Here’s how to navigate the emerging guidance on breastfeeding in a pandemic.
Breastfeeding has many benefits, but some campaigners argue that health policies to encourage the practice could be placing potentially harmful pressures on mothers. Clare Wilson looks at what the evidence says.
To explain the persistence of lower rates of breastfeeding among black mothers, we should look to systemic and historic factors rather than individual choice. That's the argument of Skimmed: Breastfeeding, Race, and Injustice (Stanford University Press) by law professor Andrea Freeman, which provides in-depth historical, socioeconomic and legal context that sheds new light on black motherhood.
There's a lot of misinformation out there, so we cut right to the science.
Research shows that encouraging all women to breastfeed comes with serious risks. Will our perception of it ever catch up?
Supplementing breast-feeding with formula may be good for some babies in the early days of life.
Exclusive breast-feeding is widely recommended by experts, and rates of breast-feeding have risen. But so have rates of readmission for dehydration and jaundice attributable to inadequate nutrition.
Breastfeeding is not easy. It requires women’s time and investment and can be a steep learning curve. However, that’s in no way to say the alternative is any easier. Many women find once they get through the early weeks of breastfeeding they actually find it much easier than bottle feeding.
But that still doesn’t make it easy. And that’s OK.
Given the breadth and depth of medical knowledge, why do women still not have answers if they can’t breastfeed? Why do GPs have such little training on the breast, breastfeeding and human milk? Why are women who are struggling left to hunt down their own support, due to cuts in breastfeeding support services?
Why? Because for some reason breastfeeding is still seen as a lifestyle choice that women can give or take, rather than it being a primary physiological function of a bodily organ, which helps to protect maternal physical and mental health.
A sudden cessation in nursing can be uncomfortable — for your breasts and for your child. Here’s how to wean your child successfully.
There are two important factors: how long THC stays in the bloodstream, and whether it has a negative effect on babies.
If you’ve had kids—or are considering having them—you’ve probably heard the mantra “breast is best.” A majority of doctors, along with every major medical group in the US, recommends that moms breastfeed babies exclusively for at least the first six months of their lives. And most major studies show that there are substantive physical and socio-emotional benefits to breastfeeding, for both infants and mothers (paywall).
I don’t think it’s controversial that we should want children to be healthy, and if breastfeeding is part of that plan for a family, we as a society should help make it happen. In short, we should help make it possible for women who want to breastfeed and work at the same time to do so.
It’s a deeply personal question that can challenge a person’s worldview.
It’s a question that often plagues new parents, but clues from our evolutionary past can help explain why we wean and when.
I see my body as an instrument, rather than an ornament - Alanis Morissette
10 Things I Wish Somebody Had Told Me About Breastfeeding…or at least, I wish somebody made sure that I was paying attention when they did try to tell me.
In the past few decades we have become increasingly aware of the need to radically alter our lifestyles in order to draw less upon our natural resources. Breastfeeding is probably the most overlooked means of contributing to the health of our planet.
The powder and water used to make baby formula may be sources of arsenic, which occurs naturally in the environment and in large doses is linked to serious health problems.
Choosing whether to breastfeed or formula feed their baby is one of the biggest decisions expectant and new parents will make.
One of the most effective ways to curb infant mortality rates worldwide is by scaling up the number of mothers who breastfeed, research out of the U.K. concluded.
Breastfeeding can be a polarizing topic. Though health organizations recommend exclusively breastfeeding for at least six months, there are many reasons women choose not to do so. Views vary not only from person to person, but also country to country, according to a new survey examining women's opinions on breastfeeding.
So you've decided to breastfeed. Fantastic! Breastfeeding is a wonderful way to nourish your baby while establishing early bonding. Unfortunately, breast milk comes out of breasts so there are a few ground rules that we need to cover.
Working mothers, especially, face nearly insurmountable barriers when it comes to feeding their babies breastmilk. So much so, that the vast majority of moms who initially breastfed their babies during parental leave (if they’re even of the 14% of the civilian population who receives it), stop doing so once returning to work.
Breast-feeding mothers can take most prescription drugs without risking their babies' health, though they should try to avoid certain painkillers, psychiatric drugs and herbal treatments, the American Academy of Pediatrics said in a report.
In many ways, parenting newborns seems instinctual.
We see a little baby, and we want to hold her. Snuggle and kiss her. Even just her smell seems magical.
Many of us think breast-feeding is similar.
In certain overachieving circles, breast-feeding is no longer a choice—it’s a no-exceptions requirement, the ultimate badge of responsible parenting. Yet the actual health benefits of breast-feeding are surprisingly thin, far thinner than most popular literature indicates. Is breast-feeding right for every family? Or is it this generation’s vacuum cleaner—an instrument of misery that mostly just keeps women down?
Nursing wasn't easy, especially at first. My son's latch was imperfect, and in his early, sleepy days I didn't realize he was sucking ineffectively and slipping into jaundice. Getting back on track required a few days in the hospital, several appointments with a lactation consultant, and the support of my husband and family.
Breastfeeding is a topic of conversation all over the world for numerous reasons. The biggest disappointment in regards to this topic is how the mothers that choose not to breastfeed are being thrown into the lion's den. Horrific comments are made about how "less of a mother" a woman is for not breastfeeding her child straight from the boob, and mothers that cannot breastfeed their children are being forgotten or shamed by the activists, before being able to explain their actions.
Though each mom's feeding experience is unique, a new global breastfeeding survey by Lansinoh Laboratories, Inc., highlights which elements of breastfeeding are constant all over the world, and which attitude and habits are not.
Breastfeeding is one of the most beautiful things I've ever experienced. I want to be able to say that without feeling guilty (see, there's enough guilt to go around) for making someone else who doesn't breastfeed feel bad. I want to celebrate it.
Fortunately, there are many options available to help nursing Mamas feel comfortable feeding their hungry offspring wherever they go.
Maybe you've attended a breastfeeding class, seen the pamphlets in your doctor's office, or done your research online. Whatever the case may be, you've no doubt seen the nutritional superiority of breast milk, that you will lose post-baby pounds faster, and read about the blissful bonding experience with your soon-to-be baby. But here are 15 things they don't tell you about breastfeeding…
With the way breastfeeding mothers are often treated in public, one would think that nursing a baby is some sort of taboo, new age practice. But as this empowering Instagram account shows, that couldn't be further from the truth.
This is a great public service announcement - Beautiful Bellies Doula Care.
"It was so painful—I asked them to double check that she wasn't born with teeth."
A breastfeeding awareness media campaign to normalize breastfeeding and address the taboo of public breastfeeding in modern society.
Our breastfeeding stories and images are not easy to find online. In fact, it would seem as if the story of modern black American women breastfeeding is limited. This blog seeks to highlight the many black mothers in the United States (and beyond) who do indeed breastfeed their children.
We are a group of mothers who are passionate about helping mothers reach their personal breastfeeding goals and teaching people about breastfeeding in general. Our goal here is to help you be the best parent you can be using research and knowledge to guide your decision making process. You don't have to agree with us on every topic.
The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine is an international organization dedicated to the promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding and human lactation.
On this blog, members of ABM share their take on breastfeeding-related stories in the news, recent research studies, papers in Breastfeeding Medicine, professional experience managing breastfeeding issues, and other topics.
Breastfeedingonline.com hopes to help empower women to choose to breastfeed and to educate society at large about the importance and benefits of breastfeeding.
Blog from Nancy Mohrbacher, Lactation consultant, speaker and author of breastfeeding books for parents and professionals, plus the Breastfeeding Solutions smartphone app.
The mission of Breastfeeding USA is to provide evidence-based breastfeeding information and support, and to promote breastfeeding as the biological and cultural norm.
Informative and sweet, Chronicles of a Nursing Mom showcases not only a mother’s personal breastfeeding journey, but tips and tricks for all moms to use. Jenny, from the Philippines, also discusses more than breastfeeding, but as it’s a central theme, there is plenty for you to peruse as you check out her blog - SheKnows
To advance the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) profession worldwide through leadership, advocacy, professional development, and research.
The LactMed® database contains information on drugs and other chemicals to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. It includes information on the levels of such substances in breast milk and infant blood, and the possible adverse effects in the nursing infant. Suggested therapeutic alternatives to those drugs are provided, where appropriate.
Helping Native moms everywhere find info and support for all things related to breastfeeding, mothering, and women's issues.
This blog is about natural mothering, natural birth, breastfeeding, intactavism, feminism and fighting for womens - and babies rights.
General lactavism and nursing matters.
I always knew I wanted to breastfeed my children. I couldn’t imagine doing it any differently. I was lucky enough to give birth to two beautiful boys and I enjoyed breastfeeding them both. Not that it was easy or without struggle, but it was what I wanted to do and loved doing it.
To boldly breastfeed where no one has breastfed before!
My name is Rachelle Lesteshen and I’m a breastfeeding counselor and advocate based in Columbus, Ohio. I run a growing Facebook page where I provide evidence-based research on breastfeeding and infant formula use. I also expose predatory infant formula company tactics and violations of the WHO Code. My struggles with common “booby traps” cemented my passion for breastfeeding support.
World Breastfeeding Week is coordinated by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), a global network of individuals and organisations concerned with the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding worldwide based on the Innocenti Declarations, the Ten Links for Nurturing the Future and the WHO/UNICEF Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding.
A worldwide organization of physicians dedicated to the promotion,
protection and support of breastfeeding and human lactation.
World health transformed through breastfeeding and skilled lactation care.
The International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) is the member association for International Board Certified Lactation Consultants® (IBCLC®) and other healthcare professionals who care for breastfeeding families. ILCA membership is open to all who support and promote breastfeeding
The United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) is an independent nonprofit coalition of more than 100 influential professional, educational, and governmental organizations that share a common mission to drive collaborative efforts for policy and practices that create a landscape of breastfeeding support across the United States.
The United States Lactation Consultant Association (USLCA) is the professional association for International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) and other health care professionals who care for breastfeeding families.
WABA is a global network of individuals & organisations concerned with the protection, promotion & support of breastfeeding worldwide.
Feeding your infant provides more than just good nutrition. It also gives you a chance to hold your newborn close, cuddle him, and make eye contact. These are relaxing and enjoyable moments for you both, and they bring you closer together emotionally.
There's a lot to learn about the basics of breastfeeding a baby. Discover the benefits of breastfeeding, best breastfeeding positions, and more. Also be sure to check out our section on Breastfeeding Tips and Breast Pumping.
The information you need to know now when it comes to breastfeeding baby. Get tips on prepping, pumping, managing feedings while traveling with your little one and much more.