Category Breastfeeding

research vs the news – are c/s and formula babies really doomed?

You might have seen a study in the news that looked at the gut contents of babies that were born by caesarean section vs vaginally and that were breastfed or formula fed.  For those that misssed it, here are some links: CBC article Globe and Mail Winnepeg free press Toronto Star I guess it was […]

The Canadian Pediatric Society on Breastfeeding

So a funny thing happened – after my post on Sunday, I got a very nice email from the Canadian Paediatric Society pointing me towards more of their resources on breastfeeding. The CPS’ position on breastfeeding, also linked in Sunday’s post, can be found here: The Canadian Paediatric Society recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of […]

Pumping be gone…potential weaning ahead

When I went back to work, I partially weaned my son so that I was only nursing him first thing in the morning before I left and right before he went to bed.  I’ve been pumping right before I go to bed and mixing my milk with formula for him to drink at daycare the next day.  For the […]

So far we are weathering the changes with equanimity

There are major upheavals occurring in our household.  I am going back to working outside of the home next week.  Of course, it’s really not going back.  It’s a whole new reality where my professional self and my parent-self are about to come into contact with each other and will be forced to figure out how to […]

The lipase mini-saga…

Breastfeeding is great…but being connected to a wee creature by the boob is not so great.  I knew that if I wanted any freedom at all in the first year, I was going to have to pump and store my milk.  And so I did.  And the little bottles and bags of boob milk populated […]

Adjusting our focus…

It amazes me how we all seem to be well-meaning, but continually just off the mark. The recent uproar from La Leche League about Piri Weepu giving his baby girl a *gasp* bottle just decreased my opinion of that organization’s credibility.  Babies get bottles.  Get over it.  Giving a baby a bottle does not encompass some political […]

What these? These aren’t boobs!

Deep down in my heart, I always thought I had nice boobs…amazing boobs even.  Boobs that looked great in low cut tops and tight sweaters and bikinis.  My husband thought so too.  He used to tell me all the time. Now I have two things that dispense milk on demand for my baby.  And while […]

Epidurals and Breastfeeding II

Sorry…this post is going to be a TL,DR (too long, didn’t read) for many people so here is the summary: There are only two studies that are prospective, randomized trials of epidural medications and their effects on breastfeeding.  The first, by Beilin and friends (et. al.) found no association between epidural medications and breastfeeding difficulties […]

Labour Epidurals and Breastfeeding – lets review the evidence

One of the reasons I decided to start blogging in the first place was this post at Science and Sensibility.  For those that don’t know, Science and Sensibility is the blog-face of Lamaze, and as such, they promote natural childbirth while claiming to be evidence based.  Now, call me old-fashioned, but I don’t think you can […]

Why I “shouldn’t” have been able to successfully breastfeed

I knew I wanted to breastfeed my children even before I was sure I wanted children.  My mother breastfed me and still talks about how much she enjoyed it.  She was a bit of an aberration amongst her friends and neighbours though.  She was breastfeeding at the height of formula marketing.  She was probably seen […]