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Doulas Supporting Breastfeeding

A doula is a new mom’s BFF—breastfeeding friend. Why and how? Breastfeeding consultant and doula Leilani Wilde shared her insights at a recent San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition general meeting. A doula is a woman experienced in birth and/or postpartum care who provides emotional, physical, and informational support to the mother before, during, and after

Where California Ranks in Breastfeeding Rates

When my son was born, I knew I wanted to at least try to nurse him. Although my mom did not breastfeed me—I was born in the era of “formula is best”—, it had been drilled into my head repeatedly throughout my pregnancy that “breast is best.” That is the message apparently being resonating with

Deciphering the Lactation Curve

What can a lactation consultant learn from the dairy industry? According to Lisa Marasco, MA, IBCLC, FILCA, the dairy industry can provide a different prospect of milk production and help healthcare professionals decipher the lactation curve. The concept of a lactation curve is well known in the dairy industry, but not in the human lactation

Maternal Nutrition and Perinatal Outcomes

Maternal diet in pregnancy is super important—it can affect three generations: the mother, the baby, and the reproductive cells in the fetus. To help her colleagues better understand maternal nutrition and perinatal outcomes, Dr. Mary Barger (MPH, CNM), associate professor at University of San Diego, talked about healthy eating in pregnancy at a recent SDCBC