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What does a midwife need to know?

Have you ever wondered who decides what you need to know to be a midwife? This is an important question, because the answer to this question helps define who is (and is not) a midwife. The answer to this question defines the difference between a nurse and a midwife, a doula and a midwife, or a […]

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Introduction to Midwifery Education

In the United States, fall is the time families begin the transition to a new school year. I thought this would be a perfect time to begin a series on the ins and outs of midwifery education. Why talk about education? You Have Options The process of training to be a midwife varies around the world. This […]

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Breastfeeding Month is Ending

Breastfeeding month is coming to a close.  I hope you’ve enjoyed the multitude of resources I’ve shared over the past few weeks. To wrap up the series, today I will share links to resources of a different sort.  These links are just to make you feel good. For example, The Breastfeeding Project keeps a gallery […]

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Breastfeeding and Medication Use

Sometimes a woman would really benefit from using a pharmaceutical — but she worries because she is breastfeeding. What is her friendly, neighborhood midwife to do?  Today’s breastfeeding list is a collection of tools to help you provide the best information to women who will use medications while breastfeeding.

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Breastfeeding Journals

Today’s list of breastfeeding links will take you to peer-reviewed journals.  If you want to stay up to date on the latest breastfeeding research, subscribe to the RSS Feed or email list for new publications.

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Even More Breastfeeding Resources

I hope you are not tired of breastfeeding yet, because there are even more great resources to share with you today.

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Lamaze Breastfeeding Webinar

How timely, Lamaze is doing a webinar next week on low milk supply.  I just had to pause and let you know about it.  Lamaze members can attend for free.  It is $20 if you are not a Lamaze member. Webinar: Low Milk Supply: Providing the Appropriate Prenatal Education & Guidance Need more information?  Check out […]

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Breastfeeding Advice Online

Continuing our celebration of breastfeeding, today I present a list of websites that offer breastfeeding advice.  Why?  These are easy resources to share with families who may have a question at 3 in the morning — and not want to call someone to find out the answer.

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Breastfeeding Blogs to Follow

If you are here, I’m going to assume you are a blog reader. In continuation of our breastfeeding celebration, here is a list of blogs about breastfeeding you might enjoy. Making this list was harder than I thought.  I tried to avoid the blogs that sometimes talk about breastfeeding, but also talk about parenting, cooking, pregnancy […]

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Lactivism — Lactation Activism

Lactation activism is any activity that promotes, protects and supports breastfeeding and human lactation. In some circles, the term is shortened to lactivism. Do you describe yourself as a lactivist?  My answer is no.  I try not to use language that is only understood by those inside the circle. I prefer to describe any work […]

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