Are you familiar with Best for Babes?

If you’re not already a fan of Best for Babes, take a look! Their mission is to help moms beat the “Booby Traps“–the cultural & institutional barriers that prevent moms from achieving their personal breastfeeding goals; To inspire, prepare & empower™ moms; To give breastfeeding a makeover and give moms the solutions they need to […]

Male boost for breastfeeding

From Ireland… Male boost for breastfeeding (subscription required) THE HSE in the northwest is enlisting the help of fathers in a bid to boost breastfeeding rates in the region. Do you have any favorite books or websites for Dad?

Chocolate flavored toddler formula

Enfamil Enfagrow Chocolate Powder Formula by Mead Johnson From the product description for this toddler formula: “Enfamil baby formula has undergone several significant changes since it was invented. Each change brings Enfamil baby formula nutritionally closer to breast milk…” I didn’t realize moms produced chocolate! This product appears to be aimed at parents of normal […]

In the news: Breastmilk can curb obesity

Breast milk can curb obesity Health experts agree breast-feeding sets a foundation for proper nutrition in infants and wards off illnesses. In a state where 44 of 100 children are overweight, state health officials are trying to encourage women to nurse as an early step in curbing childhood obesity.”Research shows us the states with […]

Breastfeeding and Prolactin Levels in Lactating Women With a Family History of Alcoholism

A small but interesting study… FHP = family history–positive for alcohol dependence FHN = family history–negative for alcohol dependence Breastfeeding and Prolactin Levels in Lactating Women With a Family History of Alcoholism Results: Although no group differences in alcohol pharmacokinetics were detected, FHP women exhibited blunted prolactin to breast stimulation after drinking the control and […]

Better Births, Lower Costs

Better Births, Lower Costs Safer, less expensive maternity care is slowly taking hold. America spends a larger percentage of its gross domestic product on health care than any other industrialized nation, yet its citizens aren’t healthier for it. This is especially true when it comes to childbirth… …United Healthcare found that 48 percent of newborns […]

Newest recommendations for HIV+ moms.

An article from Kenya on the newest recommendations for HIV+ moms: Expectant HIV/Aids women to start on ARV earlier – WHO HIV-positive pregnant women will now start on antiretroviral in the 14th week of their pregnancy, according to World Health Organisation’s revised guideline on prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV… The latest guideline […]

Initiation of Breastfeeding by Breast Crawl

Initiation of Breastfeeding by Breast Crawl UNICEF, WHO and WABA along with the scientific community strongly recommend initiating breastfeeding within an hour of birth. Every newborn, when placed on the mother’s abdomen, soon after birth, has the ability to find its mother’s breast all on its own and to decide when to take the first […]

AAP Policy Statement—Hospital Stay for Healthy Term Newborns

From February, in case you haven’t seen it… AAP Policy Statement—Hospital Stay for Healthy Term Newborns (PDF file; Feb 2010) …all efforts should be made to keep mothers and infants together to promote simultaneous discharge… …the breastfeeding mother and infant should be assessed by trained staff regarding breastfeeding position, latch-on, and adequacy of swallowing)…

Great posts on finding & evaluating research…

I just ran across some lovely blog posts by Andrea Lythgoe at Science & Sensibility (a research blog from Lamaze International) on finding and evaluating research. She wrote a series on Tracking Down Studies, and is currently continuing her series on Becoming a Critical Reader (the post at the top of the page is the […]

Does breastfeeding prevent postpartum depression?

This article on the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine blog explores the research that has been done on breastfeeding and PPD… Does breastfeeding prevent postpartum depression? It would be great if the answer were an unequivocal “Yes!” Postpartum depression, or PPD, is one of the most common complication of childbirth, affecting about 1 in 10 new moms, […]

A priceless gift from a grieving mother

What a priceless gift for a grieving mother to give! Sydney’s legacy: The milk of human kindness When Sydney died at 6 months of age, her mother’s donated breast milk became her legacy through a program at Fairview Health Services… Somewhere, in a hospital’s intensive care unit, Sylvie Stephens’ breast milk is trickling drop by […]

Free Folic Acid For Pregnant Women

Free Folic Acid For Pregnant Women An estimated 1,500 babies are born each year with neural tube defects, birth defects of the brain and spinal cord… To educate women about the importance of folic acid, March of Dimes corporate partner, Kmart, is giving pregnant women a one-month supply of free (yes, free!) folic acid.. There […]

Substance in breastmilk kills cancer cells

We’ve known about this for some time (looks like the first paper was published in 1995) but it’s always amazing to read about. Substance in breast milk kills cancer cells A substance found in breast milk can kill cancer cells, reveal studies carried out by researchers at Lund University and the University of Gothenburg. Although […]

Going Undercover in a School Cafeteria

Going Undercover in a School Cafeteria You might not know Mrs. Q, but she knows you. She teaches your children at school. She praises them when they answer a question correctly and encourages them when they make mistakes. She breaks up scuffles and brings sick tummies to the nurse. She writes your child’s report cards […]

ABC 7 I-Team Investigates: Organic Foods

Where are your organic foods coming from? Are they really pesticide-free? (Note: this broadcast is dated 05/21/08, but this is still a good reminder to get familiar with where your food is coming from.) ABC 7 I-Team Investigates: Organic Foods

Motherisk Update: Food-borne illnesses during pregnancy

Food-borne illnesses during pregnancy (Click on “Full text” or “Full text (PDF)” on the right for more details…) Tam C, et al. Food-borne illnesses during pregnancy. Can Fam Physician. 2010 Apr;56(4):341-343. Although heating or cooking food is the best way to inactivate food-borne pathogens, improved standards and surveillance have reduced the prevalence of contaminated foods […]

I’m in 100% agreement with this “Open Letter to My Fellow Breastfeeding Advocates”

An Open Letter to My Fellow Breastfeeding Advocates Each time a new study is released or an article is published addressing the matter of breastfeeding, a minor earthquake trembles through the breastfeeding advocacy community.  Just as is the case in real natural disasters, the shockwaves have the power to bring out the best in […]

Jaundice, breastfeeding both normal for newborns

Jaundice, breastfeeding both normal for newborns ABM’s newly released Clinical Protocol #22: Guidelines for the Management of Jaundice in Breastfeeding Infants 35 Weeks’ Gestation or More concludes with the reminder that “(j)aundice and some degree of hyperbilirubinemia are normal and expected aspects of newborn development. Breastfeeding is also a normal and expected aspect of infancy […]

New Doula Film

Have you used a doula? Tell us about it. Doula! The Ultimate Birth Companion A DOULA (n:pronounced doo-luh) is a professional birth companion, an experienced woman who supports you before, during and after your birth. Like having your mum, sister or best friend with you when you have your baby.

On consequences and rewards…

Some interesting reading for today… The Consequences of “Consequences” by Teresa Pitman It’s the first day of the summer camp where my daughter Lisa works as a counselor, and she listens while the head counselor sits all the kids down, lists the “forbidden” behaviours, and outlines the consequences that will follow when rules are broken… […]

Why Children Continue

Why Children Continue Excerpt from Breastfeeding Older Children by Ann Sinnott As this book shows, many women in the industrialized world today practise sustained breastfeeding. These mothers are convinced that ongoing feeding provides physical and emotional health benefits for older children. There have been few physical health studies on children in the developing world breastfed […]

Does your DR know?

Does your DR know about LACTMED and Hale’s “Medications and Mothers’ Milk”  (or other good sources of info on medications and breastfeeding)? Jayawickrama HS, Amir LH, Pirotta MV. GPs’ decision-making when prescribing medicines for breastfeeding women: Content analysis of a survey. BMC Res Notes. 2010 Mar 23;3(1):82. [Epub ahead of print]

Wow – check out this breastfeeding artwork!

Breastfeeding Art This is for those who are breastfeeding, who support breastfeeding, who plan on breastfeeding and who tried to breastfeed. For those who encourage breastfeeding, are interested in it and those who keep up the good work in educating others about it. All images are protected by copyright. We appreciate your understanding that using […]

Avoiding the first c-section: 5 essential questions

Avoiding the first c-section: 5 essential questions In recognition of International Cesarean Awareness Month, sponsored by the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN), I wanted to discuss a problem I feel contributes significantly to the high rate of primary c-sections in the United States.  It is critical that we look at what can be done to […]

Internet child health advice ‘wrong’

Internet child health advice ‘wrong’ Typing your child’s medical problem into Google is unlikely to deliver much in the way of good advice, UK researchers have said. Here’s the study: Scullard P, Peacock C, Davies P. Googling children’s health: reliability of medical advice on the internet. Arch Dis Child. 2010 Apr 6.

Study: Spanking Kids Leads to More Aggressive Behavior

Study: Spanking Kids Leads to More Aggressive Behavior Now researchers at Tulane University provide the strongest evidence yet against the use of spanking: of the nearly 2,500 youngsters in the study, those who were spanked more frequently at age 3 were more likely to be aggressive by age 5. The research supports earlier work on […]

Do you use a nursing cover?

I have mixed feelings about nursing covers. I never use one myself, and feel that it actually draws attention to the fact that mom is breastfeeding. On the other hand, I want other moms to do whatever is necessary to feel comfortable feeding their babies. In this story, Karin Cadwell also points out that seeing […]

Great Sesame Street resources on two separate subjects – military deployment & grief

The Sesame Street resources for toddlers and preschoolers on military families (Deployments, Homecomings, Changes) come highly recommended. The Sesame Street video and parent/caregiver materials are also available for download here: Deployments, Homecomings, Changes Sesame Street has a new project called When Families Grieve.  Here’s the PBS Parents page for this. You can also see the […]

Vatican calls for more breastfeeding artwork

OK, this isn’t new news, but I just ran across it and it’s interesting… Vatican calls for more artwork showing Mary breastfeeding Jesus The Vatican recently announced that it wanted more breastfeeding pictures of the Virgin Mary and artists around the world have been working to respond. Many paintings depicting the bare breasts of the […]

Living happily ever after

What would have helped you to prepare you for the realities of parenthood? Living happily ever after by Norma Ritter, IBCLC, RLC, LLLL In many ways, pregnancy is like a fairy tale. It is very common for pregnant women to believe that they need to prepare only for the actual birth of their babies, and […]

What about the maternal health impact of suboptimal breastfeeding?

An analysis that is missing half the equation I was pleased to see Melissa Bartick’s effort to appraise US policy-makers of the economic costs of suboptimal breastfeeding. However, any analysis that is missing the effects of lactation on maternal health will grossly underestimate the true costs to the US of suboptimal breastfeeding.

2 birth items: breech birth, delayed pushing

Vaginal Birth Better for Breech Babies Says Canadian Doctors The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada has announced that c-sections are no longer recommended for breech babies! This is contrary to common practice in North America, in which very few doctors or midwives will attempt a vaginal delivery on a breech baby. Another […]

Don’t Believe Every Breastfeeding Study You See…

Don’t Believe Every Breastfeeding Study You See… . . . until you’ve asked some important questions. Breastfeeding is a hot topic in the news, guaranteed to drive up page views and unique visitors.   Best for Babes is very concerned about any news outlets that are exploiting breastfeeding’s celebrity status and putting out information to the public […]

A great commentary: Is it wrong to talk about the public health importance of breastfeeding?

Is it wrong to talk about the public health importance of breastfeeding? So there was this article in Pediatrics that estimated there are 911 preventable deaths a year in the U.S. due to lack of breastfeeding. Should we not say that? The comments sections of a lot of the media coverage of this article, […]

Study shows obesity in infants can be diagnosed at 6 months

Study shows obesity in infants can be diagnosed at 6 months By analyzing the electronic medical records of babies seen for routine “well-child” visits to the UTMB pediatric clinic, the investigators found that about 16 percent of 6-month-olds fit the study’s criterion for obesity — a weight-for-length ratio that put them in the top 5 […]

Nice article about human milk banks in USAToday.

Women donate to breast milk banks to help others’ babies For mothers who can’t produce enough breast milk, a growing network of breast milk banks are providing a monumental service. For more information on the Human Milk Banking Association of North America & its milk banks, visit The HMBANA milk banks are non-profit, but […]

From AOL News: Pediatricians Need to Get With the Breastfeeding Program

Opinion: Pediatricians Need to Get With the Breastfeeding Program Given my own experience, I naturally assumed that every pediatrician was trained to help babies and mothers succeed at nursing — guiding them through the difficulties and answering questions. But many aren’t, and as we learned this week, the cost in health and dollars is significant.

Breastfeeding and Guilt

Raise your hand if you’ve ever mentioned or posted a link to a study on breastfeeding (with no value judgment added– or intended!) and been accused of attacking other mothers and making them feel guilty… I encounter this almost daily.  I wonder sometimes whether moms are feeling more sadness or grief or even anger (rather […]

Breastfeeding a Toddler — That’s So Not My Plan

Breastfeeding a Toddler — That’s So Not My Plan: A Mom’s Life Before I was a mom, I’d visit my friend who was still nursing her then three-year-old, and exchange knowing eye-rolls with the other adults in the room. “That’s absurd!” I’d say to my husband the second we left her house. “That child has […]

Medications for Trauma Symptoms and PTSD in Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women

Medication Use for Trauma Symptoms and PTSD in Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women Although medications are not the central treatment modality for PTSD, they can be helpful in women’s recovery. Medications can be used safely in pregnant and breastfeeding women with trauma symptoms and there are safer choices within each medication category.

Trust Yourself, Trust Your Child, When It Comes to Cosleeping

A nice article from Attachment Parenting International:  Trust Yourself, Trust Your Child, When It Comes to Cosleeping I remember thinking the same thing many of you are thinking, “When will this baby (or child) sleep through the night? Am I doing something wrong by cosleeping?” Just like you, I was criticized by anyone who knew […]

CNN – Senator Merkley Helps Nursing Mothers

Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley added an amendment to the health care reform law that will give new mothers privacy and flexible break times to pump breastmilk once they return to work. CNN – Senator Merkley Helps Nursing Mothers This timeline from the Kaiser Family Foundation may also be helpful: Health Reform Implementation Timeline The implementation […]

FAQ on Employed Breastfeeding Mothers & Health Care Reform

Press release from the United States Breastfeeding Committee: USBC Applauds Workplace Breastfeeding Support Provision in Health Care Reform Press release (PDF file) from the US Lactation Consultant Association: US Lactation Consultant Association Commends Breastfeeding Support Provision in Health Care Reform Here’s the USBC FAQ: Health Care Reform Boosts Support for Employed Breastfeeding Mothers: FAQ With […]

Research: Human milk-based fortifier for preemies = less NEC

In this study, the researchers compared extremely premature babies receiving human milk fortified with either a human-milk-based or a cow’s-milk-based fortifier. The babies who received no cow’s milk-based products had lower rates of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). Sullivan S, et. al. An Exclusively Human Milk-Based Diet Is Associated with a Lower Rate of Necrotizing Enterocolitis than […]

Today is World Autism Awareness Day

Today is World Autism Awareness Day Today, April 2, is World Autism Awareness Day. In late 2007, the United Nations decreed that April 2, 2008 would be the first World Autism Awareness Day to coincide with National Autism Awareness Month, which is recognized every April. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and […]

Secrets of Baby Behavior: The Science of Infant Sleep

Secrets of Baby Behavior: The Science of Infant Sleep Part I: The First 6 Weeks For nearly all parents, the first six weeks after their babies are born seem to be the longest and toughest in their lives. Struggling to understand their babies’ needs, parents are awakened at random intervals day after day and […]

New study: Drooping/sagging breasts not caused by breastfeeding…

The technical term for dropping or sagging of the breasts is “breast ptosis” (try to use that one in everyday conversation!) Breast Ptosis: Causes and Cure. Rinker B, Veneracion M, Walsh CP. Breast Ptosis: Causes and Cure. Ann Plast Surg. 2010 Mar 29. [Epub ahead of print] …History of breast-feeding, weight gain during pregnancy, […]


I think this has to be one of my favorites! Very Crafty | Mama is… …and if you don’t have time to make the hat yourself: