March 2, 2018

What if?

“With our first baby, I had a very difficult birth and my milk just didn’t come in.  I didn’t know what to do so we started […]
January 10, 2018

The Nursing Mother’s Herbal

The Nursing Mother’s Herbal Written by Sheila Humphrey, RN, IBCLC, and LLL Leader, this is a comprehensive and wellresearched book about herbal use during breastfeeding and […]
January 10, 2018

Eat Well, Lose Weight, While Breastfeeding

Eat Well, Lose Weight, While Breastfeeding This is a revised edition of the book first published in 1992 and previously reviewed in New Beginnings, Volume 13, […]
January 10, 2018

Children’s Health A to Z for New Zealand Parents

Children’s Health A to Z for New Zealand Parents This book by paediatrician, Dr Leila Masson, a member of LLLNZ’s Professional Advisory Group, provides extremely comprehensive information […]
March 2, 2018

Breastfeeding in a Bottle Culture

I just happened to read, at my local library, in a recent issue of another parenting magazine an article on breastfeeding in a bottle culture, which was written by a La Leche League Leader. I wanted you to know about an experience I had and how right that article was. Also I would like other people to know that illness does not have to be the end of breastfeeding. It might sound like this happened decades ago but it was last November when my baby was seven weeks old. I was hospitalised with salmonella, eight days in total. (Initially it was thought to be a uterus infection). My baby was being exclusively breastfed. For various reasons and I know they included concern for my well­being, the nurses encouraged my family to give my baby formula in bottles. I was told by doctors it was ‘on the cards’ that my daughter would get the salmonella too, yet nurses continued to want my baby bottle fed. Four days after admission my baby accepted a bottle. That morning a doctor walked in and said the baby shouldn’t be there. As a new mother I didn’t have the right words or information but my mother had earlier told me she thought the breast milk was providing my baby with immunity to the salmonella and so I tried to ask the doctor about this. She simply stated that there was no immunity and that the baby was in danger being with me. I felt so […]
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