Rainbow Children

I read this on a pregnancy after loss website, it speaks to all parents who lost their child, whether dealing with a rainbow pregnancy or not. “Nothing can brace you for the hurt of losing your child and your hopes and dreams along with them…it’s okay to not feel...

Anticipatory Grief

Knowing that inevitably we are going to lose our child has no place in our life experiences to prepare us. Of course, we intellectually know that one day everyone will die, and nobody gets to know when that will be. However, we expect, hope, and plan for guiding our...
Maternal Illnesses and Breastfeeding

Maternal Illnesses and Breastfeeding

As mentioned, in developing countries it is not recommended to breastfeed if mom has AIDS. There are some other illnesses, viruses that can cause issues. Herpes can be permitted unless there are lesions on the breast. If mom has Rubella, or Hepatitis C or B, and...
What if things don’t go as I planned?

What if things don’t go as I planned?

It is recommended to breastfeed for two years and beyond with the addition of complementary foods. This standard is endorsed by the general medical community. However, as mentioned earlier, any breastfeeding is beneficial to the infant, and the baby doesn’t need any...
Birth Control, Breast Surgery, and Weaning

Birth Control, Breast Surgery, and Weaning

Birth control is an issue that often comes up. If mom is breastfeeding on demand and not skipping any feeds during the day or night, she will have some protection against pregnancy. This is called lactational amenorrhea. However, at any point, she can start to ovulate...
Nutrition and Breastfeeding

Nutrition and Breastfeeding

Nutrition and Breastfeeding Nutrition and breastfeeding. What is the scoop? So many wives tales scare many moms into thinking they don’t eat well enough to produce milk. So, what do I tell my moms? A mom of normal nutritional status can continue to eat her normal diet...
Supplementing

Supplementing

Supplementing Supplementing…such a hot topic. I know of no other subject in the world of baby care that can prompt such debate as supplementation of the breastfed baby. However, after working thirty plus years in the area of childcare I know one thing at...
Diabetes and Breastfeeding

Diabetes and Breastfeeding

Diabetes and Breastfeeding There are three main types of diabetes. Type 1 is when the body doesn’t produce insulin. Type 2 is when the body’s response to insulin is impaired which in turn, affects blood sugar levels.The third type is called Gestational diabetes. This...