Photo by Jordan Whitt on Unsplash Breast milk contains good bacteria that help the baby stay healthy by colonizing the baby's gut thereby building his or her immune system and preventing allergies among other benefits. Research shows that these good bacteria sourced from the mother influence many bodily processes and functions including the mother’s breast health. Up to … Continue reading Mastitis and… Probiotics?
My brother-in-law was visiting our house one early spring day in the first months after my son was born. He was straightforward that breastfeeding made him very uncomfortable and that he did not want me to do it in front of him. Among other pieces of advice, he proclaimed that I should stop breastfeeding once … Continue reading Biting
Continuing from my last post, returning to work can complicate the goal of continued breastfeeding, but we can ease that tension with support. That support can come from a variety of places including the government in the form of legislation, employers through mandated or voluntary breastfeeding (family) friendly work policies, and social and educational efforts. … Continue reading More on the Workplace II
After my last post, I read a few recent articles about breastfeeding and the workplace. Returning to work still may act as an impediment to continued breastfeeding. So, how can we support mother's in this process? A two year study out of the University of Cape Town (UCT) showed that mothers with employers who supported … Continue reading More on the Workplace
I recently read an article about a paramedic in Arizona who was awarded $3.8 million by a jury as a result of a lawsuit she filed against her employer, the City of Tuscon Fire Department, for failing to provide her with a place to pump breast milk and retaliating against her after she complained. The … Continue reading Break Time For Nursing Mothers
Breastfeeding has many health benefits for the mother as well as for the child. In the beginning, I sought out information about the health benefits to my child. I was surprised to learn that the decision to breastfeed also impacts my health for years to come. Mothers who breastfeed actively engage their endocrine system to … Continue reading Why Breastfeed? Continued…