KarenThis week’s links

The Guardian: Breastfed babies are smarter and get a better chance in life [hate that headline but love the research]

YouTube: Ina May Gaskin speaking on the human impact of high-tech birth.

Homebirth.org.uk: Beverley Lawrence Beech response to an old article from The Independent called Give Me A Hospital Birth Any Day

childbirth is a normal physiological event for the majority of women and the role of the midwife is to facilitate that process and help the mother to give birth by her own efforts. It is fascinating how research reveals that the majority of women giving birth at home do not need pharmacological pain relief. They are not Amazons, nor masochists, but they are often very well informed of the risks of obstetrically managed births and the research

An interview with Stephanie Casemore, author of Breastfeeding, Take Two: Sucessful Breastfeeding, the Second Time Around

So, if you were given poor advice to supplement with formula in the hospital and this negatively affected your milk supply and led to early weaning, should you feel guilty? In my opinion, no. Anger at the inaccurate information and lack of support is likely appropriate, but when a mother has tried to access information and support and that information and support has been faulty, lacking, or led to difficulties, guilt is misplaced. Many moms will say they feel guilty or that they “failed” at breastfeeding and while they may name the emotion as “guilt” I think grief is more often what is felt.

Mothering.com: Real Men Sleep With Their Kids

Certainly, sleeping with another human in bed will modify your sleep patterns and cause some crowding—but as a new father, believe me, your sleep patterns are going to be modified anyway. Do you really want to get out of bed and go into the next room to fetch the baby for every feeding? (And men, if you insist on keeping the baby in another room, I suggest that, at the very least, you do the fetching.) Do you really want to check your baby’s breathing every six seconds because you can’t hear it on the monitor? Don’t do this to yourself. Instead, check the baby’s breathing by watching her sleep, by listening to her soft breath, by catching some of that oddly familiar scent as it blows in and out of the tilted little O of her mouth.

Fierce Mamas: How the Breastfeeding Industry is destroying Breastfeeding, by
Arie Brentnall-Compton, which refers to a very interesting interview with James Akre.

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