Celebrity breastfeeding moms: Maya Rudolph on breastfeeding and parenthood
It’s great to see and hear the celebrity breastfeeding moms who choose to be open advocates for nursing babies. Maya Rudolph is one such celebrity mom. What are her thoughts on breastfeeding?
“I liked nursing — that was a life experience that, by the way, I know not everyone likes, but I did… And it’s so sad when it’s over! You’re the only one that can offer that to your child, and it’s just wild. It’s a wild human experience.”
Just like the rest of us, a celebrity mom is still just a mom and Maya Rudolph is the perfect example of a simple mom just trying to take care of her baby the best way she knows how. [Read more here.]
Life as the parent of a sensitive child
They are often labeled “high needs” babies, but the truth is some babies and children are simply more sensitive than others. As a parent, it’s easy to get caught up in worry over how others view you and your crying baby. This article, “A Sensitive Child: Why Crying Is Brave Too,” covers the experience of one such mom and how she helped her daughter as she began to develop concerns that she wasn’t “brave” and therefore not good enough. [Read blog post here.]
Newborn breastfeeds completely on her own
If the science we know about breastmilk does not give you enough reason to believe breastfeeding is a natural and amazing phenomenon, maybe watching a newborn squirm itself to a breast completely on its own in order to feed will. These videos are always incredible to watch.
The truths about breastfeeding you don’t always hear
“Breast is best” gets touted often, but many “been there” mothers would tell you there is a lot you don’t hear about up front when it comes to being a nursing mother. Take it from a real mom, who embraced nursing but is not scared to tell you the good, the bad and the ugly. Sarah Stemen wrote the post, “Mommy Monday: What they don’t tell you about breastfeeding,” in which she lists 11 things she feels she was not ready for when she committed to breastfeeding.[Read blog post here.]
The Lancet Breastfeeding Series launched to increase and sustain breastfeeding levels
In January, The Lancet Breastfeeding Series was launched at The Kaiser Family Foundation Conference Center in Washington D.C. and aimed to evaluate global breastfeeding levels, trends and inequalities, in addition to the short and long term consequences for both mother and child, regardless of where they live or their income. This article includes links to the full presentations given plus a webcast.
“A new normal must be created where women are supported in their decisions to breastfeed – at home, work and in the community. Rapid change is possible. Promoting lactation-friendly employment conditions as well as the availability of health services that support women and their families in breastfeeding are particularly important steps to take.”
The article outlines actions that must be taken to sustain and increase breastfeeding levels. [Read full article here.]
7 things you need to know about breastfeeding twins
It’s one thing to find information and support on breastfeeding in general, but the idea of doubling down on the job in order to nurse twins? That can be pretty intimidating… So much so,one might wonder, if it is even possible and safe? Here are the things mothers of twins, Stephanie Kivich, wish she had been told.
“Here are the things I wish someone had told me before I attempted to breastfeed my twin sons — a venture that may not be as impossible as people think, but may not be as easy as you hope.” [Read blog post here.]