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  We have put together a list of some of Mothering's best breastfeeding articles, blog posts and resources for you to enjoy and share.  Mothering Community General Breastfeeding Forums Breastfeeding Beyond Infancy Child-Led Weaning Breastfeeding Challenges Lactivism Forum Community Wikis: Breastfeeding Breastfeeding Product Reviews   Peggy O'Mara's Blog Breastfeeding Champions: La Leche League The International Breastfeeding Symbol Story What is a Baby Friendly Hospital? Hospital Formula Sampling: What You Can Do US Gets Crash Course on Normal... read more

You and Your LC

By Kathleen G. Auerbach Web Exclusive Are you pregnant or a new mother? If so, you’ll soon want to be in touch with professionals who can help you have the breastfeeding experience you desire. But because lactation consultants (LCs) are a recent addition to the health field, they tend to be one of a community’s better kept secrets. In other words, they can be difficult to find. One of the easiest ways to locate an LC is to ask your doctor. Most LCs have connections within the medical community. An even better method, however – especially if you learn of... read more

Successful Latching On

The baby’s hold on your areola with her mouth is called “latching on.” Latching on properly will ensure that the baby gets enough milk without hurting your nipples. Follow the steps below to help you and your baby latch on: 1. First, get comfortable. In the early hours after birth, this will probably mean sitting up in bed. Try sitting up straight and supporting your back with pillows, and keep more pillows nearby to support your arm, neck, or knees. Later on, you will find other spots that feel right, such as the couch... read more

It Takes a Village

This past week I have been doing some online research on mothers from around the world. How mothering is done the same, and how mothering is done differently. Perusing images of mothers from all corners of the globe. Why? I guess I have been yearning for some sort of connection. It is very grounding to think that I would have anything in common with say, and African woman who lives in a small village with no running water or electricity, for example. But our commonalities are vast. We both use our clothes to mop up spit up. We both wear our babies close throughout the... read more

Collaborative Maternity Care Improves Birth and Breastfeeding Outcomes

Fewer cesarean births, shorter hospital stays and higher breastfeeding rates were the outcomes of a recent collaborative maternity care study that included more than 1200 women at the South Community Birth Program in Vancouver, reports the University of British Columbia today. The program’s midwives, family physicians, nurses and doulas provide care as a team, with many of the women and their partners receiving some of their care and counseling in a group setting. The study compared those women’s outcomes with an equal number of women receiving standard care at other... read more

Study Shows Baby-Friendly Hospital Practices Help Moms Reach Breastfeeding Goals

A new study in the journal of Pediatrics confirms that baby-friendly hospital practices help new moms reach their breastfeeding goals. The study looked at six baby-friendly hospital practices—breastfeeding within one hour of birth, giving only breast milk to baby, rooming in, breastfeeding on demand, no pacifier use, and information on breastfeeding support—and concluded that “Increased Baby-Friendly hospital practices, particularly giving only breast milk in the hospital, may help more mothers achieve their exclusive breastfeeding intentions.” The study also found that... read more

Busting Breastfeeding Myths

Issue 132, September/October 2005 By Paul M. Fleiss with Frederick M. Hodges Because young American women today grow up in a culture that bears the marks of decades of an officially orchestrated anti-breastfeeding campaign, to many of them breastfeeding remains strange and mildly disgusting. In earlier centuries, when families were larger, and before the relentless marketing of formula feeding, there was no mystery about breastfeeding—children grew up seeing their own mothers breastfeed. A young girl could watch as her newborn sibling latched on to her mother's breast,... read more

The Most Difficult Promise

By Diane Selkirk Web Exclusive, October 9, 2006 My labor was induced. I sobbed when I walked into the hospital room I had never planned to see. My midwife tried to reassure me that I could still have a beautiful birth, which I did, but she missed the fundamental reason for my tears. During my pregnancy I had begun to see childhood as a sacred journey—a journey that should progress in its own way, and on its own schedule. I believed that my pregnancy would end when my baby was ready to enter the world, not at an arbitrary hour deemed best for us. Maia's early birth... read more

Extended Breastfeeding

By Kyla Steinkraus Issue 144 September/October 2007 I attempted to wean my son, Caleb, at 12 months because most of the articles I'd read stated that a mother should breastfeed for six months to a year. When I hit the one-year mark, I thought I'd met my goal, but Caleb had different ideas. We had gradually weaned during the day, and only nap and bedtime nursing remained. One night, a few days after Caleb's first birthday, I refused to let him nurse at bedtime. Tears spurting down his cheeks, he turned to me with huge, wet eyes and stricken gaze, as if to say, "What... read more

The Great Nurse-in: Breastfeeding on Capitol Hill

Thank you to Emily Mohajeri Norris, creator of the BreastfeedingFriendly blog,  for sharing this post with us. A shorter version was originally published on the Best for Babes website. Why take breastfeeding – a vital, intimate exchange between a mother and baby – to the West Lawn of the United States Capitol Building? Over 600 mothers and their babies, as well as hundreds more partners, children, and other supporters, gathered in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, August 4, 2012, for just such a cause. The first-ever Great Nurse-In was a peaceful celebration of... read more

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