Thursday's Tip:La Leche League Canada: Who We Are… and What We Do

You know that La Leche League Canada provides breastfeeding support because that is what got you reading this page but do you know what happens when a mother contacts LLLC?

Thursday's Tip: Breastfed Children and Attachment Objects

When my oldest children were small, people were often surprised that they didn’t have a blanket or stuffed animal which went everywhere with them. As someone who had just taken a lot of university developmental psychology courses I was also a bit surprised that my children didn’t have “attachment objects” because I had learned that these were a normal part of child development. Shortly after I started attending La Leche League meetings I came across a book in the Group library called “Your Baby’s Mind and How it Grows; Piaget’s theory for parents” by Mary Ann Spencer Pulaski c 1978.

Thursday's Tip: Human Milk Banking in Canada

In Canada human milk banks are not for profit organizations. Donor mothers donate their milk for philanthropic reasons and are never paid for their donation. In some cases families may receive payment to cover the costs of shipping and storage containers however it is illegal to sell or purchase human milk in Canada.

Thursday's Tip: Breastfeeding in Ireland

If you are celebrating St Patrick’s Day, wearing your green shirt with your baby in a green outfit, while you are sitting snuggled up breastfeeding you may wonder whether mothers in Ireland are also breastfeeding.

You may be surprised to learn that many of them are not breastfeeding. According to a number of reports Ireland has the lowest rate of breastfeeding in the world! The studies showing these very low breastfeeding rates come from 2008-2009 and 2012 so things may have improved in the intervening years.

Thursday's Tip: What is a galactogogue & why might a breastfeeding mother use one?

A galactogogue is not a character from a science fiction movie but what we know about them comes from scientific research. Galactogogues are substances which promote lactation; they can be plant-based or man-made. A galactogogue may be considered by breastfeeding mother or her health care professional when there is a low milk supply issue that has not been resolved by ensuring that mum is breastfeeding frequently and baby has an effective latch.

Thursday's Tip: on reading media reports and studies about breastfeeding

Articles about breastfeeding books and breastfeeding research appear in the various forms of media on a regular basis. Sometimes they are reporting on the results of studies and sometimes they are opinion pieces. Whether the reports come from social media, blogs (including LLLC’s Thursday’s Tips & Supporting Breastfeeding), print media, radio or television reporting it is important as a reader to have a baseline against which to measure the validity of the reporting or opinion.

Thursday's Tip: Breastfeeding and oral development

Babies who are exclusively breastfeeding have a different pattern of sucking than that of babies who are exclusively bottle fed according to a 2010 study. We know that the mechanics of sucking require a complex coordination of sucking, swallowing and breathing. The rhythm of a feeding is influenced by the age of the baby, hunger, baby’s mouth position on the breast/or shape of the bottle nipple, milk flow, and baby’s alertness or fatigue.

Thursday's Tip: Breastfeeding and the hormones of sexuality

 It is not surprising that breastfeeding, which is hormonally driven, would have an impact on sexuality which is also hormonally driven; however, many new parents aren’t prepared for the effect that having a new baby can have on their desire for lovemaking.

Thursday's Tip: Judging over feeding choices and the “Mommy Wars”

Every couple of months there is an article in a magazine or newspaper, a viral blog post, a book or a YouTube video whose underlying purpose seems to be to create division amongst mothers over the way their babies are feed. This division has been called the “Mommy Wars” in many media. As parents the last thing any of us need is to feel alienated from the other people around us who are at the same stage in their lives.

Thursday's Tip: Does breast size matter when you are breastfeeding?

Many pregnant women worry about whether their breasts are too small to produce enough breastmilk. Women with larger breasts tend not to worry about their breast size in relation to future milk production. Other people also don’t tend to suggest to them that they ought to worry as can happen to their smaller cup sized sisters. So, does size matter when it comes to breastfeeding?

First we need to look at what a breast is made up of.

A breast consists of:

Glandular tissue: which makes milk and transports it to the nipple

To encourage, promote and provide breastfeeding, chest feeding and human milk feeding support and educational opportunities as an important contribution to the health of children, families and society