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Celebrate The New Baby Features

 Gina Kruml, RN, BSN, IBCLC Photo: Chayse Augustus courtesy Lena Ostroff   Do you remember the days when planning a baby shower meant one big question: “Games, or no games?” These days though, with the arrival of sprinkles, mother showers, mother blessings, and pregnancy parties, there is a wider variety of ways to celebrate the new baby. When planning a celebration for an expectant mother,...

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Skin-to-Skin Contact   Features

With updated resources December 2016 Jill Bergman Photo: Kristin and Aeziah 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 a wonderful thing. However, recent studies of neuroscience of the newborn have shown that...

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Nipple Shields: New Insights Features

Nancy Mohrbacher IBCLC, FILCA Photo: Baby Hunter   If you’ve ever used a nipple shield—or know someone who has—you’ve probably received conflicting advice about its use. Most nipple shields are made of silicone and consist of a thin “brim” that covers all or part of the areola (the pigmented area around the nipple) and a firmer, protruding “tip” that fits over the nipple. When a baby...

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Uplift of Our Series Meetings Features

Updated February 2016 Naomi Stadlen, London, UK Photo: courtesy Paula Hinson   Mothers often write to say how they feel at their first La Leche League Series Meeting, that they have “come home.” I am moved every time I read one of these accounts. My own experience was different. It was over 20 years ago now. The meeting was quite near my home, but I...

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Finding Your Tribe Features

Teresa Pitman Photo: Robert Zuill   I grew up on a farm, so I had the opportunity to observe different kinds of animals and learn about how nature intended them to live. A horse, for example, is a herd animal, happiest when he’s with other horses. Horses who live alone are prone to ulcers and other stress-related illnesses—that’s why you often hear about racehorses or...

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Too Busy to Breastfeed Features

Lisa Hassan Scott Photo: Jacob Wright   By four months old, my baby was round-cheeked, giggling, and playful. Breastfeeding her was a joy. She would hold my finger, look up at me and smile. I could put her in the sling so she could sleep, and I would go for walks or bake cakes with my elder daughter. We enjoyed our snuggles and had fallen...

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Biological Nurturing or Laid Back Breastfeeding Features

Updated December 2015 Ayala Ochert Photo: Leilani Rogers   A mother’s tale of Biological Nurturing or Laid Back Breastfeeding, a non-prescriptive approach that encourages mothers to breastfeed in a semi-reclined or laid back position. When I had my first child, Jacob, three and a half years ago, I was determined to breastfeed and prepared myself as well as I could. I read books on breastfeeding and even attended...

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Jen Barber by Chris Davison Features

Kathy Abbott, IBCLC Photo: Jen Barber & Daisy by Chris Davison   Recently a new mom who was on her first day back at work put out a desperate plea to her Facebook friends. Like most breastfeeding mothers she had brought along a double electric pump in good working condition. Her employer, however, had been caught off guard by her request for “pumping breaks.” Extra breaks...

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