We’re very pleased to share a new podcast interview with Alyssa Schnell, author of Breastfeeding Without Birthing.
Alyssa talked with Tanya about what it’ s like to breastfeed an adopted baby or a baby born via surrogacy. They discussed inducing lactation, latching and attaching, and even the baby’s need to grieve the loss of their birth mother. Alyssa shared her own experience nursing her adopted daughter.
Have you heard the term “food desert?” It means a place where people have poor access to stores selling healthy food. As a result, residents of these communities are hard pressed to eat in a way that supports their health.
Now let’s think about how that term applies to the first food, breastmilk. In order for babies to have access to this all important food, their mothers need access to support for breastfeeding – everything from breastfeeding help to employer support to supportive attitudes about nursing in public.
Kimberly Seals Allers, award winning journalist and author, set out to investigate places where breastfeeding rates are low and infant mortality is high, to see if these places are in fact “first food deserts,” where the support necessary to make breastfeeding possible is lacking.
The result is a project called “Be First Food Friendly.“ Tanya Lieberman spoke with Kimberly about her research and the advocacy work that has resulted from it.
That’s why we think you’ll enjoy this podcast with the author of Breastfeeding Take Two: Successful Breastfeeding the Second Time Around. Tanya talked with Stephanie Casemore about the complex emotional experience surrounding breastfeeding after a challenging prior experience.
The author, Stephanie Casemore, also answered some questions on this topic for a post on our blog. It was a popular topic!
Tanya spoke with Lisa Marasco, co-author of The Breastfeeding Mother’s Guide to Making More Milk and expert on hormones and milk supply about PCOS, diabetes, thyroid, obesity, endocrine disruptors, and many other topics. Lisa answered a number of reader questions, as well.
You’ll want to listen to our latest podcast on Maya Abdominal Therapy.
Tanya spoke with Catherine Gregory, a certified practitioner of the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy. She explained the origins of the therapy, how it can help women for anything from infertility, to painful menstruation, to incontinence and digestion. She explained what it’s like to have the therapy, how women can learn to do it for themselves, and how to find a certified practitioner.
Millions of women experience stress incontinence after having a baby. And millions more will develop incontinence as they age. But there’s a lot you can do about it, and our podcast discussion this month is all about that.
Tanya spoke with Tasha Mulligan, physical therapist and personal trainer, and creator of the Hab-It: Pelvic Floor DVD. She’s passionate about helping women like herself rehab their pelvic floors and reverse stress incontinence.
They spoke about how the pelvic floor is related to incontinence, how to properly do Kegels, how rehabbing your pelvic floor is about much more than Kegels, and answered lots of your questions!
We think it might sounds like Dr. Jen’s Guide to Breastfeeding, a new book by the popular and always down-to-earth pediatrician Dr. Jenny Thomas. Dr. Thomas is a practicing pediatrician and lactation consultant. She is the Chief of the Chapter Breastfeeding Coordinators for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Chair of the Wisconsin Breastfeeding Coalition, and a fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. In 2009 she won the AAP Special Achievement Award for work advocating for state law to protect nursing mothers.
Dr. Jenny talked with Tanya about why she chose to focus on breastfeeding, her “steps to breastfeeding success,” why she gives out “got breastmilk” t-shirts to mothers who breastfeed for a year or more, how and why to talk with your pediatrician if you feel you’ve been given poor breastfeeding support, and more.
In this interview, Catherine Watson Genna, author of Supporting Sucking Skills in Breastfeeding Infants, discusses the types of tongue tie, what it’s like to nurse a baby with a tongue tie, what it’s like for the baby to have a tight frenulum clipped, and where to turn for help with a tongue tied baby.
In the interview Cathy mentioned two useful sites for mothers of tongue tied babies:
Lyme Disease is an serious infection which is on the move. It’s spreading to new areas of the country, posing risks to mothers and babies in pregnancy and infancy, and raising questions about treatment during breastfeeding.
Tanya Lieberman spoke with Linda Smith, IBCLC about Lyme Disease in pregnancy and breastfeeding. Linda spoke about the risks of untreated Lyme Disease, transmission from mothers to babies, symptoms of babies born infected with Lyme Disease, and whether mothers who are breastfeeding need to wean to be treated for Lyme Disease.
Note: This podcast is provided for educational purposes, and is not intended as medical advice.
If so, you’ll want to listen to this podcast interview with Marsha Walker, IBCLC. An expert on formula company marketing, Marsha explains why these bags harm breastfeeding, why they’re so important to formula companies, what hospitals are starting to do about them, and how you can get involved.
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