The Value of Breastfeeding Meetings in the Age of Social Networking

Dear nursing mama, Q: Do you need to go to a meeting of Breastfeeding USA or La Leche League? A: If you think you need to, then you do. If you think you do not need to, then you need to even more. A hospital class, I am sorry to tell you, is not the same thing at all. Of course, any way of getting information is … Continue reading The Value of Breastfeeding Meetings in the Age of Social Networking

7 Breastfeeding Mistakes I Made, So You Don’t Have To

This is my cute, little first-born. Well, OK, he’s not so little at a whopping 8.5 years old (how the heck did that happen?). His babyhood might be long gone, but the memories of all the challenges we faced – real and imagined – are far from forgotten. Of all the things I wish I could change about that first year, breastfeeding is at the top … Continue reading 7 Breastfeeding Mistakes I Made, So You Don’t Have To

Bridging the Divide Between Breastfeeding Mothers and Their Doctors

I am on the phone with the pediatrician again.  Not my regular one – she is on maternity leave – but another doctor from her group.  It has been a long last couple of weeks for me and my 13-month-old son.  He’s had a persistent, reoccurring ear infection and has been prescribed a very powerful antibiotic, since the more mild antibiotics he was prescribed a … Continue reading Bridging the Divide Between Breastfeeding Mothers and Their Doctors

Different Babies, Different Styles

I was talking to a friend recently about her pregnancy that wasn’t going as she had hoped, and we started getting into my postpartum experiences: three babies, three different births, three totally different nursing stories. The more I learn about my kids, the more I’m convinced that every baby has their own path, and we just need to do our very best to keep up. … Continue reading Different Babies, Different Styles