July 2010

Are you getting ready for World Breastfeeding Week? Don't know how to celebrate? You can visit the Web Site above for ideas. If you are in the area La Leche League of Glassboro has a great celebration every year with food, a silent auction of great baby items, activities for the kids and a nice day in the park. This year their celebration is Sunday, July 25th. If you would like to come or donate items for their auction learn more here. Tell me about other activities in the area and I will be glad to share them on the Facebook pages.

Maybe you'd like to make a donation in honor of your breastfeeding success so other moms can be supported too. Think about donations to your local LLL group, Infact Canada, or Dr. Hale's new infant risk center (see article below) or Dr. Jack Newman's Clinic.

What ever you do have a good week, a good month and enjoy your quickly growing family.




The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding - The new edition is now available! Buy one for yourself and a couple for baby gifts for your friends.



Each year, more than 4.3 million women give birth in the U.S.  Virtually all of these women will use at least one medication during pregnancy or during breastfeeding.  

The Infant Risk Center is dedicated to providing up-to-date evidence-based information on the use of medications during pregnancy and breastfeeding.  Our goal is to provide accurate information regarding the risks of exposure to mothers and their babies.  By educating healthcare professionals and the general public alike, we aim to reduce the number of birth defects as well as create healthy breastfeeding relationships. 

The center started taking calls this week at 806-352-2519 and the Web Site should be up and running shortly.

I guess this is good that Western contries are starting to do the reseach that has been done in South Africa and other places for years. We are so far behind. Most parents here are offered lip service to Kangarooing, ie. an hour a day, once these or the other conditions are met... Just this week I met a mom who said she was able to do this once, then was told now that her baby can wear clothes and has a stable temperature "skin to skin is no longer a benefit", how sad :(

Babies gain from 'kangaroo' care study at Kent hospital

By Nigel Thompson BBC South East health correspondent

The first minutes and hours after a baby is born are precious - it is the chance for a mother to bond with her child after months of expectation and the pressure of giving birth.

Now midwives in Kent are studying the use of a device which it is claimed can help babies born prematurely to put on weight and develop far quicker than if they were to stay in an incubator.

Read full article

or for even more information visit:

I shared this story on Facebook but it is vital that every person, especially ever parent read this. "Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning"

This is a post from a blog that is several years old but it is the first time I saw it and I thought it was intreging.

Checking dilation without a vaginal exam

Posted on April 27, 2008 by Kathy

First, there are many reasons why it would be beneficial or helpful or preferable to be able to check your progress without having a vaginal exam. The most obvious is the discomfort of having someone (as I read on another blog) “search for my tonsils via my lady parts.” Also, vaginal exams increase the risk of infection if the water has broken — even when sterile gloves are used, there are bacteria on your body that get on the sterile gloves and then are given a free ride up to your cervix. Full Article

And lastly an article on a topic near and dear to Lactation Consultants hearts. How often have a suggested to a client that she have her baby evalutated for Tongue Tie have her doctor tell her the baby is fine because they don't know the proper evalutation techniques or "don't believe that TT effects breastfeeding". I've also seen babies whose mothers told me they had their baby's tongue released and on examination I am sure their doctor did a minimal job and didn't release it far enough. Someday there will be experts everywhere to evaluate every baby's tongue function and treat it appropriately.

Treating tongue tie could help more babies breastfeed

Wednesday, June 30, 2010.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Doctors advise new mothers to breastfeed for at least the first six months of a baby’s life, but a simple yet often untreated problem can sabotage their efforts, University of Florida researchers say.

Called a tongue tie, the problem occurs when the connective tissue under the tongue is too tight. A tongue tie can hinder some newborns from being able to breastfeed properly and painlessly, and this struggle can lead many new mothers to give up breastfeeding.

A simple snip can fix the problem, but many doctors still do not perform the procedure despite the effects a tongue tie can have on breastfeeding, writes UF neonatologist Dr. Sandra Sullivan in an article published online this month in the journal Pediatrics. Read Full Article..





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