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Handling Criticism. Becoming Your Own Advocate

TERESA PITMAN Originally published October 2012 and republished with the express permission of the author. Image source: United States Breastfeeding Committee Meeting with criticism I’d arrived with my three-month-old baby for my first get-together with my extended family. Naturally, only a few minutes after everyone gathered in the living room, he began to squirm in … Read More

Smiling toddler stands at a busy kitchen surface his hand on an uncooked biscuit on the tray in front of him

Messes, Mayhem, and Memories – Cooking with Young Children

MELISSA CLARK VICKERS, HUNTINGDON, TENNESSEE, USA Originally published July 2016, republished here with the express permission of the author. Photo: Grayson and Grandma make cookies One of the concepts La Leche League is founded on is that From infancy on, children need loving guidance which reflects acceptance of their capabilities and sensitivity to their feelings. I’m … Read More

Breastfeeding in Public Spaces

Diane Wiessinger, MS, IBCLC Originally published November 2015,  and republished with the express permission of the author. Photo: Karsyn Shalae Photography Thirty-five years ago, when my first baby was about six weeks old, I found myself in a doctor’s waiting room, waiting for my partner. There was one other person in the room—an old man, who … 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

Breastfeeding and Thyroidism

Thyroid disorders impact a woman’s health in a variety of ways. When the thyroid is not functioning correctly, it can impact milk production. There is also connection between thyroid disorders and autoimmune problems. ... Read More

Working and Breastfeeding

You may choose to continue breastfeeding while working outside the home for many reasons - the best food for your baby, antibodies to protect your baby, great way to reconnect when you return from work, and continuing the special relationship of breastfeeding during your days at home.... Read More

Tattoos and Breastfeeding

Most tattooists will not knowingly tattoo a pregnant or breastfeeding mother. This is for liability reasons on the tattoo artists part, but also to prevent any disease that might affect the growing baby, and to allow the mothers body time to heal.  It is suggested that mothers wait at least until 9-12 months after birth, when the child is no longer dependent solely on breastmilk before getting a tattoo.  Reputable tattoo artists will have a waiver for the client to sign that asks about pregnancy and breastfeeding.... Read More

Milk Donation and Sharing

Whether you are someone who produces more milk than your baby needs, or you’re someone who is unable to produce as much as you’d like for your baby or cannot nurse your baby for other reasons, you may have considered milk donation or milk sharing. Either way, you should be aware of some potential risks. Research has shown that the “perceived risks and benefits of feeding milk from another mother may not align with actual risks and benefits... Read More