Breastfeeding Today: Previous Issues

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Disaster: Breastfeeding Is a Life Line

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Melissa Clark Vickers, Huntingdon, Tennessee, USA Originally published Oct 2016, republished here with the express permission of the author. Breastfeeding in a disaster or emergency Breastfeeding can be a comfort and a life line in a disaster or emergency. Your baby is crying and you instinctively pick him up and offer the breast, and, more often than not, two … Read More

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All in Good Time

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Melissa Clark Vickers, Huntingdon, Tennessee, USA Originally published June 2016, republished with the express permission of the author. What would happen if all of your clocks, watches, and other devices that tell you the exact time of day were to disappear? Could you survive? Could you entertain the notion that you might actually be better off without knowing … Read More

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Uplift of Our Series Meetings

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Naomi Stadlen, London, UK Originally published Mar 2011, updated Feb 2016 and now republished with the express permission of the author. Mothers often write to say how they feel at their first La Leche League Series Meeting, that they have “come home.” I am moved every time I read one of these accounts, especially as my … Read More

The Work of Mothering

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Naomi Stadlen, London, UK Originally published November 2015, republished with the express permission of the author. “Mothering” is a word that carries a strong meaning to members of La Leche League. Elsewhere, though, it seems to have become less popular. People expect baby care to be shared and that mothers will get back to their … Read More

Birth & Sex: The power and the passion

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Review by Naomi Stadlen, London, UK Birth & Sex: The power and the passion by Sheila Kitzinger, London: Pinter & Martin Originally published in 2013 and republished here with express permission. One of the ten concepts which sum up the philosophy of La Leche League states: “Alert, active participation by the mother in childbirth is … Read More

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Time Out

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Eileen Harrison Originally published November 2015 Is “time out” an effective method for disciplining children? Loving guidance From infancy on, children need loving guidance that reflects acceptance of their capabilities and sensitivity to their feelings. Is “time out” a useful discipline tool, which lovingly offers a child guidance that reflects acceptance of his capabilities and sensitivity … Read More

Biological Nurturing or Laid Back Breastfeeding

Monday, October 22, 2018

Ayala Ochert, london, UK Originally published December 2015 Photo: Leilani Rogers A mother’s tale of Biological Nurturing or Laid Back Breastfeeding, a non-prescriptive approach that encourages mothers to breastfeed in a semi-reclined or laid back position. When I had my first child, Jacob, three and a half years ago, I was determined to breastfeed and prepared myself as well as I … Read More

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How I’m Right and My Wife Isn’t

Monday, October 22, 2018

Arthur Molloy, Isle of Man, UK Originally published June 2013 A father’s story While we generally agree on the way we parent our children, it must be said that the initiative comes mainly from my wife; she looks to the long term. And so this story is particularly exceptional in that it is the story … Read More

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High Heels and Lipstick

Monday, October 22, 2018

Rachel O’Leary, Cambridge, UK Clickety-clack, clickety-clack. Must be ten o’clock. There goes Carol from up the road in her high heels, lipstick bright, hair neat, covers on the pram spotless.  I twitch the curtain so she can’t see me—still in my dressing-gown, hair all over the place, house covered in laundry—and sit on the stairs to feed the … Read More

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Your Body, Choices, and Support

Monday, October 22, 2018

Rebecca H. McCormick, Fairfax, Oakton, VA, USA Originally published August 2016 Unwittingly, the author of the opinion post “My Body, My Choice” paraphrased the mission of La Leche League: “Every woman who wants to breastfeed should be able to do so, with full medical, legal and social support.” Many mothers come to La Leche League … Read More