October 24, 2010

My name is Karinda Woodward. I am a midwifery student, doula and breastfeeding counselor. I have been working as a breastfeeding counselor for approximately 4 years. I am creating this blog to dispel breastfeeding myths, answer breastfeeding questions, and create local support.

I am also writing this blog to tell the truth. I will not pretend that formula is simply another feeding choice and is similar in any way to breastmilk. Formula is not a safe choice for babies and should only be used when the benefit outweighs the risk. Between 9,000-10,000 infants die each year in the United States due to withholding breastmilk.*  I also plan to discuss how birth choices affect breastfeeding. Having an epidural or a cesarean does affect getting breastfeeding off to a good start. Many pregnant mothers report that they are planning a natural birth and these interventions should not be a problem for them. Michael Rosenthal, OB/GYN states, “the first intervention in natural childbirth is the one that a healthy woman does herself when she walks out the front door of her own home in labor. It is from that first intervention that all others follow.” I strongly agree with this statement and for that reason I am an advocate of families giving birth in the safe, secure, relaxing environments of their own homes. The cesarean rate in the United States is currently 32.3%. I do not believe that 1 in 3 women are incapable of vaginal birth. I do, however, believe that at least 1 in 3 doctors are incapable of believing in the ability and strength of a woman’s body.

Other subjects that I hope to address in this blog will be the importance of colostrum, how milk supply works, the necessity of skin to skin breastfeeding, and many other valuable topics. I want this information to be available based on supply & demand, just like your milk! For that reason I welcome comments and questions. I will decide on topics based on feedback that I get from this blog, questions from mothers that I have worked with throughout the week, and personal frustrations concerning things that create barriers for women being able to successfully nurse their children. Read the rest of this entry »