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...

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

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) and too often we treat higher than average bilirubin levels in a sort...