(Qualified) Good News

The good news: the American Academy of Pediatrics has officially endorsed the UNICEF/WHO 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. You can read the letter below. The qualification: it’s not a whole-hearted endorsement. They devote a significant part of their letter saying that they don’t agree with avoiding pacifier use in breastfeeding infants.

Nursing in public — the statue

Check out this World Breastfeeding Week story NEW YORK, Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ — For World Breastfeeding Week, Phantom-Financial announces the unveiling of a life-size park bench sculpture of Angelina Jolie nude with her twin babies by New York artist Daniel Edwards just minutes from Brad Pitt’s own birthplace in the Oklahoma City Metro area in…

Breastfeeding Promotion Act

From the United States Breastfeeding Committee: On June 11, 2009, Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (NY) and Senator Jeff Merkley (OR) introduced the Breastfeeding Promotion Act in both houses of Congress, to provide a unified national policy to keep mothers, their children, and their communities healthy. This is the first time the bill has been introduced…

Supporting breastfeeding in emergencies

Here’s a link to a free, on-line presentation by one of the world’s experts on this topic: Karleen Gribble. I found it informative without being at all dry. Here is what she says about the presentation: I recently gave a presentation at the Gold09 conference on infant feeding in emergencies and what individuals and organisations…

Breastfeeding: feminist perspectives

Breastfeeding is something that is unique to women. While some feminists see this as an unfair barrier to equality with men, others see it as particularly empowering. Tanya Leiberman posted a great summary of feminism and breastfeeding at the Motherwear Breastfeeding Blog July 7, 2008. She summarizes the perspectives of liberal feminism, cultural feminism, and…

“Best for Babes”

If you read the gossip magazines (what else should we do in line at the grocery store?) then you’ve noticed how being pregnant is hip and sexy. Rather than hiding from the camera all those celebrities are parading their baby bumps. It’s ok to be pregnant these days. What if breastfeeding could become just as…

Cute, silly breastfeeding cartoon

This is something just to make you smile. This blog, Ninjerktsu, features cartoons about ninjas being jerks (not generally a breastfeeding topic) but this entry features a breastfeeding mother. Cute, huh? To see the whole story, including the ninja, click on the link.

Nursing in Public – the symbol

It would be great to have a law that protected mothers that are breastfeeding their babies in public places. We’ve got people in Wisconsin working on this project right now. Legal protection, however, is only partial support. It may take a long time for the community to realize that nursing mothers should not be harassed….

WABA Accomplishments

The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action just turned 18! Here’s a poster listing 18 of WABA’s projects:

Lord Voldemort and breastfeeding?

I confess I’m a fan of the Harry Potter books. So I enjoyed seeing the title of a working paper published by Australian Centre for Economic Research on Health: ‘Voldemort’ and Health Professional Knowledge of Breastfeeding — Do Journal Titles and Abstracts Accurately Convey Findings on Differential Health Outcomes for Formula Fed Infants? For a…

Nursing IS Normal

One of my parenting regrets is that I only have two pictures of me nursing one of my babies. I breastfed four children for a total of over a decade. We nursed everywhere, all the time. It was a normal, happy part of my life for many years. But the only photos I have are…

What are the stats?

When I first started breastfeeding, the only people that collected large scale information on breastfeeding rates were formula companies. Of course there’s a conflict of interest here. Now we’ve got data collected by the USA Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The quick summary for Wisconsin is: Breastfeeding initiation: 67.9% Any breastfeeding at 6 months:…