How do I wean?

Recently a mother called for advice about weaning. Her baby was approaching his first birthday and mom had achieved her breastfeeding goals. She was calling for advice about the weaning process. A big CONGRATULATIONS! to this mother for achieving what many do not: reaching her breastfeeding goals. Her question inspired me to write about the … More How do I wean?

The HUG and Teaching Infant Massage… Complementary Modalities

A good healthcare professional is always on the lookout for new strategies to best meet the needs of the families with we serve. When the good folks with the New Parent Support Program at Laurel Bay, a local military base, invited me almost a year ago to join a training for Teaching Infant Massage I … More The HUG and Teaching Infant Massage… Complementary Modalities

What’s the difference?

Have you wondered how breast milk and formula compare? Since the dawn of breast milk substitutes, manufacturers have attempted to modify and to add ingredients to cow milk to make it more like human milk. This is particularly challenging because breast milk is a dynamic fluid, that changes with the gestational age of the infant, … More What’s the difference?

Breastfeeding Pain Linked to Postpartum Depression

 Take home message: if having pain while breastfeeding, seek knowledgable help. Excerpted from an article by Lisa Rapaport, Medscape Nurses October 29, 2015. NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Mothers who stop breastfeeding due to pain or difficulty getting babies to nurse may be more likely to develop postpartum depression than mothers who stop nursing for other reasons, a small UK … More Breastfeeding Pain Linked to Postpartum Depression

Evidence that maternal supplementation with 6400 IU Vitamin D daily will provide baby with enough vitamin D without infant supplementation.

Vitamin D continues to be important to prevent rickets in all infants, particularly African American infants. The AAP journal Pediatrics just published the results of a study that show normal Vitamin D levels in the breastfeeding infants of mothers who supplement a high dose of Vitamin D. Mothers took one multivitamin with Vitamin D 400 iu, plus a Vitamin D supplement of 6000 iu (total … More Evidence that maternal supplementation with 6400 IU Vitamin D daily will provide baby with enough vitamin D without infant supplementation.