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.
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 have a pump, it would be great if you submitted a review so that they have more data for other mothers to work from!
Suzanne Colson has super information about positioning for breastfeeding that takes advantage of normal baby behavior. She focuses on babies’ reflexes and states of consciousness. Now she has a short video clip on her website of a baby latching. Sorry I don’t know how to embed this video, so here is the link http://biologicalnurturing.com/Pages/bioflash.html. Her DVD (for sale on her site and in the US through Hale Publishing) is fantastic.
I can’t say enough about how Suzanne’s insights into how mothers and babies breastfeed together have helped me as I help families.
Note: I’ve added the link to my Library page list of latch resources.
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. The blog, Secrets of Baby Behavior, tries to share research-based information with parents. I like this blog a lot.
Another resource is a new program called text4baby. Mothers can sign up for this program and get free texts to their cell phone about pregnancy and baby’s first year. The texts are timed to match baby’s age and if baby is born early, mothers can update their account. The program is sponsored by the US government and several private companies. My main concern with this resource is that it may be oversimplified and make some parents less comfortable with parenting. Anyone out there using this already? What has your experience been?
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 they could. The Environmental Working Group has a tool you can use to do that: The Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides. You can look at their lists of most and least contaminated fruits and veggies and adjust what you buy. If you can’t afford to buy all your food organic, you can focus on the produce that is most likely to be heavily contaminated.
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 useful to know which ointments are probably harmless and which could be hazardous. The Environmental Working Group has a cosmetic safety data base, Skin Deep, where you can search for products by name and get information about their ingredients.
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 to find. It’s attractive and links to the Public Health website.