Posted by: daydremanwill | December 7, 2010


So I found this online the other day and could not believe it. I thought I would share with all of you. There are challenges everywhere!

By Stacey Armato | American Citizen

I am the brunette in black getting my items ready for screening (you will see me about 45 seconds into the video). I travel every week and bring home breast milk with me through Phoenix Sky Harbor.

TSA rules allow for alternate screening (no x-ray) for breast milk and I almost never had a problem…until the week before this screening. I was held for 30 minutes that week while the TSA manager called to find out the rules. I was told to “pump and dump,” and asked why the milk wasn’t clear, also asked where my baby was and if it was really milk (uh traveling, working mom pumping doesn’t usually have the baby with her).

After begging him to figure it out, they finally let me through. I called and complained to TSA and was instructed to travel with the TSA breast milk rules printed out and present them whenever there is a problem.

As my items come through security this time, I notice immediately that I was dealing with the same people from the week before. The woman tells me right away that my milk might have to go through the x-ray, and then I tell her I printed the rules. I go to grab the rules on top of my bag and she freaks out and pushes my arm away. Another guy comes over and calls for “back up” and they put in me back in the glass cage. Standing 50 ft away are the same manager and supervisor I had dealt with the previous week.

They will stall for 20 minutes before coming over to me.

Meanwhile, one of the guys comes over to me and tells me “to be quiet if I know what’s good for me.” At the end of this portion I have been locked up for just under 10 minutes. The whole ordeal takes just under 1 hour.

My brother in law did me a favor by helping me put the videos together, speed them up, and narrate. He didn’t know all the details so there were a few errors but he tried to get it up as soon as possible knowing that the issue really needed to get out there. My son was 7 months old at the time and I was not pregnant during the video. I got pregnant 6 weeks later and am due any week now with our next little one. Travel and pumping will start again for me in February 2011…

In this segment, I have already been in the glass cage for about 8 minutes.

My patience wears thin and I start crying. It is hard to see on this video, but real tears wouldn’t stop streaming down my face. About 10 minutes into all this, a Phoenix PD comes to calm me down. I explain to him that there is no reason I should be treated this way and I have every right to be upset.

He then says “they” (aka TSA) saw me coming, have it out for me (from my complaint against TSA the week before when they didn’t know the breast milk rules then either), and I should travel out of a different gate in future weeks.

He said TSA wants me to play along with their horse and pony show and if I don’t then TSA can have the Phoenix PD arrest me! Well, I wanted to get home to my baby and my flight was 30 minutes from departure so I ‘played along.’ Three Phoenix PD watched in the background…I could tell they all knew this was a waste of their time but I was happy to have them standing by in case TSA continued to act out of line.

One police officer actually came up to me later during my second screening asking if I was okay and if he could let anyone in my party know I was going to be late. A class act compared to the TSA actions.

During this portion of the screening, my items were looked through by some TSA agents, I was patted down, and then I had a talk with the TSA manager. He told me I had to have the milk go through the x-ray since the containers were too full (not a TSA rule) and the liquid was not clear (hello, it is milk?, and also not a TSA rule).

I then begged him to read the TSA rules I had printed out. He read the first form which stated that medical liquids can have alternate screening (no x-ray). He was quick to say “well this isn’t a medical liquid!” So I had him read the second form which says breast milk is to be treated like a medical liquid. He then says, “well, not today.” I started balling all over again once he said that.

In this segment, the TSA manager tells me I can leave security, redistribute the milk into half full containers (his completely made-up rule) and go through security all over again if I want to avoid x-rays on the milk.

With tears continuing to stream down my face, I did that.

I also missed my flight playing along with his ridiculous game. Curiously, my second screening video (another 20 minutes) has been erased.

During that portion, I was scolded for not watching the woman test my milk (I would turn my head away to hide the tears), the manager wrote down my personal information on a scratch piece of paper and tucked it in his pocket (who knows where that ended up- TSA could only say their “policy” was to destroy information like that…we all know how “policy” went that day, though), and took pictures of my breast milk for some unknown reason.

Southwest put me on the next flight home and, as luck would have it, I was standing in line right behind my Constitutional Law professor from my law school days. At that point I knew I needed to stand up for my rights and help myself and other mothers against the uninformed, retaliatory, and harassing TSA employees that help “keep us safe.”

Editors Note: If you haven’t clicked on the link “TSA rules” above, please do so,  as it very detailed. What we found most interesting was the flashing banner which states ” Myth Buster:  Myth vs Fact on TSA Work Force. Poll: Most OK with TSA full-body scanners. (USAToday)” If  USAToday says it than it must be so…although keep in mind that propaganda is the tool for tyranny.

Oh Yeah…. and Thanks for Flying South West Airlines!

Posted by: daydremanwill | December 7, 2010


With all the other difficulties of breastfeeding, along comes infection. A common infection that occurs while breastfeeding is mastitis.  This occurs when bacteria is passed into your breast through a break a crack in your skin usually on the nipple. The bacteria that mastitis most commonly stems from are staphylococcus aureus. When this bacterium infects you, it will cause inflammation in your breasts which puts an extreme amount of pressure on your milk ducts to cause intense pain. Mastitis is very uncomfortable and can also cause redness and increased temperature in your breast. This type of infection most commonly occurs about one to three months after birth, but can still infect you after that time frame.

Google Health suggests this for treatment:

  • Self-care may include applying moist heat to the infected breast tissue for 15 to 20 minutes four times a day.
  • Antibiotic medications are usually very effective in treating a breast infection. You are encouraged to continue to breast-feed or to pump to relieve breast engorgement from milk production while receiving treatment.
Posted by: daydremanwill | December 4, 2010

101 Reasons to Breastfeed

There was a paper written Leslie Burby called 101 Reasons to Breastfeed. Below is a shorter version, more of just a list of 101 reason on why you should have breastfed babies.

  1. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends it
  2. Breastfeeding promotes bonding between mother and baby
  3. Breastfeeding satisfies baby’s emotional needs
  4. Breast milk provides perfect infant nutrition
  5. Not breastfeeding increases mother’s risk of breast cancer
  6. Formula feeding increases baby girls’ risk of developing breast cancer in later life
  7. Formula Feeding is associated with lower I.Q.
  8. Breast milk is always ready and comes in a nicer package than formula does
    Need we say more?
  9. Breast milk helps pass meconium
  10. Breast milk contains immunities to diseases and aids in the development of baby’s immune system.
  11. Breast milk is more digestible than formula
  12. Baby’s suckling helps shrink mother’s uterus after childbirth
  13. Baby’s suckling helps prevent post-partum hemorrhage in mother
  14. Nursing helps mom lose weight after baby is born
  15. Pre-term milk is specially designed for premature infants
  16. The World Health Organization and UNICEF recommend it
  17. Breastfeeding protects against Crohn’s disease (intestinal disorder)
  18. Formula feeding increases risk of baby developing type I (juvenile, insulin-dependent) diabetes
  19. Breastfeeding baby helps decrease insulin requirements in diabetic mothers
  20. Breastfeeding may help stabilize progress of maternal endometriosis
  21. Not breastfeeding increases mother’s risk of developing ovarian cancer
  22. Not breastfeeding increases mother’s risk of developing endometrial cancer
  23. Formula feeding increases chances of baby developing allergies
  24. Breast milk lowers risk of baby developing asthma
  25. Formula feeding increases baby’s risk of otitis media (ear infections)
  26. Formula feeding may increase risk of sudden infant death syndrome (S.I.D.S.)
  27. Breastfeeding protects baby against diarrheal infections
  28. Breastfeeding protects baby against bacterial meningitis
  29. Breastfeeding protects baby against respiratory infections
  30. Formula fed babies have a higher risk of developing certain childhood cancers
  31. Breastfeeding decreases chances of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
  32. Breastfeeding decreases child’s chances of contracting Hodgkins disease
  33. Breastfeeding protects baby against vision defects
  34. Breastfeeding decreases chances of osteoporosis
  35. Breast milk is aids in proper intestinal development
  36. Cows milk is an intestinal irritant
  37. Formula-fed babies are more at risk for obesity in later life
  38. Breastfed babies have less chance of cardiopulmonary distress while feeding
  39. Breastfed babies have less chance of developing ulcerative colitis
  40. Breast milk protects against hemophilus b. bacteria
  41. Breastfed babies require shorter pre and post-surgical fasting
  42. Breastfeeding results in less sick days for parents
  43. Breastfeeding enhances vaccine effectiveness
  44. Breastfed babies have less chance of developing necrotizing enterocolitis
  45. Breastfeeding is a natural contraceptive
  46. Breastfeeding is easier than using formula
  47. Breast milk is free
  48. Formula is expensive (approx $120/mo)
  49. Formula costs the government (and taxpayers) millions of dollars
  50. Breast milk is always the right temperature
  51. Breast milk always has the right proportions of fat, carbohydrates and protein
  52. Breast milk acts like a natural tranquilizer for baby
  53. Breastfeeding acts like a natural tranquilizer for mom
  54. Breast milk tastes better than formula
  55. Breastfed babies are healthier over-all
  56. Breastfed babies are less likely to die before their third birthday
  57. Breastfed babies require fewer doctor visits
  58. Breastfeeding mothers spend less time and money on doctor visits
  59. Fewer waste packaging products
  60. No bottles to tote:  Have milk will travel.
  61. Less cow induced global greenhouse gasses
  62. No need to refrigerate
  63. Cows milk is designed for baby cows
  64. Human milk is designed for baby humans
  65. Natural pain relief for baby
  66. Perfect food for sick baby
  67. More sleep for mom
  68. More sleep for baby
  69. More sleep for dad
  70. Less equipment to maintain and store
  71. Less equipment to buy
  72. Breast milk has never been recalled
  73. Fresh breast milk is never contaminated with bacteria
  74. No need to worry about which brand is better
  75. No need to worry about adding contaminated water
  76. Breastfeeding helps reduce cruelty to farm animals
  77. Facilitates proper dental and jaw development
  78. Breastfed babies get fewer cavities
  79. Less money spent on corrective orthodontia
  80. Better speech development
  81. Less chance of baby getting eczema
  82. Breastfed babies have great skin
  83. Less gastrointestinal reflux (Spit-up)
  84. Easier to clean spit-up stains
  85. Breast milk contains no genetically engineered materials
  86. Breast Milk contains no synthetic growth hormones
  87. Lack of breastfeeding associated with multiple sclerosis in later life
  88. Less chance of inguinal hernia
  89. Better cognitive development
  90. Better social development
  91. Decreased risk of baby developing urinary tract infections
  92. Suckling optimizes hand-to-eye coordination
  93. Protects mothers against anemia (iron deficiency)
  94. Less money spent on menstrual supplies for mom
  95. Self confidence booster for mom
  96. Breast milk may help combat eye infections
  97. Breast milk may be a good natural antibiotic for wounds
  98. No worry about latest ingredient discovered to be missing from formula
  99. Much nicer diaper changes
  100. Breastfed babies smell fantastic.
  101. It’s what breasts were designed for!


Posted by: daydremanwill | December 4, 2010

Plugged Milk Duct

A plugged milk duct can sometime occur while breastfeeding. This results in skin redness and a tender lump under your skin or under your areola. They feel about the size of a pea or a  pebble. The pain with a plugged duct is not constant, it comes and goes. If the plugged duct isn’t treated then it can develop into an infection and could turn to mastitis or a breast abscess.  To prevent clogged milk ducts you should make sure you are feeding your baby in all different positions so that you can empty all of the milk sinuses and ducts. Also make sure that you aren’t wearing a nursing bra that is too tight or a bra that has an under wire that is pushing into your milk ducts. There are several ways to treat a clogged milk duct I found a list of ways at this website and I listed them below.

  • Continue to breastfeed on the affected side. By any means, get the milk out! This is the golden rule of preventing engorgement, plugged ducts, and mastitis. Use a breast pump or hand expression if baby is unwilling to nurse.
  • Breastfeed on the affected side first. Baby’s sucking is strongest at the beginning of the feed, so he is more likely to dislodge the plug when he starts on the affected breast.
  • Vary the baby’s position at the breast, so that all of the milk ducts are drained. Be sure the baby is latched-on well, so that he can nurse efficiently. Try the clutch hold or side-lying position. Before each feeding, massage the affected area by kneading your breast gently from the top of the breast down over the plugged duct toward the nipple.
  • Drain the affected breast better by positioning baby so his chin “points” to the area that is sore. For example, if the lump is around 4 o’clock, use the clutch-hold and position baby’s chin around this point on the nipple clock. The lower jaw is often most effective at getting milk out of the breast.
  • Apply moist heat compresses for a few minutes before feeding or pumping, or soak the affected breast in warm water or in the shower as described under engorgement
  • Rest. Lie down with the baby and nap-nurse.
  • If you notice a small, white dot at the end of the milk duct on your nipple, that is the end of a plugged nipple opening. Apply moist heat on this white blister and with a sterile needle gently pop the blister. If this pore stays plugged, it could block milk drainage and lead to a plugged duct and mastitis.
  • Try a pressure massage on the area of your breast that is swollen and painful because of a plugged duct. This may help to loosen the plug. With pressure massage, you do not actually move your hand over the skin as you would with a normal massage. You simply press more and more firmly with the heel of your hand to move the plug in the duct down closer to the nipple.


Posted by: daydremanwill | December 2, 2010

Raw Nipples

I know, that is painful to think about, but raw nipples are just something that come with breast feeding. Having your nipples sucked on by your baby so often can leave them chapped, cracked, and bleeding. There are things to do that can help with soothing your nipples so that they don’t end up in to bad of shape. There is an ointment called Lanolin that could become your new best friend. You rub this on your nipples after you feed your baby and this will help cool them.  If this doesn’t work then you can place a small bag of ice on your nipples and take some mild pain medication okayed by your doctor and this will help with the pain as well. Also remember that your natural body oils are what work best and so for the first week or two of breast feeding only rinse your nipples off with clean water, do not wash them with soap. Doing so would just take away those natural oils that your nipples need for soothing. There are also pads that you can put on your nipples that are called hydrogel pads that can be cooled in the freezer or warmed in the microwave to alleviate pain as well. 

Posted by: daydremanwill | December 2, 2010

Be conscience of what you eat.

Just because you aren’t carrying your baby in your belly anymore doesn’t mean that you cant pass bad things to your baby. Everything you consume will soon get to your baby through your breast milk. You need to maintain a well balanced diet with plenty of vitamins and minerals so that your baby will receive all that as well. You should try and stay away from junk foods. The consumption of alcohol while breast feeding can prohibit your milk from letting down and the consumption of caffeine can effect the baby in the same way it affects adults, so nervousness, edginess, irritability, and insomnia.  Even eating fish can be dangerous because it can contain high levels of mercury. There are certain medications that you can’t take while breast feeding as well and so you need to call your doctor before you take anything just to make sure you are safe.

Posted by: daydremanwill | November 9, 2010

When your baby doesn’t want your boobie…

My cousin had a baby a few months ago and from day one she had trouble with getting her baby to breastfeed. This was not her first baby, it was actually her 5th, so she knows and understands the whole breastfeeding drill. Sometimes there just  isn’t anything you can do in this regard. At this point, some mothers would give up and turn to formula. My cousin, the amazing woman she is, still wanted her baby to drink her rich breast milk versus formula though because she knows how important it is that her baby receives her milk. She now pumps all of the milk that her sweet little baby drinks. This requires so much extra time and effort on her part because she now has to pump her milk, and then hold a bottle for her baby to drink out of (the baby takes a bottle fine, but refuses to drink milk from her breast). This mother sees how much healthier it is for her baby to be drinking breast milk rather than formula, so she makes sacrifices so that she can give her baby the best.


Posted by: daydremanwill | September 28, 2010

Breastfeeding in Public

It is quite unfortunate when a mother is wrongly asked to move to a private place to breastfeed their baby. Breastfeeding is not as commonly accepted in public settings as it once was and because of this many women do not breastfeed. Mothers in the US have the right to breastfeed their baby in most every public area as long as they are properly covered. Others opposition to breastfeeding in public is one of the many challenges that new mothers face when deciding whether or not to breastfeed their baby. Good news to report is that each day we women are gaining more public breastfeeding rights.