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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10 Tips for Flying with Breast Milk

I’ve heard many a horror-story about flying with breast milk, from security agents that forced moms to dump out milk to broken bottles.  I’ve also made a few mistakes myself, once causing me to throw out several days of expressed milk.  I’ve taken countless business trips while breastfeeding my four children, and these my tips for successful traveling with breast milk. 

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The Medical Benefits of Baby Slings

The author, with her fourth child in a sling

When my first child was one year old, I worked in Malawi, East Africa, as a visiting pediatrician. A stroller proved useless on the muddy dirt streets, and I marveled at the ability of African women to tie a toddler to their back with a rectangular piece of fabric in about ten seconds flat. But these African babies were so clam, so quiet. They nursed through their shots and a waiting room with more than fifty babies was almost quiet. Why? Because these African babies were all carried. And so I, too, became a babywearing mother, with a baby sling.

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