Category: breastfeeding

Feeding a Baby When An Emergency Strikes

I realize that for my readers living in the American Tornado Alley this post might be a little late. But if you’re living near the Atlantic Ocean, hurricane season is just getting started. (And NOAAA says this season is going to be a doozy.) And if you’re living on a fault-line the threat of an earthquake is ever present. After you’ve stockpiled your buckets … Read More Feeding a Baby When An Emergency Strikes

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Feeding Your Body, Baby and Spirit During Fasting Days

My daughter was screaming at me because I had put her in the play yard after she tried to eat a piece of paper that was destined to become an orange origami rose. (I was having “Special Time” with my 7 year old. He said he wanted me to help him make an origami box and and an origami rose so that he could … Read More Feeding Your Body, Baby and Spirit During Fasting Days

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21st Century Digital Moms

Yes, that’s a reference to Bad Religion’s “21st Century Digital Boy”, one of my husband’s favorite songs. I’ve definitely been seeing a shift in my own profession of breastfeeding support as online social networking is taking off. I think at this point social media is kind of like The Force (or duct tape): it has a light side and a dark side and it … Read More 21st Century Digital Moms

Bioethics Is Not A Sequel To A Pauly Shore Movie

“Is your wife one of those people who will go along with it? Just sign him up for the surgery and you can go home and discuss it with her later.” My husband had come to a prominent teaching hospital in Southern California affiliated with the Seventh Day Adventist faith seeking orthotic braces for our son. Instead, he was getting a hard sell for … Read More Bioethics Is Not A Sequel To A Pauly Shore Movie

Pregnancy, Breastfeeding And That Little Legalized Leaf

Note: This post is only looking at marijuana use in women who are not taking other drugs. Mothers who are taking marijuana in addition to drugs like cocaine, meth, heroin, etc. have more complicated issues and probably somewhat different perceptions of marijuana use than women who are only using marijuana, especially under legalized circumstances. OK, onwards… I had to write a paper for my … Read More Pregnancy, Breastfeeding And That Little Legalized Leaf

6 Reasons Why Breastfeeding Problems Are Not Your Fault

Yes, I don’t believe it’s entirely your fault that you are struggling with breastfeeding. (That’s not to say that you can’t breastfeed or don’t have any control over it.) I think most of our public health and private programs that aim to help with breastfeeding forget that we live in a very different situation than ever before in human history when it comes to … Read More 6 Reasons Why Breastfeeding Problems Are Not Your Fault

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Kombucha: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly and the Neutral

Most labels describe kombucha as a tea, but that’s actually only true in the loosest sense. Kombucha is a fermented drink, very similar to raw apple cider vinegar. How is kombucha made? Well, you make some black, green or oolong tea and add some sugar. When the tea is sufficiently cooled off, you dump in some starter kombucha and a SCOBY. (SCOBY stands for … Read More Kombucha: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly and the Neutral

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Now Open For Enrollment! Happier, Healthier, Easier: Breastfeeding In The Real World!

Happier, Healthier, Easier: Breastfeeding In The Real World is now open for enrollment! I am so excited about this class!!! Putting the curriculum together was an adventure. This is the first breastfeeding class to address the many experiences that mothers have breastfeeding in the real world. Rather than being based in theory and assuming that you will have a flawless experience breastfeeding, this class … Read More Now Open For Enrollment! Happier, Healthier, Easier: Breastfeeding In The Real World!

Breastfeeding Article: Utilizing the Breastfeeding Pathway Model to Help NICU Mothers and Babies Breastfeed

For my Breastfeeding Educator Certification I had to write an article on a topic related to breastfeeding. I chose to write about breastfeeding in the NICU because of the pressure I felt as I was breastfeeding my oldest during his stay in a Level IV NICU.  Breastfeeding in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) can be extremely challenging. Not only does the baby have … Read More Breastfeeding Article: Utilizing the Breastfeeding Pathway Model to Help NICU Mothers and Babies Breastfeed

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Breastfeeding Is a Weed, Not an Orchid

Sometimes I get the impression that people think breastfeeding is like a rare orchid that can only bloom under the most precise conditions. Like in order to successfully breastfeed you have to be a middle-class white woman who doesn’t work outside the home with a full-term, singleton pregnancy and uncomplicated natural birth of a baby who has no problems. This is, in fact, false. … Read More Breastfeeding Is a Weed, Not an Orchid