A Breastfeeding Story – Part 2

When I became pregnant with my second son, Blake, I knew that I planned to breastfeed him after he was born. After my experience with breastfeeding Dylan, I knew that there could be some bumps in the road as we began our breastfeeding relationship. Shortly before Blake was born, I developed preeclampsia. I knew that I would have to be on the same medications during labor and delivery that I had been on when Dylan was born. What I did not expect was that I would end up with a cesarean birth. When I was able to hold Blake, he … Continue reading

A Breastfeeding Story – Part 1

One of the things that you may be thinking about during your pregnancy is whether you will breastfeed your baby once he or she arrives. It is important to think about this ahead of time, so that you can educate yourself about the types of resources and support that are available to nursing mothers in the event that you run into a difficult start with breastfeeding. One important thing to remember is that while breastfeeding your baby is completely natural, it is something that requires both mother and baby to do a bit of learning. It is also possible for … Continue reading

When To Start Solids-Part I

Every family is different and every baby within that family is different too. Often, you will hear conflicting information on when it is appropriate to start solid foods for your child. I know some parents who are putting a little rice cereal in the bottle from a very young age to help with reflux issues. Some parents start their kids on solids at around 4-6 months old. And, others rely on a baby led solids approach where they skip over baby food altogether and let their child lead the way as to when they are ready for solid foods. When … Continue reading

Prenatal Vitamins (part I)

As soon as a woman discovers she is pregnant, she will most likely be advised by her doctor or midwife to take a prenatal vitamin supplement which may bring up a couple of questions: Why do I need to take a prenatal vitamin? Which prenatal vitamin should I take? Maybe you never bothered to ask these questions because your doctor or midwife simply told you to take “this specific prenatal” 3 times a day for the duration of your pregnancy (and while breastfeeding). I think most of us have enough common sense to be able to say that pregnant women … Continue reading

Pregnancy Blog Review for October 12 – 25

Welcome to the Pregnancy Blog Review. In this section, I summarize the recent posts in the blog with a short description of the topic. Links are provided for you to easily click to read the rest of the story. The review is a good place to view the recent blogs in one place. The conclusive tests for chromosomal disorders, including Down’s syndrome are often invasive and carry risks to the baby. Women may soon have another option for a less invasive method of getting the same information found in an amnio or chorionic villi sampling. Read more in A New … Continue reading

Baby Blog Month in Review: June 2008

June was my first official month posting for the Baby Blog. It has been a great experience. I love learning new things about babies and sharing it with friends. Of course, I could use your help. Whether you are a first-time mom or an experienced mom of a large family, I want to hear from you. Please share your advice, your questions and your comments. On which topics would you like to see more blogs? Meanwhile, take a look at all of the articles we had in June. June 2nd Introducing Babies to Birds Perhaps it is the fact that … Continue reading

When Breastfeeding In Public Is a Crime

I caught a story over the internet and it grabbed my attention. I think in part because I live in a place where the meter maids are a little ‘ticket happy’. A woman was parked illegally (in a space reserved for permit holders only) and she was trying to feed her infant. She says that the parking attendant gave her a ticket for her illegally parked car. She is appealing it but says that if the government is truly trying to encourage breastfeeding, the ticket should be dropped. Anyone who reads my blogs regularly knows that I’m a huge breastfeeding … Continue reading

Baby Blog Week in Review: August 7 to August 11

We have had a busy week in the baby blog! If you haven’t had time to catch up on all your reading, here it is all in one place. Grab a cup of coffee and have a seat! August 7 Why Banning Formula Isn’t Awful This week the New York City Department of Health banned free formula in New York City public hospitals in an effort to promote breastfeeding. The internet has been abuzz about the ban both for and against it. Although I actively promote breastfeeding when possible, I actually think that banning formula is good economic sense. Read … Continue reading

Baby Blog Week in Review: May 31 to June 7

Did you miss a blog these last two weeks? We had a lighter couple of weeks in the baby blog–mostly due to the Delp Family June Madness. We did nothing short of five birthday parties (this is my husband’s job) two recitals and a graduation. In fact, we were so light on the blogs the week before, I couldn’t do a week in review. So if your last few weeks have been anything like ours, you’ll likely have some reading to catch up on! So here’s what we covered this week. Saturday, May 31 The Pressure to Perform I am … Continue reading

The Breastfeeding Mafia is Starving Babies

Or is it just a lack of common sense? This week in the United Kingdom, powerful organizations like La Leche League, Unicef and the National Childbirth Trust in conjunction with the Department of Health are trying to get the message out that Breast is Best. But apparently not everyone thinks that this is such a good thing. Enter Sarah Oliver, a new mom who nearly starved her baby because she felt like she was consistently ‘bullied’ into breastfeeding. Advised by midwives that even one bottle would permanently hamper the breastfeeding process. . .she continued to breastfeed and by the time … Continue reading