Canada Breastfeeding

To All Moms Struggling With Breastfeeding, You're Not Alone

Glynis Ratcliffe | Posted 03.25.2015 | Canada Living
Glynis Ratcliffe

This is for the mama who expected breastfeeding to be this magical, beautiful bonding experience, and has ended up crying tears of frustration, of despair, of pain, because it wasn't all of that. You. Are. Not. Alone.

Breastfeeding Mom From B.C. Livid Over Treatment By United Airlines

The Huffington Post B.C. | Andree Lau | Posted 03.12.2015 | Canada British Columbia

"Never has anyone made me feel so uncomfortable and ashamed for feeding my baby..."

Why I Wish I Had Breastfed My Kids

Sandra Charron | Posted 02.28.2015 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

I was one of those women who proudly proclaimed, "I bottle fed my kids and they're all fine." And they are fine. The thing is though, now that I work as a postpartum nurse, a great percentage of my time on the unit is spent teaching and assisting new moms. And I get breastfeeding now. I totally could have rocked this gig. But I didn't because I was too tired.

More Reasons Why Breast Milk Is the Perfect Food for Babies

Jason Tetro | Posted 02.16.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Many methods have come and gone, relegated as nothing more than fads or marketing ploys. But one has stood the test of time and continues to be promoted from the pediatrician all the way to the World Health Organization: breastfeeding.

20 Things I Learned About Pregnancy and New Motherhood

Kathryn Marshall | Posted 03.07.2015 | Canada Living
Kathryn Marshall

I usually write about politics, but since I recently became a mom, I have been thinking a lot about all things motherhood, pregnancy and baby-related. Here is a little list of some things I learned about pregnancy and new motherhood.

Dear Josie Cunningham, Please Stop Sharing Your Twisted Views on Breastfeeding

Andrea Traynor | Posted 12.21.2014 | Canada Living
Andrea Traynor

Well done. Any wayward young girl or new mother who considers you a role model may now elect not to breastfeed her child. All because of your inaccurate, uneducated, misguided and -- truly -- disgusting sentiments about what is one of the most loving, selfless and beautiful relationships a mother can have with her baby.

The Real Reason a Lot of Mothers Don't Breastfeed

Valerie Latona | Posted 11.09.2014 | Canada Living
Valerie Latona

Get yourself a hands-free pumping bra so you can sit and do other things while you're pumping. This was my favourite time to get things done. And, if I had to drive somewhere during the time I was supposed to be pumping, I actually pumped while I drove.

3 Things That Made My Breastfeeding Experience Hell

Sandra Charron | Posted 10.27.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

Interestingly, my breastfeeding experiences have made it such that now, as a postpartum nurse, my practice is centered on emphasizing the things I wish I had known -- things which not only ruined my possible precious memories, but made me wince every time I heard my child's familiar hunger cry.

Moms Need Support No Matter How They Choose To Feed Their Babies

Andree Lau | Posted 10.26.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Andree Lau

Some things I remember clearly about the first days after my sons were born. I was zapped, emotional and incredibly vulnerable. So I can't imagine having a document thrust at me that essentially guilt-trips me into swearing that I will breastfeed my newborns or else risk exposing them to "significant illness and disease."

B.C. Hospitals' Breastfeeding 'Contract' Upsets New Moms

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 08.28.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Hospitals in B.C.'s Fraser Health region are asking new moms to sign a "feeding plan" that claims babies who aren't breastfed are more likely to get "...

New Fathers Are Eager To Learn About Breastfeeding

Sandra Charron | Posted 10.25.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

Eighteen years ago, fathers offered moral support with breastfeeding through fetching a glass of water for the wife. Now, things are different. This generation of dads is not leaving their partners' side to go home. Dads want to be involved in breastfeeding, and taking care of their partners and babies.

When Cultural Norms Stand in the Way of Breastfeeding

masalamommas | Posted 10.05.2014 | Canada Living
masalamommas

South Asian culture has long valued the countless benefits of breastfeeding -- for the newborn baby and the new mother -- so why the push for formula on mothers able and willing to breastfeed?

8 Things You Didn't Expect After Having a Baby

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 09.28.2014 | Canada Living
Dr Dina Kulik

Before I delivered by first son I knew basically nothing about post-delivery recovery. I knew a minimal amount from medical school. There would be bleeding and soreness. I didn't need a medical degree to assume that. What to really expect was a mystery. These aren't things that moms and moms-to-be discuss very often, at least not in my social circle.

New Moms Should Know: Breastfeeding Is Hard!

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 09.22.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

Tears in my eyes, I looked up from my nursing chair at The Hubster, who had our hungry newborn daughter in his arms. I felt like I was trapped in a cruel science experiment to determine how much nipple pain an exhausted new mother could take in two hour intervals before she cracked. Expectant first-time moms: Breastfeeding is hard.

How Much Vitamin D do We Really Need?

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 08.08.2014 | Canada Living
Dr Dina Kulik

The Canadian Pediatric Society and American Academy of Pediatrics say babies and children should get at least 400 international units (IU) or vitamin D per day. The vast majority of babies and children do not get close to this.

How to Start a Great Breastfeeding Relationship With Your Baby

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 07.20.2014 | Canada Living
Dr Dina Kulik

I often tell patients that breastfeeding was the most challenging thing I have ever done. Starting out right ensures that breastfeeding is a pleasant experience for you and your baby. But at the end of the day, if you can make it work, it will be immeasurably valuable for both of you.

Photographer's Instagram Account Shut Down For Breastfeeding Picture

CBC | Posted 07.12.2014 | Canada Living

A former Winnipegger living in Toronto is battling Instagram after it briefly shut down her account after she posted a photograph of herself breastfe...

Children Are Parasites. How Do We Love Them So Much?

Heather Lin | Posted 06.27.2014 | Canada Living
Heather Lin

I'll be the first to admit that kids are time-sucks. They can literally consume every waking second you have by demanding all of your attention. And if you have more than one and they're young, good luck trying to "nap when the baby naps." What if they're on different nap schedules? What if that's the only time you get to have a shower or eat something that requires both hands?

Another Benefit Of Breastfeeding

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 04.23.2014 | Canada Living

People who had low birth weights and those breastfed for short periods may be more likely to develop chronic inflammation linked to heart disease in a...

What Baby Books Don't Tell You About Breastfeeding

Sandra Charron | Posted 06.10.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

Even though mothers are anxious to see their child latching well and feeding on the breast, to know that their particular experience is occurring in most every room on the ward, does help somewhat to dispel the belief that they have done something wrong, that there is something wrong with them, and/or that their baby will never breastfeed.

The Danger of Parents Who Police Other Parents

Stephanie Knaak | Posted 05.12.2014 | Canada
Stephanie Knaak

For my son's birthday, a parent wasn't comfortable with my husband and I driving her child from a gymnastics centre to our house. Fair enough. But what of the consequences of such vigilance towards our fellow parents? To what extent do these kinds of parent-against-parent preemptive risk aversion strategies threaten the fabric of mother-to-mother relations?

Breastfeeding Mom Outraged At Ottawa IKEA

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 03.12.2014 | Canada Living

An Ottawa mother is demanding an apology from IKEA after a manager allegedly called her breastfeeding "disgusting" and told her to take it into the ba...

Canada's Top Province For Breastfeeding Is..

The Huffington Post, B.C. | Posted 11.26.2013 | Canada British Columbia

British Columbian mothers are more likely to breastfeed their babies exclusively for six months or more than mothers in the rest of Canada, a report r...

The "No Drinking Rule" Shames Pregnant Women

Stephanie Knaak | Posted 11.11.2013 | Canada Living
Stephanie Knaak

The "no drinking pre or during pregnancy" rule is an inappropriate amplification of risk, and the cultural conversion of a guideline (in this case, the recommendation to abstain from consuming alcohol pre or during pregnancy) into a non-negotiable rule.

There Is No 'Right' Way to Be a New Parent

Darlena Cunha | Posted 10.21.2013 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

In my years of internet research, I learned one core fact I think every parent should take into consideration: You can find an expert to back up any belief you have. You need to do what feels right for you and for your child. You cannot go by the book in parenting because there simply is no book.