Bans Formula Freebies
In a groundbreaking step for mothers and babies, Massachusetts became the first
state to prohibit hospitals from giving out free formula company diaper bags
to new parents.
and your baby have been happily nursing for several months.
You have overcome the common problems nursing couples have
in the early weeks, such as sore nipples or engorgement, and
things are progressing nicely. Suddenly,
he begins refusing the breast and seems quite unhappy about
it. Is he weaning? Is he sick? Is there something wrong with
After Your Cesarean
In the United
States, nearly one in four births is a cesarean birth. Many of these cesareans
are unexpected, so it is a good idea for the expectant mother to become informed
and educated about the procedure before her baby arrives.
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
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.
Through Your Baby’s Colic
Quite simply an absolute
nightmare for parents and babies alike, colic is likely to be
the first major test of your parenting skills. It is dreadful
for all concerned, but these tips should help you cope with this
difficult time. You must at all times remember that your baby
is not crying to annoy you or to punish you for something you
have not done. It is not your fault that she is suffering in this
way, nor is it hers. All you can do is to help relieve her pain.
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 and Relaxation
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.
Your Hubby Support Breastfeeding
Odd as it sounds,
you and your child aren’t the only ones affected by your
decision to breastfeed — your husband is, too. And getting
him involved is critical. A number of studies have shown that
when dads support and encourage breastfeeding, their wives are
more interested in doing it, are a lot more successful and do
it for longer.
6-month-old baby wakes up almost every hour to breastfeed.
I want to respond to her cues, and I don't believe
in letting her cry. I'm getting so tired that I can barely function
during the day. Please, I desperately need some help!
Out Sans Baby: Is It Just a Matter of Milk?
can be worrisome for loving parents to think that their baby may
be in a situation in which an important need such as hunger cannot
be satisfied. Many nursing mothers assume that the answer to this
dilemma is to teach the baby to take a bottle, so there will be
an alternative to nursing if it is ever needed.
Breastfeeding and Pacifiers Mix?
I'd personally suggest that
most breastfed babies, if they get a pacifier at all, would be
better off without a pacifier until the six-week growth spurt
is over and mom's milk supply is well established.
It’s More than Breastfeeding – And Every Mother Can
isn’t only about providing mother’s milk. While seldom
recognized in literature, doctors’ advice or common conversation,
there’s a whole lot more to breastfeeding than nutrition
Select the right nursing bra with tips on fit,
feature and care from Becky
Flora and advice on styling from Joanne
NFO Special Report
THE DEADLY INFLUENCE OF FORMULA IN AMERICA
This groundbreaking analysis from noted author, health
educator and advocate Dr. Linda Folden Palmer may be
a rude awakening for the millions of Americans who have
bought into the myth that infant formula is a perfectly
safe breast milk substitute. Read
the shocking results here.
Dr. Palmer's key finding: Using formula DOUBLES
THE DEATH RATE for American infants.
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 Your Children
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