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...

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...