Breastfeeding

Black Breastfeeding Week on August 25-31

Inside Black Breastfeeding Week with Co-Creator Kiddada Green

The month of August is National Breastfeeding Month.  This month-long celebration culminates with Black Breastfeeding Week (BBW).  This year’s theme is “The World is Yours: Imagine. Innovate. Liberate!”  As an African American woman, I breastfed my babies the best I could, without having the resources or help that my counterparts received when they breastfed their …

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What We Know About Cannabis Use in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

I have spent the last two decades as a birth worker, doula trainer, and labor & delivery and maternal child health nurse.  I have been able to support families from prenatal education and yoga, labor and delivery, to watching children and families grow in so many directions.  I have been hearing the same question tossed …

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Breastfeeding Support Equals Breastfeeding Success

The majority of families plan on breastfeeding.  In the United States alone, 81.1% initiate breastfeeding in the hospital.  Unfortunately, little is being done to help families reach their goals if breastfeeding issues arise or if mothers have to be separated from their infants.  In fact, most medical professionals will recommend formula feeding in these situations.  …

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Breastfeeding Friendly Workplaces Influences Breastfeeding Duration

The percentage of mothers returning to work after delivery within 3 months has increased in the last 50 years. [1]  With 1 in 4 women returning to work within 10 days after birth, one-third returning after three months, and another third by six months. [2]  Working mothers continue to be among the fastest growing segment …

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Studying the Microbiome

A few months back a colleague sent me information on a local study being done at MIT titled “Breast Fed Infant/Toddler Stool Sample Study”. She thought I would be interested in reading more about it and possibly participating. The criteria was: Being 18 years or older Having an infant/toddler 2-36 months Having an infant/toddler that …

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A Book Review – Round the Circle: Doulas Share Their Experiences

They say that experience is the best teacher. However, another person’s experience can be an even better teacher. That is the idea behind the collection of doula experiences by CAPPA Faculty Member Julie Brill, CCCE, CLD in her book, Round the Circle: Doulas Share Their Experiences. The title gives a great glimpse into what the …

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Teaching Breastfeeding, Talking about Breastfeeding and, well, Actually Breastfeeding…

Right now, I am teaching breastfeeding classes, seeing private lactation clients, training women to become lactation educators, and actually breastfeeding a newborn…so needless to say my life is boobs and milk! For me, the subject has two completely different sides. When I am teaching and working with clients, I am the educator that shares scientifically-proven, …

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Guiding the Way Together – A Word from Lansinoh

Presented by: Lansinoh I was twenty-eight and pregnant with my first child. I knew about breastfeeding, having seen my stepmom and my sister-in-law nursing before. Yet, I was unsure of what lay ahead of me after I made the decision to breastfeed for myself. I was excited and scared, nervous and anxious. I was not …

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