Monday, April 23, 2012

Milk and Cookies

Remember this photo from last week? It's a legitimate Oreo advertisement that went viral online. But, soon enough, Facebook users received warnings for posting it, some even having their publishing rights suspended or their accounts deactivated.

When I see this, I hear "SPARTAAA!" 

Yeah, I know. It's an OREO. In the hand of an infant! *GASP* That issue aside, I thought it was one of the cuter images to appear on my newsfeed. It's always been an inside joke at our house that the kids love their milk and cookies, or granola bars, or carrots, or anything, actually. I guess my kids inherited the multi-tasking gene! 

So here is a milk and cookies blog post. I could say it's to counteract all the hand slapping, or just to stand up to The Man of Facebook. But we all know it's really because we need something cute and precious to recover from Monday.

It should be noted that many oreo-knockoffs, chocolate chip cookies and other goodies were eaten in the making of these photos. If you have a photo to submit, email, PM me on Facebook, tag know the drill!

Taryn Gray

Submitted by Lauren Houston

Argentina Coy

Argentina Coy

Katie Newton

Ashley Neal

Jennifer Vanderboegh

Jennifer Vanderboegh

"It is the nature of the child to be dependent, and it is the nature of dependence to be outgrown. Begrudging dependency because it is not independence is like begrudging winter because it is not yet spring. Dependency blossoms into independence in its own time." ~Peggy O'Mara

Nursing beyond one year:

Weaning the Older Child:

Child-Led Weaning:

Tandem Nursing/Nursing During Pregnancy:

The World Health Organisation on breastfeeding:

The World Health Organisation states that “A recent review of evidence has shown that, on a population basis, exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months is the optimal way of feeding infants. Thereafter infants should receive complementary foods with continued breastfeeding up to 2 years of age or beyond.” (WHO 2008)

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that "Breastfeeding should be continued for at least the first year of life and beyond for as long as mutually desired by mother and child... Increased duration of breastfeeding confers significant health and developmental benefits for the child and the mother... There is no upper limit to the duration of breastfeeding and no evidence of psychologic or developmental harm from breastfeeding into the third year of life or longer." (AAP 2005)

The American Academy of Family Physicians says"Breastfeeding beyond the first year offers considerable benefits to both mother and child, and should continue as long as mutually desired." They also note that "If the child is younger than two years of age, the child is at increased risk of illness if weaned." (AAFP 2001)

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