Breastfeeding and the law – where to get information?

It can be hard to know how a breastfeeding mother and family will be affected by laws. First of all it can be hard to find out what the laws say. ┬áThen knowing what they say isn’t enough – most of us that aren’t lawyers (that is, most of us) need help understanding what the…

Great latch article

My friend Nora just gave me a heads-up on this article by Fleur Bickford on the Best for Babes site. There are so many unhelpful things out there about latch – so many detailed instructions about specific positions that don’t actually work for all mothers and babies. Many of these detailed instructions seem to put…

What does mama milk look like?

I just discovered this collection of photographs on the Stanford Medical School Newborn Nursery website. It has pictures of things that are common and uncommon, of concern and not. It has pictures of mature breastmilk, green expressed milk (not a problem by the way), baby poop, tongue-tie, and many other things. This looks like a…

Not much time for blogging…

Just a note about my summer… I’m a mom with a bunch of kids at home so between work spending time with new mamas and babies and my own kids’ stuff I haven’t had time for writing about breastfeeding. I have been posting current breastfeeding news and research on Happy Bambino’s facebook page, though, so…

On-line learning opportunity

Health e-Learning offers great lactation education online. For the last three years I have participated in their breastfeeding conference, GOLD (Global On-line Lactation Discussion) and it was definitely worth my time. Anyway, I am plugging them here because they are offering a couple of their conference sessions for free and both are worth watching. Karleen…

Coming to peace with low milk production

Not making enough milk for your baby even when you are “doing all the right things” can be very emotional. Here is a video from a mother that went through that sadness, came to peace with it, and wanted to help other mothers. Got Milk? from Martha Groom on Vimeo.

Uppity Science Chick

Kathleen Kendall-Tackett does it again – she is the greatest resource for breastfeeding and mental health. I just found her website about evidence-based information about depression and new mothers, uppitysciencechick.com.

Pump review website

Buying a breast pump is expensive. Also there isn’t lots of good comparison information out there. I just learned about a website that is trying to fix that: http://www.breastpumpcomparisons.com/. If you’re thinking about buying a pump this could be a good starting point – they have reviews as well as manufacturer’s information. If you already…

What babies do…

Lots of breastfeeding questions that I hear are really questions about normal baby behavior. In our culture many parents don’t get to spend much time with babies until they have their own — and then they only spend lots of time with their own baby. It can be very reassuring to know what is normal….

Safety – pesticide exposure

The bad news is that babies get exposed to pesticides and other harmful chemicals during pregnancy and through their mothers’ milk. The good news is that all the research we have shows that mothers’ milk is best for babies despite this exposure. But I suspect most mothers would be happy to minimize that exposure if…