Breast-milk bill backers irked

Does anyone have more info on this Iowa bill? I believe the correct link to the part in question (House Amendment 8615) is: Breast-milk bill backers irked DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Breast-feeding advocates are bewildered that proposed changes to a bill intended to make the practice easier for women in Iowa would […]

Night Lights, Blankets and Lullabies

Night Lights, Blankets and Lullabies – Opinionator Blog – How children, and their parents, cope with the nightly passage into sleep.

Kangaroo Care study

New Research Shows “Kangaroo Mother Care” Reduces Newborn Deaths More than 50 Percent, Proven to be More Effective than Incubators for Stable Preterm Babies WESTPORT, Conn., (March 26, 2010) – Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) is one of the most effective ways to save preterm babies, according to a new meta-analysis released today on the […]

Some articles on depression therapies…

Bright Light Therapy for Depression Bright light therapy is a generally safe, well-tolerated treatment option for seasonal depression. It may relieve non-seasonal depression as well. Bright light therapy is also breastfeeding friendly and can be used during pregnancy. Can Fats Make You Happy? by Kathleen A Kendall-Tackett Becoming a mother can be wonderful—and […]

Separation anxiety :: Tips for separation anxiety Here are some ideas that may help make things go smoother when baby is going through a separation anxiety stage… Super Glue Baby: The No-Cry Separation Anxiety Solution Almost every child suffers some sort of anxiety during their first six years of life. Babies cry when grandparents […]

Breastfeeding & women of color

Black Breastfeeding: You have to see it to believe it Today someone asked me if I knew of any public service announcements or campaigns to promote breastfeeding featuring black moms and babies or other women of color. Why, yes, I do, and I pointed her to a recent few of them. It got me […]

Videos on breastfeeding and working

YouTube – Colorado Breastfeeding Coalition Videos Videos include: Breastfeeding and working – moms share their stories; Employer perspective on accommodating breastfeeding employees – an employer and a breastfeeding employee discuss how and why they made their workplace mother-friendly; Workplace Accommodations for Nursing Mothers

Breastfeeding PSA from Scotland

NHS Breastfeeding Awareness National Breastfeeding Awareness Week is in May each year, and the NHS have shown this advert on TV in Scotland every year since 2004 to promote a positive attitude to breastfeeding in public places. And another project on breastfeeding in public: Holistic Moms Network: Nursing Our Future The Holistic Moms […]

Encouraging Black Women to Embrace Breastfeeding

Encouraging Black Women to Embrace Breastfeeding American mothers as a whole do not breast-feed their babies as much as health experts would like, but African-American moms have the lowest rates of all — by some measures, they are half as likely to nurse as whites and Hispanics.

Preterm Infants– Breastfeeding Versus Bottle-Feeding

A few references that talk about the differences between breastfeeding & bottle-feeding preterm babies… Chapman DJ. Building the Evidence Base: Preterm Infants’ Energy Expenditure After Breastfeeding Versus Bottle-Feeding. J Hum Lact. 2010 Mar 19. [Epub ahead of print] Berger I, Weintraub V, Dollberg S, Kopolovitz R, Mandel D. Energy expenditure for breastfeeding and […]

New Study on Breast Cancer Prevention

The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) “recommends that mothers breastfeed exclusively for up to six months and then add other liquids and foods. Evidence is convincing that mothers who breastfeed reduce their risk for breast cancer. There is also probable evidence that children who are breastfed have a lower risk of gaining excess weight […]

Is my baby lactose intolerant? :: Is my baby lactose intolerant? If your baby is sensitive to dairy products it is highly unlikely that the problem is lactose intolerance, although many people may tell you so. There are three types of lactose intolerance…

Risks of powdered infant formula

Be careful when using powdered formulas, as there is always a risk of contamination since they are not sterile. Researchers find botulism-causing spores in US infant formula In a newly published study, researchers in the U.S. have identified botulinum spores in multiple containers of commercial infant formula. Here are some guidelines for avoiding the […]

Your Newborn’s Stomach Day 1-10

Ameda – Breastfeeding Basics: Your Newborn’s Stomach Day 1-10 The chart below shows the average size of a newborn’s stomach and how much milk it can hold at birth. Now you can see why your colostrum, or early milk, is more than enough to fill your newborn’s tummy. :: Nursing your newborn – […]

Consumer alert about folk remedy Nzu

NCDA&CS issues consumer alert about folk remedy Nzu RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is warning consumers, especially pregnant or breastfeeding women, to avoid a folk remedy called “Nzu” or “Calabash clay” because of potential health risks from lead and arsenic.

Racial and Ethnic Differences in Breastfeeding Initiation and Duration

Racial and Ethnic Differences in Breastfeeding Initiation and Duration, by State The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding to age 6 months and continued breastfeeding for at least the first year of life. The Healthy People 2010 targets for initiating breastfeeding, breastfeeding to age 6 months, and breastfeeding to age 12 month…

Partial Weaning & Combination Feeding :: Partial Weaning & Combination Feeding Breastfeeding is not an all-or-nothing process. You can always keep one or more feedings per day and eliminate the rest. Many moms will continue to nurse only at night and/or first thing in the morning for many months after baby has weaned from all other nursings.

Do attitudes about formula explain breastfeeding disparity?

Do attitudes about formula explain breastfeeding disparity? A new research study conducted at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center has found that black mothers’ attitudes about formula may explain disparate breastfeeding rates. According to the study, moms of all races (Black, White, Hispanic and Asian) are equally comfortable with the idea of breastfeeding…

Hand Expression of Breastmilk

Hand Expression of Breastmilk Until recently hand expression of milk has been an under-utilized skill in our institution. But there are many benefits of knowing how to express milk from the breast without the use of expensive or cumbersome pumps. In this video, Dr. Jane Morton demonstrates how easily hand expression can be taught…

Gap in health care law’s protection for children

The Associated Press: Gap in health care law’s protection for children WASHINGTON — Hours after President Barack Obama signed historic health care legislation, a potential problem emerged. Administration officials are now scrambling to fix a gap in highly touted benefits for children.

Canadian breastfeeding report

Toronto Public Health – Breastfeeding Toronto Public Health (TPH) has released a report showing that Toronto birthing hospitals need to do more to support women to breastfeed, and in particular, to breastfeed exclusively up to six months after giving birth. A couple of stories about the report: New study on impact of free formula […]

In the Philippines…

GMA signs Expanded Breastfeeding Act | The Philippine Star MANILA, Philippines – Government offices and private establishments may soon have “lactation stations” where mothers can breastfeed their babies or store their breast milk in refrigerated containers.

Infantino Recall

Infantino Recalls to Replace SlingRider Baby Slings; Three Infant Deaths Reported WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC), in cooperation with Infantino LLC, of San Diego, Calif. are announcing a free replacement program for the Infantino SlingRider and Wendy Bellissimo infant slings…

New cesarean birth statistics

The CDC released the latest cesarean birth statistics today. “Following a decline in the early 1990s, the cesarean rate increased by 53% from 1996 to 2007, from 21% to an all-time high of 32%…” Recent Trends in Cesarean Delivery in the United States In 2007, nearly one-third (32%) of all births were cesarean deliveries […]

Rotarix rotavirus vaccine contaminated

Rotarix rotavirus vaccine contaminated, officials say Federal health authorities recommended Monday that doctors suspend using Rotarix, one of two vaccines licensed in the United States against rotavirus, saying the vaccine is contaminated with material from a pig virus.

Natural Birth Post-Cesareans

Natural Birth Post Cesareans: Why Docs Lag Science More women want to be able to have a baby naturally, even if they’ve had Caesareans. Research backs them up—so why won’t doctors?

PPD legislation

FYI: Another thing included in the health care bill… (Sec. 2952) Encourages the Secretary to continue activities on postpartum depression or postpartum psychosis, including research to expand the understanding of their causes and treatment. Authorizes the Secretary to make grants to eligible entities for projects to establ…ish, operate, and coordinate effective and cost-efficient systems for […]

Study urges vitamin D supplement for infants

Study urges vitamin D supplement for infants And another study shows that 36% of mothers were deficient in vitamin D, too. Here are the two studies: Widespread Vitamin D Deficiency in Urban Massachusetts Newborns and Their Mothers Adherence to Vitamin D Recommendations Among US Infants 

A lovely article by LC Jan Ellen Brown…

Musings on Motherhood: A soon-to-be empty nester looks back on the tiring but terrific toddler days. 289 days. That’s the countdown to when I will be an “empty nester,” that trite reference to a mother who finds herself without children living at home…

A guide to infant formula for parents who are bottle feeding

A guide to infant formula for parents who are bottle feeding – Health Professional’s guide now available The Baby Friendly Initiative has produced “A guide to infant formula for parents who are bottle feeding” which is designed to give parents information on deciding which infant formula to use, how to best feed their baby, […]

A study on silymarin (milk thistle) for increasing milk production

Clinical efficacy, safety and tolerability of BIO-C® (micronized Silymarin) as a galactagogue Results:Women orally treated for 63 days with Silymarin showed a clear galactagogue role for the product with an increase of 85.94% of the daily milk production (placebo: +32.09%). No drop out, nor unwanted effects were reported in both groups. Compliance and tolerability […]

Nursing Manners

Nursing Manners …All of these things are very normal nursing behaviors for older babies and toddlers. Many things children do when they are nursing are cute or downright funny – but what if it’s a behavior that you don’t like? However normal it may be, there is no reason mom has to put up […]

The Distractible Baby

The Distractible Baby Latch on, suck a moment, pull off… latch on, suck a moment, pull off. Nurse a minute, pull away to smile at mom. Nurse a minute, pull away to see who just walked in the room. Nurse a minute, pull away to listen to the TV. Nurse a moment, pull away […]

Away We Go With Parenting!

Away We Go With Parenting! | Attachment Parenting International Blog Parenting can bring out some pretty big emotions. Nothing kicks off a debate between adults quicker than the implication that YOUR/THEIR parenting philosophies might be half-baked…or wrong…or questionably legal…or safe…

Wisconsin breastfeeding bill signed into law

Wisconsin breastfeeding bill signed into law: In part: “A mother may breast−feed her child in any public or private location where the mother is otherwise authorized to be. No person may interfere with the right of a mother to breast−feed her child as provided in this section.” Under the general penalty provision in Wisconsin state […]

Boys and Girls Are Different. Really.

Interesting… The Common Room: Boys and Girls Are Different. Really. I’m not familiar with either of the researchers discussed here, but as the mom of a boy and two girls I have seen that boys and girls certainly seem to be “wired differently.” When I posted this on Facebook, a couple of comments noted […]

Nurturing, It’s A Natural

Nurturing, It’s A Natural by Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D. Babies don’t say much, but they are thinking and observing and taking things in all the time. I think that if they could talk, these are a few of the things they would say: “Talk to me. I don’t understand the words, but I can […]

How to treat depression safely while breastfeeding

Lansinoh: How to treat depression safely while breastfeeding: An interview with Dr. Kathleen Kendall With all the joy that a new baby brings to a family, there can also be a lot of stress, anxiety, and big changes that might affect a mom’s mental health. Postpartum depression affects anywhere from 10 percent to 20 […]

What mothers do…

Who has read this book? What Mothers Do Especially When It Looks Like Nothing Instead of preaching what mothers ought to do, psychotherapist Naomi Stadlen explains what mothers already do in the course of any exhausting day’s work. Drawing from countless conversations with hundreds …

What is attachment parenting?

What is attachment parenting? I decided to get back to basics with my post today. I’ve faced a lot of misunderstanding recently about what Attachment Parenting is, so I wanted to clarify…

Educate Yourself. Proper Infant Positioning in a Baby Sling

Educate Yourself. Proper Infant Positioning in a Baby Sling Confused by the recent news from the CPSC regarding baby slings? We got together today with our friends Meg Barry, babywearing educator, and Kate Glynn from A Child’s Garden in Northampton, MA to make an educational video showing how to properly position an infant in […]

Why We Don’t Like “Sleep Training” for Babies:

Secrets of Baby Behavior: Why We Don’t Like “Sleep Training” for Babies: Part I We’ve had a few questions specifically about “sleep training” systems that often include claims that their use will result in getting babies to sleep through the night permanently. We’d like to use this post to explain why we think that […]

What can happen if someone else’s breast milk is given to another child?

From the US Centers for Disease Control: “What can happen if someone else’s breast milk is given to another child?” HIV and other serious infectious diseases can be transmitted through breast milk. However, the risk of infection from a single bottle of breast milk, even if the mother is HIV positive, is extremely small. […]

Breast-Feeding Helps Mom Stay Slimmer Later in Life

2010.03.08 — Breast-Feeding Helps Mom Stay Slimmer Later in Life FRIDAY, March 5 (HealthDay News) — The benefits of breast-feeding for infants are numerous and well-known, but researchers are finding more and more that breast-feeding can be a boon to mom’s health as well.  “The study, which was scheduled to be presented Friday at […]

Cosleeping: Sidecarring a crib

One of the ways to stay close to baby at night… peaceful parenting: Turn Your Crib into a CoSleeper There are more great tips, photos and a photo tutorial at

Staying Patient

Staying Patient | Attachment Parenting International Blog Let’s be honest: toddlers and young preschoolers can wear on even the most patient person’s nerves. From the constant questions…

Extended Breastfeeding Fact Sheet

Extended Breastfeeding Fact Sheet Breastfeeding benefits toddlers and young children… nutritionally, immunilogically and psychologically… :: Toddler nursing: What to expect Are you considering nursing your baby into toddlerhood and wondering how the nursing relationship will change? Are you wondering if your toddler is trying to wean, or wondering why your toddler is […]

Cosleeping and Biological Imperatives:

Cosleeping and Biological Imperatives: Why Human Babies Do Not and Should Not Sleep Alone Where a baby sleeps is not as simple as current medical discourse and recommendations against cosleeping in some western societies want it to be. And there is good reason why. I write here to explain why the pediatric recommendations on […]

Touch Hunger

Touch Hunger Some babies have very high “touch hunger.” Ashley Montagu describes the first 9-12 months postbirth as the time of “external gestation.” I’ve experienced a child with a very high need for touch – who literally cannot or do not sleep unless they are touching another human body. …

Frequent Breastfeeding :: Frequent nursing Both of my children seemed to spend the first 6 weeks or so in a constant growth spurt. If your child is doing the same, then hang in there… things almost always start to calm down somewhere between 6 and 8 weeks.