The Right to Breastfeed

Many women who would like to breastfeed are not given the right to decide about breastfeeding their baby or continuing breastfeeding their baby. In fact, many mothers are being told that there is no difference between breastfeeding and artificial feeding and thus are not, in...

Can You Tell whether a Baby’s Latch is Good?

Getting the best latch possible when a baby is breastfeeding is crucial for helping mothers with breastfeeding problems and it is one of the skills that we teach mothers at our breastfeeding clinic. A good latch is the basis for:   Helping a mother with sore...

Breastfeeding, bilirubin and jaundice

See a separate discussion of So Called Breastmilk Jaundice   It is usual and normal for babies to become jaundiced in the days after birth.  But the bilirubin that causes the yellow colour of the baby's skin is protective, it's an antioxidant (the two links take you to two...

Breastfeeding and 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.   First, babies should be skin to skin with their mothers immediately after birth. It is...

A Widely Ignored Shift in Breastfeeding

This post should be read first and then with the one on breast compression. I would like to point out that how a baby latches on, is also very important to increasing the breastmilk intake by the baby.   There is a shift in breastfeeding that should have occurred...

A method to increase breastmilk intake by the baby

 We use a number of ways to help mothers and babies breastfeed better when they come to our clinic. One group of babies we see frequently are babies who cry or fuss, are not satisfied after breastfeeding, who need to start drinking more milk or...