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Breastfeeding Without Giving Birth

Monday, March 23, 2020

Alyssa Schnell, St. Louis, Missouri, USA Alyssa Schnell is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) based in the United States. She speaks internationally about inducing lactation and relactation and specializes in helping parents who have not given birth (non-gestational parents) to breastfeed their babies. In this article Alyssa discusses how parents who have not … Read More

Living in China During the Outbreak of COVID-19

Thursday, March 12, 2020

By an anonymous mother, Xiamen, China Spring Festival is the most important holiday for many Chinese people. The number of people travelling during this period during 2019 reached as many as 2.98 billion. The 2020 Spring Festival travel rush began on 10 January as people gathered with families. Who could have imagined what we were about to face? … Read More

Update on HIV and Breastfeeding

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Pamela Morrison, IBCLC, West Sussex, England La Leche League Leaders occasionally receive requests for information about whether mothers who have tested positive for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) can breastfeed their babies. Although the discovery that the virus can be passed from mothers to babies during breastfeeding was made in 1985, the original international advice … Read More

Breastfeeding and Galactosemia

Monday, October 1, 2018

Rebecca Scott, New Jersey, USA Rebecca’s second child was born with galactosemia, a rare condition that affects the way the body can process the carbohydrate in breast milk. Rebecca recalls the events that led up to the diagnosis and shares more information about the condition. Please note: This article is a personal story of one mother-baby … Read More

Lyme Disease and Breastfeeding

Monday, June 25, 2018

Mary Francell, Bellingham, Washington, USA Adapted from an original article in e-Blender, the Area Leader Letter for LLL of New York, USA. In the Northern Hemisphere, spring and summer weather brings fun opportunities for families. After being cooped up in the house for the winter, they can go outside to take walks, enjoy picnics in the … Read More

Peanut Allergy

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Claire K. Dalidowitz, Connecticut, USA Peanut allergy is a complex medical issue involving many factors such as family history, genetics, ethnicity, environmental influences, baby’s health and development. Claire Dalidowitz is a member of LLLI’s Health Advisory Council (HAC) and in this article she summarizes current research and recommendations for reducing the risk of peanut allergy. Leaders … Read More

Remodeling the Mammary Gland

Friday, March 31, 2017

FRANÇOISE RAILHET, FRANCE Scientists continue to uncover amazing things about human and animal anatomy, including discoveries related to lactation. The destruction of damaged or old cells is essential for the renewal of tissues throughout an individual’s life. The mammary gland experiences cyclical variations during menstrual cycles, and further important remodeling variations during pregnancy, lactation, and … Read More

Feed the Baby—And the Microbes

Monday, January 16, 2017

MARY FRANCELL, ATLANTA, GEORGIA, USA In recent years, there has been widespread interest in the role of beneficial bacteria in the human intestinal tract and throughout the body. Commensal  microbes (the normal microflora on our body surfaces) are believed to be involved in everything from regulating immune function to secreting neurotransmitters. Babies get these microbes … Read More

A Quick Guide to the International (WHO) Code

Thursday, January 12, 2017

HELEN GRAY, LONDON, GREAT BRITAIN The International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes from the World Health Organization (the Code) covers marketing and promotion of products meant to substitute for breastfeeding. It does not ban their sale or use; it simply restricts their promotion. WHY DO WE NEED A CODE? The Code is needed to support infant health and prevent unscrupulous … Read More

Breast Milk’s Circadian Rhythms

Thursday, October 1, 2015

BRIANA TILLMAN, COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO, USA PHOTO:SHUTTERSTOCK/LEONID AND ANNA DEDUKH Human milk’s complex adaptations are amazing. Breast milk undergoes biochemical changes during a feeding; the consistency develops visually over the course of a pumping session from watery foremilk to creamier hindmilk. Human milk also has the ability to provide for an infant’s changing nutritional needs … Read More