Make it easy.

I was the fourth lactation consultant seen by this mother; one of them had referred her to me for craniosacral  therapy because breastfeeding was neither comfortable nor easy, and there was a history of slowed infant weight gain. She arrived, bearing so much stuff that it took 3 trips to unload everything from her car… read more →

Health has to compete with industry

For over 40 years I have been working with mothers and babies to teach about and to encourage breastfeeding. Most mothers make milk starting in pregnancy, and will have an increase in milk volume after the placenta is delivered. Yet the big question in my work is “will the mother give this milk to her.. read more →

The second book.

I never imagined I would have enough to say to write a second book. My first book, Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Breastfeeding Therapy,  was inspired by an exciting idea that fueled 2 years of work, with the final manuscript published in 2011. 11 years ago, I started writing something to help new parents and.. read more →

Riches of content.

Both my parents had PTSD, and were themselves children of the Depression and World War II. My conception was accidental. My dad buried himself in work, leaving my mother isolated for most of the time. Alcohol was a family member. Suffice it to say that I, an only child, was poorly parented. Fast forward 68.. read more →

21st century mothering.

This  photograph, of a model posing wearing expensive brand name clothes and diamonds while she is pumping milk, is promoted as fierce mothering in the 21st century. As a mother who first gave birth in 1975, I think of mothering as a relationship; if she was breastfeeding her baby while wearing all this high-end gear,.. read more →

Baby bodywork: working on the mother

Today’s baby is nearly 2 months old, already pounds over birthweight, and alert and calm. Her mother brought her in for baby bodywork after a anterior tongue tie revision. The baby looked great: no asymmetries, head turning equally in both directions, and the area below her inion (the part of the occipital bone that sticks.. read more →