"We want pregnant and breastfeeding women to have good information and to know that they are not alone and they don't have to sacrifice their wellbeing for their baby's health. We want to help them make good decisions with their health care providers."
In 2005, I was a new mother -- dreamy, sleep-deprived, but also acutely aware of the sharp new changes in my life. The profundity of my newest relationship to an 8-pound, bald person I had just met, trumped all.
Adoption is a lot of things. It is a prism. It is an hourglass. It is dark cave. It is a light at the end of a terrifying tunnel. It is a beginning.
I've been an advocate for formula-feeding without shame, and I believe with every ounce of my mama heart that babies who are nourished with formula are still fed with love. Still, I am desperate to nurse.
"I breastfed my friend's baby," Alice blurts out. If I were drinking coffee, this would be the perfect spit-take moment. Feelings started rapidly running through my body -- quickly flipping through disgust, confusion, intrigue and acceptance like they were cards in a Rolodex file.
Breastfeeding whenever, wherever a child is hungry is an integral component of breastfeeding success. To take that away is to inhibit mothers who only want to do right by their child.
Last Monday night was the very last time that I nursed Avery. If I had known it was going to be our last, I would have savored it more.
Americans want nursing moms to get the support they need in hospitals, workplaces and public spaces.
There is great hope that we can finally stop infants from getting infected with HIV by their mothers. But first, countries with high rates of HIV infection must work out how to deliver reliable health programs to protect babies form their mothers' infected breast milk.
Here are 11 things never to say to a breastfeeding mother.
As babies like to do when their mothers are seconds away from taking the first bite of a meal, my infant son started to cry. He was crying because he was hungry. I tried to decide if I should feed him or just eat a few bites of bagel myself. Feed him or eat? Feed him or eat?
Guilt will slow you down, it will present itself as a roadblock to success and it will have you second -guessing every decision you make. Sheryl Sandberg's latest book and online venture Lean In has sparked another level of conversation around the concept of guilt.
I stood looking at the photo. No one would think we were the same person. My hair was long again, my figure was trim and my kids were tall and lanky, bounding around the store. There was the ghost of motherhood past, staring back at me with bleary eyes.
In the U.S., mothers choose to breastfeed for a variety of reasons but in most cases the reason isn't that their child will die otherwise.
Celiac disease is on the rise, quadrupling in the United States over the last 50 years. Breastfeeding, too, is on the rise, tripling here during this same time period. Interestingly, new reports boast that breast milk may prevent celiac disease. So how could this be true?
Save the Children released a brand-new breastfeeding report, Superfood for Babies: How Overcoming Barriers Will Save Children's Lives that says 830,00...