Harvard research: “Children Need Touching”

Here are the opening paragraphs from a 1998 article in the Harvard Gazette: America’s “let them cry” attitude toward children may lead to more fears and tears among adults, according to two Harvard Medical School researchers. Instead of letting infants cry, American parents should keep their babies close, console them when they cry, and bring…

Gifts to ourselves

It’s Mothers’ Day. I hope all of the mothers out there have a lovely day. Mine has been really nice. In Madison today it’s sunny, cool, and all the spring flowers are blooming. All my kids are getting along and they’re all doing their work — even my oldest who needs to study for finals….

Carnival of Breastfeeding

I wrote the following post for the Happy Bambino blog as part of the Carnival of Breastfeeding. I’m putting it below for those of you that don’t (yet) read Happy Bambino’s blog. – Adria As part of our Carnival of Breastfeeding this post looks at the tough problem of what to do when you, the…

Having Faith

Before I had children, long before I joined the world of breastfeeding support, I studied ecology. It was exciting and interesting and sometimes I miss it a lot. I just came across a book that lets me enjoy both my current (lactation) and my former (ecology) interests: Having Faith: An Ecologist’s Journey to Motherhood by…

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Here’s a video of a baby playing on the floor: What’s wrong with the picture? It is only a baby. No mother. No father. No grandma or grandpa or aunt or neighbor or big sister. Babies need adults to thrive and survive. In modern society we often forget about this without even being aware that…

Our mammal connection

Babies are born wanting to drink mother’s milk at the breast. Even if mothers don’t know how to breastfeed or don’t want to breastfeed, the babies know they need to suck and try to get to the breast. In this way, we’re just like other mammals — and we can learn a lot about feeding…

Some new research (and an old joke)

Here’s the joke: “A blonde is walking down the street with her blouse open and her right breast hanging out. A policeman approaches her and says,”Ma’am, are you aware that I could cite you for indecent exposure?” She says, “Why officer?” “Because your breast is hanging out.” he says. She looks down and says, “OH…

Each baby is special

This post deals with an aspect of breastfeeding that I think is important but is hard to articulate well. Please be patient with me. It starts with someone that I admire: Mr. Rogers. Here is a goodbye video that he did: Mr. Rogers is so kind. He talks about how each person is special —…

More thoughts from the New Yorker

Jill Lepore goes on to look at what part of breastfeeding is the part that is important to babies’ well being: is it the breastmilk? or is it the interaction with mothers? And if it is (even at least in part )the interaction, why is pumping given so much priority? Rhode Island’s Physicians’ Committee for…