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.

Lack of helpful support is the real problem.

I receive daily news alerts about three topics related to my work as a lactation consultant. The three topics are breastfeeding, formula, human milk, and lactation. Today’s alert about breastfeeding included an article entitled,  “I felt rage. What happened when I traded my sanity for milk. What happened when I breastfed despite the pain.” https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2024/jan/10/traded-sanity-for-milk-breastfed-despite-the-pain.. read more →

Belief versus fact

Research shows that facts don’t change beliefs. I have fought against beliefs that don’t make sense to me since I was a little girl. The responses to my different opinions have often been painful. As a  Jewish child I had rocks thrown at me by the neighborhood Catholic children for asking, “Doesn’t your God say.. read more →

After death.

Today, my daughter and son-in-law are at a cemetery for the unveiling of the new gravestone on the grave of his father and her father-in-law, George. Other family members are there too, thinking and remembering, and talking about George. Being at the grave of someone known and loved is a profound experience. One is flooded.. read more →

Postpartum Mood Adjustment Disorder

I volunteered at the Postpartum Support International exhibitor’s table at the Psych Congress in Nashville on September 9.  Psych Congress bills itself as “the nation’s number one conference on practical psychopharmacology.. . . This is a conference for psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, psychologists, primary care physicians, and other mental health professionals.” Our table was.. read more →

What to do if your elderly relative is being overmedicated:

How are the elderly  overmedicated? They are seeing several specialists in addition to their primary physicians.The specialists never talk with each other, and never ask what medications their patient is already taking. As a result, the elderly can be prescribed more than a dozen medications, plus drugstore supplements. This includes medications with the same functions… read more →

Small acts make a difference.

The walk to the gym and to the local drugstore is short; I like being able to walk instead of using my car. Even when it is raining or snowing, I walk. Trash litters the roadside: candy wrappers, cigar and cigarette boxes, fast food bags, soda and water bottles. As I walk along, I pick.. read more →