As part of their “baby-friendly” initiatives, some hospitals now require women to sign consent forms before receiving formula. These forms purport to list the “harms” associated with “a single bottle” of formula, and ask that parents signify their understanding that formula should not be given unless medically necessary. […]
In honor of World Breastfeeding Week (yes, yes, I know–it ended yesterday), we need to talk about a widely overlooked aspect of breastfeeding, its recipients! Nope, I am not talking about our babies. (After all, who could overlook them?) I am talking about our babies’ gut bacteria. Breast […]
While over half of mothers in the U.S. drink alcohol while breastfeeding, many of us are foggy on how this does (or does not) affect our babies. Can you drink a glass of wine while breastfeeding your baby? Or do you need you wait 2-3 hours for the […]
Breastfeeding and not losing any weight? The evidence suggests you are not alone.
Breastfeeding lowers your child’s risk of obesity, asthma, and allergies. Or does it? The best available research implies these claims are vastly overstated.
How risky is bedsharing with your child? And if you choose to bedshare, how can you do so as safely as possible?
A few weeks ago, I was all set to write about the vitamin D needs of pregnant and nursing women. Increased sunscreen use and less time spent outdoors means that few women can meet their vitamin D needs through sunlight exposure alone. As a result, many pregnant women are insufficient in the vitamin. The […]