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...

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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...

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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...

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A Widely Ignored Shift in Breastfeeding

As a followup to the recent post 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 long...

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