Amazing infographic about breastfeeding

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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 →

New mothers also go through 9 stages of attachment

In 2011, Dr. Ann Marie Widstrom published an article entitled ” Newborn behaviour to locate the breast when skin-to-skin: a possible method for enabling early self-regulation.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20712833 After decades of observing newborns after birth, Dr. Widstrom noticed a pattern of 9 stages of behavior that a newborn goes through between the birth cry and sleep:  this.. read more →

21st century mothering.

I have been working with babies, birth, breastfeeding, mothers and families since 1975. That’s a lifetime. I get to have opinions, based on observation and on seeing patterns, one of the joys of living to be older.  The opinions are mine, and are shared here as a thought-provoking exercise. I am limited by my own.. read more →