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Monday, 16 July

20:45

22 Women Share $4 Billion Johnson & Johnson Penalty. Thousands of Autism Mothers Told to Take a Powder. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

And the product is still on the shelves. Did you ever get a true informed consent WARNING that the vaccines you were giving your children had ANY threat of danger? I did not. I have my signed in hospital birth...

19:07

Trump, Putin Meeting Privately in Helsinki (Live Blog) "IndyWatch Feed World"

HELSINKI The Latest on President Donald Trumps summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin (all times local):

2:35 p.m.

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are meeting privately, joined only by translators, in the Finnish Presidential Palace.

The two leaders entered the Gothic Hall with serious expressions, moving quickly to two ornate wooden chairs set before American and Russian flags. Trump sat upright as Putin appeared to lounge in his chair.

Trump deferred to Putin to make opening remarks, nodding along as his comments in Russian were translated. Trump predicted that the pair will have an extraordinary relationship.

Trump initiated a brief handshake with Putin, as the assembled press jostled to capture the moment.

Putin appeared to smirk as Trump ignored shouted questions about whether he would warn the Russian leader against meddling in the 2018 midterm elections.

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2:30 p.m.

The summit between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin is offering a grab-bag of protests and demonstrations in Helsinki.

Abortion-rights activists are dressed in artificially bulging bellies and Trump masks. Anti-fascist protesters are bearing signs with expletive-laden insults. Other demonstrations involve free traders, anti-war Ukrainians and gay rights supporters.

Some demonstrators stayed near police barriers to try to register their complaints as the leaders sped by to the site of Mondays summit at Finlands Presidential Palace.

Others marched by Helsinki landmarks, far away from the leaders gathering, but in clear view of curious onlookers and visitors to the city center.

The demonstrations are happening as Trump and Putin meet for their high-profile one-on-one meeting in Finland.

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2:20 p.m.

President Donald Trump says at the start of his summit with Russias President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki that he thinks the world wants to see us get along.

Trump says the two countries have great opportunities, saying they have not been getting along for the past few years. He says he thinks they can have an extraordinary relationship.

He says their discussions will involve trade, the military, missiles, nuclear weapons and China, including their mutual friend Chinas Xi Jingping. He did not mention Russias meddling in the U.S. election.

The two leaders were seated together in a room adorned by American and Russian flags at the Finnish Presidential Palace, separated by a small table.

The meeting started about 45 minutes late following Putins...

17:53

They Jumped To Their Demise From 10 Stories Up, All Because Of A Teenage Suicide Game "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Source: https://ocdn.eu/

Russia is known for a lot of things; vodka, the Kremlin, Matryoshka dolls and even former KGB member turned Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin. But lately, there has been something much more concerning that has been highly popular with Russias teenagers, the Blue Whale Suicide Game. And its as alarming as it sounds. Find out how one Russian citizen has not only managed to put an entire generation in danger, but even scarier, the game has been spreading around the world like wildfire. Is the game just a myth, or the actual truth?

Read on and decide for yourself.

The New World

Source: http://www.americaninquirer.net/

Parenting these days has had a dramatic change over the last few decades. With the introduction of the Internet, social media and a number of gadgets, kids these days are now privy to an entirely different, and at times, vexing new world.

16:29

Introducing Solids Early Wont Help Your Baby Sleep Better Renee Kam IBCLC Page Array BellyBelly

Introducing Solids Early Wont Help Your Baby Sleep Better

New parents often wonder whether introducing solids early will help their baby sleep longer. There is a common belief that solid food or formula top up feeds can help to 'fill' babies and this might increase the time a baby sleeps in one go. But is this true? Despite new research suggesting that introducing babies to solids early helps them sleep better, most of the research published on this topic actually suggests the opposite.

Introducing Solids Early Wont Help Your Baby Sleep Better

Australias National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Americas Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization all recommend exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months (or around 6 months) and then for solids to be introduced while breastfeeding continues for at least one year. These organisations are made up of a team of world leading experts who have taken all the available evidence into account to make these recommendations.

Does Solid Food Help Babies Sleep Longer?

Research shows almost 80% of babies between 6-12 months regularly wake at least once each night. No difference in night wakings was found between mothers who breastfeed and those who formula feed. It also found giving babies more milk or solid feeds in the day didnt reduce the need for parents to attend to them during the night. In addition, a 1989 study found adding rice cereal to a babys bottle before bed did not make 4 month old babies sleep any longer at nig...

16:11

Electronic Fetal Monitoring In Labour Increases Risk Of C-Section Sam McCulloch Dip CBEd Page Array BellyBelly

Electronic Fetal Monitoring In Labour Increases Risk Of C-Section

Electronic fetal monitoring in labour is a routine practice in most countries such as the US, UK and Australia. Many women would be surprised to know there is no evidence to support the use of this form of monitoring. Even more surprising is the link between the use of electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) and c-section birth.

Electronic Fetal Monitoring In Labour Increases Risk Of C-Section

The evidence for the effects of EFM and the link with c-section has been around for three decades. Very few pregnant women are aware of the link, or the lack of support for the use of EFM during labour.

What Is EFM?

Electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) uses special equipment to measure the fetal heart rate response to contractions during labour. EFM provides a continuous record which can be read at the time of labour and kept afterwards. There two types of EFM external and internal. External EFM involves two belts wrapped around your belly, to measure the length of contractions and the time between them, as well as to detect your babys heart rate. Internal EFM involves placing a wire called an electrode on your babys scalp. The electrode records the baby's heart rate. A special tube called an intrauterine pressure catheter can be inserted through your vagina and into the uterus to monitor contractions. Internal EFM is only possible after your amniotic sac has broken, which might be done artificially. EFM provides a print out, or electronic recording, of the fetal heart rate and the mothers contractions together. The monitor looks at the baseline fetal heart rate and how its affected by contractions. It records any increases in heart rate (accelerations), any decreases (decelerations), and also checks the frequency and length of maternal contractions. You can read more about this in Baby's Heart Rate During Labour - What's Normal And What's Not. The EFM recording is reviewed at set times by your care provider, m...

15:34

7 Reasons Why You Shouldnt Comment On The Size Of Her Bump Fiona Peacock Page Array BellyBelly

7 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Comment On The Size Of Her Bump

Wouldnt it be nice to live in a world where this article was unnecessary? A world where people didnt comment on women's bodies pregnant or otherwise. A world where women were able to enjoy their pregnancies, free from the judgemental eyes of society. A world where womens bodies were simply accepted and celebrated instead of compared and criticised. Sadly though, we dont live in that world. Not yet, anyway. We can create that kind of world though, by taking the first step and stopping ourselves from commenting on the size of the bumps of the pregnant women we encounter.

7 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Comment On The Size Of Her Bump

You shouldnt comment on the size of any pregnant woman's bump. I know, its right there and you cant help noticing it, but that doesnt mean you need to voice your thoughts. You probably dont mean anything by it. Youre probably just trying to fill the silence, chattering away about pregnancy and life without really stopping to think what youre saying. Perhaps you dont even realise what youve said. You just skip away happily at the end of the conversation and get on with your day. You wont lie awake at night thinking about it but she might. Here are 7 reasons why you shouldnt comment on the size of her bump:

#1: Its Rude

Isnt it obvious? It is incredibly rude to greet people by commenting on their size. Would you do that to a friend who had put on weight over Christmas? Youd hope not. It might be a shock when you see a friend who suddenly looks pregnant and totally different, but the world would be a happier place if you could keep those thoughts to yourself instead of saying them aloud. Yes, she is pregnant and yes, she has a bump. It might not be exactly the same shape or size as other bumps you have seen, but there is no need to comment on it. You wouldnt point out that she has a big spot on her chin or one of her boobs is bigger than the other, so dont comment on her bump either. It's just as rude.

#2: She Has Enough To Worry About

Even a straightforward pregnancy can leave a mum-to-be feeling weighed down by worry. There is a lot to organise before t...

15:30

The Rhombus of Michaelis sarawickham

Midwives often talk about how we can re-collect the kinds of knowledge which were held by our predecessors who attended births before they were taken over by medicalisation and moved out of the home environment.  Occasionally, somebody discovers knowledge which is both old and new, recognises its implications, and this becomes their passion. Such was the case with Jean Sutton and the rhombus of Michaelis, an area of the lower back which plays a key role in physiological birth. Much of this article is based on a discussion / interview with Jean which took place during August 2002; her words are in italics. Much of it is still just as relevant today.

Before we get into the finer details of what Jean affectionately calls the rhombus, I should add that part of the point in writing about this is that this is the kind of knowledge that some midwives will see as very obvious; they will have read about it before (e.g. Sutton 2000), heard Jean speak, visited her website or be independently aware of this feature of birthing bodies. They might be surprised that anyone feels the need to write about it again. Yet others will not have heard of the rhombus of Michaelis or of the difference that their knowing about this can make to the women they attend. Such has been my experience in talking to midwives about this kind of experiential / physiological knowledge or, as Jean calls it, womens wisdom.  What seems obvious to one midwife will be news to another.

 

So where is this rhombus, and what does it do?

In Jeans words, The rhombus of Michaelis (sometimes called the quadrilateral of Michaelis) i...

13:00

7 False Rumours About Toddlers Fiona Peacock Page Array BellyBelly

7 Untrue Things People Think About Toddlers

There are lots of false rumours about toddlers. They are so misunderstood. Toddlers are stereotyped as tiny tyrants who cause trouble for fun. I mean, sure, they do that some of the time, but its certainly not their full-time job. Toddlers are unpredictable, wild, beautiful creatures. They can fill your heart with love and drive you crazy all at the same time. They are still tiny enough to get away with things, but are developed enough to know their own mind and this is a good thing, until you try to leave the house in a hurry.

7 False Rumours About Toddlers

There are plenty of false rumours about toddlers. And plenty of opinions about how best to parent them. In fact, as soon as you have a toddler, you will discover every person youve ever met is an expert on all things toddler, and they know exactly what your toddler needs at any given time. Unfortunately, a lot of these people talk nonsense. In fact, they are probably telling you old wives tales. To help you ignore the nonsense, here are 7 totally untrue things people say about toddlers:

#1: You Need Pinterest To Entertain Them

Nope, that doesnt mean there are benches of toddlers, sitting in otherwise empty playgrounds, busily adding things to their Pinterest accounts. But you could be forgiven for thinking toddlers require a lot of effort to keep them entertained. Social media is full of helpful suggestions: you could make your own moon sand, you could dye some spaghetti pink, you could freeze some toy dinosaurs, or you could, well, you could do it all really, couldnt you? If you wanted to. But the important thing is you dont need to. Your toddlers wont suffer or remember a childhood of neglect if youre not a Pinterest mum. Really. Theyll grow up just fine anyway.

#2: Toddlers Are Naughty

This idea of naughty or bad toddlers is very unfair and makes parenting more difficult. Parenting a toddler isnt easy. There are lots of big emotions and daily struggles that need to be carefully navigated together. And sometimes there will be tantrums. Tantrums are hard enough to deal with without the entire...

12:14

10 Questions You Cant Avoid When Youre Pregnant Fiona Peacock Page Array BellyBelly

10 Questions You Can't Escape From When You're Pregnant

Youre newly pregnant and desperate to share the news. You find yourself longing to talk about the pregnancy. Twelve weeks can feel like a long time to keep your secret especially when youre bursting with excitement and desperate to shout it from the rooftops. In hindsight, once baby has arrived, you might realise those early weeks were a break from the monotony of being asked questions.

10 Questions You Can't Avoid When You're Pregnant

Theres a seemingly endless number of pregnancy questions strangers, friends and family just have to know the answers to. As soon as you share the news and start to show, you will spend all of your time fielding these questions. Youll probably have to quit your job to free up some time so you can actually answer, over and over again, the same ten questions. Here are the offending questions. Let us know if weve left any off the list:

#1: When Are You Due?

This question totally ignores something every single one of us knows: due dates are completely useless. About 3-5% of babies arrive on their due date. That means your baby has more chance of arriving on the back of a glittery, coloured unicorn than on the due date. You might tell yourself youre not going to get hung up on the due date. Youll think of it more as a due month, and be totally relaxed about when your baby chooses to arrive. But when you get asked about your due date six times a day for months and months, its pretty hard not to obsess about the date.

#2: Do You Know What Youre Having?

Yep,  I do. A really terrible case of morning sickness. Just kidding. Im having a lot of heartburn. Ha, no, it s really constipation. Oh, you meant what am I having? Sure. A dinosaur. No, a purple dog. Or a bright green spotted dragon with huge talons and a love of disco music. OK, fine. Im having a baby. At least I hope so. Yes, Im having a baby, so stop asking me stupid questions, Denise. No, sorry, I dont k...

11:32

SIDS And Safe Sleep How Safe Is Your Baby? Maria Pyanov CPD, CCE Page Array BellyBelly

SIDS And Safe Sleep How Safe Is Your Baby?

Safety and sleep. They are the two major priorities for new parents. All parents want to do everything they can to keep their little ones safe. But new parents are also desperate to get adequate rest. As parents, we can't avoiding thinking about the risks of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), accidental suffocation, and strangulation. From the moment you announce you're pregnant, you're told over and over again: babies need to be placed on their backs to sleep. Yes. We should place babies on their backs to sleep. And we shouldnt use pillows, thick blankets, or bumpers.

SIDS And Safe Sleep How Safe Is Your Baby?

In spite of this, one study found 91% of study participants placed their 1 month old infants in unsafe sleeping situations. The recommendations tell parents to put babies on their back to sleep. Yet new parents also see the sleep positioners, and the cute bedding accessories, and are given stuffed animals and other lovies. These are mixed messages, and they have clearly led many parents to put babies into unsafe sleeping situations.

Isnt SIDS Rare And Without A Known Cause?

SIDS, suffocation, and strangulation are different things. They are closely related, however, because safe sleep practices reduce the risk of all three. Accidental suffocation and strangulation occur when an infants airway is blocked or compromised. SIDS is when a seemingly healthy baby under the age of one dies without an explainable cause. SIDS is sometimes called crib or cot death because thats where babies are often discovered. The exact cause of SIDS is still unknown, and there several theories currently being explored. We do know, however, that safe sleep practices, breastfeeding, and being in close proximity to a caregiver can reduce the risk of SIDS death. In the US, approximately 1500 infants die due to SIDS every year. An additional 840 infants die as a result of accidental suffocation or strangulation. The biggest risk is during the first 6 months of life.

How Did Study Participants Put Their Babies At Risk...

11:05

Should Breastfeeding Be Taught In Schools? Sam McCulloch Dip CBEd Page Array BellyBelly

Should Breastfeeding Be Taught In Schools?

British medical experts are recommending children be taught about breastfeeding in schools. This is being done in a bid to encourage more women to breastfeed from birth and beyond. Data published in general medical journal The Lancet shows the UK has one of the worst breastfeeding rates in the world. Less than 35% of UK babies are still breastfed at six months, compared with almost 50% in the US and 71% in Norway.

Should Breastfeeding Be Taught In Schools?

The UK is a high income country with access to quality health services and education. Even so, by the age of 12 months, only 0.5% of British babies are still breastfed. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) believes its new guidelines will help to encourage women to continue breastfeeding after birth.

Why Do Women Stop Breastfeeding?

There are many reasons why women dont continue to breastfeed. On the whole, however, lack of support is often the biggest culprit. We spend a lot of time telling women they should breastfeed, and a lot less time actually supporting them in doing so. A small percentage of women are physically unable to breastfeed, due to medical conditions. A much greater percentage of new mothers struggle with establishing breastfeeding after birth, and find it more difficult than they expected. Among other factors, incorrect latch and repeated bouts of thrush or mastitis can contribute to further problems. When they have little support or experience problems finding the right support, its no wonder women eventually decide not to continue. Our social thinking also has a significant impact on breastfeeding rates. Almost 30% of the UK population still think women shouldnt breastfeed in public. A poll carried out by Public Health Englands parenting advice service, Start4Life, found one in five women believed people didnt want to see them breastfeed in public. One in 10 women who chose not to breastfeed their babies had been influenced by their anxiety about doi...

06:01

22 Mind-Blowing Photographs Revealing the Stages of Life Before A Child Is Born "IndyWatch Feed World"

It is one of the most amazing feats the human body has proven capable of achieving, the creation of another living being. While we watch and marvel from the outside, taking photographs of the growth of our baby bumps and debating topics like doulas and birth plans, a true miracle is occurring right below our noses.

It is this very miracle that Swedish photographer Lennart Nilsson (1922 2017) aimed to capture when he took his first black and white photos in 1957, using his talent for photography to document the process of creation from conception to birth. As technology advanced, so too did the ability to take better quality, more realistic photographs. This led Nilsson to repeat the process again in 1965, this time taking unbelievably clear, detailed color photos that have captivated people the world over.

In fact, these very photographs captured the attention of LIFE magazine, with his photograph of an 18-week-old human fetus appearing on the cover of the April 30, 1965 issue. In the associated article, TIME wrote: Ten years ago, a Swedish photographer named Lennart Nilsson told us that he was going to photograph in color the stages of human reproduction from fertilization to just before birth. It was impossible for us not to express a degree of skepticism about his chances of success, but this was lost on Nilsson. He simply said, When Ive finished the story, Ill bring it to you. Lennart kept his promise. He flew into New York from Stockholm and brought us the strangely beautiful and scientifically unique color essay in this issue.

Nilsson used wide-angled optics and specialized macro-lenses, capturing embryos and fetuses in ground-breaking in utero photography that would be immortalized for years to come. They were images that the world had never before seen.

The first job I did for [LIFE] on an exclusive basis was when Dag Hammarskjold was elected UN Secretary General in 1952. I traveled to New York with him and photographed the newly installed Secretary General in his office in the 38th floor in the UN Building, Nilsson told interviewers. I had my first embryo pictures along with me on that trip. Unbelievable! they said at LIFE. I thought so, too! But I didnt know anything about the development o the fetus and had to learn from scratch. But they were incredibly enthusiastic at LIFE and twelve years later, in 1965, they published their big story on human reproduction.

Check out these 22 mind-blowing photographs by Lennart Nilsson:...

00:29

No jail for Indiana fertility doctor who lied about using own sperm to inseminate patients "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Former patients of a retired Indianapolis fertility doctor expressed anger that he avoided jail time Thursday for lying about using his own sperm to impregnate as many as dozens of women after telling them the donors were anonymous. Dr. Donald Cline was given a one-year suspended sentence after pleading guilty to two counts of obstruction of justice. No other charges were filed ... because Indiana law doesn't specifically prohibit fertility doctors from using their own sperm. The charges stemmed from two confirmed cases of paternity. Matt White and his mother, Liz White, said Cline deserved far greater punishment. He said DNA tests showed that Cline was his biological father even though Cline told his mother decades ago that he used anonymous sperm donations. "There's dozens of us," said Matt White. Some of the now-adult children of Cline's former patients filed a complaint with the Indiana Attorney General's Office in 2014, after they became suspicious while scouring online records to find biological relatives. Paternity tests performed the Marion County prosecutor's office determined Cline was likely the biological father of at least two of his patients' children. Cline, who retired in 2009, initially denied the allegations when he wrote to investigators, saying the women who filed the complaints were trying to slander him. On Thursday, he acknowledged that he had lied. Matt White said private DNA tests have identified 23 people as Cline's biological children with mothers who were his patients.

Note: See a list of powerful articles revealing egregious and rampant sexual abuse by doctors around the US. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing news articles on sexual abuse scandals and health.

Sunday, 15 July

18:38

Latin American feminist struggle "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video says about itself:

The Teenager Who Filled Latin America With A Green Bandana

14 July 2018

The feminist struggle in favor for legal, safe and free abortion has taken on unusual force in Latin America.

17:37

Worried About Tearing During Childbirth? How To Reduce The Risk Of Severe Tears Maria Pyanov CPD, CCE Page Array BellyBelly

Worried About Tearing During Childbirth? How To Reduce The Risk Of Severe Tears

As a childbirth educator, I give my class participants plenty of time to process and voice their fears and concerns about their upcoming births. The two most common concerns I hear are fear of tearing and fear of pain. Nearly every participant has heard a tearing horror story from a mother, sister, cousin, or even from a stranger at the grocery store. Fear of episiotomies, stitches, and discomfort can cloud a mothers excitement over meeting her baby.

Worried About Tearing During Childbirth? How To Reduce The Risk Of Severe Tears

But what if there were a way to reduce your risk of severe tearing by 85%? How would you feel about a solution that didnt require medication or increased risks? You would think this information would spread like wildfire, considering what a concern it is among birthing women. But it hasnt. Im not entirely sure of the reason, but every midwife who reads this is probably thinking, Ive been trying forever to spread the word.

Dont Want To Tear? Just Dont Push

Wait a second. Youre saying if I dont push my baby out I reduce my risk of tearing? But how else will baby come out? If the only births youve witnessed include dramatised movie scenes, or reality TV births (which are about as real as any other reality show), then youre probably utterly confused. How can a woman possibly give birth without actively pushing? Surely, Im not suggesting women should just have a c-section? No. As it turns out, our bodies are designed to give birth without severe trauma to the vagina or perineum (the area of tissue between the vaginal opening and anus). Unfortunately, for decades weve been doing things that get in the way of this normal physiological process. Before birth became a medicalised hospital experience, many women gave birth while staying upright and active. They listened to their bodies and went with the urge to push or not to push. They didnt pull their knees to their chests, hold their breath, and push with all their might while someone counted down. Evidence is finally catching up with what our bodie...

16:53

Viagra Trial To Reduce Fetal Distress In Labour Sam McCulloch Dip CBEd Page Array BellyBelly

Viagra Trial To Reduce Fetal Distress In Labour

As recently reported in the media, a drug used for erectile dysfunction is being trialled on labouring women, to reduce fetal distress. For the last 18 months, a research trial has been under way, using the drug Sildenafil (brand name Viagra) on women giving birth. University of Queensland professor, Sailesh Kumar, from the Mater Research Institute, said there were promising results from the Sildenafil trial.

Viagra Trial To Reduce Fetal Distress In Labour

The trial, which involves 230 women, suggests using Sildenafil during labour could reduce fetal distress, lowering the risk of further interventions such as forceps or c-section.

How Does Viagra Work?

Viagra first hit the market in the late 1990s. It was initially designed to treat hypertension and angina pectoris, but is commonly prescribed to men for erectile dysfunction. Viagra only works when a man is sexually stimulated. When sexual stimulation occurs, nitric oxide is released by the nervous system, which then signals an enzyme that produces cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP). cGMP causes the blood vessels in the penis to relax and expand, so the arteries and the erectile tissue fill with blood, resulting in an erection. An enzyme called PDE5 breaks down cGMP and reduces blood flow. PDE5 is found in the brain, lung tissue, heart, liver, kidneys, bladder, prostate, urethra, penis, uterus and skeletal muscles. Viagra inhibits PDE5, so the blood flows and the erection can continue. Viagra is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream; maximum concentrations are reached within one hour of taking the drug. All traces of the drug have left the body 24 hours after it has been taken.

How Can Viagra Help Reduce Fetal Distress?

The Mater Mothers Hospital trial is an Australian first, and early results are said to show an almost 50% reduction in the number of women requiring an emergency c-section...

16:03

Meet The Mother Who Breastfeeds Other Peoples Babies Fiona Peacock Page Array BellyBelly

Meet The Mother Who Breastfeeds Other People's Babies

Samantha Gadsden is a mother who breastfeeds other peoples babies   more of them than she can remember. Over the past ten years, Samantha, a mother of four, has donated countless hours of time and plenty of breastmilk to other peoples babies. Wet nursing was once a common practice; many women who were unable to feed their own babies would turn to wet nurses instead. Wet nurses were women employed for the sole purpose of breastfeeding another persons baby. Historically, royal babies were given to wet nurses for feeding and this meant the practice remained popular amongst the upper classes. You can read more about human donor milk sharing in Human Milk Banks If They Save So Many Lives, Why Arent There More?

Meet The Mother Who Breastfeeds Other People's Babies

Since the introduction of infant formula, however, wet nursing has almost died out in most Western cultures. Most modern mothers opt for infant formula if breastfeeding doesnt work out. Some choose to use milk donated by other breastfeeding mothers, but very few women have the option, or the inclination, to use a wet nurse. But you might be surprised to discover it still happens. There are no official figures on the number of babies fed by wet nurses, though it is possible some parents rely on wet nurses but don't discuss it publicly. Unfortunately, as with natural term breastfeeding and breastfeeding in public, unnecessary social stigma might be keeping the ancient practice of wet nursing as a taboo. Samantha didnt set out to become a wet nurse. In fact it was something she stumbled into almost by chance. Her friend had to stay in hospital overnight with her toddler and needed somebody to look after her baby. Samantha didnt think twice before agreeing to help out. She has since written about the experience on her blog. Writing about the first feed, Samantha said: He had a few test suckles and then settled down for a good long feed; my little one (aged nine months) wasn...

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