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Comfort Objects and Attachment Parenting

Alice Allan, Central Asia Originally published August 2016 and republished with the express permission of the author. Photo: Alexander Simantiri-Coates Cloth mothers: where do comfort objects fit into attachment parenting? My favorite childhood toy, or to coin the great British…

Why Breastfeeding Is Good for Mothers’ Mental Health

KATHLEEN KENDALL-TACKETT, PHD, IBCLC, FAPA Originally published July 2015 and republished with the express permission of the author. Español New research shows how breastfeeding lowers mothers’ risk of depression, helps them get more sleep, and overcome past adversity. Each year, hundreds…

Breastfeeding: What’s in it for Mothers?

KATHLEEN KENDALL-TACKETT, PHD, IBCLC, FAPA Originally published August 2016 and republished with the express permission of the author. Photo:  Adriana Mesec maj Español Great for babies. What’s in it for mothers? A colleague recently sent me an Op-Ed from the Washington Post written…

The Power of Hand Expression

Diana West, BA, IBCLC Originally published January 2015 and republished with the express permission of the author. I was a new mother struggling with low milk production and a baby who wouldn’t nurse when the first effective “consumer grade” breast…

Give me a Meeting with Mothers

ALISON JONES, OXFORD, UK Originally published July 2016 and republished with the express permission of the author. Photos: Esther Edith La Leche League When I feel depleted, give me a meeting with mothers, like of mind, kind, with tea and snacks,…

Birth Trauma and Mother’s Recovery

KATHLEEN KENDALL-TACKETT, PhD, IBCLC, FAPA Originally published February 2016 and republished with the express permission of the author. Photos: Belle Verdiglione Photography ESPAÑOL Angela dreamed of a natural, unmedicated birth. She was managing her labor well when suddenly the cord prolapsed. Her…

Was It Worth It?

JESSICA WIMPENNY, Silsden, West Yorkshire, UK Originally published January 2015 and republished with the express permission of the author. Prior to my baby’s birth I decided to opt for breastfeeding her. This decision was based on the apparent ease of it…

Nights

BETH WICKENDEN, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, UK Originally published November 2014, republished here with the express permission of the author. I’m not quite sure what I was expecting when I was expecting … perhaps a doll, certainly not a wailing, nipple-blistering,…

No Added Sugar

ANNA GLADSTONE-BUCHANAN, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, UK Originally published November 2015 and republished with the express permission of the author. Sugar is BAD for us. You cannot escape this message in the media about how sugar addiction is harming us and our children. Sugar…

Cancer and Breastfeeding

This article has been updated. See  Cancer: Diagnostic Tests, Therapeutic Procedures and Treatment while Breastfeeding.

Bedsharing Babies

PROFESSOR HELEN BALL, Durham Infancy & Sleep Centre, Department of Anthropology, Durham University, UK Originally published April 2016 and republished with the express permission of the author. Image courtsey of Kathryn O’Donnell, sourced from the Baby Sleep Info Source (Basis) website, made available…