Blog: Morning ThoughtsThere are always new stories and new ideas. The stories come from mothers, babies, and research. The ideas come from me, after 30+ years of clinical practice, usually in the morning. Hence the category: Morning Thoughts.

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

A call in time saves a lot.

MJ was a 44 year old mother who delivered a boy by cesarean section. She began breastfeeding in the hospital and was referred to me on postpartum day #5; in the 90s, people stayed in the hospital longer after a surgical delivery. Her baby was still pooping dark colored poops; his mother reported that he.. read more →

Encouragement matters.

A young woman wanted to breastfed and was referred to me, the lactation consultant in the program (A Better Start, based out of Osteopathic Hospital in the 1990s)  that was providing her prenatal care.  She had only 2 weeks off before being required to return to school to complete the requirements for her degree. She.. read more →

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 →