Links for Thought, Independence Day Edition: Pregnancy, Birth, and Breastfeeding

Nursing moms should feel good about working up a sweat. (Photo courtesty of B.O.B. Strollers)

A roundup of helpful and thought-provoking links for mothers and mothers-to-be!  This holiday weekend, enjoy a two-part series of Links for Thought: Pregnancy, Birth, and Breastfeeding links today, and Mothering links tomorrow here!

Pregnancy

  • 8 Reasons to Wait It Out Until Your Due Date.  The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists urgently recommends against elective deliveries before 39 weeks.  (And many caregivers would argue for 40 weeks.)  Here are the important reasons why.  (Parents Magazine; hat tip to Hampton Roads doula Amara Minnis for the link)

Birth

  • Reasons for Dramatic Rise in Cesarean Births Identified.  This Yale School of Medicine study shows that the increase is not due to moms who are too posh to push.  Instead, half the increase is from first-time moms having unplanned emergency C-sections for subjective reasons (such as failure to progress and fetal heart rate concerns).  The other half is due to repeat C-sections in women with at least one prior C-section (no doubt because hospitals allowing VBAC are rare, even though ACOG now recommends VBAC as a safe option). (Science Daily)

Breastfeeding

  • Top Ten Tongue Tie Myths.  Tongue ties in an infant can be difficult to diagnose and hard on a breastfeeding relationship if not resolved.  Luckily, there are good solutions!  (Analytical Armadillo)
  • Lactation after Loss.  Having milk come in after a baby has been lost can be incredible challenge, both emotionally and physically, for a mother.  The pamphlet at this link offers guidance and support.  (Motherwear Breastfeeding Blog)
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