Author Archives: Tanya Lieberman, IBCLC

Booby Traps Series: “Is your baby eating real food yet?” and other Booby Traps when starting solids.

The transition to feeding your baby foods other than breastmilk should be a pretty simple one. But there are many Booby Traps that can complicate that transition: Pressure to start too early.  Many breastfeeding mothers face pressure to start solids … Continue reading

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Last revised on 07/01/2013

Booby Traps Series: Did you experience any of these tandem nursing Booby Traps?

Nursing in pregnancy and beyond can be, in the words of Hilary Flower, author of a book on the topic, “an adventure.”* It’s also something that may draw the concern or disapproval of health care providers.  This in spite of … Continue reading

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Last revised on 06/26/2013

Booby Traps Series: Obstetrical practices are making late milk-coming-in the new normal.

A little while back, when I was writing this post about delayed onset of mature milk (“milk coming in”), I ran across this statistic: Nearly one in four mothers experience their milk coming in late – defined as after 72 … Continue reading

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Last revised on 06/19/2013

Science You Can Use: More breastfeeding could save mothers’ lives and billions of dollars.

Every once in a while I see the bumper sticker that says, “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” Maybe it’s time for a new one that says, “If you think supporting breastfeeding is expensive, try disease.” Okay, that … Continue reading

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Last revised on 06/12/2013

Booby Traps Series: VBAC is a breastfeeding issue. Lack of access to VBAC is a Booby Trap for millions of moms.

The Listening to Mothers III survey, published by Childbirth Connection this month, contained a set of sobering statistics. This survey found that, while moms’ interest in VBAC is increasing (from 45% to 48%), “the proportion of women with a prior … Continue reading

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Last revised on 05/28/2013

Booby Traps Series: Moms who have breast surgery face specific Booby Traps

Moms who have had breast reduction, breast implants, and other breast surgeries face some specific Booby Traps. To develop a good list of these barriers, I spoke with Diana West, IBCLC, author many books on breastfeeding, including Defining Your Own … Continue reading

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Last revised on 05/20/2013

Booby Traps Series: Finding your tribe online, with Lara Audelo, author of The Virtual Breastfeeding Culture

We’re very excited to share this interview with Lara Audelo, Best for Babes team member, owner of Mama Pear Designs, and author of the new book The Virtual Breastfeeding Culture:  Seeking Mother-to-Mother Support in the Digital Age (with an introduction … Continue reading

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Last revised on 05/14/2013

Science You Can Use: Flawed study says early formula use increases exclusive breastfeeding

A new study making headlines this week suggests that “early limited formula” use actually increases the chances that babies will be exclusively breastfeed later on. This small study enrolled 40 full-term newborns between 24-48 hours old who had lost more … Continue reading

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Last revised on 05/13/2013

Booby Traps Series: Babies with special needs face special Booby Traps

Moms of babies with special needs often face extra challenges to meet their breastfeeding goals. But in addition to these challenges, they may also encounter a number of Booby Traps. Any barrier to breastfeeding is a shame, but it’s particularly … Continue reading

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Last revised on 05/09/2013

Booby Traps Series: Why don’t we get better breastfeeding care from our nurses?

At a conference last year, I heard a nurse speaking about the importance of helping mothers with breastfeeding. “If you were a nurse,” she said, “and you knew for a fact that 80% of your patients were going to have … Continue reading

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Last revised on 04/30/2013