Le droit d’allaiter

Beaucoup de femmes aimeraient allaiter leur bébé mais on ne leur donne pas le droit de le faire ou le droit de continuer à le faire. En fait, on dit à beaucoup d’entre elles qu’il n’y a aucune différence entre allaiter et nourrir son bébé...

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...

The Right to Breastfeed

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

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 nipples. Helping the...

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 first few 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...

Breastfeeding and low blood sugar

There are two measures that should be introduced into routine hospital practices after birth and whose absence in the vast majority of hospitals is causing many mothers to stop breastfeeding even though they had originally intended to breastfeed.   First, babies should be skin to skin with...