Canada Breastfeeding

When Cultural Norms Stand in the Way of Breastfeeding

masalamommas | Posted 08.06.2014 | 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 07.29.2014 | 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 07.23.2014 | 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.

Children Breastfed Longer Are Smarter: Study

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 08.01.2013 | Canada Living

The longer moms breastfeed, the smarter their kids. That's the gist of a new U.S. study which explored the relationship between breastfeeding duration...

The Week In Review: Breast Confusion

Marni Soupcoff | Posted 09.05.2013 | Canada
Marni Soupcoff

It's all about context, the message seems to be. We need less sexualization of women's bodies (breasts in particular) and more acceptance of them as functional and natural. But the matter gets confusing is when you add in women like Paulina Gretzky, whose scantily clad body is all over Instagram in unmistakably sexy poses-- because she has freely chosen to put it there. Is she a feminist foe who is ensuring that generations of little girls will grow up objectified and not taken seriously by men? Or is her personal decision to celebrate her sexuality and glory in controlling her own image, critics (and Dad) be damned, actually a feminist move?

Today, I Reclaim My Boobs

Andrea Traynor | Posted 08.13.2013 | Canada Living
Andrea Traynor

Two summers ago I developed the rash of all rashes. There was only one medication the doctors told me would make it go away: prednisone. A steroid that crosses into breast milk. Breastfeeding was too important to me, so, I declined. That is -- until today. After almost 30 consecutive months of breastfeeding, I reclaimed my boobs.

Let's Be Honest, Breastfeeding Is NOT Magical

Vicki Murphy | Posted 08.11.2013 | Canada Living
Vicki Murphy

A mother's milk may very well be the "perfect food" but the process sure ain't perfect so let's not pretend it is. Of course it's nice. It's convenient, even. But it is NOT magical. Unless curling your toes while your vampire baby sucks your nipples four inches down into his throat is magical.

Breast Milk: Fights Off Infection While Feeding Babies

Jason Tetro | Posted 07.26.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg This week, a team from The University of Western Australia published a paper that revealed how breast milk is not only a great source of nutrition, but also may help to fight off infections. But while breastfeeding continues to gain scientific backing, this does not mean that it is the only choice.

The Mother I Am Is Different Than the Mother I Thought I'd Be

Terri Coles | Posted 07.09.2013 | Canada Living
Terri Coles

I'm starting to accept that all the research in the world can't prepare you for the day-to-day realities of parenting, and that the parent you hope to be isn't necessarily the parent you will be when you are faced with the child you end up with -- who is, after all, an individual in his or her own right. What matters is that I am the right mother for him, and he is the perfect child for me.

A Need For More Baby-Friendly Hospitals In Canada

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker | Posted 06.01.2013 | Canada Living

TORONTO - When Michelle Delbaere gave birth to her son Henry seven months ago, she had planned to exclusively breastfeed him because she'd been told t...

We Might Be Giving Breastfeeding Too Much Credit

Stephanie Knaak | Posted 05.21.2013 | Canada Living
Stephanie Knaak

It turns out that breastfeeding doesn't actually protect against later childhood obesity. This comes as no surprise to those of us who have devoted much energy over the years trying to quell the 'breast milk as miracle food; formula as rat poison' polemic. Today's breastfeeding culture is a zealous one. The paradigm that guides our thinking is one where we are prone to believe everything about breastfeeding is good and everything about not breastfeeding is bad. Overstating the science to encourage breastfeeding and prop up its importance is not only not necessary, it's also false advertising.

Breastfed Kids Get Fat Too (And Other Reasons To Question Breastfeeding Zealotry)

Marni Soupcoff | Posted 05.14.2013 | Canada Living
Marni Soupcoff

A new study debunks the idea that extended exclusive breastfeeding wards off childhood obesity. Maybe we should use these results as an opportunity to ask ourselves whether having all mothers breastfeed exclusively for four or six months should really be the ultimate goal? Shouldn't other considerations about mother/child bonding, maternal sanity, child thriving and family unity be taken into account? Isn't it possible that we may have reached the level of exclusive breastfeeding that reflects the portion of the mother/child population for whom this is the best option, all things weighed?

Breastfeeding Sucks

The Purple Fig | Posted 05.09.2013 | Canada Living
The Purple Fig

The first two days with my newborn were hell. Those weren't exactly the words I'd expected to come out of my mouth as a first-time mom, but from the moment my new little man laid eyes on my breasts, his reaction was to scream. I had intended to breastfeed, just like I had planned on having my baby sleep through the night at eight-weeks-old. It wasn't about my struggle though, or my sore nipples, or my frustration -- it was about my new best friend in the world, and he was hungry. That was it. That was all that mattered. I got the feeling from these nurses that if I were to feed him formula it would be like pouring a bottle of vodka down his throat.

Germs May Hold the Key to Infant Health

Jason Tetro | Posted 04.20.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg Should pregnant women have a natural or caesarean birth and afterwards, should they breastfeed or use formula? The debate has been at a standstill for quite some time yet thanks to a relatively new branch of science, there may be a means to resolve the disquiet.