Blog: Morning ThoughtsThere are always new stories and new ideas. The stories come from mothers, babies, and research. The ideas come from me, based on 46+ years of clinical practice, and observation. The ideas arrive mostly in the morning. Hence the category: Morning Thoughts.

If YOU have a story to share, contact me and I will put it up.

One person at a time.

I dream of doing something big to rid the world of racism, to rid my country of racism, to rid myself of racism. “A vision of us getting along” is the title of a presentation I have started to give to audiences, in order to live my dream. I feel called on to step up,.. read more →

Roots of bias about obesity.

My basic nursing education was in collegiate program from 1968 to 1972. I will always remember several patients assigned to me. One was Mrs. L, who was admitted in 1970 to the medical ICU for what was  then called Pickwickian Syndrome. Today it is called: obesity-hypoventilation syndrome, and consists of the triad of obesity, sleep.. read more →

May 14, 2022 March for Choice

Today was a sunny and warm May Saturday.  I dusted off the button I wore 50 years ago in my first protest marches, and put it on my hat. I had saved the button for half a century, thinking that my kids would be interested in a relic of the ancient, restrictive past. I never.. read more →

Breastfeeding in the 21st century.

How can breastfeeding work well when 23% of mothers are back to work within 2 weeks of giving birth, with the average length of time for maternity leave being 10 weeks? Here’s how:  breastfeed exclusively for as long as you can, sleep safely with your nursing baby, learn about your breast pump so that.. read more →

Postpone jury duty for breastfeeding.

In 1975 and again in 1990, I was summoned for jury duty. At those times, I was also breastfeeding my babies. There was no way I could leave my babies to give my full attention to a trial. I would have had to leave the trial every few hours to take milk out. This would.. read more →

Long-Acting Reversible Contraception

A paragraph from this recent study jumped out at me:  ( Pearlman Shapiro, Marit et al. “Breastfeeding and contraception counseling: a qualitative study.” BMC pregnancy and childbirth vol. 22,1 154. 25 Feb. 2022, doi:10.1186/s12884-022-04451-2) “Among women who attended a prenatal visit at Montefiore, more than one-third did not return for a postpartum visit, highlighting a.. read more →