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milk, it does a growing body good

December 31st, 2008 · 5 Comments · Paige

odin’s exclusively breastfed. and i don’t mean that he only gets breastmilk (although he does). i mean, literally, he’s only fed from the breast. he’s 5 months old and has had two bottles in his life. i realize that at some point this will change, but for now i love it (and am hoping it won’t backfire on me by him refusing to take a bottle when i’m away). there is something extremely empowering as a woman to know that you are physically growing a child. at first, it’s through pregnancy when the baby’s in your belly. then, it’s through nursing when the baby’s at your breast. at each stage of this whole mama adventure - pregnancy, delivery, breastfeeding - i’ve thought to myself, “this is the coolest, most amazing thing i have ever done.”

i have certainly found my soapbox (phil will testify to this) with breastfeeding. i won’t get on it here, but needless to say i have found a topic that gets me fired up and passionate both on a personal and a professional level.

the world health organization and the american academy of pediatrics agree that breastmilk and only breastmilk is the best food for babies until at least 6 months of age. odin is growing like a weed on breastmilk. proof is in the pudding, as they say - our proof is the following photo series of odin getting weighed.

12+ pounds - 7 weeks, 1 day old; fox lake, mn. we found this scale in the old garage at the cabin. it was begging to be used…and (obviously) odin was begging to be weighed in it.

12 pounds, 3 ounces - 7 weeks, 3 days old; park nicollet creekside, SLP, mn. our little boy’s growing up!

7 kilos (approx 15.5 lb) - 18 weeks, 2 days; the surgery, kampala. odin loved this. he got to hang from the scale and swing around while he got weighed. i was so engrossed in watching him play in the air that i totally spaced on making sure the weight was included in the picture. oh well, better luck next time.

7.5 kilos (approx 16.5 lb) - 21 weeks; lalibela airport, ethiopia. i definitely wasn’t passing up this opportunity. not too many little boys who get their regular weight check-up on the airport scale.

the nursing babe; lalibela, ethiopia. i nursed odin on foot as we wandered around the rock-hewn churches of lalibela in ethiopia; as my mom calls it, “nursing on the go.” here we got to sit as phil took pictures of st. george’s church in the evening light. i’d love to do a photo montage of all the “crazy” places i’ve breastfed odin. top of the list would be nursing him in the car as we bounce down the road on our way to ssembabule, uganda. yes, you can in fact breastfeed a child with you in your seatbelt and him in his car seat.

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  • 5 responses so far ↓

    • 1 Claire // Jan 3, 2009 at 12:14 am

      What a chow hound! That is awesome. I’m happy to report that Etienne is catching up, despite his early challenges. He now weighs about 17 pounds! Woo-hoo!

    • 2 Sarah // Jan 6, 2009 at 9:57 pm

      Paige,
      I love the pic of you breastfeeding Odin on the wall, such an image of the traveling bad-ass mama that you are. Awesome.
      xo

    • 3 Brooke // Jan 11, 2009 at 1:40 pm

      Hi Paige and Phil, I’m a random person who found your blog searching for Ultimate in Kampala. Could you email more info on what’s happening with Ultimate these days? I’m from the US, living in Norway, and will begin research for my PhD in Uganda soon. Many thanks! Brooke

    • 4 sarah // Jan 18, 2009 at 10:04 am

      Oh Paiger, I love the nursing picture as well. I love nursing just as much. Being a mother is the most rewarding experience I have ever had. We are lucky to have beautiful healty babies. Jackson is 18.5lbs at 4 months. I look forward to the day our boys will meet. Keep posting pic’s. Odin is super cute. Miss you and take care.

    • 5 Yuko Kawata Folke-Olsen // Apr 2, 2009 at 12:21 am

      Hello, Paige!
      I hope you remember me…I am Yuko from Japan and I lived with you in 1992 when I was an exchange student to JM high school in Rochester. You were a Kellog junior high girl at that time.
      I made a contact to your dad recently and he wrote me back and said you were in Africa!!
      Moreover, your beautiful son has a Norwegian name, Odin!! wow, what a surprise!!
      In fact, I am married to a Norwegian man named Frode and we liver in Norway now! We have a son named Sebastian Kenji(Kenji is a Japanese name). He will be 2 years old end of this month. He is a healthy and cheerful boy.
      I just felt something really “related” ,so to speak, to find some common stuff with you.
      I also think I understand it is not easy to raise a child in a foreign country where it is very very different from your home country. I understand you have to be tough…I have lived in Norway for 2.5 years now, but I still face hard time to understand and accept the cultural differences.
      Frode and I speak in English, so luckily I still can speak English. Norwegians can speak good English, so I am pretty spoiled to speak English, but I started to go to a Norwegian language school.

      Well, I am so glad that you are having a great life in Uganda with your husband and a beautiful baby, and I could find and write this text to you now. I am just so glad!

      Please take care of yourselves and I wish that we could meet someday!

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