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Adoptive Breastfeeding, Relactation, Induced Lactation, A Special Gift: Breastfeeding an Adopted Baby Breastfeeding an Adopted Baby and Relactation (La Leche League International Book) Thread prepared by Cathmac on MDC Stimulating Breastmilk Production Breastfeeding your Adopted Baby Adoptive Breastfeeding Notes from "Induced Lactation and Adoptive Nursing" Adoptive Breastfeeding: Nursing Max Allergies Please See the Allergy Forum on MDC Allergies and the Breastfeeding Family Dairy and other Food Sensitivities in Breastfed... read more

a peek behind the scenes

Our September–October issue is out (still available only in digital format, but print is coming, we promise!), and here’s a sneak peek at one of my favorite photos in the issue. This one, to accompany an article on how breastfeeding helps fight postpartum depression, was taken by Laura Siebert—who is rapidly becoming one of my favorite photographers to work with. She’s got a great eye, is seemingly unflappable under stress, has a delicious sense of humor, and consistently creates top-quality photos. What more could an art director ask? (You may well... read more

When Breastfeeding isn't Easy

by Sarah Juliusson of www.MamaRenew.ca – Find Mama Renew on Facebook & Twitter In honour of World Breastfeeding Week I want to explore a bit the emotional landscape of breastfeeding challenges. In a story I have seen repeated all too often, my early months of breastfeeding featured an achingly low milk supply, conflicting professional advice, and well-meaning but deeply hurtful commentary.  This blessed time in my life also included a not-so-nice dose of postpartum depression, a rented scale to measure intake, a supplementary nursing system, formula,... read more

Ban the Bags

By Marsha Walker The birth of a baby is a joyous event that everyone loves to celebrate with a gift. However, some gifts come with strings attached. Visits to the obstetrician yield a changing pad wrapped around a can of formula. Boxes and cases of formula arrive on the doorstep. Hospitals present new mothers with gift bags containing formula, while pediatricians' offices give new mothers a kit containing more formula, with instructions on how to use it to supplement a breastfed baby. Which of the above "gifts" has been shown to be such an effective marketing tactic... read more

Weird But Normal in Postpartum Women

  Newborns are weird, postpartum women are too My friend Michele finally came to pick up her dishes yesterday. She brought us a meal when Leone was just a few weeks old and her pots have been on our porch ever since. Michele’s daughter is a freshman at Harvard. “Enjoy this time,” Michele said. “It goes by so fast … She’s not a newborn anymore, you know.” If Leone, who is almost two months old, is no longer a newborn, does that mean I’m no longer a postpartum woman? Sometimes I find myself hobbling around, like I did the day... read more

It's an Insty Staffer Review by Simone Snyder: the GlamourMom Maternity/Nursing Top.

I hear it from my mother all the time: “You are so lucky…when I had you thirty years ago…” and then she goes on about how maternity and nursing clothes were not readily available to her back then; or if they were they were not all that flattering. I suppose she is right. We do have quite a selection these days, but now it seems like there’s too much. It can be a daunting task to rummage through all of the catalogs and all of the websites, and quite frankly, with a nursing baby, who has the time? I recently tried out the new Long Sleeve Maternity Top in... read more

Abba rewrite for Mothering: Nursing Queen

Y’all, I am so excited. Our Mothering holiday staff dinner is next Tuesday evening and I am going to rewrite the lyrics to Abba’s Dancing Queen to be a Mothering-themed song! Melissa Chianta (who in addition to being a supremely thorough managing editor, has a killer set of pipes) has agreed to lead the tune , and I basically just want to drop all of my various duties and write it up. Right now I’m pretty sure that the chorus will feature lines ending in “Mothering/breastfeeding/nursing queen…” plus some kind of play on the ending sound of “vaccine,” and... read more

WPA Poster, 1938

In the early to mid twentieth century there was constant conflicting medical advice about how a mother should feed her baby. At least now every major medical association (to my knowledge) recognizes that breast is best. But back then, the advice was not as cut and dry. Below is a WPA (Work Projects Administration) poster encouraging mothers to breastfeed. It was distributed in New York and created in 1938. However, as the below poster reveals, other agencies and states had another agenda entirely. This is a poster from the Cleveland Division of Health and FDA... read more

Back from Hiatus + More Historic Breastfeeding Photos

So! As usual I have succumbed to yet another hiatus. I am trying to blog more regularly about historic breastfeeding, but life keeps getting in the way and before I know it a day has turned into a week and then a week has turned into a month. Yada. Yada. You've heard it before... To help me gain more energy and focus, I've enlisted the help of my good friend, Penny of BottlingHealth.com, to assist me with my food choices and meditation. There is so much that I want to accomplish in my life, but at the moment, everything is really stagnant and I find myself with... read more

Hospitals' Stamp of Approval

I've been doing quite a bit of reading on historical breastfeeding of late just to give some context to the photographs I have been sharing with you. Thank goodness for Google Book Search or else I wouldn't be able to find as much great information as I have. This morning I was fixated with a book called Don't Kill Your Baby. Many of you probably know it very well. In fact, I have read it before, but it seems that every time I re-read I find a fact or a point that I've missed before. I thought this quote was quite telling about how breastfeeding rates began to... read more

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