It has been a busy year for breastfeeding advocates! You and many others have sponsored our important work here at San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition and together saw renewed enthusiasm and commitment in 2018. With everyone’s help, we continue to create a landscape of breastfeeding support across the county. Read on to refresh your memory
Breastfeeding through the holidays can be tricky for new moms. We all heard about “holiday weaning,” which means accidentally nursing less often due to traveling, busy holiday schedules, or surrounding by groups of family and friends. And by doing so, moms often inadvertently decrease their milk supply, and maybe even ending the breastfeeding relationship altogether.
Dia Michels, the author of Milk, Money & Madness: The Culture and Politics of Breastfeeding believes that breastfeeding, talking, and touch in infancy all support school success. “In the wild, the day the child weans is the day s/he walks. Childhood and lactation are one-and-the-same,” she wrote. “Everything the young need to know to travel
Great news for 8 in 10 new mothers in the United States breastfeed their babies (CDC, 2016): Breastfeeding or pumping at the airports is getting easier! The Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill signed recently includes the Friendly Airports for Mothers (FAM) Act, which requires all large and medium hub airports to provide a private, non-bathroom space
This week I had the pleasure to serve as a panelist at BreastfeedLA’s 2018 summit. In a 90-minute panel, my fellow panelists explored how race, ethnicity, geographic location, place of birth and other factors have a direct correlation to breastfeeding.Infant feeding inequities do exist and play a much bigger role in health equity
Breastfeeding while waiting for boarding in Ontario International Airport. Earlier this month, when traveling to Taiwan for my new book tour, I saw an interesting poster in the breastfeeding room in Taoyuan International Airport. It said “Hold and Breastfeed your baby anytime, anywhere.” To me, the poster basically said “you don’t need a
ZERO SEPARATION on screen and a packed room. Birth, defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is the emergence of a new individual from the body of its parent. It is a magical moment, when a mother and a baby first meet. After nine months of waiting, a new mother gets her first chance to hold
It is World Breastfeeding Week! The slogan of WBWeek 2018 is "Foundation of Life". And just recently, my 7-month-old and I had an exciting opportunity that reflects the #WBW2018 slogan: to participate in the production of a series of Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Training videos. The series of videos is to help train child care facilities on
My husband gives our 2-month-old a bottle of breastmilk when I'm at work. Our 4-year-old also gets a share of mama's milk. Every time a baby goes to breast, the $70 billion baby food industry loses a sale. The U.S. Delegation to the United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly (WHA) undermined a global resolution
My 8-month-old was sick with a cold. We would have been to a local Families Belong Together Nurse-In event if he had been healthy. He demanded to be nursed even more frequently in the days when he had the cold. Maybe he needed something that’s easier to digest, maybe he needed to be comfort. I don’t know.