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Breastfeeding in Public: Where Do American Moms Really Stand?

(116) Comments | Posted January 11, 2013 | 3:35 PM

In 2012, breastfeeding entered mainstream American dialogue as either a polarizing or a unifying topic for a wide variety of mothers, parents, employers and public officials across the country.

Breastfeeding will continue to be a hot topic of conversation as we move into 2013. From attachment parenting and duration...

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Hurricane Sandy: Tips on Maintaining Breastfeeding Success During an Emergency

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2012 | 3:15 PM

As the east coast begins to deal with the reality of Hurricane Sandy, breastfeeding moms should consider taking steps that will help ensure maximum continued breastfeeding success during the emergency, which could involve situations such as loss of power, less access to clean water and evacuation. All the stress moms...

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Breastfeeding Support for Working Moms

(1) Comments | Posted September 13, 2012 | 3:16 PM

My company has dedicated a lot of support to helping moms breastfeed at work after the birth of their babies. We've given advice on pumping at work, support for working moms and guidance for maintaining the work-life balance.

That's why the latest news story about a professor at...

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Breastfeeding Safely: Boosting Supply in a Time of Demand

(3) Comments | Posted August 14, 2012 | 2:04 PM

New mothers' concerns regarding low milk supply are ever present. An article titled "Breastfeeding Pills' Risky Results" recently ran on The Daily Beast, discussing the fact that many nursing moms are turning to drugs to help them produce more milk. Studies show that there is no sound evidence...

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Breastfeeding: Raising Awareness and Support During National Breastfeeding Month

(2) Comments | Posted August 1, 2012 | 1:06 PM

Breastfeeding advocates and educators like myself have been counting down the days until the start of August. That's not because we're looking forward to a summer vacation or longing for the cooler days of fall. Instead, we've been eagerly anticipating the beginning of National Breastfeeding Month.

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Traveling While Breastfeeding This Summer? 13 Tips to Know Before Hitting the Road!

(1) Comments | Posted July 20, 2012 | 11:40 AM

Summer is in full swing, and with it comes much-needed vacation time for parents. Although beach trips and cross-country getaways provide rest and relaxation for busy moms, traveling can also present several new challenges. For instance, if you're a breastfeeding mom, how do you breastfeed while on-the-go?

It...

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Who Defines [Modern] Motherhood?

(3) Comments | Posted May 4, 2012 | 10:50 AM

The most recent big news to come out of the momosphere is Elisabeth Badinter's new book, The Conflict: How Modern Motherhood Undermines the Status of Women. In it, Badinter expresses that moms who choose to stay at home to raise their children are infantile; breastfeeding reduces moms to...

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Breastfeeding Has Heart and Can Save Yours

(2) Comments | Posted February 17, 2012 | 7:05 PM

Heart attacks mostly affect men, right? Wrong. Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women, just as it is men. One in three American deaths is from heart disease or stroke. This equates to about 2,200 deaths per day, according to the CDC. In addition...

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America's Breastfeeding Resolution for 2012

(13) Comments | Posted January 10, 2012 | 2:12 PM

Controversy about breastfeeding in public is at a fever pitch. The issue rocked the media in the last months of 2011, and with the new year upon us, it's time America makes this its New Year's resolution: Stop condemning women for breastfeeding in public.

I probably don't have...

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Will the Decline of Formula Freebies Lead to Better Breastfeeding Practices in Hospitals?

(10) Comments | Posted October 10, 2011 | 11:16 AM

The CDC's 2011 Breastfeeding Report Card indicated that breastfeeding rates are slowly rising in the U.S. But the country still has a way to go before it reaches the breastfeeding goals set by Healthy People 2020. Many say that improved support from birth facilities...

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It's Official: August Is National Breastfeeding Month

(2) Comments | Posted August 16, 2011 | 5:06 PM

Many moms, medical experts, and lactation educators have long celebrated World Breastfeeding Month in August. But the United States Breastfeeding Committee has now proclaimed that August is officially National Breastfeeding Month in the U.S.

The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee is an independent, nonprofit coalition of more...

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Tips for Breastfeeding: What Every Expectant Mom Should Know

(6) Comments | Posted June 8, 2011 | 5:15 PM

I don't think I could come up with a single thing that changes a woman's life more than becoming a mom. Pregnancy, birth and motherhood come with physical and emotional changes that turn day-to-day life on its head. And the newness of every part of it can pile on additional...

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I.R.S. Deems Breast Pumps a Tax-Deductible Expense

(1) Comments | Posted February 15, 2011 | 3:41 PM

In a landmark reversal, the I.R.S. announced that breast pumps are now a tax-deductible expense.

Under this ruling, women will now be able to use pre-tax Flex Spending Accounts (FSAs) to buy breast pumps and related accessories. For those without FSAs, the cost of pumps will be tax-deductible...

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Surgeon General Calls the U.S. Into Action on Breastfeeding

(1) Comments | Posted January 27, 2011 | 7:35 AM

This is shaping up to be another big year for breastfeeding. Coming off the heels of workplace support for breastfeeding moms mandated by 2010's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, U.S. Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin issued the Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding on Jan....

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Breastfeeding: Why Won't The IRS Give Mothers a Break

(305) Comments | Posted November 17, 2010 | 8:09 AM

The breastfeeding support community celebrated when this year's health care reform bill included breast pumping support provisions. Mothers were given the right to adequate break time and a private place to pump their breast milk at work. But these legislative changes missed one key piece of the puzzle--the...

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CDC's Breastfeeding Report Card Says U.S. Doesn't Make the Grade

(59) Comments | Posted September 22, 2010 | 7:00 AM

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion set very specific and aggressive goals for increasing breastfeeding initiation and duration in its Healthy People 2010 report. Published in 2000, the Healthy People breastfeeding targets identified significant health threats and established goals to reduce them by 2010.

In 2006...

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Breastfeeding: Becoming a Healthier Nation From the Start

(157) Comments | Posted August 28, 2010 | 9:00 AM

Americans believe in taking action to improve their health. They're into getting fit, quitting smoking, preventing disease and eating right, all part of the effort to live longer, happier and more fulfilling lives. But the one most fundamental step they can take has, somehow, fallen out of favor.

It's...

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