Where do you get your information?

Older mothers and most lactation consultants may be getting their information differently than most new mothers. According to an article by Jacqui Cheng: Moms that come from Generation Y use the Internet differently than those from Generation X, according to new survey results from Bonnier Corp. While they both go online to accomplish tasks related…

Fun with Food

In our culture when we think of baby’s first food we often think of giving baby rice cereal on a spoon. Gil Rapley is an author advocating a different approach: waiting until baby is old enough (about 6 months) and letting baby feed himself. Her guidelines also talk about safety and special circumstances (like a…

Classic wisdom from LLL

I was reading Ruth’s La Leche League of Wisconsin newsletters from the 1960’s and found some gems. Here’s one of them: Our society is becoming so efficient, we’re so organized… and our living so fast that the whole idea of what mothering is all about is sort of really being lost…It is so important that…

Want more sleep?

Yet another reason to breastfeed your baby. This study from 2007 in the Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing found that: Parents of infants who were breastfed in the evening and/or at night slept an average of 40-45 minutes more than parents of infants given formula. Parents of infants given formula at night also self-reported…

Working (out) with Baby

It’s hard to get back in shape after baby is born but here’s a fun video that combines a breastfeeding baby with working and working out. Workout advisor, Bob Harper, shows up at a mama’s office where she works on the computer (while taking care of her breastfed 4-month old) to help her figure out…

Unexpected side effects…

I hadn’t realized what breastfeeding could do for me as a mother: a study found that “women who breastfeed for more than eight weeks are more relaxed, have a higher tolerance to monotony, and score higher on a socialization index” (from Hale and Hartman, Textbook of Human Lactation, p. 150).

One Mother’s Experience

As a lactation consultant I’m here to help you have a good breastfeeding experience as you define it — not as I define it. So I’m interested in your story not my story. I’m here to give you the combined experience of many women and scientific research not the particulars of my own breastfeeding experience….

Kangaroo Mother Care: the Best Start

Kangaroo mother care (KMC) isn’t just for marsupials! It is a way of caring for newborn babies that is increasingly supported by research for both full-term and premature babies. When my nephew was born (at full term) he had a hard time maintaining his body temperature. His parents were worried that he would have to…