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.
My husband and daughter and I are on vacation in Oakland, California. Last night, we were strolling home together after a lovely Ethiopian dinner. Suddenly, 4 young people came rushing towards us from the street that we were planning to walk on. “Stop” they said, “We’ve just been robbed at gunpoint. The robbers took all.. read more →
The mother of a two-week old newborn called for a consultation. At the home visit, her baby latched on only once, and refused other attempts. The mother’s milk supply was diminished. Together she and I developed a care plan that included as much time skin to skin as possible, renting a hospital grade pump to.. read more →
Like many women who have worn high heels for long and painful hours, I have bunions. My big toe joints are large, my big toes point towards my little toes, and the left bunion sometimes hurts. I have to be considerate of bunions when I buy shoes. I don’t want to have surgery, which seems.. read more →
I’ve spent most of my whole career working with mothers and babies, as a lactation consultant, a craniosacral therapy practitioner, a childbirth educator, and a nurse. When I became active in this arena, nearly 20 years ago, breastfeeding was fighting for recognition by hospitals, by medical systems, and in public health. Over time, the lactation.. read more →
The older I get, the more time I spend taking care of myself, the more days in a row that I feel good. Less and less do I put the needs of work or obligations ahead of my needs The end result is that my creativity flourishes and my life continues to improve. The paradox.. read more →
Today’s blog post uses the title from an article just published in New Yorker by Dr. Atul Gawande. http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2013/07/29/130729fa_fact_gawande In his essay, Dr. Gawande talks about new ideas. Why are some adopted almost immediately? Why are others, equally as clever and useful, not? He compares and contrasts two brilliant ideas from the late 19th century,.. read more →