Does breastfeeding really need to be interrupted?

It is easy to forget that breastfeeding is much more than just breastmilk. When a nursing mama is sick and needs medical care it can be super stressful to bottle feed, pump & dump – even if her baby is still getting her milk that she expressed earlier. Because of this, it’s a good idea…

More basic biology of milk-making

I was super excited to see this article reporting on research coming out of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. So many women I see struggle with low milk supply and there are very few answers for them. There is just a lot of basic biology of making milk that we don’t understand. This research is trying to…

Hand Expression

Hand expression is so useful: engorgement, pump broken, away from baby longer than expected. It is a skill that is easier to learn by watching and doing than by reading about it. We’re lucky to have internet video now for learning by watching. Practicing in the shower can be a good way to learn by…

Breastfeeding in the US – in a nutshell

I think one of the most interesting parts of this is the comparison of breastfeeding rates in the US at one year with the UNICEF survey of rates at two years. What is it about other cultures that makes long-term breastfeeding so much more achievable? Source:LiveScience

Snuggling baby skin to skin

My fourth birth went from being a planned homebirth to a vacuum-assisted, epidural-numbed hospital birth. One of the things that worried me a lot about this transfer was how we would do with breastfeeding. My first birth and breastfeeding experience had been really challenging, at least in part because we had a rough birth and…

Is eating good food too expensive?

Breastfeeding is about lots of things but one of the biggest ones is nutrition. Many families choose breastfeeding and breastmilk because it is the best food for babies. Breastfeeding is also generally the cheapest way to feed a baby. (I’m not going to get in to calculating some value attached to the time mamas spend…

New AAP resolution

This may seem like a dry, legalistic-sounding (maybe even boring) document but it says something that I find really exciting: Resolve that the Academy advise pediatricians not to provide formula company gift bags, coupons, and industry-authored handouts to the parents of newborns and infants in office and clinic settings Until we have donor milk readily…

Good news/bad news or environmental contamination of breastmilk

You may have heard in the news that mothers’ milk is contaminated with toxic chemicals. It is true. It is also true that everyone agrees that breastmilk is the first choice food for babies. All major public health organizations promote breastfeeding. Even though we live in a world where harmful chemicals are in our environment…

Breastfeeding and the law – where to get information?

It can be hard to know how a breastfeeding mother and family will be affected by laws. First of all it can be hard to find out what the laws say. ┬áThen knowing what they say isn’t enough – most of us that aren’t lawyers (that is, most of us) need help understanding what the…

Doulas are awesome…

I don’t think I can say this often enough: The easiest way to get breastfeeding off to a good start is a birth that is as natural as possible. Of course a natural birth doesn’t guarantee that breastfeeding will be trouble-free and birth interventions don’t mean that breastfeeding won’t go just fine. It is just…

Working and pumping: where to find out more about the law

Last year a new law was passed that requires employers to provide a space and break time for breastfeeding mothers to pump for their babies. These links have information about what the law provides and how to file a complaint. One nice thing about the law is that it acknowledges the variation between mothers in…