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Mongolian Diplomacy - Stay Out of War With Russia and China


Yesterday, I talked about Crossing the Chinese/Mongolian Border by Land. I mentioned that I met a really interesting, intelligent, and world-traveled guy named Bat, and we had some good conversations.

I learned a lot about Mongolia from Bat. Here's some highlights:

Mining is one of the fastest growing sectors in Mongolia - some Australian companies have made huge investments into Mongolia the last year or two, and next year is projected to be the largest budget the government of Mongolia has ever had.

I asked Bat, "So what do you think the government is going to spend the new revenues on? Military, education, infrastructure, or...?"

Donating breast milk

On Toddler Breastfeeding

I've registered as a breast milk donor with the MothersMilk cooperative. Next step is to get some blood work done. In the mean time I'll be pumping every day. To minimize shipping costs, donations must be at least 150oz. Sounds like a lot, but I've already got roughly 15 oz in 3 pumping sessions. Not too shabby. I estimate it will take me about a month of daily pumping to store enough for my first donation.

Since I bought a good pump, I've never had to worry about my pumping output. With my first, I bought a pump from Target thinking all pumps were created equal. Not so! Even if you plan to use a pump once a month (as I do for the occasional time away from the little one), I highly recommend getting a pump from the recommended list here. They range in price but a decent pump can run about $150. Which is about the average price of pumps you will find on store shelves. These recommended pumps are well worth the investment as it will lessen the likelihood of injury and will get you much more breast milk bang for your buck. I bought the Ameda Purely Yours, and absolutely love it.

If you have to work and pump, I highly recommend browsing www.workandpump.com. There is a wealth of information for working moms or any mom that wants to pump. Even if you pump occasionally, it helps to learn how to get the most out of your pumping sessions. Above all remember, pumping output is NEVER an indication of breast milk supply.

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