Why is breastfeeding the feminist issue of our time? Feminism is “the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes." In society today, breastfeeding women do not have political, economic or social equality. They must continually advocate for their right to breastfeed at all, and most will stop at three months because of the lack of paid family leave. In a … [Read more...] about Breastfeeding: Feminist Issue of Our Times
The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative is a worldwide program launched in 1991 by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to encourage and recognize hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding. As of 2012, 21,138 facilities in 152 countries were designated Baby Friendly. Baby Friendly USA (B … [Read more...] about Find a Baby Friendly Hospital
I admit that I've been prejudiced in favor of the cradle carry for breastfeeding. It's what worked for me so I naturally think it is "right." I don't like the cross cradle or other "carries" because they seem too complicated. And, when I see mothers today breastfeeding with their babies positioned straight onto their breasts I think they're doing it wrong. But, it is I who h … [Read more...] about What is Natural Breastfeeding?
If you’re the mom of a baby, an emergency is a time when you are especially grateful that you are breastfeeding. We all know that breastfeeding has major health benefits for both babies and moms, but we seldom think of breastfeeding as literally live-saving. LIFE-SAVING BREASTFEEDING In an article in La Leche League’s New Beginnings, Jennifer Noll writes about the advantages o … [Read more...] about Breastfeeding in an Emergency
When I see new mothers as a lactation consultant, these are the questions they ask me: "Am I doing it right?’ ‘Do I have enough milk?’ ‘Why does my baby feed so often?’ ‘Can you move in with me?’ BREASTFEEDING CENTRAL When I’m working with new mothers one-on-one, the immediate breastfeeding problem is often fixed quickly. But the support and encouragement that over … [Read more...] about Breastfeeding Mom Apps
If you have a breastfeeding question or concern, how do you know where to turn for help? Of course, reach out to your midwife or doctor, but sometimes you want to talk to someone whose speciality is breastfeeding. MOTHER-TO-MOTHER SUPPORT You may have attended La Leche League (LLL) meetings in your town while you were pregnant and have a LLL Leader to contact. If not, LLL and … [Read more...] about Find Help with Breastfeeding
The World Health Assembly (WHA) is the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO) and delegates from WHO member states meet every year in Geneva, Switzerland to determine policy, appoint directors, supervise financial policies, and approve the budget. This year's meeting took place May 21st through the 26th. One of the items on this year's agenda was a … [Read more...] about US Undermines Breastfeeding
On May 21, 1981 the Code of the Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes was adopted by the World Health Organization (WHO). While many in the US consider breastfeeding a lifestyle choice, in fact, lack of breastfeeding results in 4000 infant deaths a day worldwide. Just 37% of babies worldwide are exclusively breastfed for the first six months even though an exclusively breastfed … [Read more...] about What is the WHO Code?
Being a new mom comes with rewards and challenges, but it shouldn’t stop you from indulging your wanderlust. We know traveling with a new baby is tough enough, and adding breastfeeding to the mix can bring up additional concerns while on the road. Not to fear, we are here to help. Don’t let breastfeeding challenges impact your next adventure, whether it be a weekend trip or a gl … [Read more...] about Breastfeeding Will Travel
Do you feel like your breasts aren’t able to produce enough milk to keep your baby full and growing? Are you starting to suspect you might have a low milk supply and that your breastfeeding and pumping techniques aren’t solely to blame for your low output? Are you losing sleep because you’re wondering what you can do to amp up your low supply and make sure you don’t have to reso … [Read more...] about How to Increase Milk Supply