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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

When There Are Two—Breastfeeding Twins

Monday, January 16, 2017

ESPAÑOL Clare Davidson, Derbyshire, England Adapted from a write-up of a discussion on breastfeeding twins by Sarah Gill and Sadie Morrison at the La Leche League Great Britain (LLLGB) Conference on 15 October 2016 in Derby. First published in LLLGB’s Feedback (Leaders’ newsletter). Reprinted with permission. Clare Davidson recalls her memories of a session at the LLLGB … 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

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Shaheda Yashmin, Clapham, Büyük Britanya Çeviri : Merve Çelik Toraman Çeşitli nedenlerden dolayı anne sütü benim için önemlidir. Bunun bir nedeni de, benim dinimdir. Müslüman bir ebeveyn olarak, daima İslami kurallara uymaya çalışmışımdır ve emzirmenin Kuran’da geçtiğini fark ettiğimde adeta büyülendim. İslamiyet  ve emzirme hakkında  araştırma yaptıkça, bazı tartışmalı konularla karşılaştım ve fark ettim ki kültürel … Read More

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Islamic and Cultural Practices in Breastfeeding

Thursday, October 1, 2015

SHAHEDA YASHMIN, CLAPHAM, GREAT BRITAIN FRANÇAIS TÜRKÇE Breastfeeding is important to me for several reasons. One reason is my religion. As a Muslim parent, I always try to follow Islamic guidelines and I was fascinated to discover breastfeeding is mentioned in the Quran1 (Islam’s holy book). As I read more about Islam and breastfeeding, I came … 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

Milk Sharing in an Age of Social Media

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Michelle Angeletti, MSW, Ph.D. Professional Liaison Research Associate for the LLL Alliance for Breastfeeding Education Area Network and Mary Francell, Area Professional Liaison for LLL of Georgia, USA. In recent years, there has been a proliferation of social media and Internet sites where breastfeeding mothers can informally share breast milk. Mothers today tend to be … Read More

When a Mother Experiences Infant Loss

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

By Lisa Thompson, Michigan, Indiana, USA I remember when I saw the news. I was scrolling through my Facebook feed, looking for a birth announcement. Sarah1, one of the mothers in our local LLL Group, had gone into labor the night before. I was eager to hear the details of her birth. Sarah’s page had a … Read More

Psoriasis and Breastfeeding

Friday, January 30, 2015

CHRISTINE JONES-WOLLERTON AND KATHY GROSSMAN As a breastfeeding mother Christine Jones-Wollerton has personally experienced the challenges of living with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Today she uses her experiences gained over the last decade to help mothers through her work as a doula, peer counselor and LLL Leader. In this article Christine and Kathy Grossman share information about … Read More