Breastfeeding Articles

Hands that Itch to Hold the Spoon

After World War II solid baby foods began to replace breastfeeding. Here’s how it happened. More often in this postwar period, embedded in discussions of infant feeding were assumptions about civilization, progress,...

Tongue-tie: A Holistic Approach for Breastfeeding Infants

New moms are well aware of the importance of breastfeeding. Moms who are eager to breastfeed their newborns often find themselves disheartened if they run into difficulties with nursing. They may find the infant is having trouble maintaining...

Nurture the Nervous System, Nourish the Baby

How Chiropractic Supports BreastfeedingWe all know the benefits of breastfeeding for a newborn, but we also must not underestimate the joy and emotional well-being that follow when a mother is able to feed her infant as planned and find...

Birth Is the Key

A natural birth unlocks breastfeeding potential and so much more."Breastfeeding is complicated, and most mothers can’t do it.” That’s what this culture has thought for decades. But the more we learn, the more we realize that human newborns are...

Baby’s Hungry: A Daddy’s Perspective on Nursing (and Nursing in Public)

I was about 12, riding the D.C. Metrobus home from school, when a woman started complaining loudly about another woman breastfeeding her baby on the bus. I didn’t see anything, so I don’t know if the nursing mother was covered up or not, but that’s...

Prenatal Yoga and Childbirth Education: Preparing Your Body and Mind

World-renowned yoga teacher Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa shares her thoughts on prenatal yoga, childbirth education and listening to your intuition in an interview with filmmaker Sarah Kamrath for Kamrath’s childbirth- education series, Happy Healthy Child: A...

Breastfeeding As an Ecofeminist Issue

After Hurricane Katrina, I read a news story about a young mother whose newborn baby died of dehydration during the days in which she had been stranded without access to clean water. Upon admittance to the hospital, the mother was asked if she...

What’s in Your Baby’s Formula?

Breastfeeding has long been considered the best option for mother and child. Now, compared to most major formula brands available, breastfeeding is really the only option. Most infant formulas have added DHA and ARA, two important essential fatty...

Societal Barriers to Breastfeeding

When people think of breastfeeding difficulties, the things that probably come to mind are supply issues, bad latch, cracked nipples, constant feedings and the like. Certainly, there are women who are afflicted by those difficulties and who cannot...

Milk Sharing: A Mother’s Story

I would like to offer another option to formula and milk banks not covered in the article "What's in Your Baby's Formula." I’m a 41-year-old mother of a beautiful 12-month old, Oliver. After trying for 5 years to get pregnant, even...

Nighttime Breastfeeding: How Does it Affect Maternal Mental Health?

There is a movement afoot in childbirth education and perinatal health, urging mothers to avoid nighttime breastfeeding to decrease their risk for postpartum depression. We know that if mothers follow this advice, it will have a negative impact on...

Breastfeeding & Fatherhood: How a Father’s Support Enriches the Breastfeeding Experience for the Family

Throughout our history, the incidence of mothers breastfeeding their babies has run the spectrum from feast to famine. Very long ago, nearly every mother breastfed; nature obviously had a good plan. More recently, breastfeeding became...

Colic in the Breastfed Baby

Colic is one of the mysteries of nature. Nobody knows what it really is, but everyone has an opinion. In a typical colic situation, the baby starts to have crying periods about two to three weeks after birth. These occur mainly in the evening, and...

Cluster Feedings and Fussy Evenings

“My baby nurses and fusses all evening! What’s wrong?” It is very common for babies to be fussy and nurse very often in the evenings, particularly in the early months. My daughter had a fussy time every evening for a couple of...

Of Love and Milk: Facing Our Breastfeeding Ambivalence

Mother’s milk. The term is synonymous with everything tender, nourishing, and loving. The best. Indeed, a slogan-writer bottom-lined it succinctly: Breast is best. So why do we have so much ambivalence about breastfeeding? Why do we wrestle with t...

Why is Your Kid Purple?

Using Gentian Violet Gentian violet (1% solution in water) is an excellent treatment for Candida albicans. Candida albicans is a type of yeast that may cause an infection of skin and/or mucous membranes in both children and adults....

Will Breastfeeding Give Your Child Cavities?

Breastfed children have far fewer dental cavities than those who are bottle-fed. This includes nursing caries as well as other cavities. The unfortunate term “nursing caries” refers to a typical pattern of dental decay seen when jui...

Breastfeeding Twins

Families and friends are always amazed when I mention that I am still breastfeeding my 2-year-old twin boys. Having twins is a very different experience from having a singleton with respect to rearing and baby care but for me having twins has become...

Breastfeeding Difficulties and Chiropractic

Modern birthing procedures, even those with seemingly minimal intervention, are known to cause trauma and stress to the infant’s cranium and spine. In a leading pediatric textbook on manual therapy for children, one author tells...

Breastfeeding in Public: Breastfeeding and the Law (Part 2)

Breastfeeding in public IS legal in the United States, though sometimes people simply don’t know it and therefore might complain about it. This means you can nurse your baby anywhere that you are allowed to be with your baby. About 20 states have...

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