Is Your Baby’s Sleep a Problem? The authors hope to reassure parents that what appears to be problematic infant sleep patterns that require “fixing” are actually quite normal and developmentally appropriate. Their goal is for parents to have a better understanding of the broad array of behaviors that constitute “normal” when it comes to children’s sleep, and that if the behavior is not a problem for the family, it’s most likely not a problem for the child. They recommend that parents, instead of following a particular expert’s advice, understand what is needed to keep babies safe when they sleep, build the sleep environment around these safe behaviors, and do what works best for their family.
SIDS: Risk and Realities is authored by Sarah Ockwell-Smith, Wendy Middlemiss, Tracy Cassels, Helen Steven, and Darcia Narvaez. In addition to the white paper, the May 2013 issue of Clinical Lactation is also available at Praeclarus Press. This issue focuses on mother-infant sleep, sleep training, and the role of breastfeeding. There is also a detailed listing of resources available for both parents and professionals on mother-infant sleep location, safe sleep, and breastfeeding. Praeclarus Press is a small press dedicated to women’s health.
Free to Breastfeed: A free handout of quotations from the book Free to Breastfeed: Voices of Black Mothers
Simple Ways to Calm a Crying Baby: Recent research reports have encouraged mothers to not respond to their babies when they cry. In Response to this advice a panel of noted mother-baby sleep experts from the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, and Australia have developed a free handout for parents that offers parents ways to soothe crying babies which is available here.
Promoting Breastfeeding While Being Sensitive to Mothers Who Can’t In an effort to increase breastfeeding rates, count-less organizations and individuals have created and disseminated messages that may be characterized as breastfeeding advocacy, promotion, or support. However, for the mother who cannot produce a full milk supply for her baby, these messages can be hard to hear. She may feel insulted and judged because she was not being to breastfeed exclusively despite her intent and desire to do so.
Postpartum Depression at a Glance is handy guide to summarizes assessment and treatment options for new mothers with depression. It lists key symptoms, includes two short assessment tools, and summarizes both pharmalogic and non-pharmacologic treatment options. All treatments are compatible with breastfeeding. Glance is designed to be used when talking to mothers and is an evidence-based summary based on the 2016 book, Depression in New Mothers, 3rd Edition.
Supporting Breastfeeding Welcoming a newborn into the home can prove both exciting and challenging. With much of the available advice designed specifically for mothers, new fathers may find themselves wondering what role they should play during the first few weeks of their baby’s life, especially where breastfeeding is concerned.
Simple Ways to Treat Sore Nipples. Many new mothers experience the pain and discomfort associated with sore or cracked nipples. While sore nipples are fairly common, they can detract from the overall breastfeeding experience and can even lead to infection. In her book, Maternity Leave: A New Mother’s Guide to the First Six Weeks Postpartum, Cheryl Zauderer offers some simple but effective methods to heal sore nipples and alleviate discomfort.
The Advantages of Online Support for Breastfeeding Mothers. Many new mothers experience the pain and discomfort associated with sore or cracked nipples. While sore nipples are fairly common, they can detract from the overall breastfeeding experience and can even lead to infection. In her book, Maternity Leave: A New Mother’s Guide to the First Six Weeks Postpartum, Cheryl Zauderer offers some simple but effective methods to heal sore nipples and alleviate discomfort.
One every 21 Seconds According to the World Health Organization, one baby dies every 21 seconds because they are not breastfed. In the U.S., infant mortality rates are more than double for African Americans compared to Whites; breastfeeding decreases the disparity
Study Published in Breastfeeding Medicine Finds That Exclusive Breastfeeding Lessens the Impact of Previous Sexual Assault on New Mothers. A new study published in Breastfeeding Medicine found that previous sexual assault has a pervasive negative effect on new mothers’ sleep, well-being, and risk of depression, anxiety, and post traumatic stress disorder, but breastfeeding lessens these effects. The study of 6410 new mothers was authored by Praeclarus Press’ Editor-in-Chief, Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, and Zhen Cong and Thomas Hale from Texas Tech University.