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Premies: Positioning

Perhaps your baby is now strong and mature enough to begin feeding directly at your breast. It may take some time to encourage him to do it correctly. Many mothers of premature babies find the cross cradle hold very useful for this stage. This technique allows you to get a better view of your baby, and to control your baby’s head. Position the baby across your lap, turned in towards you, chest to chest. Use pillows to bring him up to the level of your breast.... Read More

LLLI News 8 March 19

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Breastfeeding with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

Photo: Belle Verdiglione First published June 2016 DEUTSCH PCOS is a leading cause of infertility in women. Symptoms include: Raised levels of insulin (that can lead to excessive weight gain). Raised levels of male hormones (that can lead to acne and growth of unwanted hair). Irregular menses, ovarian cysts. Raised risk of diabetes. Underdevelopment of breast tissue. … Read More

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