Though it was not all that many years ago (in the grand scheme of things) that I was walking zombie-like through the haze of new motherhood, the challenges of those early months seem part of a far distant past. Still, I can easily conjure up how those days felt, dictated as they were by the … Continue reading In the moment
Being both a birth doula and a supporter of breastfeeding moms puts me in an interesting position to observe the (sometimes dramatic) effects of the birth experience on breastfeeding. This is a tricky and potentially delicate topic for someone who educates prospective parents about breastfeeding. Parents come from diverse backgrounds and belief systems. My aim … Continue reading Cause and Effect: Birth -> Breastfeeding
There are two schools of thought about how to prepare for breastfeeding (and, I suspect, to parenting as well). One is the read-everything, prepare-to-the-nth-degree approach. These folks read all they can get their hands on, take a bunch of classes, and ask their friends for advice in advance. The other school of thought is best … Continue reading Watch your baby, not your iPhone timer
The other night I taught my regular breastfeeding class ("Breastfeeding Basics" at Blossom Birth in Palo Alto). One of the prospective parents--a mom--stayed after class to ask a question about a topic she wished I had brought up in class: the emotional aspects of breastfeeding and their effect on intimacy. This topic was on her … Continue reading Breastfeeding and intimacy
A Yahoo news report on a UK study of current guidelines that mothers breastfeed exclusively until babies are 6 months old began: "Breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months is not necessarily best for a baby's health, British researchers said Friday, calling into question advice given to new mothers." I teach breastfeeding and have long … Continue reading Another study, more confusion
How did you pick your care provider for your pregnancy? Was it the same OB you've had for years and years? Did you ask friends? Did you not think about it until you were actually giving birth and finding out that the doctor's ideas about what you should do were different from your own? There … Continue reading Help create a great resource: The Birth Survey
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