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Breastfeeding Troubles and Posterior Tongue Tie: A Sneaky Culprit

I gave birth to my second daughter, Olive, at home in January 2012.  It was a beautiful, quick birth, that rocked my very core.  My husband caught her, and laid our 7lb 5oz blonde beauty on my chest.  Immediately after I delivered the placenta, I got myself situated in bed and offered her my breast.  I held my breath…preparing for a struggle, as I had with her sister.  I held her to my breast, gave her perfect button nose a tickle with my nipple, and instinctively, she opened wide and started vigorously suckling with such enthusiasm that my husband and I looked at... read more

Formula Additive SimplyThick Causes Infant Illness and Death

Seven babies have died after being fed a formula or breastmilk additive called SimplyThick–designed to help premature babies swallow and keep down liquids. Although the FDA has warned against the use of the product for premature infants, SimplyThick is widely available. Continued use of the thickener led to twenty-one infants developing inflamed intestines, seven of whom died. The [FDA] first warned in May 2011 against feeding SimplyThick to premature babies because it may cause a tissue inflammation known as necrotizing enterocolitis. The FDA is... read more

Super Foods for Breastfeeding Moms

Focus FOLATE! And where do you find folate?  In foliage!  Dark leafy greens!  If you’ve never tried this Americanized version of bibimbop for breakfast today is the day.  Especially if you want to have strong steady energy all day long.  When I have a big day in front of me and need to stay sharp BE BOP BREAKFAST is the best morning meal.  Brown rice sauteed with scallions, egg over easy, braised dark leafy greens and some sassy condiments.  Printable recipe here.  Trust me.  Cereal from a box does not even begin to... read more

Breastfeeding Tips: 153 Pieces of Advice from Real Moms

By: Melanie Mayo-Laakso Breastfeeding and need a little help or motivation? We recently asked our community to share their best tips and advice for breastfeeding success and here are the results. Thanks to all the moms who took the time to share their nursing wisdom with the world! For more help and lots of support check out Mothering’s breastfeeding articles section and our breastfeeding community. If you have a breastfeeding tip to share, please do so in the comments!   Breastfeeding tips from our community:  Michelle Relax.... read more

Breastfeeding Success

Visualization is just a fancy word for something we do all the time. We are always making mental pictures of what’s to come. To visualize, you do not have to create an actual mental picture, but an impression or feeling. Try this simple visualization: Sit upright in a chair, on a cushion or in your bed. Close your eyes. Breathe gently for a few minutes until you feel relaxed. Imagine yourself sitting in a rocking chair holding and breastfeeding your baby. Hear the contented coos of the baby. Notice the gentle sighs of your breathing. See the soft... read more

Not Breastfeeding? Jennifer Margulis says you should feel angry, not guilty

Thank you to Jennifer Margulis for the contribution of this excerpt from her newest blog post, Women Who Don’t Breastfeed Shouldn’t Feel Guilty, They Should Feel Angry. I have an op-ed in today’s Newsday about New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Latch On New York Initiative. If you haven’t heard, Bloomberg announced that, come September 3, New York City hospitals are being asked to voluntarily keep formula under lock and key, just like other medications. If nurses need it for new moms, they would have to sign it out. Many feminists, like Slate.com’s Hanna Rosin, have... read more

Climate Change: Yet another reason to breastfeed

Last week NASA scientist Jim Hansen released a scientific paper confirming that some extreme weather events would not be happening without climate change.  The bad news is that we aren’t investing in renewable energy fast enough to slow this down yet.  The good news is that this increase in extreme weather provides yet another benefit to breastfeeding– you can still feed your baby if the lights go out or the water gets contaminated. Increased electricity demand during heatwaves, drought-induced shortages in hydropower, and heavy downpours can all cause power outages.  As... read more

Support Breastfeeding by Joining Breastfeeding USA's Crowdsourcing Campaign!

Most American mothers do not get the breastfeeding help and support they need, and many give up before they reach their goals. Three-quarters of women begin breastfeeding at birth, but by 6 months only about 44% are breastfeeding at all, and only 24% make it to the recommended one year mark. Enter Breastfeeding USA, a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to provide free, evidence-based information and support to women and families through its growing national network of volunteer accredited Breastfeeding Counselors. Breastfeeding USA needs your help to grow. Consider... read more

Pumping in Public

Yes, I’m talking about pumping breast milk. In public. Well not really in public, but in a public place. This week my days are spent at a professional development conference at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, which means I’m away from my nursling for many hours every day. This also means I need a private place to pump so that Nana has milk for my daughter while I’m away. I began querying the organization hosting my conference on Monday. The three reps I spoke with looked at me like I was a crazy woman, as I inquired about “a private place to pump breast milk”, and all... read more

Savvy Homeschool Moms Talk Breastfeeding

So Beckie and I initially thought…well we’re past breastfeeding age (our youngest are 6 and 7), and since breastfeeding really has nothing to do with homeschooling, per se, we don’t really have anything to contribute to World Breastfeeding Week, right? But then we thought about it some more. We were both extended nursers…Beckie figures that between her 3 kids she nursed a total of like 96 months! And for my 2, I was right about 78 months…so I suppose we do have something to contribute on the subject! Tina: So Beckie, how old were each of your kids... read more

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