Placentophagy and its potential effects on breastfeeding: Guest post by Donna Walls, RN, BSN, IBCLC, ICCE, ANLC

We’re taking a brief break from International Breastfeeding and MAINN Conference introductions this week to bring to you a guest post by Master Herbalist, Certified Aromatherapist and Our Milky Way contributor Donna Walls, RN, BSN, IBCLC, ICCE, ANLC. In many cultures, the placenta is regarded as a sacred, life-giving force even after the birth of the …

Remembering Lois D.W. Arnold, PhD, MPH, ALC

Most of you have already learned of Lois D. W. Arnold’s, PhD, MPH, ALC passing. While our hearts are heavy, we find comfort in the memories we shared with her. Lois’s friends, acquaintances and colleagues have shared these words in her memory. You can read Dr. Arnold’s professional obituary written by Dr. Karin Cadwell here. …

Why do Women Choose to Breastfeed (or Keep Breastfeeding)?

By Guest Blogger* Donna Walls, RN, BSN, ICCE, IBCLC, ANLC The reasons women choose are as varied as the women themselves. As a clinical lactation consultant for 29 years now I have often wondered and talked with women and their families about why they chose to breastfeed and even more important why they continue to …