Vaginal Seeding to Create a Healthy Newborn Microbiome- Is It Safe? Guest blog by Donna Walls, RN, BSN, ICCE, IBCLC, ANLC

If you participate in modern society, you’ve likely been exposed to some form of the buzz phrase “gut health.”  Gut microbiome, microbiota, flora; however it’s referred to, scientists, advertisements and your neighbors will tell you it’s important. We know that mode of birth and feeding method affect newborns’ microbial profile. For instance, babies born by …

Navigating misinformation on the internet: Guest post by Donna Walls, RN, BSN, ICCE, IBCLC, ANLC

The internet is saturated with information about infant feeding, and it can be nearly impossible to navigate it all. As lactation care providers, it can be discouraging when we realize the loads of misinformation on heavily visited sites. Guest blogger Donna Walls, RN, BSN, ICCE, IBCLC, ANLC was especially struck by the advice her patients …

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 …

Eight Days in Egypt

Post by Cindy Turner-Maffei and Karin Cadwell Last year Dr. Karin Cadwell, Healthy Children Project, Inc. (HCP) Executive Director was thrilled to plan a new project with our Egyptian colleague, Dr. Abla Alalfy. Together with other colleagues from the Egyptian Lactation Consultant Association, “Doctora Abla” and “the Mother of Egypt’s Children”, as she is affectionately …