Resources for employers

Many women in the USA return to work while their babies are just weeks or maybe months old. There are many ways employers can support breastfeeding employees – by helping connect mamas and babies for nursing breaks, by providing comfortable and convenient pumping spaces, by helping women access professional and peer breastfeeding support. For practical…

Many ways to be normal

This is just a sample from a great post by Jaqueline Kent: The breastfed infants, who were all growing normally, cued to feed between four and 13 times a day. Some of the infants (13%) only ever fed from one breast during each breastfeeding session, while 30% of the infants always fed from both breasts…

“Climb Out of the Darkness”

The emotions of having a new baby can be complicated: joy, sadness, love, anxiety. Postpartum can be a rough time for lots of families. The Dane County Perinatal Network is a great resource for parents that are looking for support with the sometimes overwhelming sadness and worry that can come with a new baby. They…

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…