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…

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.