Tag Archives: breastfeeding

7 Benefits of Using a Lactation Aid (and why tubes trump bottles)

Last week, a wonderfully dedicated family pregnant with their first baby came to see me. The mother was worried about her upcoming birth and breastfeeding journey. Just a few years before our visit, she had a breast reduction because of her chronic back pain. The pain was resolved but she realized that it could affect her […]

Why a vacation from nipple pain only hurts more

Nipple pain seems to be the most common challenge breastfeeding families face. Their sweet baby is born, roots around and down to the breast and OUCH! latches on in a way that instantly damages nipples. But at least they’re latching, right?!? The baby’s latch appears to be fine, so the mother must ride it out, […]

Skin to skin: one family’s success story

Today I’d like to tell you an amazing story about a family’s experience with skin to skin care. I saw a lovely family this week, at about 21 hours postpartum, that had concerns from their first child. They thought a visit to the hospital in the first day would help make them feel confident. Also, […]

Rules That Derail Breastfeeding (and how to avoid them)

Follow these rules if you don’t want breastfeeding to work out! It seems like many health care providers rely on rules and protocols to keep their patients healthy. Yet in some circumstances applying rules to something with a natural flow like breastfeeding can do more harm than good. In my practice, I hear all sorts […]

Babywearing for Better Breastfeeding

Babywearing describes carrying your baby or child in a baby carrier, like a sling or wrap. It’s a way to make the normal and important demands of babies easier for parents to read. Babywearing meets both the baby’s need to be held and the parents’ needs to feel less ‘stuck’. It can allow some comfort, […]

10 Anti-Breastfeeding Signs to Warn You Your Healthcare Practitioner Doesn’t Support Breastfeeding

Finding the right person to help you learn how to breastfeed can be a big task for many mothers. Who should I choose? Will they really help me? How do I know he or she really knows what s/he is talking about?  What’s the best option? Will they be worth the money? Yikes! That’s a […]

3 Reasons Why Your Baby Loves Skin-to-Skin Care

After giving birth safely, there is probably nothing more important to your baby’s health and survival than doing uninterrupted skin-to-skin as much as humanly possible. At the very least over the first 1000 hours of life. Big claim, I know! Skin-to-skin means keeping the mother and baby together naked, only a diaper on baby, until […]

The “Help” We Provide for Breastfeeding Families

I think we can all agree that anyone helping a mother with breastfeeding difficulties almost for sure has the mother’s and baby’s best interests at heart.  And, I am sure it is safe to say, we all want a happy healthy breastfeeding mom leaving our care with her happy well-gaining breastfeeding baby.  I don’t think that is […]

Allergies–THE BIG ONE!

Sigh…yes, I am talking about anaphylaxis. I have been following with great interest the research on whether it is a good idea for the breastfeeding mother to eat the allergen her baby is allergic to, or whether she should abstain altogether. Well, unfortunately, the jury is still out. And, depending on which side of the […]

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