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...