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Booby Traps Series: How a History of Sexual Abuse Affects Breastfeeding

If Penny Simkin, author of When Survivors Give Birth, is right, between 25% and 40% of all women may be survivors of early sexual abuse. And if that’s the case, many women of child-bearing age may face an often invisible … Continue reading

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Booby Traps Series: “When are you going to stop doing that?” and others things moms fear hearing from their providers when nursing past infancy.

After overcoming the many barriers to breastfeeding in the early weeks and months of breastfeeding, many women are understandably proud to continue nursing  into toddlerhood and beyond.* But instead of a fist bump and words of encouragement, some moms instead … Continue reading

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What doulas can teach about support without judgement.

I recently had the opportunity to read The Gentle Art of Newborn Family Care: A Guide for Doulas and Caregivers, by Salle Webber. While this book is written for postpartum doulas, it occurred to me as I read it that … Continue reading

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Science You Can Use: Did you protect your baby against depression in adulthood by breastfeeding? If so, how?

This week the media reported on a study published earlier this year suggesting an association between breastfeeding and lowered risk of depression among children in adulthood. It was a small, retrospective study comparing the infant feeding histories of adults being … Continue reading

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