Archive for July, 2017

CHOCOLATE, CAFFEINE & BREASTFEEDING

Posted on July 28, 2017. Filed under: Breastfeeding multiplies, raising multiples, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

A recent series of posts highlighted the fine line between fact and fiction when it comes to breastfeeding. A mother-in-law’s counsel to her daughter-in-law, a new breastfeeding mother, to avoid chocolate and caffeine for its negative effect on baby, led to Internet uproar.  Indeed, mother-in-law was pilloried as a “liar.”

Whatever happened to perspective?

The culprit, if there is one, are similar, naturally occurring substances in coffee and chocolate that have stimulant effects. The cacao tree, Theobroma, contains theobromine while caffeine comes from the bean of the coffee tree. Both are stimulants and can cause irritability, wakefulness and jumpiness in people sensitive to the substances or who consume too much.

The blood – breast milk barrier is thankfully very efficient and for most breastfeeding mothers indulging in some chocolate or coffee causes no issue. Of course, moderation is important. Eat a pound of chocolate or drink eight cups of coffee in a row and baby might be as revved up as mom and, for sure, won’t sleep too well! No need, however, to abstain.

Knowledge is passed down from one generation to the next but that knowledge also needs to be updated. Breastfeeding mothers can take comfort in the effectiveness of the barrier between their body and what passes to the baby through the milk. This is not license, however, to abuse it.

So, enjoy that cup of coffee and no need to pass up the Godiva dark chocolate that goes so well with it!

 

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FLYING WITH INFANT MULTIPLES

Posted on July 27, 2017. Filed under: Flying with Multiples, Quadruplets, Triplets, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , |

If you are thinking of travelling with your babies, be sure and find out from each airline you are using if you need an adult PER child.  For Air Canada, parents with children under two years of age, parents need to have ONE ADULT PER CHILD FOR EACH FLIGHT TAKEN.  If you have twins and a toddler, triplets or quads, you will also need one adult per child.  When making your flight arrangements, make sure the booking agent hears you correctly, as in say it several times, “We will be travelling with triplet babies.”  As parents we can do the right thing and state our situation, but the receiver is “not of our world” and may only hear “baby.”  You want to make sure that you are not turned away at the boarding gate.  This happened to one of our local families flying Ottawa to Vancouver for Christmas Holidays and they did not make the flight as they were down one adult.

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Canadian Blog for Parents with Multiples

Posted on July 23, 2017. Filed under: raising multiples, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , |

I have come across a very helpful Site/Blog for parents with multiples which can be reached at http://www.lifewithmultiples.com   Written by Chris and Kathleen, parents of spontaneous triplets (surprise!), they address many of the questions any parents expecting twins or more might have.  Give them a look see.  I think you will be pleased.

Oh, and it is a Canadian Site.

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