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Gender Identity in the Art of Breastfeeding

LAURA JESSUP, OREGON, USA Breastfeeding–the ability to feed a child the perfect and ideal food at the breast—is this necessarily feminine? A transman gives birth.  A transwoman, chromosomally XY, induces lactation.   A parent identified as female at birth has a condition called androgen insensitivity syndrome, so is genetically male but appears female.  What does it … Read More

Bedsharing Babies

PROFESSOR HELEN BALL, Durham Infancy & Sleep Centre, Department of Anthropology, Durham University, UK Originally published April 2016 and republished with the express permission of the author. Image courtsey of Kathryn O’Donnell, sourced from the Baby Sleep Info Source (Basis) website, made available under a Creative Commons License. Putting bedsharing babies in the picture In February 2015 an editorial published … Read More

close up of baby latched on, eyes closed and left hand by the side of her face

What Your Baby Knows About Breastfeeding

TERESA PITMAN Originally published October 2013, updated January 2016 and republished with the express permission of the author. What your baby knows about breastfeeding may surprise you … Most mothers imagine breastfeeding is something they do. They figure out when it’s time to feed again, they bring the baby to the breast, they put the … Read More

It Takes a Village

LINDSAY GIBSON, RANDBURG, SOUTH AFRICA Originally published September 2014, republished here with the express permission of the author. The Swahili saying “It takes more than one hand to nurse a child” is even more appropriate than the proverb “It takes a village to raise a child.” My story involved many helpers. My husband and I were … Read More

Breastfeeding with Hypoplasia: Insufficient Glandular Tissue

Diana Cassar-Uhl, mph, IBCLC, usa Originally published January 2013, updated July 2016 and republished with the express permission of the author. “Maybe you just need to try a little harder.” “Have you tried fenugreek?” “You’re probably not drinking enough water.” Mothers who struggle with milk production hear advice like this from well-meaning friends and family members … Read More

Breastfeeding Premature Babies

Teresa Pitman Originally published Sept 2015, updated June 2016 and republished with the express permission of the author. Breastfeeding premature babies: how it promotes better health, but rarely happens. What helps mothers who want to breastfeed a premature baby? About ten years ago, I was writing an article for a magazine about breastfeeding a premature baby. I … Read More

Jaundice

During the first week of life, more than half of all newborns have jaundice. Usually, jaundice is a normal part of adjusting to life outside the womb, but occasionally it may be a sign of serious health problems. Sometimes, the treatment of jaundice is challenging for mothers and babies.... Read More

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WHEN BREAST ISN’T BEST: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR SEXUAL ABUSE SURVIVORS IN BREASTFEEDING

Any breastfeeding advocates who deal with new families must have a working knowledge of sexual abuse as well as a trauma-informed approach in order to effectively support breastfeeding families.

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