Got milk?

The first week of August is World Breastfeeding Week. World Breastfeeding Week is an annual event to promote breastfeeding on a global scale. (for Dutch readers: Wereld Borstvoeding Week will be later this year, in week 40).

So why would a food blogger who blogs about sweet stuff want to blog about breastfeeding? There are many reasons why, for starters, breast milk is FOOD and it’s SWEET πŸ™‚ and besides that, it’s the very best a child can get.

To help promote breastfeeding I’m organizing a foodblogging event. The rules are very simple: prepare a sweet dish (it’s a sweet blog after all πŸ˜‰ with milk as an ingredient and post it on your blog if you have one, if not you can still enter (I’ll give you the specifics at the bottom of the page).

To give you some background as to why I’m organizing this event I’d like to share a little of my personal experiences with breastfeeding.

I always knew I wanted to breastfeed my children but never really thought or knew much about it besides that it’s a good thing. In the Netherlands 79% of the mothers start out breastfeeding but by the time babies are three months only about 35% are still breastfeeding (2005). And three months was what I sort of had in mind too. My classes would start when my oldest son was three months so formula would be more convenient or so I thought. During my pregnancy I read a bit more about breastfeeding and realized that it would be best to breastfeed for six months instead of three. So ok, I was going to do six months. At this point I realized there was something like a breast pump to help realize this goal as well.

I sort of romanticized the whole breastfeeding thing before my son was born. Turned out that breastfeeding wasn’t all sunshine and roses…and I didn’t even had any (major) problems! All of you breastfeeding mums know what suction power babies have πŸ˜‰ it doesn’t feel completely comfortable, especially not in the beginning. So I breastfed but I can’t say I really enjoyed doing it for the first three months, I didn’t dislike it either though. After about three months I really started enjoying breastfeeding. I still thought, ok I’ll do six months and we’ll see how I feel by that time. So six months went by and the thought of stopping just never crossed my mind, breastfeeding was just so convenient. I couldn’t imagine formula could be easier than breastfeeding. I breastfed my eldest till he was 19 months. He stopped drinking himself. That had everything to do with the fact that the milk flow subsided a lot due to me being pregnant again.

I’m still breastfeeding my youngest son (13 months) and haven’t had any problems (I know I’m lucky that way). After breastfeeding for more than three years (with the exception of 3 ½ months during pregnancy) you could say I’m a pro πŸ˜‰ I’ve read a lot about it and am so happy I can give /have given my children all the benefits that come with it. And if this event will motivate even one mother (to-be) to breastfeed or breastfeed for a longer time it will make me feel like I’ve made a difference πŸ™‚

Ok, enough with the personal stuff πŸ˜‰ let’s go to some facts and figures that I found on www.breastfeeding.com.

Did you know that breastfed children:

Have a higher IQ?

Have less ear infections?

Have less food allergies?

Have lower chances of leukemia?

And the list goes on….

And not only the child benefits from breastfeeding, there’s plenty of advantages for the mother too.

Did you know that breastfeeding:

Helps you loose weight faster? (didn’t work for me unfortunately, luckily I didn’t gain too much during pregnancy)

Helps you be more relaxed? (worked for me)

Saves money?

Gives protection against different kinds of cancer? (breast, uterine, ovarian)

DETAILS FOR Got Milk?

– Got Milk? is open to bloggers and non-bloggers.

– Entries submitted to Got Milk? must be made specifically for this event (pictures can be submitted to things like DMBLGiT though)

How to enter?

1. Prepare a sweet dish with milk as an ingredient.

You can use any type of milk (cow, goat, sheep, …), non-dairy is allowed as long as is something that is generally substituted for milk.

2. Blog about it and link back to this post somewhere between now and August 7th

3. Send an email to: linda AT kovacevic DOT nl with your:

– name

– approximate location

– blog name

– blog url

– name dish

– permalink dish

– picture (maximum dimension of 150 pixels)

Non-bloggers: email me your name, location, name of your dish and a picture of your dish

Looking forward to your entries πŸ™‚

As for the picture at the top, it’s a Middle Eastern dessert called muhallabiya in Arabic or malabi in Hebrew. I’ve blogged about it a couple of years ago. ItÒ€ℒs a milk pudding thickened with rice flour and flavoured with rosewater or orange flower water. I love it especially with rosewater!

Muhallabiya/Malabi (from The Book of Jewish Food by Claudia Roden)

Serves 6

1 l (4 ¼ cup) milk

80 g (2 ¾ oz) rice flour

80 g (2 ¾ oz) sugar

2 tbs rose water

chopped pistachio nuts to garnish

Slowly add 50-100 ml (¼-½ cup) of the milk to the rice flour – whilst stirring – until all the rice flour has been dissolved. Make sure there are no lumps.

Bring the rest of the milk to a boil in a heavy bottomed saucepan. Add the rice flour mixture whilst stirring. Lower the heat and allow to simmer for 5 minutes, stirring often. Stir in the sugar. Add the rose water and stir to mix.

Pour the pudding into a big bowl or 6 small bowls. Sprinkle the tops with some caster sugar to prevent a skin. Allow to cool. Garnish with pistachio before serving.

Variations:

– substitute corn flour for rice flour (or use a mixture of the both)

– substitute orange flour water for rose water

– add 1 tsp ground cardamom seeds with the rose water

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30 Responses to Got milk?

  1. Great idea! It’s going to be a beautiful event. Here in Portugal almost everybody breastfeeds, it’s the usual thing to do.

  2. You’ve given of yourself again by sharing your experience. While it would be lovely if all this mothering and parenting was a ‘natural’ thing, most all of it takes some getting used to.

  3. Rosa says:

    Delicious! That a refreshing and refined drink!

    cheers,

    Rosa

  4. courtney(aka glamah16) says:

    If my day ever comes I plan to breast feed. I like that it aides weigth loss the best! the dessert looks really interesting. I have rice flour and need to give this a try. Certain Someone always loves his puddings.

  5. Tartelette says:

    If I had children I would try to breastfeed. I know my mother could not and she always felt a little sad about it. Great event Linda! I love Malabi btw, my grandmother was making some of the bests I have had (of course, she was grandma!)

  6. Emilia says:

    That drink looks great and I’m sure it tastes delicious too πŸ™‚

    My mother breastfed all four of us and she also never had any problems with it, but I think she only did it up to six months.

    That is the recommendation here in Finland, if I remember correctly.

  7. maninas says:

    Lovely event, Linda, and a great desert. Bookmarked!

  8. dee says:

    Good on you! I breastfed my son until he was two, and it was the best decision I ever made.

  9. dita says:

    Hi Linda, such a wonderful event you organized! I’m still breastfeeding my youngest daughter (almost 2 yo). And count me in ok πŸ˜‰

  10. Astrid says:

    Interesting topic! In France breastfeeding is not big at all, though there are efforts on the part of many hospitals and doctors to encourage it. I had friends and relatives raise eyebrows when they saw me breastfeed beyond 3 months, and by six months I would hide to breast-feed.

    There are many misconceptions on the topic: one friend didn’t even try because she said she had the same breast shape as her mom, who couldn’t. An elderly lady once said to me, “mais après six mois le lait n’est plus bon!” (the mother’s milk is bad for the kid after six months). When I had a problem one day I called the doctor who told me to stop breastfeeding and come in to see him the next day; a breastfeeding support group told me the contrary, to breastfeed as much as possible and to stay home and rest. They were right, the doctor was wrong.

    While not militant about breast-feeding — every mother should do what feels right for her — I still feel accurate information and support should be available to all mothers.

    OK, so I’ll try to make something with milk!

  11. Aran says:

    Oh Linda, I love this event! I hope I can make time to participate because I am breastfeeding my son as we speak. Yes, breastfeeding and typing at the same time!

  12. Sunshinemom says:

    Linda, this is a really good event! Milk is part and parcel of our daily routine, so why not celebrate it with something special! Great idea:)

  13. snjezana says:

    Good on you for participating in this event!

    I breastfed all of my three children and highly recommend it to every new mother. There’s nothing better then breastmilk for your baby.

    I’ll make something sweet for sure and post the recipe accompanied with photos on my blog.

  14. linda says:

    ClumbsyCookie – great ‘work’ in Portugal!

    Tanna – You’re totally right, you learn by actually doing it πŸ˜‰

    Rosa – thanks πŸ™‚ btw it’s a pudding…

    Courtney – the pudding is very easy to make, and cheap too πŸ˜‰

    Tartelette – Sorry that your mum felt sad about being able to breastfeed. Grandma’s recipes are always the best πŸ™‚

    Emilia – your mum did a wonderful job!

    Maninas – thanks πŸ™‚

    Dee – I was hoping to do it for two years (as the WHO recommendation is) but my son stopped a little sooner

    Dita – Thanks and looking forward to your entry!

    Astrid – Crazy French people πŸ˜‰ It really is a shame when mothers are misinformed on breastfeeding.

    Aran – somehow I sort of thought you might be a long time breastfeeding mum. My son is to nosy to breastfeed while I’m typing but when he was small I did it all the time πŸ˜‰ Hope you can find the time to enter…

    Sunshinemom – thanks, looking forward to your entry!

    Snjezana – it’s the best! Looking forward to your entry!

  15. Stella says:

    What a fantastic & bright idea you’ve set up here Linda! GOod luck to all mums! And I’ll try to do something as well…:)

  16. Sorina says:

    You have a nice blog…keep up the good job:)

  17. MariannaF says:

    wow hehe…this brings back a lot of childhood memories for me! My mother (who has Syrian origins) used to make this a lot…it was also one of her fave desserts! Just by looking at your photos I can recall it’s smell and taste!

  18. Mari says:

    As the oldest of seven breastfed children, I am very pro-breastfeeding and should I ever have kids, I’d definitely do it. Thanks for sharing your story, and highlighting both the realities and the joy of breastfeeding.

  19. ovenhaven says:

    What a lovely idea for an event, Linda! Coincidentally, I just had my sis-in-law over this afternoon (my niece is a little over 1mth old), and we were discussing the benefits of breastfeeding, and how the government here is trying to promote breastfeeding. Thank you for sharing your story πŸ™‚

    I hope to be able to participate in this event! Does milk have to be the main ingredient in the dish? Because I personally don’t drink milk, so I don’t think I can make something milky 😦

  20. Miri says:

    Linda, your malabi looks wonderful! And what a nice event, count me in!

  21. Teresa B says:

    What a wonderful idea for an event! I’ve already started surfing for some good ideas for what to make!

  22. How wonderful! I’d love to join in also! We just hit 15 months of Mama’s Milk!

  23. Khulood says:

    my mom tried to breastfeed me but I got sick and was later diagnosed with lactose intolerance. I was literally raised on soy milk 😐 I sometimes act heroic and drink milk, but I know better :p

    btw, its actually called Muhallabiya in Arabic.. I’m sure the book had it wrong (I don’t own a copy of that book though) but I’m middle eastern πŸ™‚

  24. Ivy says:

    This is a wonderful event and I would like to help promote breastfeeding. Shall prepare something for your event.

  25. Lynne J. says:

    Hi Linda! **waiving**

    I landed on your blog by way of Teresa’s (I’m Running To Eat) and I must say it is lovely! Wanted to let you know that I’m planning to participate in this event. I even have a couple of recipes in mind already.

    I’ll let you know when I post it.

    Thanks for sharing this!

    Lynne J.

  26. Nuria says:

    Hola! Just discovered your blog and event through Is my blog burning? and would like to participate in your Got Milk?

    I just used evaporated milk (never used it before) for a new recipe and would like to share it with you πŸ˜€

  27. Lovely dessert Linda!

    Ms Roden’s “Book of Jewish Food” is one of my absolute favorite books to draw recipes to cook with.

  28. johanna says:

    i LOVED breastfeeding wholeheartedly and rarely had any probs – except 1st child with mastitis at 6 w and then she refuse to go back onto breast. other kids were fed 15 and 13 months respectively.

    shockingly, i had to find out that breastfeeding in public is actually ILLEGAL in the UK (where I live now and DID nurse in public) – there’s a petition going at the moment (for all UK residents who’d like to sign up: find it on the 10 downing street website)

    this is despite the fact that the WHO recommends that babies be breast fed for 2 years!!!

    would take part if i wasn’t on hols… will dig in my recipes to see if i can find something i made a while ago πŸ˜‰

  29. Aimee says:

    Hi Linda,

    I just posted my entry to this event and emailed you my entry. Can you confirm if you got it?

    Thanks!

  30. Di says:

    Great event, Linda! I just emailed you the info for my entry. Sorry for leaving it until the last minute.

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