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.

Teen breastfeeding and future careers.

In the 1990s, I worked as the lactation consultant in a grant-funded program serving low-income mothers in West Philadelphia; in 6 years I worked with at least 600 dyads. Findings were published as “Observations Based Upon Multiple Telephone Contacts with New Breastfeeding Mothers” in the Journal of Human Lactation, June 1997 13: 147-150. During that time,.. read more →

How she got her smeller back.

After the accident, her broken nose did heal. It looked unchanged but worked differently, having lost its sense of smell. Once in a great while, the faintest whiffs of memory would waft by. One time, she got a flash of the smell of damp woods while walking with someone who described all the sensations to.. read more →

Symptoms are guides to healing.

A year after her laparascopic hysterectomy, Eve sought craniosacral therapy for relief from persistent debilitating pain, even though her surgeon pronounced her healed. The  surgeon had referred her to a pain center, and, when that pain center did not help, hinted that perhaps her pain wasn’t real, that it was all “in her head.” As.. read more →

Safe, sweet sleep.

Mothers who use my services almost always comment about their worries about sleeping with their babies; this leads to a lovely discussion. I’ve always supported the biologic template, where a mammal mamma and newborn sleep next to each other. When a mother breastfeeds at night, the hormones of lactation make her sleepy; her milk contains.. read more →

Relationship before technique.

All the local birthing hospitals are working to implement best practices for new mothers who are breastfeeding. This is now the fulfillment of a career-long dream that I have had for as long as I have worked as a nurse, childbirth educator, and lactation consultant in my region. Hospital culture is changing in favor of.. read more →

Keeping the fun going with homeopathy.

I just got home from a vacation in the Garden of Eden, where my scholarship is to be the camp nurse.  The garden of which I speak is Southern Week at Ashokan, a music and dance camp where 160 people live together in a wonderful community for a week. We are fed healthy, locally grown,.. read more →