with guest Tina Cardarelli, BS IBCLC
Air Date: July 31, 2017
Although the new mother with a baby on her breast, spit-up on her blouse, and too little sleep may feel alone in breastfeeding, efforts are underway to make such a sense of isolation a thing of the past. In Indiana, efforts to support breastfeeding have led to the development of a community-centered model based on collaborative partnerships between community groups. Read More.
with guest Debbie Betts, M.S., CCC-SLP
Air Date: July 24, 2017
You’ve heard that breastfeeding will protect your baby from SIDS, and you’ve heard that pacifiers do, too. But don’t pacifiers cause babies to have “nipple confusion”? Or are they just a handy tool for calming a fussy baby? It’s time you sort the facts from the myths—before your baby is crying and you’re on the spot, trying to figure out whether to give the pacifier and if it is a help or a problem. Read More.
with guest Wendy Jones
Air Date: July 17, 2017
We all know that oxytocin is the love hormone. But oxytocin has some amazing attributes that are often overlooked. If you’re a breastfeeding mother, you’ve faced situations where you wish oxytocin would go gangbusters in your body–while at other times, you wish it would fade into the background! Sure, oxytocin is stored in your pituitary gland, but what triggers or inhibits its release? Read More.
Air Date: July 10, 2017
Meeting your baby’s nutritional needs from your own body may seem intimidating and even demanding. Maybe that’s why, although nearly 77% of babies are “ever” breastfed, only about 49% are still breastfed at six months (and only 38% are exclusively breastfed then). Read More.
with guest Dr. Bryan Vartabedian
Air Date: July 3, 2017
Every parent looks in their baby’s diaper, and so have you! More than once, you’ve had questions about what’s there. For example: Why is her poo green? Is that blood—and, if so, why is it there? Oh, does what’s in his diaper suggest an allergy, and might formula feeding be a better option? And on the other end: Why is your baby not burping, when she seems uncomfortable? Read More.
with guest Pascal Ghazi
Air Date: June 26, 2017
The new mother focused on getting the hang of breastfeeding and making sure her baby feeds well and often can use all the help she can get. Who better to provide support than her baby’s father? Not only can he provide support for the mother’s infant feeding decisions, but also with time-management and basic problem-solving. Read More.
with guest Tom Johnston
Air Date: June 19, 2017
It can seem that breastfeeding involves only a baby and a mother, but common sense tells us that there’s another player in the family who should also be involved in this critical aspect of the new baby’s nutrition and development: Dad. How can health care providers, breastfeeding mothers, and other caregivers draw fathers into breastfeeding support? Read More.
with guest Dr. Isabel Basaldu-Prado
Air Date: June 12, 2017
Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug during pregnancy. Use is as high as 3% to 30% in various populations. Many women assume that because its use has now been legalized in some US states, it’s harmless to their fetus or infant. But marijuana still goes through the placenta and the mother’s milk. Bigger questions are: Read More.
with guest Nancy Mohrbacher
Air Date: June 5, 2017
Join Marie and special guest Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA, for a discussion of particular issues common to mothers employed outside the home. Ms. Mohrbacher, breastfeeding reporter and lactation consultant, is the author of Breastfeeding Answers Made Simple as well as the smartphone app “Breastfeeding Solutions.” Read More.
with guest Lea Harris
Air Date: May 29, 2017
Recently, everyone seems to be exploring the touted benefits of essential oils. But hardly anyone knows what to believe! Are they safe? Effective? What about nursing mothers? Do any or all of these essential oils actually work to treat common postpartum ailments or breastfeeding problems? And, if they are said to be safe and effective, how do we know that information is credible? Read More.
with guest Julie Stefanski
Air Date: May 22, 2017
You made the decision to have bariatric surgery to improve your health—and it has! But now you’re pregnant, and you want to breastfeed. You’ve heard it’s best for your baby’s health, and yours. Can you do it? How does your nutritional status before or during pregnancy relate to your ability to breastfeed your new baby? Read More.
with guest Lea Harris
Air Date: May 16, 2017
Mothers who breastfeed often prefer to use natural foods and natural treatments. It’s only natural, right? But just because it’s natural doesn’t mean it’s safe; essential oils are potent. If you’re a nursing mother—or anyone else, really—there are number of questions you should raise about essential oils before you use them. Read More.
with guest Liz Flight
Air Date: May 8, 2017
Although breastfeeding is a natural way to feed your baby, it might not feel entirely natural from the start. Fortunately, there are some simple steps that will help, immediately after your baby’s birth and later. Join Marie and Liz Flight, RN, IBCLC of the Tidewater Lactation Group for a discussion of breastfeeding tips to solve problems that many new mothers experience. Read More.
with guest Judy Masucci
Air Date: May 1, 2017
Although recent changes in federal employment law are supposed to support breastfeeding mothers who work outside the home, the reality is that many still face a host of challenges in the workplace. Balancing paid work and breastfeeding is not easy. Read More.
with guest Aletha Solter
Air Date: April 24, 2017
You’re not the only one who goes through it. Just about every new parent has times of not knowing why their baby is crying, or what to do to help. Times when, although your baby has been fed, burped, and changed, he’s still crying and you don’t know why. Times when, although you’ve tried all the tricks you know, none of them have worked. Read More.
with guest Paige Hall Smith
Air Date: April 17, 2017
Everyone has an opinion, and they’re usually pushing it as “fact.” Breastfeeding advocates sing a litany of benefits that breastfeeding provides. Critics insist that breastfeeding is difficult and ties you down. Others imply that you’re a bad mother if you don’t breastfeed. With so many message and feelings, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, confused, guilty, or just plain crazy!Read More.
with guest Wendy Jones
Air Date: April 10, 2017
Conversation about breastfeeding tends to center on mothers and babies. That makes sense. But any mother will tell you that support of loved ones can make a big difference. How can family members–especially dads and grandmothers–help to support breastfeeding moms? What role can dads have in caring for their babies who are breastfed? How can grandmas help, regardless of their own infant feeding experience? Read More.
with guest Michelle Peterson
Air Date: March 27, 2017
Pregnancy is an exciting time of anticipation and preparation. There are showers to attend, supplies to buy, arrangements to be made, and birth plans to write. But as much as they plan for childbirth and the arrival of their new baby, new mothers often overlook the need to plan for their postpartum care. Instead of feeling overwhelmed by their needs, new (or, better yet, expectant) mothers can reach out to friends and families to ask for the help that will support their postpartum healing and entry into parenthood. Read More.
with guest Rachelle Gershovich
Air Date: February 27, 2017
Have you been wondering why your baby isn’t sleeping at night? Are you worried that your baby’s not sleeping because of something with your milk? Have you heard from friends or family that he should be sleeping, that there’s something you could do to encourage him to sleep–like switching to formula, or giving cereal at bedtime? Should you be letting your baby “cry it out”? You’re left wondering what’s myth, and what’s fact. Read More.
with guest Dr. Keren Epstein-Gilboa
Air Date: February 13, 2017
You’ve heard it a million times: Your milk is the best source for your baby’s nutrition and protection against disease. But what else does it do? Specifically, how does breastfeeding affect human development–your baby, your relationship with your baby? Read More.
Air Date: February 6, 2017
Women can breastfeed successfully after cesarean section delivery—and many do. (In truly stellar hospitals, some mothers can even breastfeed before leaving the OR.) However, mothers getting started breastfeeding after cesarean face concerns that mothers who have delivered their babies vaginally tend not to experience, such as: post-op pain, pain management, post-cesarean restrictions, babies with lots of mucous, lack of bacterial colonization of babies’ gut, and—of course—“lift nothing heavier than the baby.” Read More.