Breastfeeding Today: Previous Issues

How Often Does Breastfeeding Really Fail?

Monday, November 12, 2018

Pamela Morrison, IBCLC, West Sussex, UK Originally published February 2016,  and republished with the express permission of the author. Imagine that the world had invented a new ‘dream product’ to feed and immunize everyone born on Earth. Imagine also that it was available everywhere, required no storage or delivery—and helped mothers to plan their families … Read More

Breastfeeding in Public Spaces

Monday, November 12, 2018

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

The Cold Cup of Tea

Friday, November 9, 2018

Marija Smits An already-cold cup of builder’s-strength tea Is sat by the sink, and saying to me: “I’m delicious, delightful, so drink me up, do!” But I’m knee-deep in children, and nappies, and poo. So call me again, when I’ve sorted this mess, And have time to relax, and unwind and de-stress. * Later, much … Read More

Skin-to-Skin Contact 

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Jill Bergman Originally published March 2011  and republished with the express permission of the author. The importance of skin-to-skin contact for every newborn.  Modern childbirth has become a medical condition requiring delivery in a hospital with doctors and nurses in attendance. Our neonatal mortality rate has decreased in the last 200 years, which is … Read More

Traveling with Your Breastfed Child? Enjoy the Trip!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Diana Cassar-Uhl, MPH, IBCLC, USA Originally published June 2016 and republished with the express permission of the author. You’ve had your baby, adjusted to life as parents, gotten breastfeeding off to a good start, and now you’ve decided it might be time to take a trip … but how? Is it even possible to travel … Read More

Breastfeeding Premature Babies

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

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

Birth Interventions

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Teresa Pitman Originally published June 2013, republished with the express permission of the author. Ruth’s first baby was born in a hospital with a doctor she’d met only once before. During labor, the doctor became concerned that there was some meconium (the name given to the stool that the baby passes before birth) in the … Read More

profile image of mother kneels on sand in front of gentle waves, holding child standing on her knee, their heads touching

Breastfeeding My Surrogate Baby

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Lili Vardi, Haifa, Israel Originally published March 2016, republished with the express permission of the author. Photo: Dan Vardi My mother enjoyed breastfeeding me at La Leche League meetings. I grew up listening to her talk about nursing and baby rearing. I couldn’t wait to become a mother myself. All along, I knew that breastfeeding … Read More

What is D-MER?

Monday, November 5, 2018

An interview with Alia Macrina Heise, IBCLC and Diane Wiessinger, IBCLC Originally published July 07 2016, republished with express permission Photos: Suzie Blake D-MER (Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex) Alia Macrina Heise is an International Board Certified Lactation Counselor who suffered some intense negative emotions while breastfeeding her third baby. When her milk let down she … Read More

looking down on mother tandem nursing her baby and toddler, who is pulling at her breast

Setting Limits when Breastfeeding

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Hilary Flower, Ph.D, Florida, USA Originally published Oct 2016, republished with the express permission of the author. Hilary Flower wrote Adventures in Tandem Nursing: Breastfeeding During Pregnancy and Beyond in 2003, since then it has become a classic in La Leche League group libraries. The idea for the book was born out of her own experience, which led her to … Read More