Breastfeeding

Nipple twiddling while nursing- how to stop the tweeks

I thought twice about writing on this topic– it seemed almost indecent– but many moms have nervously asked me to address this this embarrassing and annoying problem.  Breastfeeding babies often twiddle the other nipple while nursing, and breaking them of the habit is no easy task.  Many babies and toddlers continue nipple twiddling after weaning.  When you and your little one are ready, there are gentle ways to to stop the tweeks and give your nipples a break.

I must admit that I’ve lived this reality: two of my five children were nipple twiddlers.

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Are you getting enough iodine?

iodized salt

I’ve been throwing down prenatal vitamins every morning for more than a decade, so I was shocked to realize that I’m deficient in iodine, a nutrient essential for thyroid function and brain development. I’m not alone, almost a third of pregnant women in the United States don’t get enough iodine in their diet, and only about 15% of prenatal vitamins contain iodine (mine didn’t.) This month, The American Academy of Pediatrics released a new policy statement about iodine deficiency, making the recommendation that pregnant and breastfeeding mothers should be taking at least 150 micrograms of iodine daily.

Everyone needs iodine, but new research on iodine deficiency

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Dump this breastfeeding myth!

If you’ve ever been around a breastfeeding mom, you’ve probably heard the term “pump and dump.”  Essentially, it is the practice of pumping and dumping breast milk after having an alcoholic beverage. The thought is that the alcohol gets into the breast milk, so to prevent the baby from sharing mom’s margarita, you waste the milk by pumping it and tossing it out.

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That Precious Hour After a Baby is Born: What Really Needs to Happen After Delivery

Think back to when your babies were born—what happened in that first hour after birth?  Did you hold your baby?  Were you encouraged to breastfeed your baby?  Or did someone take your baby away from you? 


These days most babies go directly to a health care provider for evaluation, or, if the baby is breathing and appears well, the mother will get to look at or hold the baby for a minute or two before someone whisks the baby away for “necessary” medical care.  

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