No Matter Your Politics, You've Gotta Love Boobs For Bernie!
Girl Next Door Holly Madison Hates Breastfeeding... but she's doing it for a second time!
Starbucks Supports Breastfeeding Moms! Very cool! Maybe they will do something similar on this side of the pond!
Co-Sleeping May Help Mother Achieve Breastfeeding Goals... And Get More Sleep. It definitely did for me! We did not begin co-sleeping until 6.5 months. That's when I learned the wonder that is the breastfeeding side-lying position. It's the only way that I ever would have made it as long as we did.
Does Your Baby Love What You Craved? Hyperemesis left us with only Jell-O and wheat toast as dining choices. I haven't bought Jell-O since, and my daughter doesn't love bread. How did this work for your pregnancies and children?
Orgasmic Birth! Is That A Thing?!
Yes! Yes! Yes! Orgasmic Birth is a real thing, performed mostly in the home birth community, by "off-beat" moms. As I childbirth educator, I often say that what got the baby in, will help get the baby out. I am usually referring to nipple stimulation, perineal massage, and intercourse to help induce labor, beyond an estimated due date, or deep breathing and rhythmic pelvic movements during labor. Some women take that advice one step further and try to elicit orgasm during labor. One woman's story created quite the buzz!
So, I used self-hypnosis/ hypnobirthing during my 23 hour labor, which also sounds weird, but it did work. As in, at one point, my monitored contractions were literally "of the chart", as I took entranced, deep breaths, while my husband and nurse asked if I could feel *that* (I couldn't see the monitor). It's a thing. Many doulas and midwives help moms and partners to use TENS units on the back during labor, for pain management. I actually took mine to the hospital, but did not (need to) use it, because the hypnobirthing was working so well. Especially because those complex nerve bundles are multi-functional- which is why the pressure of the baby entering the birth canal, is nearly identical to that of needing to have a bowel movement, I can absolutely see the "neural confusion" aspect of this.
Orgasms help to:
Open the cervix during sex, and the contractions actually cause the cervix to suction in semen, fighting even gravity.
Condition the uterus before delivery, encouraging Braxton-Hicks contractions.
Stimulate a tired uterus into resuming labor.
Restore sensation to an area numb with pain and pressure.
Relax the birth canal, suspends your resistance and relaxes joints.
Expel the afterbirth.
Stop bleeding after delivery.
Recondition the uterus after pregnancy.
Stimulate the release of colostrum.
Let down milk.
Increase milk production.
No harm to baby. No harm to mom. I'm good with it.
If Men Could Breastfeed you just know that they would be like this!