A weekly roundup of helpful and thought-provoking links for mothers and mothers-to-be!
- The Magic Number and Long-Term Milk Production. This excellent article explains how mothers who are pumping breastmilk while away from their babies, or who are feeding on a schedule, can calculate the “Magic Number” of daily pumpings/feedings they will need to maintain a full milk supply, with no drop in production. ALL mothers can benefit from the article’s explanation of how milk supply is determined and controlled. Download a free PDF of the article here. (Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, RLC, FILCA, Clinical Lactation, 2011, Vol. 2-1, 15-18)
- Do Kegels Help or Hurt Us? Most women are instructed to do Kegel exercises to build pelvic floor strength. But bio-mechanical scientist Katy Bowman argues that in reality the glutes are the muscle group we should be working instead (or, at least, in addition). Bowman says that issues like Pelvic Floor Disorder are the result of the sacrum (tailbone — the bone the pelvic floor attaches to in the rear) being pulled too far inward, causing the pelvic floor to sag. Having strong glutes keeps the tailbone pulled outward, which in turn keeps the pelvic floor pulled taut — and healthy. Time for squats, everyone! (Christie Haskell, The Stir)
- Why Preschool Shouldn’t Be Like School. In this post, renowned developmental psychologist Alison Gopnik describes research confirming what teachers have long known: while direct instruction is good for teaching children specific things, it leads them to be less curious and less creative. She argues for spontaneous — not directed — learning for young children in “a rich, stable, and safe world, with affectionate and supportive grown-ups, and lots of opportunities for exploration and play. Not school for babies.” (Professor Alison Gopnik, Slate)
- Co-Sleeping Safety. Parents curious about co-sleeping — including those who never planned to co-sleep but find themselves bringing their children to bed with them for naps or at night anyway — will benefit from reading this great post, which dispels common co-sleeping myths and, most importantly, explains how to co-sleep safely. Be sure to check out the list of helpful co-sleeping links at the end of the article. (PhD in Parenting)
- VIDEO: Cesarean Vs. VBAC: A Dramatic Difference. Any woman considering VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) will find inspiration in this video, which tells the story of one mother’s journey through two unnecessary C-sections to a VBAC at home. The video uses footage from each of the three births (including C-section footage), and ends with a gentle-but-powerful letter to the OB-GYN she left when she chose a home birth. Williamsburg women interested in VBAC at home should check out one of our three local home birth midwifery practices. Those interested in VBAC in a hospital should inquire at nearby DePaul Medical Center in Norfolk, which has the highest VBAC rate of any hospital in the state! (Alexandra Orchard; Link Shared by Williamsburg doula and aspiring midwife Lori Hill)