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Update on HIV and Breastfeeding

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 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

Why Breastfeeding Is Good for Mothers’ Mental Health

KATHLEEN KENDALL-TACKETT, PHD, IBCLC, FAPA Originally published July 2015 and republished with the express permission of the author. Español New research shows how breastfeeding lowers mothers’ risk of depression, helps them get more sleep, and overcome past adversity. Each year, hundreds of thousands of mothers worldwide become depressed after giving birth. Professionals are more aware of … Read More

Over-the-Counter (OTC) Medications and Breastfeeding

Frank J. Nice, RPh, DPA, CPHP, Maryland, USA The use of over-the-counter (OTC) medications by breastfeeding mothers is even more common than the use of prescription drugs. The sale and use of OTC drugs is a multi-billion dollar industry and there is an overwhelming variety of OTC products available to consumers—for common and not so … Read More

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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

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