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The following Web sites are recommended by Ammawell. They provide a wealth of information and support for parents on such topics as breastfeeding, night time parenting, introducing solids, baby carrying, child development, parenting children with special needs, rejecting violence in our families and communities, etc.


Web Site Topics


Pregnancy & Birth
Breastfeeding
Parenting
Special Needs

 



 

Pregnancy and Birth

  • The Natural Family Site: Web site including support and information for natural childbirth.
  • Doulas: Professional Birth Assistants: This web page provides information on the benefits of having a professional birth assistant.



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    Breastfeeding

    Did you know that babies who are not breastfed or who are minimally breastfed have a higher incidence of illness and disease, including allergies, childhood cancer, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS or cot death)? And women who do not breastfeed or who breastfeed minimally have a higher incidence of illness and disease, too, including breast and ovarian cancer, anemia, and osteoporosis. Because of the vast amount of research demonstrating the many risks of formula feeding to mothers and their children, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends at least one year of breastfeeding and the World Health Organization recommends at least two years of breastfeeding. For up-to-date breastfeeding support and information, please contact La Leche League International at 1-800-LA LECHE or visit the web sites shown below.


  • La Leche League International: The award-winning web site of the organization offering the most reliable breastfeeding support and information available today.
  • American Academy of Pediatrics 1997 Statement on Breastfeeding: Why breastfeeding is so important and what the AAP recommends.
  • Thoughts on Breastfeeding: Web site by anthropologist Dr. Katherine Dettwyler, providing helpful information and resources related to breastfeeding.
  • Mothering Your Nursing Toddler: Web site by author Norma Jane Bumgarner with helpful information on breastfeeding toddlers.
  • Breastfeeding Online: Web site by Cindy Curtis, RN, IBCLC, including handouts by Jack Newman, MD.
  • Ted Greiner's Breastfeeding Website: Web site by breastfeeding researcher and advocate Ted Greiner.
  • Breastfeeding and the Law: Offers information critical to anyone seeking to protect the right to breastfeed. Covers breastfeeding in public, postponing jury duty while breastfeeding, protecting breastfeeding during separation or divorce, breastfeeding and employment...
  • World Breastfeeding Week: Information on World Breastfeeding Week, celebrated annually in communities all over the world, is available from the home page of the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action.
  • World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action: WABA is an international network of individuals and organizations dedicated to protecting, promoting and supporting the right of all women and children to breastfeed.
  • WHO/UNICEF International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes: Adopted by the World Health Assembly in 1981, the CODE seeks to protect breastfeeding from being undermined by unethical marketing practices.
  • Baby Milk Action: Baby Milk Action is a non-profit organization that works to strengthen independent, transparent and effective controls on the marketing of the baby feeding industry. It is part of IBFAN (see below).
  • International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN): The International Baby Food Action Network is a partnership of over 150 groups in over 90 countries that aims to improve infant health through the protection of breastfeeding.
  • National Breastfeeding MediaWatch Campaign: The purpose of MediaWatch is to identify references to breast and formula feeding in the media and to encourage more positive and accurate breastfeeding references.

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    World Breastfeeding Week
    August 1-7

    Each year, World Breastfeeding Week takes up an important theme to help protect, promote and support breastfeeding. Visit the web site of the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action for more information. Many communities hold a World Walk for Breastfeeding near World Breastfeeding Week. Contact your local La Leche League Group to learn more about the Walk.


     
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    Parenting

  • Mothering: Providing information and support for families.
  • The Natural Child Project: Resources for rearing children with dignity, respect, understanding and compassion.
  • The Natural Family Site: Providing support and information for natural parenting.
  • The Alliance for Transforming the Lives of Children: Championing a culture of compassionate individuals, families, and communities who have fun with, learn from, and responsively and lovingly interact with children.
  • Northwest Attachment Parenting: Providing support and information for attachment parenting, including local support groups.
  • Ask Dr. Gayle: Web site of Dr. Gayle Peterson, a family therapist, providing support for families throughout their stages of development.
  • Ten Reasons to Wear Your Baby: from The Natural Child Project, providing information on the benefits of using  slings to carry babies and toddlers.
  • Family Pledge of Nonviolence: from the Family Page of the Unitarian Universalist Association, calling all families and our whole culture to reject violence and promote alternatives to violence in our homes, communities and the world.
  • Project NoSpank: Helps create confidence and courage for rejecting the popular advice to spank our children.
  • The Center for Effective Discipline: Provides alternatives to the physical punishment of children (Note: Ammawell does not endorse the use of "time out" because of the emotional hazards it poses to children).
  • American Academy of Pediatrics 2000 Statement on Corporal Punishment in Schools: The AAP recommends that corporal punishment in schools be abolished in all states by law and that alternative forms of student behavior management be used.

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    Special Needs

    Specialized information and support are critical to parents of children with special needs. In addition to searching the Internet, talk with health professionals and other parents, visit your library and do a search of their resources... Do not stop until you find what you, your child, and your family need. Here are a few of the many Internet resources that parents of children with special needs may find helpful. Each is a source of information, support, and yet more resources. While no one may fully understand your particular situation, you are not alone.
  • March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation: The MOD web site provides a wealth of information and resources regarding congenital disorders. They are more than happy to help you track down the support you need.
  • National Organization of Rare Disorders, Inc.: NORD can help you find information on "orphan" disorders--those that are rare enough that specific organizations related to the disorder do not exist and little research related to the disorder is conducted. They also help parents of children with particular disorders find each other (parent matching).
  • Mothers United for Moral Support: MUMS provides information and support to mothers--and fathers--as they parent their children with special needs. They also help parents of children with particular disorders find each other (parent matching).
  • Birth Defect Research for Children, Inc.: BDRC provides information and support to parents about all kinds of congenital disorders. They also help parents of children with particular disorders find each other (parent matching).
  • Exceptional Parent: This magazine and Web site offers many resources for parents of children with special needs, including their annual resource guide.
  • Congenital Disorders: Implications for Breastfeeding: If you are breastfeeding a child with a congenital disorder (birth defect), make sure you, your health care providers and your lactation consultants have read this article by Cynthia Good Mojab. Many mothers are incorrectly told that they cannot (or should not) breastfeed their exceptional child and/or are not provided the specialized support and information they may need to breastfeed. Help is available. Be sure to contact La Leche League International.

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    Ammawell makes every effort to ensure that the content of the web sites whose links are provided here are compatible with its mission. However, no responsibility can be taken for the content of any external web site.

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