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Issue 31, September 2015
Helping Mothers and Babies Do What’s Natural
Breastfeeding Today has been busy over the summer adding lots of features and stories and here is a whole new batch of posts for you to read and share.
Breastfeeding promotes better health in vulnerable premature babies, but it is not common practice. La Leche League Leader and popular author Teresa Pitman examines why premature babies are rarely breastfed, how breastfeeding promotes better physical health for babies who are born early, and what helps mothers succeed at breastfeeding a premature baby.
LLL Leader Nancy Mohrbacher has been helping mothers to breastfeed their babies for over 30 years and has developed a new strategy based on her considerable experience, together with what she has learned from other experts in the field. She calls her new support approach, “Natural Breastfeeding” and in her feature, “Position to Breastfeed,” she talks us through some easy steps for getting breastfeeding off to a comfortable start.
Dentist Dr. Steven Lin asks whether bacteria might be a secret of breastfeeding. He considers how the microbial population living in breast milk and the transport of bacteria between mother and child may play a crucial role in regulating health.
Employment outside the home is one of the biggest barriers to breastfeeding. Leigh Anne O’Connor, an LLL Leader in New York, says it is possible to work and continue breastfeeding, so long as you recognize there are strategies and lifestyle decisions to be considered first.
We have lots of inspiring mothers’ stories covering a diverse range of experiences, and our mothers’ letters in “Twins: Double Trouble?” offer helpful suggestions to a mom who is anxious about how she will manage to breastfeed the twin babies she is expecting.
Parents often worry about how much their children eat. Dietitian-nutritionist Katja Leccisi considers how we can take the pressure off and help foster a healthy relationship with food.
How would you like to win a copy of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding? Write your “Five Things I Discovered By Breastfeeding My Baby” in 800 words or fewer, and we’ll publish them and award our best-selling book to one of the lucky contributors!
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Barbara Higham has been a La Leche League Leader since 2004 and is the managing editor of Breastfeeding Today. She lives in the spa town of Ilkley, West Yorkshire, in the north of England with Simon and their children, Felix (17), Edgar (13), and Amelia (9).
September 2015 Contents
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