Bedsharing and Formula Feeding

Copyright: Kirill Federspiel

Sleeping with your baby is as old as human history.  It is a biological norm for our babies to want to be close to us (and for most of us, for us to be close to them).  It is a practice that has been condemned in our current society, with fears of suffocation and SIDS leading the way, and most parents have been told flat-out to avoid it.  However, the practice is increasing as … [Read more...]

Educating the Jasseys – Lesson Three: Myths and Truths of Feeding and Sleep

Source: "The Newborn Sleep Book"

We’ve finally made it...  The “real” chapters are upon us.  Over 8500 of my words later and we’ve managed to get to Page 1.  I would hope by now that most people (including yourselves) are able to see some of the folly in what has been written, but we must now start to address the meat of your program and your beliefs.  You start logically enough with a chapter on the “myths … [Read more...]

Does the “Breastfeeding Contract” Shame Mothers?

Source: Fraser Health

I live in British Columbia, Canada (BC for short) and lately one of our health regions has been making news with the accusation that they are forcing mothers to sign a “breastfeeding contract”.  There are articles out there declaring that women are being “shamed” for formula feeding and raising anxiety for women who have problems breastfeeding because of this sheet.  The very … [Read more...]

It’s Not “Just Feed Your Baby”: Why Breastfeeding Discourse Matters

Source: World Breastfeeding Week 2014

World Breastfeeding Week has ended and it’s dredged up a lot of emotions for a lot of people, not all positive.  Under the surface bubbles the anger from those who wonder, “Why can’t it be ‘just feed your baby’?”  In short: Why do we need this discussion about breastfeeding at all?  Why do we need to discuss the science, the merits, the health factors, and all those things that … [Read more...]

It’s Not About You

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Story #1 I so wanted a home birth.  To be honest, I never fathomed I’d set foot in a hospital.  My mother had birthed all three of us kids at home, on the third floor of what would be my family home for nearly 30 years, with a midwife.  This was just how birth was done in my mind.  I hate hospitals (always have), I hated the stories I’d heard from too many people about … [Read more...]

Homebirth: A “Narcissistic” Choice?

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I came across this interesting discussion on Facebook the other day (be warned, it’s long so make sure you have time to read it all if interested, which I believe many of you will be).  What struck me most about it was the idea that, for some, to birth at home is a “narcissistic” choice.  (I take issue with the term itself as I don’t believe the choice is made with a grandiose … [Read more...]

Why Ending the “Mommy Wars” is Misguided and Dangerous

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Ending the mommy wars has become quite the news item and one that everyone seems to get on board with. I mean, how can you not?  Doesn’t it sound so lovely to say that we have to support each other as moms no matter what we do?  After all, they’re just choices and isn’t each choice as valid and wonderful as the rest?  If we all just accepted this, the world would be… well, what … [Read more...]

The Breastfeeding Research Battle

Source: Tracy Cassels

By Tracy G. Cassels It seems that researchers looking at the "benefits" of breastfeeding (really the problems with formula) can’t catch a break these days.  In the past month, two prominent research studies have hit the news and yet detractors everywhere call “foul”.  For a long time, critics of the research showing favourable outcomes associated with breastfeeding (which … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Living with a Reflux Baby

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By Jennifer Harrell When the average person thinks about infant reflux, or GERD, they often equate it to spit-up – not a big deal, something “all babies do”. Speaking as the parent of a child with severe reflux, I can say that it really is a big deal. It is an emotionally draining misadventure full of heartache, stress and frustration.  As my husband and I say, our entry into … [Read more...]

Thirty Billion Dollars and Counting

Source: Unknown

Luckily very few people (outside those who work with formula companies) argue the devastating effects of a lack of breastfeeding in developing nations where preventable diseases run rampant and we’re losing approximately 830,000 children a year who should still be alive[1].  Child mortality runs rampant and families spend precious money on formula when they could be saving … [Read more...]