There are always new stories and new ideas. The stories come from mothers, babies, and research. The ideas come from me, after 30+ years of clinical practice, usually in the morning. Hence the category: Morning Thoughts.

If YOU have a story to share, contact me and I will put it up.

Morning thoughts about judging.

My favorite ladies’ figure skater, YuNa Kim won the silver medal yesterday in the Olympic Games. Her free skate was strong and mature; I wished it had lasted longer. She was outscored by another lady having the skate of her young life at the right time in her career. 7 triples and technical tricks outscored.. read more →

Pain at the lightest touch

Nipple and breast pain is a PAIN for everyone, the mother and her lactation therapist. Usually pain is a guide pointing to some problem. Fortunately, with accurate advice and encouragement, most mothers can go on to a happy breastfeeding relationship. Discoveries of reasons for chronic breast pain are still emerging. Edith Kernerman, from Canada, developed.. read more →

What’s the rush?

Ever since I had my first baby, I have heard young women saying, “Oh, I want to have 2 kids close together so I can get it out of the way and then I can get back to my life.” “It” in this case meaning pregnancy, birth, and baby raising. A sister-in-law did just that,.. read more →

Power of mother.

The new mother stands in the center of a crowd of cheering Seattle Seahawk football fans. Everyone , except her, is looking at the camera. She is cradling a precious bundle; her downcast eyes see only her wonderful baby, her smile is tender and protective. This is a picture of mother love.     read more →

Breastfeeding can be easy.

Yesterday, I made a home visit to a first time mother and her premature twins. She had a rough start on her journey to motherhood, full of expensive infertility treatments, into pre-eclampsia and a surgical delivery. Fortunately, the cesarean section and Intensive Care Nursery were in a hospital on its own journey, to Baby Friendly… read more →

Cow protein risky for premature infants

A grandmother wrote to me in despair. Her grandchild was born prematurely, and had undergone many terrible events while in the Intensive Care Nursery. The baby had developed a bowel obstruction and needed surgery to make an opening, called an ileostomy, to drain her small intestine to the outside world. This little one went on.. read more →