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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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Sturge Weber Syndrome (SWS) & Breastfeeding Mothers' Stories

Tinee Luparelli, Bermuda Photo: Courtesy Lena Ostroff   Tinee believes that breastfeeding her ailing daughter gave her the best possible start in life. Gianna was born with a rare congenital neurological and skin disorder known as Sturge Weber Syndrome (SWS) and Nevus of Ota (NoO) (a blue hyperpigmentation that presents on the face). I had never heard of Sturge Weber Syndrome or Nevus of Ota, but...

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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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