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Lesson from California Breastfeeding Summit: The Childcare-Conference Conundrum

A while ago I attended the 2020 California Breastfeeding Summit as a poster presenter and an awardee. I was thrilled to be there. Conferences like these are vital forums for academic researchers and activists. At these meetings, scientists communicate new discoveries, activists form advocacy collaborations, make contacts with funding agencies, and attract new members to

2020-02-18T12:37:50+00:00

PUMP!

The Providing Urgent Maternal Protections (PMUP) for Nursing Mothers Act (S. 3170) has been introduced with bipartisan support in the Senate! The current law, Break Time for Nursing Mothers which passed in 2010, requires employers to provide reasonable break time and a private, non-bathroom space for breastfeeding employees to pump during the work day. This

2020-02-05T13:26:06+00:00

The Case of Relactation

Baby Jasper weaned himself at 18 months old, weeks after I had a surgery to remove a benign tumor in my left breast. That was unexpected. I planned to breast him for at least two years, like I did for his big brother. But it hurt badly to breastfeed in the first days after the

2019-12-17T16:59:45+00:00

The Return of Breastsleeping

In the industrialized Western world, we often expect babies to sleep over night as early as possible while “sleeping like a baby” in the first three months really means, according to Dr. James McKenna, sleeping near the mother, waking up frequently and being breastfed. He named the arrangement “breastsleeping.” “Infants are contact seekers,” said Dr.

2019-10-24T06:29:16+00:00

Thank you for breastfeeding

Fall is in full swing. Some of my personal favorite memories of the season has breastfeeding involved. When I had my first child and my parents flied half way around the planet to visit, I decided to take them to the safari park when it cooled down. Without any surprise, the baby got hungry when

2019-10-14T20:51:44+00:00

Help pass House Resolution 545: Why and How

I’m thrilled that House Resolution 545 was recently introduced by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA-28) and it now has 17 co-sponsors from across the country! The resolution recognizes the importance of breastfeeding and “urges the President to promote the health and welfare of children and their parents by supporting international efforts to improve breastfeeding practices globally.”

2019-09-24T22:14:34+00:00

Making The Most Out Of #NBM19

It’s National Breastfeeding Month and I’m celebrating with activists throughout the first food field. So many of my fellow believers have been working so hard on protecting babies’ rights to get best nutrition and I’m honored in collaboration with many dedicated advocates from around the country. I have so many to write about today, just

2019-08-30T06:33:34+00:00

This #WBW, Empower Parents and Enable Breastfeeding

World Breastfeeding Week is just around the corner! Annually, WBW is celebrated from August 1 to 7 to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. It commemorates the Innocenti Declaration signed in August 1990 by government policymakers, WHO, UNICEF and other organizations to protect, promote and support breastfeeding. We can never

2019-07-25T15:36:27+00:00