If we were designing maternity care practices today, what would they look like? We could start with an evidence based approach that would allow the best outcomes for infants and mothers – fewer interventions and supportive of breastfeeding. How does that compare to the typical experience of a mother having a baby in a hospital today?
(This is a great newsletter from Healthy Babies Happy Moms, Inc a wonderful clinic in Rhode Island that helps moms navigate the early days of motherhood and breastfeeding. I thought this information was important and want to share it with Milkies readers.)
Above-The Milkies founders with our own Senator Jeff Merkeley who co-sponsored the 2009 Breastfeeding Promotion Act. We are so proud of him!!
After the United States Breastfeeding Committee conference in Arlington, we made our way to Washington DC to lobby for 4 days. We walked endlessly from meeting to meeting and talked to the staffers of senators and congressmen about making breastfeeding promotion more of a public health priority. For the most part, we were well received (there were a few young, male staffers that blushed hot and red every time we said “breast”).
This week I posted a link to an article that suggested mothers are feeling too much pressure to breastfeed. The author referenced a study in which mothers seemed “stressed” and felt their doctor focused on six months of breastfeeding at the exclusion of the overall health of the family.
The concept (and video) are known as Baby Led Weaning. The practice is very common in Europe, and I discovered the video at an International Lactation Consultant Conference – I knew I had to spread the word to every parent looking for a better way to introduce solids. The title is a bit misleading – the video is not a how-to-wean from the breast. Instead it challenges the idea of introducing solid food that is not solid by any means and food most of us would not eat under any circumstances.
Healthy Babies, Happy Moms is wonderful group of Lactation Consultants in Rhode Island that support families through every stage of parenthood. I subscribe to their newsletter and I thought this month’s topic was especially important to share.
Tanya Lieberman, professional blogger, Motherwear Breastfeeding Blog
Children – Ages 8 and 1
Profession – Lactation consultant, IBCLC
Location – Massachusetts
When did you start donating breast milk?
How long have you been breastfeeding?
I breastfed my first son for 13 months, and I’ve been breastfeeding my daughter for 4 months.