Breast Milk Without Breastfeeding

This week, Time Magazine published an article talking about a growing trend of women who choose breast milk for their infants, but choose not to breastfeed. Several reasons were cited in the article. Some women simply don’t like the feeling of breastfeeding, which from experience is indeed a unique sensation. Other women thought they could be more efficient if using a pump to expel breast milk as they could pump both breasts simultaneously whereas breast feeding takes twice as much time. The third reason cited was that some mom’s “are a bit neurotic” and felt better knowing exactly how much milk their babies were getting-an impossibility with traditional breast feeding. The fourth, and final reason had to do with difficulties breast feeding due to poor latching by infants, inverted nipples or other such anatomical problems.

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Empathy as a Science Project

Today, I came across this article written by Mary Gordon, author of “The Roots of Empathy”. She has dedicated her life to trying to promote global empathy- “the ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and feel what they feel.” Her work came out of a recognition that our world doesn’t practice empathy evidenced by allowing genocides, wars, marginalization of people who are ‘different’ and tolerance of poverty. Her argument is that people must experience empathy to know how to practice it, and there is no better place to start than with children.

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Get Me Out!- Birth History Teaches Lessons for the Present

I think I have to get this book. It’s called Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth from the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank By Randi Hutter Epstein. The author was recently interviewed on “Fresh Air” from NPR and I had a chance today to read the excerpt (linked above) and listen to the interview. Although her bit about Eve was a little too matter of fact for me (did that really happen- the whole rib, and apple thing?) it seems like an interesting and intriguing book worth a read for all interested in birth. We need to know the history because if we don’t know where we’ve been, then we don’t know where we’re going-right?

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Jenny’s Light- A Postpartum Foundation.

As I wipe the tears from my eyes, I feel very compelled to share this website that I just stumbled upon today. Jenny’s Light is a foundation that was created to support women and families that are dealing with postpartum depression. The story of Jenny highlights the importance of identifying, treating and supporting women with perinatal mood disorders and postpartum depression.

I am very happy to learn that such an organization exists. They are doing everything they can to spread the word and support other organizations that assist women and their families with postpartum depression.

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Johns Hopkins Article on Nursing School 2.0

I have lived in my house for seven years and today I received some mail that was addressed to the former residents of my home.  It was an alumni publication from Johns Hopkins Nursing School.  Now, I have never received any such type publication in the last seven years so I was confused (was the person who lived here a nurse?  I didn’t know that), but I decided to read it as it pertained to nursing school.  The name of the article is Nursing School 2.0 and it deals with the issues that nursing schools are facing in educating future nurses who have grown up in the digital age-namely with facebook, podcasts etc and the general state-of-mind on how younger students expect to learn today.  It was interesting on several counts.

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Midwifery Workshop in Las Cruces

I’m reprinting this press release for anyone interested in attending this workshop in Las Cruces on Saturday.

Empowerment Through Education

Midwifery teams up with grad students to teach women about options in childbirth.

A New Mexico State University graduate student, in partnership with a local midwifery clinic, will present a workshop to educate the community about options in childbirth Saturday.

Brooke Tou, a master’s of public health student, organized the “Choice in Childbirth: The Midwifery Model of Care” interactive workshop and panel discussion as part of her master’s degree program in the College of Health and Social Services. Tou said the overall goal of the workshop is to empower women to make conscious decisions about giving birth.

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