After ten months of pregnancy, the day finally comes when that baby decides to experience life on this side of the uterine wall. Screaming and pink they'll come into this world knowing only a few things: they are cold, wet and hungry. Advocates the world over will advise breast-feeding over formula to sate the baby's nutritional needs, but infant formula sits for sale in the grocer's aisle for a reason. Let's take a look at the pros and cons of each form of food.
After my daughter was born, she was weighed, briefly poked and prodded, and all her digits were accounted for. Swaddled and squirming, she was then laid onto my stomach, and with no hesitation she made eye contact with me and latched onto my right breast.
The last ten years has seen a growth in workplace lactation rooms - private rooms where nursing mothers can express breast milk to take home to feed their babies. This provides new moms with the opportunity to transition back to work without having to deny their infants the benefits of breast feeding. As part of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Congress amended Section 4207 of t
Two hormones are necessary for the production of breast milk: oxytocin and prolactin. These lactation-governing hormones are pituitary, not ovarian hormones (such as oestrogen). There are currently no human prolactin medications available, but generic domperidone (brand name Motilium) is a drug which has, as a side effect, the increased production of the hormone prolactin by the pituitary gland. This helps develop a more abundant milk supply more quickly, as prolactin is the hormone which stimulates the cells in the mother's breast to produce milk.
Breastfeeding in public has been a hotly debated issue for a long time. That is not to say that in all cultures the idea of feeding your little one in a more open manner is looked down upon. There are places in the world where it is considered a perfectly natural thing to do. However, many modern women who are committed to breastfeeding their babies may find that they run into a few raised eyebrows if they try to pursue those same liberties. The most recent news story about the American professor who opted to nurse her baby during class is a dramatic example of how things can get tricky for a nursing mom who decides to push the public envelope, so to speak. The Washington Post wrote, “Now Pine finds herself at the center of a debate over whether she did the right thing that day...”