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Why Babies Need to be Carried and Held Features

Updated January 2016 Lisa Hassan Scott, Wales, UK Photo: Christina Simantiri    What babies need. “I can’t put my baby down! My baby always wants to be held. I can’t get anything done.” How many new mothers find themselves expressing these feelings after having had their first baby? When my first daughter was born, it seemed that everyone around me felt that I should be...

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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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