Your Baby Mammal: Sleeping & Solids, with Diane Wiessinger (Part 2)

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #53

Last week, for the first part of this two part series with Diane Wiessinger, we discussed mammal behavior and instincts surrounding birth and breastfeeding. In this episode we’ll talk about how your mammal baby sleeps, and starts eating solids, as well as the non-event of weaning from breastfeeding. Go listen.

(Check out part 1 here)

To listen here, click the play button on the player above, or click the button below to listen in iTunes.

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What we talked about:

  • Why mammals sleep together
  • Guidelines for safe bed sharing (Diane even gives us a song!)
  • To swaddle or not to swaddle?
  • How and when to easily introduce solids
  • Solids are for fun during the first year
  • Baby-led weaning to diminish allergies
  • When do human mammals wean from breastfeeding?
  • The evolution of breastfeeding as your child ages


Resources on sleep, introducing solids and weaning:


Books by Diane, and others that she recommends:

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Diane Wiessinger 2014

Courtesy of Diane Wiessinger

[mark]About Diane Wiessinger[/mark]

Diane Wiessinger [I sing, you sing, we singer] has been a La Leche League Leader since 1985 and an IBCLC since 1990.  Although she studied animal behavior for her Master’s degree, she still timed her first baby’s feeds with a stopwatch. It took her a quarter century for her to understand that our infants are just standard mammalian newborns in human packaging.  She nearly walked out on her first La Leche League meeting, thinking, “There is more to me than this.”  But one thing led to another, and she found herself becoming first a La Leche League Leader and later an IBCLC in private practice.   She now speaks on the connection between our mammalian heritage and our birth and breastfeeding experiences, as well as on our breastfeeding language and how mothers and babies make breastfeeding work.  Her writings include co-authorship of the eighth edition of La Leche League International’s The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, 8th edition, and Sweet Sleep: Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family.  It turns out, after all these years, that there isn’t much more to her than breastfeeding.  However, her conference speaking has allowed her to ride a camel, watch kangaroos on a golf course, eat a dish called “drunken chicken”, and use a squat toilet successfully.  Diane has two grown sons, two lovely daughters-in-law, and four bright and breastfed grandchildren.

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