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LactivistThe aptly-named Lactivist web site reminds us that "nursing provides the most perfect nutrition available in the world," and that "babies who have their needs met early and often and continue to have them met throughout childhood are more independent, self-assured, self-reliant, compassionate and mentally healthy."

This well-designed site, maintained by Wendi Jones, is organized into five main sections: How-to's, Solutions, Issues, Resources, and Community.

The "How-to's" section includes these categories:

  • Getting Started
  • Proper Latch
  • Nursing Frequency
  • Nurse-In
  • Early Nursing
  • Later Nursing
  • Natural Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Breastfeeding Father
All of the categories include useful tips, links, and clearly written, insightful essays. "Nurse-in" is an especially helpful method to use for many nursing problems. Be sure to follow the link to "extra set of hands" from the page on "Proper Latch". This is an excellent discussion on the importance of finding a support network.

The handy "Solutions" section covers these topics:

  • The Myth of Low Supply
  • Nurse-In
  • Sleepy Baby
  • Screaming at the Breast
  • Thrush
  • Plugged Ducts
  • Mastitis
  • Overactive Letdown
  • Getting Sleep
  • Fussy Baby
  • Evening Cluster Feeds
The "Myth of Low Supply" is an especially helpful and important discussion, offering both reassurance and specific suggestions.

The "Issues" section includes these topics:

  • Nursing in Public
  • Responding to Criticism
  • Nursing a Preemie
  • Nursing a Toddler
  • Nursing Your Adopted Baby
  • Dangers of Formula
  • Innocenti Declaration
  • WHO/Unicef Code
  • Lactivist
"Responding to Criticism" concludes with the assurance that "we are designed to feed our babies from our breasts and babies thrive there. It really doesn't matter what others think so long as you follow your instincts and do what is best for your child and yourself."

The breastfeeding resources and Community links are well-selected. The Lactivist Community Board accepts "up-to-date breastfeeding information, links, web sites, conference dates or anything relating to breastfeeding an infant". There is also a very useful list of "breastfeeding friends" organized by location and special situation, a link to the Radical Breastfeeding email list, and a section of "original works by breastfeeding mothers" which accepts submissions.

Recognizing that "informed choice... is impossible if the truth continues to be hidden", the Lactivist site provides information and links that make clear not only the advantages of breastfeeding, but also the dangers of artificial breastmilk substitutes. The site presents information on such critical issues as the marketing of artificial breastmilk substitutes, and provides resources for educating ourselves as breastfeeding advocates for babies everywhere. As the opening statement reminds us, "breastfeeding can change the world".

With persuasive arguments respectfully written, this relatively new site offers an exceptional resource to families seeking support in the decision to meet their baby's emotional and physical needs through breastfeeding.

www.lactivist.com

 
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