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.

Thoughts about the power of life and death.

Yesterday, in my township, I went on a protest march. At least 500 people participated. The crowd was diverse: old and young, black and white, masked and unmasked. The local police used their cars to line the streets we walked; other officers mingled with the crowd and elbow-bumped with many.  A popular state senator made.. read more →

Has your baby been forced to breastfeed?

After you gave birth, I hope your new sweet baby was put on your chest. What was supposed to happen next is that your baby would rest, start looking at you and your breast, and gradually move over and start breastfeeding. Babies get to the breast by crawling or leaping or sliding. This natural self-attachment.. read more →

Dance floor is as good as the bandstand.

My first foray into the world of expressive arts was as a contra, English country, and square dancer. I spent hours and hours  dancing with hundreds of people, driven by the energy of live music that provided fuel to dance all night. I’ve done that often, and have driven with friends for hours to far.. read more →

6 months postpartum, and still wanting to breastfeed.

RP was clearly anxious and guarded during our initial telephone conversation, where she told me of her dream to breastfeed, even after all this time, and of her hope that craniosacral therapy would help. My intuition spoke to me after she hung up. On the day of her appointment, as the time drew near, I.. read more →

Taking care of myself.

I am sick; yesterday, the new cold brought coughs, drips and fever and sent me to bed feeling  awful. This morning the fever is gone, but the coughs and drips remain. I have things I want to do; I am feeling a little better, so I could go out for an hour or so and.. read more →

Things MDs said to breastfeeding mothers:

Baby kept in the hospital for a bilirubin level of 11 on Day 3, secondary to “breastfeeding insufficiency.” Baby treated for rising bilirubin level. I made 10 contacts in the first month of the baby’s life. Baby gained 1 pound/week, happy and healthy. . .except that MD told the mother that baby could have liver.. read more →