Safety – nipple ointments

There are all kinds of things for sale to put on sore nipples. Most breastfeeding helpers agree that usually the best way to help sore nipples is to get good latch and treat any problems like infection or vasospasm. Many women that I talk with, though, say that ointments feel good to them. So it’s…

Madison Breastfeeding Promotion Network

Did you know that Madison has it’s own breastfeeding promotion organization called the Madison Breastfeeding Promotion Network (MBPN)? This group has been working for years to make breastfeeding easier for women in Madison. They organize an annual free breastfeeding education event for health care providers. Now they’ve got a website, http://www.publichealthmdc.com/MBPN/,  so that they’re easier…

Where can I learn more about taking medications when I’m breastfeeding?

Many package inserts say “Do not take this while pregnant or breastfeeding.” despite the fact that there is good evidence that a lot of medications are generally compatible with breastfeeding. So where can women go to learn about how taking a particular medicine could affect their milk supply or their baby? Here’s a few options:…

Breastfeeding Friendly Day Care

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has created a resource kit, “Ten Steps to Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Centers Resource Kit”. It can be downloaded for free from the DHS website. It is attractive and seems easy to read. It has a brief summary of how a daycare provider can support breastfeeding for mothers that…

Bottles

Going back to work while their babies are little is the reality for most mothers that I see. And while it is possible to feed a baby by cup or spoon or finger, most care providers really prefer to feed babies with bottles. So I’ve been trying to learn more about what kinds of bottles…

H1N1 and breastfeeding

Are you wondering what breastfeeding mothers should do to keep themselves and their babies healthy during the flu season? I’ve been wondering too as I read the recommendations from different health organizations as they try to figure out what makes sense with the swine flu. General consensus: wash your hands, take care of yourself, and…

October Carnival of Breastfeeding

I just want to put in a plug for the October collection of blog posts for breastfeeding mothers on the theme “What I wish I’d known then…”. Here’s a link to my own post on Happy Bambino’s blog — scroll down to link to the rest of the posts.

Exclusive pumping

Sometimes feeding at the breast doesn’t work, sometimes it isn’t what a mother prefers. In any case, the numbers of mothers that exclusively pump and feed their babies their expressed milk are growing. The website ExclusivelyPumping.com looks like it has lots of useful information for mothers that are EPing.

Nursing Twins

Karen Gromada’s book and website are great resources for mothers of twins. The page that I just discovered is her collection of photos: nursing two babies in lots of positions. Ever wondered how you could nurse two babies while lying down? What about at the beach? Or while talking on the phone? Or if the…

Moms in the military

Mothers are doing every kind of work now — including serving in the armed forces. Some of the challenges for breastfeeding mothers in the military seem to be shared by all working mothers. Others (as far as I can tell as a non-military person) are unique. I just found a website by a US navy…

Really cool historic breastfeeding pictures

I’ve been meaning to post a link to Jennifer James’ breastfeeding blog (on Mothering.com) for ages. She puts up historical breastfeeding pictures, along with a little commentary and historical context. I find these such an interesting window into the breastfeeding and mothering world of women just a few generations ago. I look at them and…

Bedsharing and breastfeeding — video

I thought you might enjoy this short video clip about the benefits of bedsharing to breastfeeding babies. It’s a really short clip and doesn’t talk about guidelines for safe bedsharing. For more about safety, check out Dr. James McKenna’s website.