Not long into the 2010 documentary film BABIES, a Namibian mother feeds her newborn with one breast while casually offering the other breast to her nearby toddler. This is done outside with no hesitation, no scrutiny as to who might... more
Until recently, newborn infants were given nothing for relief of pain during painful procedures. The prevailing belief was that newborns feel no pain. And since newborns can’t talk, who’s going to argue? However, recent data suggest that not only do... more
Maybe I’m doing this backwards. Recently I shared my experience of weaning my son. But let me back up and tell you why I decided to breastfeed my son for three years in the first place. For starters, the World... more
If you’re an expectant mother planning to breastfeed your baby, you may have been concerned by recent headlines that older mothers, or those with “extra pounds,” have more difficulty producing breast milk. Fortunately, that’s not the whole story. More importantly,... more
For years parents and health care professionals have speculated that breast milk makes babies smarter. But with so many variables at play, it has been a difficult hypothesis to prove. Even if it is assumed that breastfed babies are smarter,... more
The Oregon House of Representatives recently approved a bill by a vote of 49-7 that would give breastfeeding mothers the opportunity to express their breast milk while at work. House Bill 2372 would apply to employers of 25 or more... more
We sometimes hear it said, “All babies need to be breastfed—some babies more than others.” Babies born during and after an emergency are definitely in that latter category. Next month marks two years since Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and... more
With the launch of Baby Feeding Choice, it appears the International Formula Council (IFC) is expanding its efforts to reframe the discussion surrounding the distribution of formula samples by health care facilities and divert attention from the real issue—professional ethics.... more
When it comes to parenting and breastfeeding, absolutes seldom exist. Never use a nipple shield. Never supplement with formula. Never sleep with your baby. With so much emphasis on the rules, and so little mention of the exceptions, baby gooroo... more
When to wean and how are among the many questions parents ask about breastfeeding. The short answers are when you and your baby decide you’re ready and gradually. But short answers don’t begin to address the myriad of circumstances in... more
Company WEU has 20 employees. Ten or more are women. BWEU provides no maternity benefits, no flexible work schedules, no onsite childcare, and no lactation rooms. Despite women supplying more than 50 percent of the U.S. workforce, gaining accommodation in the... more
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