Postpartum Care in Santa Fe

Last year, I built a website for one of my former colleagues, Joy Lanumn, RN. It’s called the Santa Fe Birthing Community and it’s a network of a couple of women who offer prenatal classes, doula services, and then postpartum assistance, help with care for multiples (twins, triplets etc) or premies and breastfeeding support and assistance.

joyBW200Joy provides all the postpartum help and does it in the comfort of your home. She is very reasonably priced (on a sliding scale). Joy is a Registered Nurse and Certified Lactation Consultant with many, many years experience in postpartum support. She has a wealth of knowledge and good connections to other services in Santa Fe. If you know of anyone who is need of these types of services, I encourage you to call her. 505-984-8225 or visit her site on Santa Fe Postpartum Care

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Breastfeeding Under Fire? Still?

Come on already.

A European “pregnancy expert” has come out today saying that breast milk is no better than formula. I thought this debate died in 1974 or so. Apparently not.

His argument is that although breast-fed babies are slightly heavier than formula fed babies, it wasn’t the milk that made the difference. He says it’s the pregnancy. He says that a healthy placenta lowers the level of testosterone in the womb, and testosterone is linked to a women’s ability to produce milk and to breastfeed. So if a woman has a less than perfect placenta, she will produce more testosterone which will in turn lower her milk production. It has something to do with the milk gland production.

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Breastfeeding is Not for Sissies

Although the World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding until age 2, and the American Academy of Pediatrics until at least age 1 only 73% of women try it, and of those women only 43% are still breastfeeding at 6 months.  That means that at 6 months just 4 out of 10 babies are still getting natures best food.  Why is that?

Most moms I know want to do what is best for their kids but there is something about breastfeeding that lacks appeal.  Sure there are communities of women around the country (and the world) who proudly and openly breastfeed their kids until age 2 or beyond and support each other, but for the most part our culture is just not set up to support breastfeeding.

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