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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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.

Biological Nurturing

Biological Nurturing by Suzanne Colson – Home Suzanne Colson’s Biological Nurturing is a mother-centred approach that suggests new ways to hold and cuddle babies aiming to increase the enjoyment of breastfeeding.

Protocols – The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM)

So useful! Protocols – The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) These protocols serve only as guidelines for the care of breastfeeding mothers and infants and do not delineate an exclusive course of treatment or serve as standards of medical care. Variations in treatment may be appropriate according to the needs of an individual patient.

Breastfeeding and HIV

Prolonged Breastfeeding Protects Kids From HIV A new study has revealed that stopping breastfeeding early might increase mortality risk among children born to HIV infected mothers. By 4 months of age, children pass the critical stage of development where breastfeeding is essential for their survival. AnotherLook at breastfeeding and HIV/AIDS WHO also now […]