Breastfeeding the premature baby: Part 3

What about “fortifiers”?   I will start off by saying that when I finished my pediatric training at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto in 1981 I was a believer, more or less, in the way we did things with regard to breastfeeding the babies in...

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Breastfeeding the premature baby: Part 2

Premature babies cannot start going to the breast until 34 weeks gestation?   This is simply not true. Experience and evidence from Scandinavia clearly shows that babies can go to the breast well before 30 weeks gestation and as early as 27 weeks gestation.  Not only can...

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Breastfeeding After Breast Surgery (Part 1)

PART 1 As with surgery in any part of the body, surgery on the breast should be undertaken only if necessary and only if other tests (ultrasound, MRI, for example) or treatment have not been helpful in defining or solving with the problem. Unfortunately, many surgeons, even...

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Why are breastmilk and formula not the same?

Is formula the same as breastmilk?      There are some people out there that argue that there is no difference between breastmilk and formulas now that so many “improvements” in formula have occurred.  At the biochemical level, formula is not the same as breastmilk, not even...

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What about nipple shields?

The use of nipple shields has become almost epidemic in North America and Europe. Nipple shields are seen as the answer to all breastfeeding problems, from babies not latching on, to nipple soreness, to routine use for premature babies. Even the perception of a mother’s...

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Late onset decreased milk supply

From the emails I receive and from the patients we see in our breastfeeding clinic, I believe that “late onset decreased milk supply” is common in the population of mothers we see at our breastfeeding clinic.  It’s ironic because many, if not most of the...

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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...

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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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