year ago - cloth pads, a small menstrual...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   04-15-2014, 06:31 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,149
Posted By CheriK
Also think child personality will heavily...

Also think child personality will heavily influence the answers you receive. My "youngest" schoolage child is a twin, and my responses for my DS vs DD would be totally different. One is a super...
Forum: Allergies   07-17-2013, 05:51 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 884
Posted By CheriK
Hi Folks,   Thanks for all the comments &...

Hi Folks,
 
Thanks for all the comments & sharing your experiences. 
 
I was tested for celiac several years ago (all negative/normal), have looked into genetic testing but the cost is...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   04-27-2013, 08:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,839
Posted By CheriK
Where do you folks find decent bras for an 11-12...

Where do you folks find decent bras for an 11-12 year old?  I don't like or wear bras (a camisole or tank w/ shelf bra is as close as I get), but DD feels more comfortable w/ her new body...
Forum: The Mindful Home   04-18-2013, 05:42 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 2,497
Posted By CheriK
And. . . shared :-)

And. . . shared :-)
Forum: The Mindful Home   04-18-2013, 05:28 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 2,497
Posted By CheriK
So many "green" changes!  We recycle (started in...

So many "green" changes!  We recycle (started in childhood, but not until I was a teen), buy in bulk or returnable containers, use cloth grocery bags & napkins (also cloth diapered when anyone was...
Forum: Lactivism   02-03-2013, 07:13 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,260
Posted By CheriK
I voted for 6 months, because most babies are...

I voted for 6 months, because most babies are ready *around* that time, but I think you need a "When BABY thinks the time is right" choice.  The best time to start solids is when your LO shows signs...
Forum: Breastfeeding   02-03-2013, 07:04 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 6,525
Posted By CheriK
I think the concern w/ ACV is the possibity of...

I think the concern w/ ACV is the possibity of toxin release from your body (often used in detox protocols).  There's mixed opinions
about detox while breastfeeding.  One school of thought is that...
Forum: Breastfeeding   02-03-2013, 06:56 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 212
Posted By CheriK
La Leche League or other super-supportive...

La Leche League or other super-supportive breastfeeding moms for community.  Find a good IBCLC NOW & maybe even schedule a consult while you're pregnant to discuss your last experience & develop a...
Forum: Breastfeeding   02-03-2013, 06:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 155
Posted By CheriK
I would guess that many moms, especially with...

I would guess that many moms, especially with older babies, would be happy to do the "sniff" test, or even taste it themselves to make sure it seem okay.  It is probably just fine - DH still pulls...
Forum: Breastfeeding   02-03-2013, 06:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 239
Posted By CheriK
Many women only feel their first letdown of a...

Many women only feel their first letdown of a nursing session (and some don't even feel that!), so it's totally possible that he does okay w the first letdown, and struggles later on when he's less...
Forum: Natural Body Care   12-30-2012, 12:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,173
Posted By CheriK
Hi Ladies,   I've used mama cloth for years...

Hi Ladies,
 
I've used mama cloth for years (cloth at night and for light flow/spotting, Diva cup during the day) and love my cloth pads.  However, my last batch, which are probably about 10 years...
Forum: Dental   11-04-2012, 12:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 436
Posted By CheriK
Unfortuntately, I haven't found anything that...

Unfortuntately, I haven't found anything that works as well for kids as the disposable.  All 3 of my kids (also DS & myself) have super-tight spaces.  I have a couple of spaces that the dental...
Forum: Babywearing   10-10-2012, 09:33 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,161
Posted By CheriK
No question about it, for me it's a good ring...

No question about it, for me it's a good ring sling. I wore out my Maya with my twins and am now on my second sling for DD2 (our Zolowear disintegrated & we are now using a Rockin' Baby) . I haven't...
Forum: Allergies   09-26-2012, 12:51 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 884
Posted By CheriK
Thanks.  I was tested for Celiac about 1 1/2...

Thanks.  I was tested for Celiac about 1 1/2 years ago.  IgA total levels were in the middle of the normal range, tTG Ab (IgA) & gliadin Ab (also IgA) both negative.  IgG wasn't tested. 
 
So...
Forum: Allergies   09-26-2012, 12:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 353
Posted By CheriK
From "Breastfeeding Answers Made Simple," Nancy...

From "Breastfeeding Answers Made Simple," Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, 2010:
 
re. research on bloody stools in breastfed babies, "They (the researchers) suggested probiotics as an intervention to...
Forum: Allergies   09-26-2012, 12:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 884
Posted By CheriK
I wouldn't doubt this has been posted before &...

I wouldn't doubt this has been posted before & apologize for my lack of ability to search through all the previous threads.  Hoping I can get some links to resources, either threads on Mothering,...
Forum: Breastfeeding   09-10-2012, 11:47 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 6,461
Posted By CheriK
I heard the must toughen your nipples advice,...

I heard the must toughen your nipples advice, too, when pregnant 11 years ago.  Also heard lots of "you can't breastfeed twins."
 
The ones that make me most upset are the completely inaccurate...
Forum: Breastfeeding   09-10-2012, 11:25 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 595
Posted By CheriK
Hope you've gotten some help for your painful...

Hope you've gotten some help for your painful tooth by now!  Dental xrays (ANY xrays, unless radioiodine is used for contrast) are safe while breastfeeding.  There's nothing that can be passed...
Forum: Breastfeeding Beyond Infancy   09-08-2012, 11:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 462
Posted By CheriK
Oh, goodness, Mama, it does get better.  2-year...

Oh, goodness, Mama, it does get better.  2-year olds are just intense in general.  I remember the competitive nursing.  It would drive me crazy.  At at 2, mine were still nursing every 2 hours...
Forum: Breastfeeding Challenges   09-08-2012, 10:33 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 192
Posted By CheriK
Check out Karen Gromada's website with LOTS of...

Check out Karen Gromada's website with LOTS of photos of twin nursing positions: http://www.karengromada.com/lying-down/.  My babies and I are in some of the various photos on the site (I won't say...
Forum: Breastfeeding   09-08-2012, 10:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,199
Posted By CheriK
With my twins, I never pumped enough to really...

With my twins, I never pumped enough to really worry about freezing. They typically drank what I pumped one day at work on my next work-day. I don't think I pumped 500 oz total over 2 years of...
Forum: I'm Pregnant   02-21-2012, 12:23 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,840
Posted By CheriK
With all 3 pregnancies (twins, miscarriage at 5...

With all 3 pregnancies (twins, miscarriage at 5 weeks, singleton), I had significant breast tenderness at about 1 week post-ovulation.  My first pregnancy, I was certain I was pregant even though I...
Forum: Breastfeeding Challenges   11-17-2011, 06:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 426
Posted By CheriK
Oh, goodness, I remember those early days.  My...

Oh, goodness, I remember those early days.  My twins are turning 10 at the end of the month - you do survive!  We also had to supplement at first and it was so incredibly hard.  But we were able to...
Forum: Breastfeeding Beyond Infancy   11-17-2011, 11:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,529
Posted By CheriK
Are you pumping 30 min straight?  You might have...

Are you pumping 30 min straight?  You might have better luck pumping for 2-3 shorter sessions, and it might be less stressful.  Also, are you switching back/forth frequently while pumping?  That can...
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