The pain of baby heartburn: Does your child show the sometimes subtle signs of GER?

Gastroesophageal reflux (GER) is basically baby heartburn. It can lead to problems with breathing and damage to the esophagus. It can happen due to the sphincter at the top of the stomach being too relaxed and is triggered by certain foods and eating too much at one meal among other things. There are many signs … Continue reading

Am I normal to want to nurse my toddler? Baby, half of the world breastfeeds until two years

About a year ago, they started dropping like flies. Now, I am suckling solo as my dear friends have all weaned their children. As I plan a trip home, I find myself reviewing my choice to nurse my baby until…well…when someone asks I just tell them we are going “all the way.” I do feel … Continue reading

Breastfeeding in preterm infants: growth versus brain power paradox

Severely preterm infants gain weight comparatively slower if breastfed–a worry for any parent. But a recent study in the journal BMJ shows in later years these slow growers have significant neurological improvement over those who did not receive breastmilk after hospital discharge. The researchers call this the “Apparent Breastfeeding Paradox.” This is additional evidence for … Continue reading