How Birthing Practices May Affect Breastfeeding (Part 1)

Why do so many mothers have difficulty with breastfeeding?  A large part of the reason is that though we tend to believe that breastfeeding should be natural, most people, particularly most obstetricians, have not yet understood that the “unnatural” way women give birth in much of...

Breastfeeding and Maternal Illness Part 2

See also Breastfeeding and Maternal Illness  Part 1     Some infectious diseases   A full discussion of all infectious diseases and breastfeeding could result in a book the size of War and Peace, so I will try to deal, briefly, only with those that seem to cause the most problems...

Breastfeeding and Maternal Illness Part 1

Mothers are frequently told they must stop breastfeeding if they are sick, either acutely or chronically. In fact, it almost seems as if maternal illness is taken as an opportunity to “give mothers permission to stop breastfeeding” instead of re-assuring them that they can safely continue...

Breastfeeding the Sick Baby Part 2

When a baby is ill, either with an acute or a chronic illness, it is important to make every effort to ensure that the mother continue breastfeeding him. In fact, it is not only possible, but good for both the baby and the mother to...

Gastroenteritis in the Breastfed Baby

This article specifically discusses infection of the gastrointestinal tract because it is the most common acute infant illness that too many physicians and other health professionals insist require the mothers to interrupt breastfeeding.  Unfortunately, any and all possible acute infections in their breastfeeding baby or toddler...

Breastfeeding a Toddler

There is no lack of “opinions” about the breastfeeding of a toddler. “If he’s old enough to ask for it, he’s too old.” “If he’s got teeth, it’s nature’s way of saying, it’s time to stop.” And not rarely: “Breastfeed a 1 year old? That’s...