For decades, people have said that mothers should not bring their babies into bed with them at night—no matter what, no matter why. I’m happy to debunk this statement as what it is: a big, bold MYTH.
That’s right. When it’s time for your breastfed baby’s nighttime feeding, you won’t need to stumble out of bed to nurse him somewhere else. There are at least 3 solid reasons why you can rest easy the prohibition on bringing baby into bed is a myth.
The AAP says so.
For years, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has stated bedsharing poses too great a risk of suffocation. However, in its latest statement on infant sleep and SIDS risk, the national pediatric organization acknowledges that breastfeeding mothers can bring their babies into bed for feedings
. That’s because the risk of bringing a baby into bed for nighttime feeding is lower than the risk of suffocation when a baby is fed on a sofa or armchair.
When I was a kid, my mother impressed upon me that things were dirty or germy. It seemed that she was always saying, “don’t touch that; it has germs” or “you have no idea how many bacteria are on such-and-so.” Definitely, “bacteria” was a dirty word.
When I was a young nurse, years ago, we routinely poured betadine over the laboring mother’s perineum to eliminate that dirty “bacteria” so it wouldn’t get onto the baby when he was born. Indeed, “bacteria” seemed to be a dirty word!
Over the years, we’ve learned a lot about germs and bacteria. But here are six myths that seem to persist, and the truth you need to know.
Myth: Bacteria are all bad, dirty germs.
Are you a breastfeeding mother who is returning to a traditional work setting? Are you pregnant, or do you already have your baby in your arms? In either case, it’s highly likely that you’ll need to have a conversation with your boss about your need to feed your baby or express your milk in the workplace. If you feel awkward about having that conversation, read on.
On a recent episode of Born to be Breastfed we heard from my guest, retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Jarold (Tom) Johnson CNM, IBCLC
. During the interview, he helped me to recognize some priorities for healthcare providers
. After 27 years of service, Tom offers some advice that would serve you well, whether you are in the military service, or in any other setting. He reminded us of the phrase coined by the late marine Major Meghan McClung. Be bold. Be brief. Be gone.
So many mothers are fearful that they are asking for some special favor when they ask their boss for time off to express their milk, a private space, or some other need. My advice is, get out of that headset! Be bold! Being timid or apologetic won’t do you any good. Stop worrying about it, and just ask.
Everyone has an opinion about weaning, about everything from what it is and when it should happen to who should manage it and how it should be done. In this episode, Gill Rapley, author of several books about baby-led weaning
, busted some common myths.
Myth #1: Baby-led weaning is just the latest craze.
Don’t worry; you’re not engaging in the hot new fad by considering baby-led weaning. In print, the practice dates back, at least, to the Dr. Spock baby guides of the 1970s. In truth, baby-led weaning started thousands of years ago, long before we had blenders, and long before Gerber started putting baby-food in jars.
Myth #2: Baby-led weaning is tied to the end of breastfeeding.
Since World Mental Health Day on October 10th, we’ve been focusing on postpartum anxiety and depression. It’s important to be aware, to recognize your needs, or those of someone you love, so that you can get help.
There’s no question about it: Psychotherapy works. But it doesn’t work if you don’t find the right therapist. If you believe it works and are willing to pursue it, a big question looms: How do you pick out a therapist?
The guests on our show said some different things, so I want to pull those together. Here are three factors to consider.
Credentials and experience might matter.
It’s been four months since Baby was born. Mom is doing well, and has been exclusively breastfeeding her baby. But she’s noticed some hairs on her chin—postpartum hormonal changes! It happens—and she wants to have laser therapy to remove them.
Unfortunately, the laser therapy staff say they won’t do the procedure until Mom has weaned her baby from the breast. Let’s face it: That could mean she’d have to wait a year, two years, or more! She’s convinced them to go ahead with laser hair removal if she can get a note from her doctor that it’s okay for her to have the laser treatment.
Her doctor should be willing to write the note. That laser hair removal is unsafe for the breastfeeding mother is a big MYTH! But if you’re a breastfeeding mother considering laser hair removal, there are four facts you should know:
These days, you hear a lot about babywearing for healthy, full-term babies. But there’s almost no buzz about wearing your preterm baby. The latest buzz was created by Jennifer Canvasser when she was a guest on my radio show. Many mothers—and nurses!—don’t know it’s possible to wear a preemie. It is! In spite of the tubes and the wires, and your baby’s small size, you may well be able to wear your preemie and carry him against your body. Want to know more?
Listen to the show, and read on for the top 7 tips any parent who wants to wear their preterm baby must know:
Check out different types of carriers.
Both Jennifer and an earlier radio show guest, Samantha Bunnell
, identified four different types of carriers: the mei-tai, ring sling, soft-structured carrier, and woven wrap.