can I pack in my bag to bring to the hospital for birth to help
get breastfeeding off to a good start?
Planning ahead is definitely a good idea. I do have a list of items
that can be taken in your hospital bag that might be handy to have.
I call it the Breastfeeding First Aid Kit.
CranioSacral Therapy Help Your Nursling?
recent years, there have been frequent references to CranioSacral
Therapy and other bodywork for infants who are having difficulty
breastfeeding. John Upledger, D.O., first discovered the craniosacral
system with its rhythm unique from other body systems. Although
Dr. Upledger was the first to develop CranioSacral Therapy
and many therapists have been trained in his methods, other
practitioners have developed variations. Any of the methods
might be helpful to a baby.
Steps for Effective Pumping
can be a challenge under the best of circumstances. It feels a
little strange because of the newness, it’s certainly not
as effective as a baby and it can sometimes be frustrating to figure
out. Try these tried-and-true tips to help you effectively pump.
and Ointments For Sore Nipples
The best ointment for sore nipples is readily available and free of charge: breast
milk! Express a few drops of milk onto your nipples after feeding, and let them
air dry before covering them. If your nipples are damaged, moist healing may
think that my 9-month old granddaughter needs more solid
foods, and my daughter insists that babies
cannot digest food this early. Will more solids help my granddaughter
sleep through the night?
to Find a Breastfeeding Class
midway through your second trimester, your caregiver will suggest
that you register for prenatal classes. Many moms assume that
they need childbirth preparation only and that they will learn
everything else in the hospital, from books, or “on the
job.” This is ironic, because while the labor and birth
process is usually over in 24 hours or less, feeding and caring
for your baby will take years. Find out what the content is of
classes available in your community, rather than choosing the
first class that is offered to you.
exactly is this “La Leche League”?
Leche League International was formed almost 50 years ago by seven
women who knew that breastfeeding didn’t always get off
to a good start. They realized that a woman’s chance of
success increased if she had access to accurate, current information
with a support network. Women often receive conflicting information
from well meaning friends, family members and sometimes even health
care providers. La Leche League Leaders don’t tell a mother
what to do; they merely provide a woman with the information needed
to make the best choices for herself and her family. The meetings
offered by La Leche League provide a safe, open environment that
allows mothers to learn more about themselves.
View our 2005 series of milk supply articles by
Natural Family Online breastfeeding channel editor, Denise Altman
of www.feedyourbaby.com, and other milk supply articles published
Babies Bank on Liquid Gold
For the tiniest, sickest
babies, the choice between infant formula and breast milk can
be much more than a matter of “breast is best” —
it can be a matter of life or death. Yet while organ and blood
donation programs touch literally millions of lives across the
country every year, most families — and many doctors —
are unaware that milk banks even exist. One of two milk banks
in Texas, the Mothers’ Milk Bank is only the seventh human
milk bank in the entire United States.
for Two - Breastfeeding Tea
Nursing is one of the most powerful energy exchanges
between two people. Mother and child are connected at a deep soul
level. Sometimes, though, busy lives, medicine, myths and measurements
seem to sabotage efforts and undermine this powerful relationship.
Mothers are often told, "Give the baby a bottle," or
"When are you going to stop?" When a nursing mom is
feeling run-down, insecure or convinced she is not making enough
milk, she can do a few simple things to uplift emotions, increase
supply and make time for herself.
Can Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease
But did you know that breastfeeding might also lower the risk
of heart disease for your little one later in life? Research has
shown that babies who are breastfed exclusively have lower risk
factors for heart disease than those who were formula-fed. These
risk factors include lower glucose, cholesterol, C-reactive protein
(a marker for heart disease) and adiponectin levels (a protein
that affects the body’s processing of fat).
a healthy, alert baby and a motivated mom, breastfeeding is usually
very successful. But what do you do if your baby decides to stop
nursing? What if your baby goes on strike?
To Turn For Breastfeeding Information
there’s a whole new life that you're responsible for –
a grunting, squawking, crying, pooping new life. It’s hard
to know where to turn for reliable advice.
had a really hard time breastfeeding my son. From the start, things
just did not work out --
even after hundreds of dollars for a lactation consultant and
months of pain, frustration and tears. Now I am pregnant again
and am wondering if it will be the same experience as the first.
Do you have any advice for me?
Answers to Common Breastfeeding Myths
When it comes to breastfeeding,
what’s common knowledge is often perfect rubbish. Breastfeeding
expert Dr. Jack Newman explodes the most common breastfeeding
myths that may surprise you!
am breastfeeding my son, who has just turned 3 years. I am all
for extended breastfeeding, but he seems to show no sign of diminishing
He nurses regularly, day and at night. What would you suggest
in order to gently wean him -- or do you think it better to let
him be until he “weans himself”?
Said Stop Breastfeeding? Think Again!
the years, far too many women have been wrongly told they had
to stop breastfeeding. The decision about continuing breastfeeding
when the mother takes a drug, for example, is far more involved
than whether the baby will get any in the milk.
It Has to Be Formula
Dr. Linda Folden Palmer reviews
the steps you can take to maximize health and minimize risks
for your formula-fed baby.
Pitching In: Simple
Ways to Get Your Family Involved
Your Parenting Comes Under Fire
Both Parents Work? Should One Stay at Home?
Playdates for Parents
it ok to spoil your kids?
on Getting Kids To Sleep
My 6-month-old baby
wakes up almost every hour to breastfeed.
My baby won't nap! She fights sleep but gets fussier and fussier
as the day progresses.
Using White Noise While Babies Sleep
Write a Family Bestseller: “My Sleep Book”
Why Isn't She Sleeping at Night?
and the Family Bed
for Successful Family Beds
expecting our first baby soon and thinking about using a family
a Family Bed - Co Sleeping
Checklist For Safe Cosleeping
Top 10 Uses For a Crib (other than sleeping!)
Co-sleeping and the Media
- Using Slings
Back to Basics with Babywearing
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Slings
View our February 2004 sling review series
10 Reasons to Tell
Your Kids Stories
Help Your Hubby Support Breastfeeding
For Overwhelmed Fathers
Save Memories of
Tell Your Stories
Top 10 Common Sense Rules
How to Help Your Marriage Survive
a New Baby
When It’s More Than the “Baby
I Yelled at My Kids
My Kids Are Driving Me Crazy!
Positive Parenting Articles
10 Reasons to Tell Your Kids
Getting Kids to Organize Themselves
Top 10 Ways to Keep Your
Kids From Fighting
Ways to Get Your Kids to Talk to You
Give Your Kids Household Chores!
Encourage Children to Play Naturally
Your Kids to Cooperate
Attachment Parenting Articles
Create a Peaceful
Long Term Attachment Parenting
Can There Be Too Much? - Attachment Parenting
Parenting Style Differences
Caring vs. Caring Too Much
Learning All Day Long
Falling off the AP Wagon