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.

Sign of a possibly good latch

If the viewer from the side notices a deep crease below to the baby’s chin, almost like a double chin,  this means that the baby’s mouth is open nice and wide.This crease is adorable! I say possibly good latch as sometimes the latch looks perfect and the nipple comes out of the baby’s mouth looking.. read more →

Put the nipple shield on right!

For 100 years, breastfeeding education has not been part of hospital practice or healthcare professional education. Today, public health strategies include teaching physicians, nurses, midwives, nutritionists and dietitians, and occupational therapists about breastfeeding as part of their fundamental education. Breastfeeding management is complex, and requires formal study to understand. The relationship between the mother, the.. read more →

Make breastfeeding your own.

Mothers and babies for whom breastfeeding is easy and fun say that the breastfeeding relationship requires no more than a mother, a baby, and a breast. Yet during my lifetime, I have witnessed the pacifier become part of breastfeeding. I see mothers nurse, then tenderly hold a piece of silicon in their babies’ mouths, while.. read more →

Respect.

Before hospital discharge with her new baby, a mother felt bullied into taking Depoprovera™. She was a clinic patient but wanted to wait on the shot until her 6-week postpartum checkup.  She was asked multiple times and even woken up from a sound sleep during her postpartum stay, and asked if she was sure she.. 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 →