A blue and white image of a mother holding her baby to her breast, the International Breastfeeding Symbol is clear and simple—as instantly recognizable as the iconic ‘man’ and ‘woman’ graphics on bathroom doors or the ‘hand’ and ‘pedestrian’ images... more
A recent study by a team of Spanish researchers has identified yet another natural component of breast milk that distinguishes it from formula. Researchers from the University of Extremadura in Badajoz, Spain examined the breast milk of 30 mothers. Prior... more
If you are a breastfeeding mom or a health worker who cares for breastfeeding moms and their babies, you won’t want to miss the recently revised clinical protocol on mastitis from the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM). For those of... more
Citing the need to keep breastfeeding babies “safe,” doctors often tell breastfeeding mothers who get sick and need medication to stop breastfeeding, unaware that most medications are safe to take while breastfeeding. In an effort to keep mothers breastfeeding during... more
I have a pretty uncomplicated history with breastfeeding and pumping, having managed it for various lengths of time for each of my three children. But I would never call pumping “easy.” So it’s a bold move for the makers of... more
Combining breastfeeding and working can be a challenge for even the most experienced mom. If your work schedule requires that you be away from your baby, a breast pump may be the best option for providing breast milk for your... more
We’ve all seen footage of earthquake-damaged China, hurricane-ravaged Louisiana, and the heavily-flooded U.S. Midwest. Seeing such images, it’s only natural to think about the people who are affected. In response to such disasters, my thoughts turn immediately to the children—especially... more
This just in: Sugar in large doses is not healthy, especially for babies. Where does the New York Times come up with the scoops? As I was filing this article into the common sense bin (read: trash) I realized I... more
My baby loves to nurse at night; is it safe to breastfeed my baby while lying down? more
Does maternity leave, or the lack thereof, impact breastfeeding? Dr. Gerald Calnen examines this complex relationship in the March 2007 issue of Breastfeeding Medicine. In an article titled, “Paid Maternity Leave and Its Impact on Breastfeeding in the United States:... more
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