Parenting Resources

Elizabeth Pantley

Advice, solutions, links and books about parenting. Raise children with love, compassion, respect, and consistency and learn to be a confident and joyful parent.

Mothering

Mothering celebrates the experience of parenthood as worthy of one’s best efforts and fosters awareness of the immense importance and value of parenthood and family life in the development of the full human potential.

The Compleat Mother

This great site has loads of information on pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding.

North American Industrial Hemp Council

Learn what hemp is all about.

Links Organic

Find international connections in the organic community.

The Diaper Lady

Information for new parents on cloth diapering, vaccines, SIDS, making your own baby food, and much more. Their goal is to help parents make informed decisions about their babies’ careĀ and to help children grow up in a chemical-free environment wherever possible. Stop by for a visit and you’ll see what I mean! Here is some specific information about SIDS prevention.This is information that is not provided in pediatrician’s offices and is left out of mainstream parenting magazines.

La Leche League International

The La Leche League International mission is: To help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.

007 Breasts – Woman’s breasts are for breastfeeding!

Discusses how media and society have influenced us to see female breasts as taboos and sexual symbols and how this relates to breastfeeding. Topics include breastmilk, breastfeeding, taboo breasts, why women fail to breastfeed, bras, breast pain, normal breasts gallery, topfreedom, and more.

The Bump

This site has a lot of information and support for those breastfeeding or just wanting to learn more about it.

KellyMom

This website was developed to provide evidence-based information on breastfeeding, sleep and parenting.

The Bradley Method

The American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth has a near 90% rate of their students with unmedicated births. Through 12-week courses, you learn proper nutrition and exercise to keep yourself healthy and low risk. You also gain the knowledge to eliminate most of the fear that women usually have when entering childbirth. Find and instructor in your area or learn more about what they advocate. If you live in the East TN area contact me for more information.

Lisa Ross Birth & Women’s Center

East Tennessee’s only free standing baby friendly birth center. They offer a wealth of services for women from annual well-visits to water births. They also offer educational services for expectant and new mothers. Their site offers valuable resources and information.

Knoxville Home Birth Service

Lisa Coomer, Certified Professional Midwife, provides prenatal, home birth and postpartum services to families who desire to have a gentle and natural birthing experience. Serving the Knoxville, TN, and surrounding areas.

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Free Breastfeeding Pamphlets

Are you a new mom that would like more information on solving breastfeeding problems? I wrote before about the great support new moms can find at your local La Leche League meetings. I recently attended my local meeting and found a resource that I think a lot of moms could use. Call the National Women’s Health Information Center at 1-800-994-9662 and you can receive the following La Leche League publications for free!

  • Approaches to Weaning
  • Breastfeeding After a Cesarean Birth
  • Breastfeeding and Working
  • Breastfeeding Father
  • Breastfeeding Twins
  • How to Handle a Nursing Strike
  • Mother’s Guide to Pumping Milk
  • Sore Breasts
  • Thrush
  • When a Nursing Mother Gets Sick
  • When Babies Cry
  • Your Baby’s First Solid Food
  • Breastfeeding the Baby with Reflux

Breastfeeding in Emergencies


The recent earthquake in Haiti has a lot of people thinking about emergency preparedness. This is something I’ve begun working on with my family this past year. I have an emergency car kit and we have a 3-day emergency kit in the home, ready in case we need to evacuate quickly.
As a mother, what are your best options for taking care of your infants in an emergency? Breastfeeding can truly be life-saving in these instances. During an emergency, breastfeeding can provide your baby with life-giving water, nutrients and protection from disease during this stressful time. Breastfeeding can protect infants from diarrhea, pneumonia, and malnutrition. Some feel during a time of emergency a mother needs to quit breastfeeding to preserve her own strength. Despite a mother’s lack of nutrition and additional stress, she can still be successful at breastfeeding her child. The best way to ensure the child has good nutrition is to feed the breastfeeding mother and keep her as hydrated as possible.
In harsh emergency situations, children have an extra need to fight infection and disease. Children that are NOT breastfed are three times more likely to require hospitalization due to infection or illness. Every effort should be made to preserve a mother’s nursing relationship with her infant. Emergency workers are encouraged to keep the mother and infant together, provide an area as private as possible for nursing, and encourage the mom to nurse her baby at any sign of hunger or stress.
In the cases where a mother gives birth to her baby during an emergency, immediate breastfeeding is crucial( within the first hour). This not only helps in controlling bleeding in the mother, but it provides vital immunity builders for the new infantĀ and helps in building the mothers milk supply. Introducing artificial milk to the infant could be detrimental. Clean water and bottles are needed for the use of breastmilk substitutes, this often hard to find in an emergency, and does nothing in fighting off infection.
Lastly, in many cases, mothers who have weaned their children are able to relactate, and regain the ability to feed their children during times of distress. The breast would require nipple stimulation from the child, and could require several days or weeks, but would be well worth it in regards to the infants long term well being.
Breastfeeding is a vital role for emergency preparedness for the well-being of infants and children. Haiti currently has a need for donated breastmilk, you can read more about their needs at the La Leche League website in their statement: Breastfeeding is the firstline of defense in a Disaster.
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