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 →

Amazing infographic about breastfeeding

The 111 Benefits of Breastfeeding – For Babies, Moms & Everyone Else read more →

Maybe we’ve missed the boat.

Healthcare workers teach about breastfeeding using the information they know already. Most of this is about the benefits to babies’ and mothers’ health, now and in the future. Maybe that isn’t helpful. Evidence about benefits is a foundation for our work, a reason supporting what we do and justifying our salaries,  but maybe it ignores.. read more →

Why a bottle of formula appeals.

This morning’s cartoon from my favorite strip, For Better or For Worse, gave me an insight.   For most of my whole working life, I have worked to encourage exclusive breastfeeding for at least 6 months, and sustained breastfeeding for as long as possible.  However, while many women dream of breastfeeding for a long time, there.. read more →

Lactation consultant headache #3, 700, 006!

My client had chosen to stay in the pediatric unit with her newborn, who was being kept to treat an infection with intravenous antibiotics In this way, she was able to breastfeed whenever her baby needed, and keep her baby in arms. Two nurses on one night shift strongly urged my client to put her.. read more →