Saturday, July 16, 2011

Pepsi, Nestle and Kraft Foods Team up with Fetal Tissue Research

In several posts thought the Internet, Pepsi, Kraft and Nestle have joined forces with Senomyx, an artificial flavor manufacturer who reportedly uses fetal tissue in their research.

As a pro-life mama, I look for ways to encourage people to keep their babies. This includes helping to make fetal tissue research un-lucrative to the abortion industry. This way they will have less money to advertise and support their services.

Look a the products that come under these manufacturer's lines and seriously consider boycotting them.

Here are the links to their product lists:


This includes Pepsi, Serra Mist, SoBe Lifewater, Lipton, Tazo, Mountain Dew, Ocean Spray, MUG Rootbeer, AMP Energy, No Fear, Seattle's Best, Auquafina, Frappachino, DoubleShot Energy and Propel products.


This includes Nestle, Carnation, Clasico, Chunky, Digorno, Drumstick, Hot Pockets, HaagenDas, Edy's, Lean Cuisine, Toll House, Stouffers, Butterfinger, Coffe-mate, several other candy brands and many other brands.

Kraft Foods:

There are hundreds of brands on this list, including A1 Steak Sauce, Baker's Chocolate, Chips Ahoy!, Cool Whip, Countrytime, Crystal Light, Fig Newton, Jell-O, Naked drinks, Nilla (Wafers), Planters and Teddy Grahams among many others.

No matter what you stance on abortion is, you may not want to use products made with ingriedents that contain artifical chemicals and that are derived from the use of fetal tissue. I know I don't want to feed that stuff to my kids. Thanks to my readers for allowing me to introduce this information to you.


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Babies are Able to Eat Again in GA!

Congratulations to the Forest Park, GA council for changing the wording of their public decency law to not include breastfeeding as public nudity. To celebrate, here is a public service announcement about your "tatas" and what they are for. :)

Friday, May 27, 2011

Homeschooling and Life

A timid question came through recently on our cyberschoolers Yahoo group list today. A woman named Sarah, who was in school part time, asked if cyberschooling a kindergartner could be done while, ... well basically while doing life. She had people telling her that it just wouldn't be possible... Here was my response:

Hi Sarah!
I'd be willing to bet most of the people who say it cannot be done don't know too much about homeschooling/cyberschooling. I have 3 in cyberschool, one infant, a writing business, a small blueberry farm, and rental property to manage. Let me tell you about my day.

I get up at 5:30 am, throw a load of laundry in, and by 6 I kiss my hubby off to work. Then I sit, sign my kids into school before they get up, and work my freelance writing job for about 2 hours. By this time my 1 year old is ready for her morning snack.
I get the kiddos up and feed them breakfast, sometimes my 9 year old will do this for me, especially if I'm on a deadline and need a few extra minutes. By 9:30 we are ready to do school. I choose a student to focus on, and let the rest do supplemental activities such as computer learning games, worksheets, coloring sheets, ect. I work through the curriculum with that student until lunch. We usually get done with about 2 or 3 days worth of work in the morning.
We eat lunch, baby gets another snack and heads to bed for her nap. Depending on what we got done in the morning, I let the kids go and play outside the rest of the afternoon, or let them do an art project or science experiment in the kitchen. This gives me some time to make calls to contractors or write another article. If we didn't get very far in the morning, we go at it again until we've finished at least 2 days worth of work.
The end of nap time and dinner comes rapidly. Hubby comes home, we enjoy a meal together and then head off to an activity or a property (yes with all 4 children) and do some work.
This way of life is different from the "send your child off to school" life. I was bored while my now 4th grader was in 3 year old pre-school (actually she was too!). I spent money we didn't have and ate lunch out when I didn't need to. Now, we eat almost all home cooked meals, and I am never EVER bored.
Can it be done? Yes, and what an exciting ride it is. :)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Up in the Sky...A Poem for Daddy

Up in the sky
There is birds
Up in the sky
There is planes
Down on the ground
There is grass
Down on the ground
There is bugs
And bees

and ME!

Written for Daddy, 5/17/2011

Copyright 2011 H. Emmick

My children never cease to amaze me. When my oldest was just four she wrote a fantastically intricate story about a sick mouse. Just yesterday we rescued a butterfly from almost certain death by bringing it into my kitchen overnight.

Every day is such a wonderful journey, filled with challenges and delights. This poem is a pebble in the road. A beautiful shiny pebble reflecting what God has placed into the heart of my child. Thank you God for letting me be the one they call, "Mommy."

It is a sad day for Moms in Georgia...

The town of Forest Park, GA has taken it upon themselves to legislate where, when and for how long Moms can breastfeed. Under the guise of a public nudity law, John Parker, the City manager, has proposed legislation that would limit public breastfeeding in the city to any child that was two years of age and younger. This is an infringement of our rights as citizens and an outrage to say the least. Breastfeeding is not nudity. Please contact John Parker and ask him to rewrite the legislation to remove any language that referrers to breastfeeding.

Forest Park website:

John Parker’s Email:

Forest Park’s FB page:

Mailing Address:

City of Forest Park

c/o City Manager John Parker

745 Forest Parkway

Forest Park, Ga. 30297

Phone Number:



Mr. Parker,

It has come to my attention that the town of Forest Park, in an effort to control public nudity, has legislated breastfeeding. This letter is in response to this legislation.

It is not in the best interest of y
our town to sexualize breastfeeding in this manner. Breastfeeding is merely the most appropriate way to feed a child. To legislate the act of breastfeeding gives the local government jurisdiction over the lives of residents and visitors in a way that they should never have, and gives a stigma to the practice as something it is not.

A breastfeeding relationship should be between mothers and their children. It is an extremely personal, intimate relationship, one that you as a man may not fully understand. I as a breastfeeding mom here in the US, and a visitor of GA several times, ask you to remove the breastfeeding language from the legislation.


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Breastfeeding Comfort Survey

Breastfeeding incites a range of emotions in people from disgust to feelings of nurturing. In order to more fully understand what people belive about breastfeeding, I'm asking my readers to complete this survey at:

Please complete this survey and send a link to your friends, family and anyone else that has a Mom!

Post a comment here to let me know you've completed the survey or fan me on Facebook and I'll send you a free thank you gift.

Friday, May 13, 2011

My Breastfeeding Story

This is my breastfeeding story. It’s a story about how I dealt with “failure to thrive,” insufficient glandular tissue (IGT), using a supplementer (SNS), and lack of understanding from medical staff, friends and family, while nursing my 4 children. I don’t tell it to scold, accuse or badger. I tell it to help others struggling as I did. It is meant to help heal wounds, present options, and find grace.

Part 1

Kisses from Grandma
 A Long Awaited Arrival

After trying for three solid years my husband and I, at the perfect moment, found out that we were expecting our first baby. The anticipation of the first grandchild on both sides of the family was an exciting time for my Mom and Dad, my husband's Parents and all 3 of the Uncles.

When my Mother found out that I wanted to breastfeed she had warned me that it didn’t work out very well with her and my brother. At two months old he was still very much under the weight curve and the doctor had said to, “Shove cereal in him as fast as you can.” He told her to buy a scale and weigh him before and after feeding to make sure he was getting something.

My mother ended up abandoning breastfeeding because the scale didn’t show much. Back in the late 70s when my brother was born, breastfeeding was making a slight comeback from the 40s, 50s and 60s where it was looked at as a disgusting and not ideal food. A friend of mine who was born in the 50s told me her mother, “bought that good formula when she could afford it.” I guess the formula companies were very good at marketing their chemical concoctions even back then.

Now we are realizing the multi-generational impact of formula feeding. We are seeing digestive issues from lactase and other enzyme deficiencies, and bowel, allergy and immune issues from the colonizing of too much yeast and pathogenic bacteria in the digestive tract which feed on the unchecked sugars in the formula. I knew enough about formula to know I never wanted my child to have it. I researched as much as I could and found out about the asthma and allergy connections. My husband has allergies and I wanted to do all I could to help ensure my baby didn’t suffer like he did.

When our daughter was born after 26 hours of labor and two days of missed sleep, we were unprepared. Yes we had the crib ready, the diaper stacker filled and even pretty white clouds painted on the nursery room ceiling, but we were unprepared emotionally and financially. At the hospital my daughter showed signs of things to come, but our lack of experience hid from us any hints at the future. Neither my husband nor I had experience with newborns and when we got home she spent the days crying and nursing. We were given very strict orders not to have her in bed with us. These orders were obeyed unless I accidentally fell asleep while nursing her, which happened quite often. The middle of the night feedings were especially trying. Both my husband and I are very fond of our sleep, disturbing this was unsettling to say the least. There were arguments about him needing to go to work, begging me to keep the baby quiet. I was doing everything I knew to do, but it wasn’t working. I tried every position, nursing nonstop, and she still was very discontent.

I called everyone I knew, the pediatrician, my mom, my breastfeeding friends, The La Leche League, the hospital’s lactation consultant, my friend’s lactation consultant, and got varying advice from each one. “Only feed every two hours.” “Feed her whenever she wants.” “Make sure you get enough rest.” “Just quit and give her formula.” “Make sure you nurse long enough on one breast to get the hind milk.” “She can go 10 days without a bowel movement.” “Make sure she poops every day.” “Very few women cannot fully breastfeed their babies.” “Just give her a supplement.” The most poignant and memorable comment at that point was, “Don’t you DARE supplement that baby!”

Actually the doctor did not seem concerned from the beginning and told me as long as she pees once a day it was ok for her to go 10 days without a bowel movement. At the 2 week appointment the doctor started to show concern for the lack of weight gain and told me to supplement. Before this I too was concerned she wasn’t getting enough, but I was not going to supplement her, no matter what, because I was convinced, and was told in no uncertain terms, it would destroy my supply. At about 2 weeks 2 days my mom came to see her and said, “Are you sure that is pee in the diaper?” I was sure my mom was trying to undermine my breastfeeding efforts so I assured her that of course it was urine. What I found in the next diaper frightened me. I found little orange crystals and streaks of pink in her diaper.

I instantly realized that the “wetness” that I had found in the diaper over the last 3 or 4 days or so was only the gobs, literally a tablespoon or more, of vitamin D ointment I put on her during changes. Before this her urine had been very dark yellow, but since the urine “lightened up” in color, or so I thought, no one seemed concerned. It was not until that moment that I realized that she hadn’t peed in days and now had crystals in her urine.

Despite nursing every 10 to 15 minutes or so, I felt betrayed and horribly accountable. I now realized I made a dreadful mistake that threateened the health of my baby. All it took was listening to the wrong people.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Amazing Video About Fetal Development

The Endowment for Human Development has put together some amazing videos showing early fetal development.

Taking into consideration that the fetal heart begins beating at just over 3 weeks and the first brainwaves can be recorded right around 6 weeks, this should leave little argument as to whether this is small human tissue is alive.

The EHD has taken a neutral stance on social issues like abortion, but it is clear that God does not have such a neutral feeling. Through science, we are discovering just how alive this little human is.

If you want to know the whole story, visit the EHD Homepage and pick up the 40 minute DVD for your home, homeschool or church library. Show this to your kids and your grandchildren may thank you, simply because they got a chance at life.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Nursing through Nerosurgery: How I continued to breastfeed after 5 days in the hospital - Part 2

Breastfeeding is a two way relationship, but what if you find yourself running down a one way street?

Being separated from your infant during the nursing relationship is kinda like that. You desperately want to turn around and run toward them, feed them, comfort them, but the sign says no. You have no other choice but to follow the road and look for a way to drive around the block to get back to where you left off.

When I was told I'd either need to take steroids for an extended period of time, or I'd need to have emergency back surgery in August, I looked for the quickest route back to breastfeeding. I opted for the surgery, because I was told the steroids were not a safe drug to take while feeding my infant. This meant 5 days in the hospital away from her, but didn't mean months of steroids, which would have been the end of the relationship at the tender age of 9 months.

I already had milk supply issues and was using a supplementer 3 times a day. This quickly made my little one a boob addict. In the first 5 months, she got donor milk from a milk sharing mom I found on milk share. When the mom said she'd decided to quit work and stay home with her little guy, I was forced to look for another donor. Then I was forced to look for another. The health risk, in my eyes, was too great with more than three donors, so I decided to switch to formula.

The formula changed the flora and fauna on the skin of my areola, and I quickly proceeded to get a horrible yeast infection from the contact of the supplementer tube, formula and my skin. I tried to naturally balance this with white vinegar compresses, grapefruit seed extract, even Motherlove Herbal's Diaper Rash & Thrush Relief. I broke down and asked my midwife to prescribe Nystantin, which I had to wash off before I could feed her, but it kept the yeast under control, if I remembered to use it.

As the solids increased, I was finally able to get rid of the supplementer. It felt so good to be free of my medical device. Then, I lifted my oldest child out of a grocery cart. As the days and weeks went on, pain shot into my left leg, to the point of not being able to stand or sit. after weeks of some pretty hefty pain and numbness creeping up my leg, I found myself in the ER.

This city hospital that, thank God, cared about my breastfeeding relationship, did what they could for me. They even tried to get me a breast pump for me to use during my stay. I was given time and privacy to hand express my milk, and I did this about twice a day. Twenty-four hours after surgery, day five in the hospital, I was discharged.

It was torture being away from my kiddos, especially my little one, so the reunion was sweet. It was heart-breaking at the same time though because I was not permitted to lift anything more than 5 pounds for 6 whole weeks. If I did, I risked re-rupturing my disk. My 9 month old desperately wanted picked up, and not by just anyone, she wanted mama. I felt worthless, but there was one thing I could do. I got back to work building my supply that had dwindled during my stay.

I started my lactation herbs and tea again, and snuggled and nursed with my little one every chance I got. My physical therapist helped me organize pillows as to not put strain on the joint that had been repaired and showed me some good body-mechanics. Since I could not lift the baby, I used the side-lying position. This was great for me because I was still very sleepy from the pain meds, and It gave me a chance to rest.

I used the supplementer again for a short time, and by the time she was 10 1/2 months I was able to put it away for good.Although I was still not able to lift the baby, or walk very well, I felt a triumph. At least I could breastfeed her fully.

In the end, continuing the breastfeeding relationship did me much good. It kept my mood on an even keel, helped me feel worthwhile, and gave me the confidence that, even though I could not care for my daughter, I could do something no caregiver could. I could nurse my little angel to sleep.

If this ministers to you, please let others know. Share this with your friends on facebook. Let me know you were here by sending me a note, posting to my wall or commenting on this blog. Thanks!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Planned Parenthood is "Doctored?"

Planned Parenthood is the leading abortion provider in America. If you are a mom, that may bring relief or tears, depending on the age of your children and which side of the abortion coin you fall.

In a recent release from Live Action, the "health care provider" was exposed by an undercover investigative team, not unlike what you would find a news organization doing, posing as a pimp and a prostitute. The team attempted to show workers of the clinic aiding in the trafficking of minor children in a series of videos of Planned Parenthood in several states across the country.

When the videos were released by Live Action in late 2010 and early this year, Planned Parenthood was not happy, especially since congress started voting on legislation to defund the organization. In what was a feeble attempt to discredit Live Action, Stuart Schear, Vice President of Communications for Planned Parenthood, "These tapes are clearly doctored and cannot be trusted."

What Planned Parenthood calls doctoring is really editing, something any media does for runtime and content. Unfortunately for PP, the full, unedited versions are also openly available on Youtube. In the same letter on the PP website, Schear sites several articles supporting his company's position, although one of them clearly does not. This situation is starting to look like a desperate battalion scattering for ammo while the enemy hurls bigger and bigger bombs.

As a mom, the deception of Planned Parenthood scares me. What if my daughter was too embarrassed to come to me about her boyfriend, who was say 28 and she was 15, and walked into a Planned Parenthood clinic. I would want the clinic workers to abide by the law and report the sexual abuse. If these videos are any indication, they would instead encourage her to get contraception and send her on her way, without even a phone call to her mom.

I myself walked into a Planned Parenthood clinic about 20 years ago at the urging of a rather "active" friend. They were insistant that I get the "free" hormone laden birth control they were passing out like candy. When I refused, they were shocked and tried again. Again I refused, but as I watched three other young girls walk out with their licence to be used, I wondered if I was missing something.

In their effort to make their place a safe place to go, they have encouraged, not the empowerment of women, but their entrapment. It's created a culture of younger girls loosing their true passion for a imitation, and a horrid one at that. Young girls are in need of support, love and true affection, not birth control, sex and abortion. The latter only prove to drive them further from the first.

"Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.” Song of Solomon 2:7

I wrote this in a poem I recently blogged on just4mepoetry my poetry blog. When I was looking for a referecence for this, I came across a blog about sexual frustration that highlights some very interesting points about why Planned Parenthood is doing no favors to our young people. It also explains some of the practical reasons and statistics why it's not such a good idea allow adults to sexually exploit children. You can read Inhizimage's blog Here.

Does this have anything to do with breastfeeding? You bet! Damaged uterine walls from past abortions are known to cause placental tears when delivering. We know that retained placental fragments are one reason that woman are challened by breastfeeding! There I did it.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

So You Want to Try Something New...

Rice cereal is usually the doctor's first recommendation when it comes to solid food. If you are successfully breastfeeding a happy baby, you may not need to start "solids" like rice cereal until 6, 9 or even 12 months. If your baby is having trouble sleeping through the night, seems hungry after feedings, or is watching you intently while you eat, it may be time to start something else.

While the only way to know for sure if your baby is ready for rice cereal is to talk to your doctor, and pay attention to your baby's individual cues, trying a little cereal watered down with hefty amounts of breastmilk makes for a fun experiment for babies over 4 to 6 months of age.

HAPPYBELLIES Oganic Baby Cereals, DHA + Probiotic, Organic Brown Rice Cereal, 7-Ounce Canisters (Pack of 6)

First, find the right rice cereal. I used Happy Bellies Organic Rice Cereal with DHA and Pro-biotics. It was tastier and more easily mixed than the other brand I used, and it also went down easier. I eventually cut costs by mixing this with Earth's Best Organic Whole Grain Rice Cereal, which was just about as good, but didn't have the DHA or pro-biotics. I would mix about half HB's and half EB's and little curly locks ate it all up. If they had had this on the market when my others were little, I certainly would have used HB's. The regular white rice cereal was never an option for me, but I can bet that stuff tastes a little like cardboard.

For their first feeding, mix according to the package directions. You'll get something that looks more like milk than like cereal, but this is where it starts. Expect there to be a mess. I tried to use disposable bibs or paper towels (be sure you watch closely when using paper anything for possible choking) to try to soak up the stuff that would run down this little one's cheek and into the multiple chubby chins where stuff was hidden for a between meal snack.

Before you know it, you'll have a teenager scarfing down a 1/2 a pizza. Hopefully you will have endowed a love of some type of vegetable so as to include it on the pie. :)

God bless you as you embark on a new wonderful mothering adventure!