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Working with Your Child’s Doctor

Why do some healthcare professionals express only lukewarm support for breastfeeding? This is puzzling, since the scientific evidence in support of breastfeeding is overwhelming. Part of the explanation is that, simply put, they are human.... Read More

A mother’s story from Cape Town

GWYNNETH JACOBS, Cape Town, South Africa About me I am 37 years old and will be married for five years in February to my husband, Stanley. We got married in 2014 and shortly after that I fell pregnant with my son, Christian, who was born that December and has just turned four. I am the … Read More

Comfort Objects and Attachment Parenting

Alice Allan, Central Asia Originally published August 2016 and republished with the express permission of the author. Photo: Alexander Simantiri-Coates Cloth mothers: where do comfort objects fit into attachment parenting? My favorite childhood toy, or to coin the great British psychologist D.W. Winnicott’s phrase, my “transitional object,” was a puffin (actually he still is). He … 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