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New Mothers, Depression Sleep and breastfeeding

Check out this article that refers to how breastfeeding can actually promote better sleep with new moms, and help prevent post partum depression — contrary to what many people believe!

 

http://www.ibreastfeeding.com/content/newsletter/nighttime-breastfeeding-and-maternal-mental-health

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Breastfeeding protects from SIDS

A recent meta analysis shows that exclusive breastfeeding protects infants from SIDS. This is a benefit of breastfeeding that many new parents are unaware of. In my most recent class I taught to expecting parents nobody had heard of this. Check out the actual article in the Journal Pediatrics: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2011/06/08/peds.2010-3000

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Space still available for October/November prenatal and breastfeeding classes at Mothering with Heart

Sign up now for informative, evidence-based, small and personal prenatal classes led by experienced doulas. Conveniently located for Vancouver, Burnaby and New Westminster. Our small class size makes connecting with other expecting parents easy and fun. We can tailor our classes to meet your individual needs.
Classes include a complementary manual of resources and important easy to refer to information.
Check out : http://www.motheringwithheart.org

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Skin to skin without interruption and unmedicated labour leads to smoother transition to breastfeeding

Take a look at this amazing video which summarizes a  landmark study by Dr. Lennart Righard, which divided newborn babies into 4 groups:

unmedicated births and unseparated from their mothers ( even for routine weight and newborn procedures, until after the first attachment)

unmedicated births and separated after birth

medicated and unseparated and

medicated and separated.

The babies that were born without interventions and without separation all were able to crawl unassisted up their mother’s abdomen, find the breast and self attach.  Those that were born with medication and separated for routine procedures had much more difficulty.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzQWv5ZWtIM

You will be amazed at the baby’s competence at finding what they are looking for and self attaching!

Babies retain the reflexes for breastfeeding for many weeks/months . So even if you and your baby have a rocky start there are many ways to help mom and baby to breastfeed.  Having lots of skin to skin contact between mom and baby and practicing baby led breastfeeding are helpful methods for babies who are learning to breastfeed.  Contact a certified lactaction consultant,  a La Leche League Leader or an experienced doula for support.

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The science of fathering: research shows that father’s hormonal levels increase during pregnancy, birth and postpartum

So I meant to have this up for father’s day. Better late than never. And besides every day can be considered father’s or mother’s day especially in the early weeks and months where your focus is almost exclusively on your newborn!

So a happy belated father’s day to all those devoted, caring dads out there! Fathers and their partners will be equally interested in reading this article that talks about the chemical and hormonal changes that occur in fathers/partners during pregnancy and in the early postpartum period. Fascinating research that shows that father’s oxytocin levels rise if they are present at the birth of their baby and in the early weeks when  they have  skin to skin contact with their baby.  Oxytocin, which is also known as the “love” hormone , is key in establishing attachment.  Read this link for more details.

http://givingbirthwithconfidence.org/2011/06/the-science-of-father-love/

 

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Parenting can be stressful but your baby is not manipulating you. Trust your instincts. Advice from leading researcher on stress and mindfulness: Jon Kabat-Zinn

Leading researcher Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn who has brought mindfulness training to address issues of chronic pain and stress,  talks here about how important it is to respond to your baby when your baby cries. He acknowledges how stressful parenting can be and how if you find yourself thinking that you are going to teach baby a lesson, that some extra support for the caregiver may be necessary (think family, friends, doulas…)

He states categorically that you can not spoil a baby (something that many parents fear) and that the best way to comfort a baby is by being with them.

Have a look.

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Announcing Mothering With Heart: Prenatal and Breastfeeding Classes in Burnaby and Vancouver

Check out our website for a full list of services and schedules: http://www.motheringwithheart.org.  We offer small, personalized workshops that will prepare you well and answer your many questions about childbirth, getting off to a good start with breastfeeding, and life after baby is born. We look forward to meeting expectant and new moms and partners.

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