New AAP resolution

This may seem like a dry, legalistic-sounding (maybe even boring) document but it says something that I find really exciting: Resolve that the Academy advise pediatricians not to provide formula company gift bags, coupons, and industry-authored handouts to the parents of newborns and infants in office and clinic settings Until we have donor milk readily…

Breastpumps and flexible medical spending accounts

The exclusion of breastpumps from accepted flexible medical spending account spending made the front page of the New York Times this week. Breastfeeding advocates have been frustrated by this apparent lack of support for breastfeeding but a thoughtful post from Alison Stuebe of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine points out how complicated this issue is:…

World Breastfeeding Week

World breastfeeding week is the first week in August. It is a chance celebrate mothers nurturing their babies as well as a chance to let people know how important breastfeeding is to mothers’ and babies’ health. The US Surgeon General used it as a chance to announce her plan to be a breastfeeding advocate This…

Positive story in USA Today about milk banking

I thought it was pretty cool that a story about banked mothers’ milk made a media source as mainstream as USA Today – and not as a story about donating milk to mothers in disaster areas. It is a story about something that could (and does) happen in Madison. Keely Shaw, 30, feeds her 5-month-old…

Nursing IS Normal – in the courtroom

Kudos to the mother, the lawyers, and the judge that treated nursing as something normal: WAUKESHA¬†– A mom from Milwaukee was pleading guilty to a crime in a Waukesha County courtroom when her baby became fussy and hungry, so she proceeded to give her baby a breast-fed meal while giving her guilty plea. Read the…

NYT article about disaster aid…

Disasters happen regularly — and Haiti’s earthquake is just the most recent, visible, very sad reminder of this fact. We all want to help when disasters happen but unfortunately (as every new mother knows!) the wrong kinds of help can be way worse than no help at all. Maybe we’re starting to learn what the…

Emergency Aid

The recent earthquake in Haiti is providing vivid reminders that babies are particularly vulnerable when disasters strike. Well-meaning organizations sometimes send formula to feed babies — not realizing that artificial feeding can be very dangerous for babies when there is not clean water or refrigeration. If you’re wondering where you can send your aid dollars…

New Documentary Film

I think this is a first. There have been several books that explore the politics of formula feeding versus breastfeeding but I think this is the first film that looks at this topic. I think many people don’t even realize that not all the challenges to breastfeeding are personal issues for individual mothers. There are…

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…

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…

Another reason to ride the bus

The Madison and Dane County public health and WIC programs have got some great breastfeeding promotion posters on the Madison Metro buses. If you aren’t going to be on the bus soon, you can see them here:

When breastfeeding is accepted…

Marin County Breastfeeding Coalition launched a public awareness campaign featuring life-size cutouts of breastfeeding mothers holding cards that say, “When breastfeeding is accepted, it won’t be noticed.” This is the long-term goal that we need for our culture: breastfeeding is so normal, so accepted that no one even thinks twice about a breastfeeding baby. When…