Breastfeeding and Nursing Pads

Some mothers in the beginning of their nursing relationship find it necessary to wear nursing pads to prevent a milk leakage from embarrassing them. It can be quite embarrassing as a new mom to be shopping in the grocery store and hear another child cry. That causes your milk to let down and there you are with wet spots in very conspicuous places!
Other mothers may have an overabundant milk supply and need to use nursing pads on a regular basis. Not all mothers require the use of nursing pads, and they aren’t necessary in many instances while you’re at home. It’s best to let air circulate and keep your nipples as dry as possible.
When choosing nursing pads, avoid those with plastic lining. These prevent air from circulating and can hold bacteria. They trap the moisture near the mother. Disposable pads also contribute to the landfill issues. It is a much better choice to find nursing pads that are cotton or hemp. They can easily be washed with warm water and soap along with your other laundry. They are more comfortable, cleaner, and reusable.
Hemp is a great choice for nursing pads because they are resistant to bacteria. Hemp, in most instances, is grown with the use of little or no pesticides and chemicals. They are soft, stain resistant and durable. This makes hemp nursing pads an excellent choice.
For the frugal mom, you can make your own nursing pads. You can use cloth pre-fold diapers cut into circles and sewn together. Experiment with scrap fabric you may have available, find what works for you. Be careful to avoid fabric with strong dyes and synthetic materials. Remember that organic hemp and cotton would make the best choice.
Contact your local La Leche League for breastfeeding support!


Childbirth in the US compared to Japan

Here’s a cute quote I found:

“The midwife considers the miracle of childbirth as normal, and leaves it alone unless there’s trouble. The obstetrician normally sees childbirth as trouble: if he leaves it alone, it’s a miracle.”
— Sheila Stubbs
In my class last night we discussed how the U.S. is about 24th in infant mortality. That makes me very sad. We spend the most money on health care but our infant mortality rate continues to get worse.
Who has the lowest mortality rate? Japan. They only spend about half as much money on healthcare.
What are some of the things that they do differently? Well, Pregnant women are free to choose their hospital and physician without any restrictions placed on them. They also have early prenatal care. Their high rate of breastfeeding mothers also plays a role. It’s pretty much known that on a worldwide scale that death among breastfed babies is much less common than formula fed infants. Over 90% of Japan’s mothers breastfeed, and more than half of them breastfeed exclusively.
Back to our quote at the top of this entry. Midwifery plays an important role in Japan’s success. The main birth attendants there are midwives. In many European countries, this is the “norm”. Where midwifery care is practiced there is a dramatically lower rate of medical intervention. Sadly in the U.S., it is estimated that only 3-4% of births are attended by midwives.
I think we have a lot to learn from these facts. If you’d like to learn more please visit this article

WVLT VOLUNTEER TV Knoxville, TN: Mothers Urged to Breastfeed Longer

I was happy to hear that breastfeeding made the local news. The facts are overwhelming in support of exclusive breastfeeding for at least the first 6 months of life. This benefits the mother and child in so many ways.

WVLT VOLUNTEER TV Knoxville, TN: Mothers Urged to Breastfeed Longer

View the new AAP recommendations here:
AAP releases revises breastfeeding recommendations