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Issue 10, July 22, 2000
Breastfeeding and Attachment Parenting

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The Nursing Mom's News
News
Kangaroo Mother Care and Premature Babies
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The Attachments Catalog
Tips and Tidbits
Health: Facts about Breastfeeding and Breastmilk
Infant Potty Training
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NEWS
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Kangaroo Mother Care and Premature Babies

Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) should be actively promoted as an integral part of the care given premature infants, according to a report in the August 1998 issue of Pediatrics journal (Kangaroo Mother Care and the Bonding Hypothesis, PEDIATRICS Vol. 102 No. 2 August 1998, p. e17 .)

The study observed 488 infants of low birth weight; 246 received kangaroo care and 242 received traditional care. The babies receiving traditional care were kept in incubators until they were able to self-regulate their temperatures and were gaining weight appropriately.

The Kangaroo Mother Care babies were placed upright on their mothers' chests with direct skin-to-skin contact as soon as the babies had adapted to life outside of the womb and were able to breastfeed. They could then be released from the hospital, no matter what the baby's weight or gestational age. The babies were kept in this skin-to-skin position 24 hours a day until their behavior showed that they were ready to leave. It's important to note that the kangaroo position regulates the baby's temperature just as well as incubators do.

The researchers observed a positive change in the mothers' perception of their babies, which they attribute to the skin-to-skin contact of KMC. They also discovered a resilience effect: when the baby has to stay in the hospital longer mothers using KMC feel more competent to handle this stressful situation. These positive effects were observed most strongly the sooner the KMC was started following the baby's birth.

On the other hand, the KMC mothers tended to feel more isolated, a possible result of not getting enough support from hospital staff and family. This suggests that social support should be part of Kangaroo Mother Care.

The researchers conclude that Kangaroo Mother Care should be actively promoted and that mothers of premature infants should be encouraged to use it as soon as possible. They also suggest that it creates a family atmosphere which helps promote sensitive care giving.

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TIPS AND TIDBITS
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Facts about Breastfeeding and Breastmilk

*Human breast milk is made for human babies, and has just the right amount of nutrients to help your baby grow. If you eat healthy food and avoid harmful substances, breast milk is all your baby needs for at least six months.

*Human breast milk is very complex, containing at least 100 ingredients not found in formula; its exact chemical makeup is still unknown. According to John D. Benson, Ph.D, and Mark L. Masor, Ph.D., "Human milk contains living cells, hormones, active enzymes, immunoglobulins and compounds with unique structures that cannot be replicated in infant formula."

*Cow's milk has a different kind of protein than human breast milk and human infants may have trouble digesting it.

*More than half of the calories in breast milk come from fat. Babies need this high fat content because they need to get a lot of energy from their food, but their small stomachs don't allow them to eat much. The way to meet their energy requirements is to feed them food high in fat.

*Breast milk helps protect your baby from illness. Breast-fed babies have fewer ear infections, diarrhea, allergies, pneumonia, botulism, bronchitis, staphylococcal infections,and other medical problems than bottle-fed babies do. Plus, you will product antibodies to whatever diseases are in your environment, so your breast milk will be tailored to fight the diseases your baby needs to fight.

*It's easy and economical: no formula to buy and mix, no bottles to fill and sterilize. No hungry baby crying in the night while you warm up the formula. It's always ready, always sterile (when straight from the breast) always at the right temperature and in the perfect container.

*Sucking at the breast promotes good jaw development because it's harder your baby to get milk from your breast than from a bottle.

*Breastfeeding is a source of warmth and comfort to the baby, and helps promote a bond between mother and baby. Interestingly, at birth infants can only see 12 to 15 inches away, which is the distance between a nursing baby and its mother's face.

* Studies have found that babies prefer the smell of their own mother's milk.

This information was compiled from
1. Breast Milk or Formula: Making the Right Choice for Your Baby, an FDA consumer reprint
2. Why should I breastfeed my baby?


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Infant Potty Training
Laurie Boucke laurieb@white-boucke.com

Babies are aware of the elimination function and attempt to communicate this. But we don't watch and listen. Communicating with your infant in this fashion enhances bonding and reduces diaper use.

The ideal time to start is between birth and 4 months, using these steps.

1. Observation
Lay your undiapered baby in a comfortable, warm and safe place, then observe her:
a) timing (how long and how frequently she goes after waking or feeding)
b) body language (such as twisting or grimacing while defecating)
c) sounds (such as grunting while defecating)

2. Anticipation or Intuition
Anticipate when your infant needs to go, then at that moment, make a watery sound such as "sssss." Alternatively, if your baby starts to go while you are observing her, immediately make the "sssss" sound. Within a few days, your baby will associate this sound with elimination.

3. Position & Toilet Place
When you think your infant needs to go, hold her gently and securely over your preferred toilet place while giving an audible signal ("sssss" or whatever sound/words you prefer). Your baby will soon associate the sound, position and place with elimination. Use whatever location and receptacle are most comfy and convenient. Examples include the bathroom sink, a mixing bowl, a basin and the outdoors.

4. Baby-Mother Communication
From now on, pay close attention to baby's timing and signals. When you think she needs to go, hold her in position and give your signal. If it is near time to go, infants are able to relax those muscles upon receiving your cues.

Fathers and caregivers can help. Working parents can do this on a part-time basis, as long as they are fairly consistent. Average age of 100% completion is at 24 months.

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"Infant Potty Training: A Gentle and Primeval Method Adapted to Modern Living," by Laurie Boucke

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RESOURCES
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Breastfeeding Sites

Lactations:Daily Inspirations for the Nursing Mother Lactations: Daily Inspiration for the Nursing Mother
http://www.lactations.com/index.html

The main feature of this nice site is a daily inspiration, which can be read at http://www.lactations.com/daily_inspiration.phtml
You'll find links to past inspirations, you can submit your own inspiration, there's a bulletin board, and links to other breastfeeding sites.

Breastfeeding Basics
http://www.breastfeedingbasics.com/

Breastfeeding BasicsThis site has message boards, articles, other mother's stories, products, a mailing list, links to other sites and more. Be sure to check out Hodge Podge, which is a collection of quotes, short anecdotes, poetry and other items, both inspirational and humorous.

Articles include Establishing Your Milk Supply, Starting Off Right, Information Sheet and Care Plan for Yeast (Candida), Introducing Bottles and Pacifiers to a Breastfed Baby, Nursing Strike. and Waking A Sleepy Baby.

Breastfeeding Doll
http://getattached.com/marianna.htm

This cloth doll gives birth naturally and then breastfeeds!! She has doll friends who also breastfeed. This is offered for sale on the Get Attached Attachment Parenting site

Nanny's Breastfeeding Corner
http://www.moonlily.com/breastfeed/

This is my own breastfeeding area. There are a few articles and lots of links to other useful breastfeeding sites.

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Attachment Parenting Sites

Attachment Parenting International
http://www.attachmentparenting.com/

Attachment Parenting International (API) is a member organization networking with attachment parents, professionals and like-minded organizations around the world.

Articles available include The Attachment Cycle, Toddler Tantrums, Loving Guidance and Parenting Instinctively. You'll also find news, events, and links to other sites.

Nurturing Magazine
http://www.nurturing.ca/
This site has an extensive library of parenting articles, an excellent collection of links, and more.

Emphatic Parenting
http://www.bconnex.net/~cspcc/empathic_parenting/

You'll find excerpts from selected articles from The quarterly journal published by the Canadian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

Topics include The Relationship Between Early Nurturing and Crime, Social Forces Related to Inadequate Nurturing, Shift from Patriarchy to Equality for Woman and Children, and Shift from Consumerism to More Family-Friendly Economics.

One of the full-length articles offered is Spanking, a Short Cut to No-Where

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Read the Archives
May 7, 2000: Sample
No. 1, May 20 ,2000: Lead Poisoning
No. 2, May 27, 2000: Hemolytic-Uremic Syndrome
No.3, June 3, 2000
No. 4, June 10, 2000: Fire Safety
No. 5, June 17, 2000: Playground Safety
No. 6, June 24, 2000: Toy Safety
No. 7, July 1, 2000: Car Seat Safety
No. 8, July 8, 2000: Dangerous Substances in the Environment
No. 9, July 15, 2000: Summer Health and Safety
No. 10, July 22, 2000: Breastfeeding and Attachment Parenting
No. 11, July 29, 2000: Fun and Games
No. 12, Aug 5, 2000: Arts, Crafts, and Paper Fun
No. 13, Aug, 12 2000: Everyday Safety
The Rest of the Issues