September 10, 1991 |
Once she thought she might pursue a career in music. Perhaps playing the bass. But here she was, making an evening house call at a brick bungalow in Collingdale, armed with a baby scale, a life-sized baby doll and a little cloth model of the human female breast. Meet Chris Mulford: professional lactation consultant. Mulford's mission, which she shares with about 1,500 lactation consultants nationwide - and about 2,000 worldwide - is to offer advice, help, support and encouragement to new mothers and babies who are having trouble making what should be one of nature's most natural connections.
September 21, 1998 |
For Christine Baldwin of Elmer, N.J., the moments after she gave birth three weeks ago to son William Joseph were filled with emotion. Later, as she recovered at Underwood-Memorial Hospital in Woodbury, she said, she had a "ton of questions," especially about breast-feeding. "I wanted to know about how to store milk, how long it's good for," she said. "I had questions about the transition between [breast-feeding] and the bottle, and how to handle that. " That is where Gail Hankel comes in. Hankel is a board-certified lactation consultant, a nurse trained in breast-feeding.
January 7, 1990 |
Six-month-old Natalie Kurtz, barely waking from a nap, whimpered softly and nuzzled at her mother's shirt. "I have a whole system here," Donna Kurtz said, settling into a comfortable chair in her Havertown living room as she unfastened her nursing bra and lifted her bright red sweater for the baby. Natalie opened and closed her tiny hand on Kurtz's sweater as she sucked sleepily. Minutes later, she drifted off again, her tiny lips pressed softly on her mother's breast. Kurtz, a former schoolteacher, remembered the first time she nursed Natalie.
December 8, 2003 |
A government-funded advertising campaign to encourage breast-feeding is being toned down and postponed amid criticism that the ads make unproven medical claims and use scare tactics. The leading critics are the makers of infant formula, a multibillion-dollar industry. Complaints also have come from officials at the American Academy of Pediatrics, a group that staunchly promotes breast-feeding and drew fire in 1997 for urging new mothers to commit to the practice for at least a year.
September 2, 2009 |
Baby dolls have come a long way. They cry. They babble. They crawl. Heck, they even pee - and poop. Now, here comes Beb? Glot?n, one of the newest to join the babes in toyland. Unlike the others, this cutie out of Spain doesn't have its own tiny plastic bottle. Beb? Glot?n breast-feeds. Touted as a first, BG has sparked a tantrum-sized controversy, particularly Stateside, over its virtues as a plaything. "Just ick," said one Twitterer. "Incredibly creepy," said another posting.
July 12, 2000 |
Stopping the spread of the AIDS virus from poor women in developing countries to their newborns will not be as simple as giving them a cheap course of anti-AIDS medicines around the time of birth. New studies being presented at the 13th International AIDS Conference now meeting in Durban, South Africa, show that even if the drugs allow a baby to escape infection at birth, the child can still acquire the virus later on through breast-feeding. But infant formula, the only alternative to breast-feeding, carries its own problems in the Third World: It's expensive, it requires clean water, and it often goes against cultural mores.
September 23, 2005
SO NOW Christine Flowers has an issue with women breast-feeding in public (Sept. 19)? She has an awful lot to say about what mothers shouldn't do considering that she has no children. She has a problem with breast-feeding in public? I have a real problem with her holier-than-thou judgmental attitude being expressed in public. Christine, breast-feeding is a very natural thing. Too bad if you don't like it. Donna Di Giacomo, Philadelphia
October 18, 1996 |
Pregnant with her first child, Sharon Lentz went to a La Leche League meeting, where she just sat on the edge of her chair and cried. The Bensalem woman was 35, seven months pregnant, and felt incompetent in the face of the enormous job of mothering, let alone breast-feeding. "They supported my decision and gave me knowledge [about breast-feeding]," she said of the group members. "It can be very intimidating not having experience with women who nursed. " Started by seven young breast-feeding mothers at a church picnic in Illinois, the international breast-feeding organization La Leche - Spanish for the milk - celebrated its 40th anniversary yesterday.
May 21, 2011
Across the vast mine field of the so-called mommy wars, few issues can set off a verbal battle faster than a discussion of breast-feeding and whether a new mother does or doesn't. The science is clear that infants who are exclusively breast-fed for at least the first six months of life are less likely to develop common childhood ailments such as ear infections and asthma, and are less prone to obesity later in life. Some studies even suggest that breast-fed babies grow up smarter, possibly because of antibodies they ingest - though the fact that educated, wealthier women who stress early-childhood education are more likely to nurse may have something to do with it. For women, breast-feeding can help shed postpartum weight by encouraging healthy eating and may cut chances of breast cancer.
June 15, 2015 |
In 1989, an international panel of experts called attention to the irony that health workers were preventing many newborns from getting the healthiest possible food - mother's milk. Hospital maternity units were contributing, "however unwittingly," to the long decline in breast-feeding by failing to encourage moms to do it, or by introducing practices that discourage it, such as giving baby formula. The panel's statement, sponsored by the World Health Organization and United Nations Children's Fund, led to a global hospital reform movement called Baby Friendly.