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Sex – Before & After Baby

Sex and babies. You almost always have one to make the other. But that’s where the conversation seems to end. There isn’t a lot of discussion about sex during the process of conception, pregnancy and after baby. We wanted to have an open and honest conversation on the topic, so we spoke to an expert. Thirty-three-year-old Jenna Nakamura is a …

breast feeding

Breast Feeding Positions

The best breast feeding position is the one that is comfortable and effective for you and baby. The most common positions are: CRADLE/CUDDLE Baby lies on your lap, tummy to tummy with you. His face and knees should be close in and facing you. Baby’s head fits in the bend of your elbow with his mouth directly in front of …

Human Milk Banking

Human Milk Banking

Why did it take so many years for this vital service to return? Even though it is well known in Alberta that human milk is what all babies need to reduce the risk of illness and for optimum growth, Alberta lost its milk banks in Edmonton and Calgary the 1980s. [i] [ii] After more than 25 years, Calgary will again …

Breastfeed in public anytime anywhere

Breastfeed in public: anytime, anywhere

Breastfeeding is the biologically normal way to feed human babies. However, negative attitudes towards breastfeeding in public are still a barrier to breastfeeding for many women. Meeting our babies’ most basic need should not be fraught with anxiety. We have successfully changed attitudes before – women can vote now after all. Teresa Pitman reveals why it is so important to …

Skin-to-Skin A vital practice

Skin-to-Skin: A vital practice

I recently attended the Alberta Breastfeeding Committee’s conference: Infant feeding: Best practice steps for primary preventative care. Over 100 of Alberta’s health care professionals ranging from delivery room nurses to lactation consultants and doulas attended the day-long conference with two of Canada’s experts on infant feeding best practices, Marianne Brophy and Louise Dumas.   Louise Dumas presented information providing substantial …

Tips for Breastfeeding in Public

1  Practice nursing in front of a mirror. The view from across a room is not the same as when you look down on yourself. Once you see how very little is revealed when nursing your baby, you will feel more at ease. 2  Nurse in a carrier of your choice. Upright nursing in a sling, wrap, or mei tai …

Resolving Tongue-Tie

On January 31, 2011, my baby was born 7 1/2 weeks premature. Isaiah spent three weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). While he grew and made tentative first attempts at breastfeeding, I pumped to bring in my milk supply. What a supply it was! I soon made enough milk to fill a freezer– much more than Isaiah needed. …

The Calgary Mothers’ Milk Bank Jannette Festival the visionary behind it all

The Calgary Mothers’ Milk Bank: Jannette Festival, the visionary behind it all

Calgary has some amazing visionary women! One of those women is Jannette Festival, Executive Director of Calgary Mothers’ Milk Bank Association. In September 2010, Jannette Festival RN, IBCLC was working at the Foothills Hospital in the postpartum unit. A mother from Nelson, BC had a baby girl on the unit in palliative care. While caring for the girl and her …

Breastfeeding and Public Pools Success at the Talisman Centre

Breastfeeding and Public Pools: Success at the Talisman Centre

We are all social creatures at heart. We all want to belong, to be treated as equals and to be respected. We are happiest when we are accepted and supported by our families and communities, by our workplaces and in our social arenas. Being publicly shamed and belittled can be devastating. Being shamed for a human act as natural as …

Breastfeeding and the Brain

Breastfeeding and the Brain

At birth, our babies are born with a brain one-quarter the size of our adult brains. In the first year of life, our brains nearly double in size. By the time we are three, our brain has tripled in size. Critical brain growth happens in the first moments, the first days, weeks and months of life. Knowing we are growing …