Snow White and the Stolen Kiss.

Some people are complaining about the Disney cartoon movie, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The handsome Prince brought the sleeping Snow White back to life and love by kissing her as she lay in spellbound sleep. The Prince didn’t ask Snow White’s permission; Snow White was in no condition to give permission. Consent.. read more →

Reaction without reflection makes a mess.

Dr. Fiona Jardine edits neuropsychological assessment reports about children. She sometimes uses  a template called “Twice Exceptionality” when writing about children with high intelligence and ADHD. How I wish I had known this about myself before now. “Twice exceptionality means that because of the child’s high intellectual abilities, she tends to intellectualize and verbalize information.. read more →

Common Sense breastfeeding II

I was referred to a young couple, parents of a 3-month old, by a friend. The couple was struggling with their baby’s reflux, wanted information about TummyTime!, and breastfeeding. Thanks to the miracle of ZOOM, we all spoke together today. I got to see their sweet baby and their dog. The parent in greatest distress.. read more →

Common Sense Breastfeeding

A nurse from Mississippi sent me an email today that captured the essence of my teaching so well that I want to share it. She said,“You have given me so much to think about regarding breastfeeding – you make it sound like “common sense!” She went on to tell me what she understood after taking.. read more →

What I learned growing up white.

I have loved working with breastfeeding and human lactation for 45 years, and look forward to many more. As part of my work at a health department, I have given many educational sessions about cultural humility to healthcare professionals. As part of preparing for these sessions, I gathered information about breastfeeding practices from around the.. read more →

Why did I breastfeed?

Why did I breastfeed? I was born in 1950; my baby dolls all came with bottles. The little siblings of my peers in the neighborhood were all bottle-fed. I remember sitting in my high chair, watching my mother making bottles of formula….store-bought formula was too expensive for our family. (To this day, the thought of.. read more →