Breastfeeding and Daycare

No Need to Stop Breastfeeding When Baby Goes to Daycare Many mothers are asked to return to work only a few weeks after giving birth and, naturally, they are concerned about the compatibility of breastfeeding and employment. The truth is, returning to work need not be a reason to stop breastfeeding – even mothers of…

A Short Guide to Travelling as a Breastfeeding Mother

Travelling with your breastfed child A mother travelling with her breastfed child may find that breastfeeding makes travel easier than it would be otherwise. Breastmilk is instantly on hand, contains immunological factors, and is always safe to drink. If the baby is breastfed exclusively, you won’t ever have to worry about unclean water supplies or…

Breastfeeding for Your Baby’s Future

You are gazing at your newborn, overwhelmed with feelings of love, amazement, and relief that the birth is over. All of your thoughts are in the “now,” and the future is another world, far, far away. Perhaps your immediate thoughts also include the wish to breastfeed your newborn. This is wonderful, because breastfeeding in the…

Strange Myths About Breastfeeding

In monthly LLL Meetings, we often hear statements that we know are untrue but are delivered with conviction, either as “common knowledge” or “statements of fact” by health professionals whose training, sadly, does not include much about breastfeeding. I will try to refute some of these myths. 1) “You have too little milk.” This arises…

Celebration and Breastfeeding

  Celebration: what images pop into your head when you read that word? Right at this season it might be Christmas or Hanukkah. Are they happy images, or do you also feel stress when you think about them? If you feel stress or even anxiety, take a breath in and exhale deeply, slowly, luxuriously with…

Breastmilk as a Natural Remedy for What Ails You

A web search for “natural uses for breastmilk” results in a wealth of information, from sources ranging from Wikipedia to blog pages of everyday mothers. Uses of breastmilk in treating and prevent diaper rash right down to how breastmilk causes apoptosis (“suicide”) of all the types of cancer cells against which it has been tested…

Breastfeeding Ideas Trends Old and New

  An article in a recent La Leche League journal with the title “New Trends in Breastfeeding” caught my attention. Was this article about the latest colours for breastfeeding accessories? Or a trend where wet nurses were returning to fashion? No, the article merely described another alternative to the still-often-used traditional cradle hold. The “trend”…

La Leche League: The Surprising Side of Breastfeeding

The Surprising Side of Breastfeeding

Having a baby is full of surprises. Who knew just how much you would love your baby? Just how tired you could be? How difficult it would be to complete simple tasks with a new baby? (Getting dressed in the morning – tricky. Getting dressed, making the bed and clearing up – difficult. All the…

Caring for Babies and Their Mums

The birth of La Leche League took place in the early 1950s in the U.S. – nearly sixty years ago. At that time, bottle-feeding was considered the best way to feed a baby, because formula was thought to be superior to breast milk – it was sterile and its amount could easily be measured in…

Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression

The arrival of a new baby is expected to bring great joy. What if, though, this long-awaited moment is met not with elation but rather with anxiety and sadness? Many new mothers are affected by some degree of depression following childbirth. The time immediately postpartum is not easy: the new mother is still exhausted from…