Late onset decreased milk supply

From the emails I receive and from the patients we see in our breastfeeding clinic, I believe that “late onset decreased milk supply” is common in the population of mothers we see at our breastfeeding clinic.  It’s ironic because many, if not most of the...

Reflux or no Reflux?

Here is a typical email I get when parents talk about “reflux”:   A mother of a 4 months old, (7.2 kg) 15 lbs 13 oz, baby writes:   “My baby boy is on reflux meds since around 7 weeks of age.  This was done because he spits up...

母乳喂养预防婴儿低血糖 (Low Blood Sugar)

There are two measures that should be introduced in hospital practices after birth and whose absence is causing many mothers to stop breastfeeding even though they had originally intended to breastfeed.   婴儿出生后,有两项应该被纳入但医院并没有的临床实践措施。因为缺乏这两项措施导致许多原本打算母乳喂养的母亲停止了母乳喂养她们的宝宝。   First, babies should be skin to skin with their mothers immediately after birth. It is...

Who transfers the milk?

This video is of a baby born at 35 weeks gestation, now 5 weeks old. The mother is breastfeeding and supplementing with a bottle. The video shows that the widely held notion that breastfeeding “tires out the baby” is false. Babies respond to milk flow. In...

Le droit d’allaiter

(You can also read the English version of this article.)   Beaucoup de femmes qui auraient voulu allaiter n’ont pas le droit d’allaiter leur bébé ou de continuer de l’allaiter. D'abord, on dit à beaucoup de mères qu’il n’y a aucune différence entre l’allaitement et la nutrition...

Helping mothers to Breastfeed in Unusual Circumstances

There are two possible approaches when health professionals are faced with a breastfeeding mother and baby and unusual circumstances.  The typical and usual response is: "breastfeeding is in the way of the best care and the answer is a default: give formula". On the other hand, it...