About Debbi Heffern

Debbi Heffern, RD, IBCLC, is a lactation consultant with Mercy Hospital St. Louis. and the grandmother of six breastfed babies.

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The Breastfeeding Dad: Part II

Ways Dad Can Bond with Baby

The Breastfeeding Dad: Part II

In The Breastfeeding Dad: Part I, we discussed many ways dads can support the breastfeeding relationship. Most importantly, dad does everything he can to keep mom and baby together. This means limiting visitors and assigning household tasks to willing family … Continue reading

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The Breastfeeding Dad: Part I

Dad Can Act as Protector for Mom and Baby

Breastfeeding Dad Part 1

Wait, what? Dads can’t breastfeed? Only moms can breastfeed? While it’s true that only mom will start to make milk after the baby is born, dads play a very important role in the breastfeeding relationship. Dad is the great protector, … Continue reading

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Grandma Means Well

When it Comes to Breastfeeding Advice, Does Grandma Really Know Best?

When it comes to breastfeeding advice, does grandma really know best?

Ah, grandmothers! At Mercy we love grandmothers and respect them, too. Grandmothers are grand at mothering because they have years of wisdom and experience to share. It’s important for new parents to honor that wisdom and experience. Yet our world … Continue reading

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