Breastfeeding in the News

Have you experienced a problem at your workplace or do you feel fortunate for an employer that supports you being a mother/mother to be?

Soon-to-be Mothers and Women who feel that they’ve been discriminated against are rallying support for the “Pregnant Workers Fairness Act”. Women from across Massachusetts had similar stories to share with state lawmakers. They fear the discrimination from their employers could cost them their pregnancy and health.

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We love that Alyssa Milano is a huge supporter of breastfeeding! She constantly posts real images of herself nursing on social media.  She interviewed with Yahoo Parenting last week and mentioned that she doesn't want to be criticized for posting images of herself and her baby doing what is most natural: breastfeeding. She gave birth to her second child last September and is still actively breastfeeding.  She points out that no mom is a perfect breastfeeder and that she has several days that are "up and down", but she encourages moms to keep on pushing to do what's best for their baby.  It takes a lot of energy to make breast milk!  To read more, visit

During a typical C-section, the baby is whisked away to get cleaned up, measured and weighed. Dad can follow and hold the baby but mom often must settle for a quick glimpse and kiss. Another 30 minutes or many may pass before she gets to bond with the newborn. Often it is not until she is transferred to the recovery room. Medical centers across the country however are improving the birth experiences for Mothers who undergo planned C-sections.

Efforts at making C-sections more “natural” or “personalized” have gained widespread acceptance in recent years as hospitals work to make the entire delivery process one that embraces the whole family. Studies have found that immediate skin on skin contact with mom is good for bonding, which has spurred a movement to ensure that moms see their babies right away. As the family bonds at one end of the operating bed, a doctor, nurse and medical technician work to close the incision that was cut to deliver the baby.

Part of this new transition to the new method involves convincing the deliver team – Nurses, Doctors, Anesthesiologists, and Medical Technicians – of the benefits. Some are resistant to changing practices that have been in place for years because of concerns about maintaining a sterile environment. “Doctors are getting more comfortable that this isn’t something strange, negative or weird, but a slight alteration in the surgical practice while still maintaining a safe environment.” Said Jeff Livingston, a Texas Doctor who has employed the method for more than four years now.

This Family-Centered approach is a great idea for women who delivered their first babies vaginally and are wondering how a C-section will go. This approach is gaining traction at hospitals, Mother and Baby are joined as soon as possible, as long as there are no health risks. 

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The following below were just in the news. Myths can change the course of your individual journey, whether you’re a first time Mom or a breastfeeding pro. Here are some common tales and surprising facts!

·         Breastfeeding will come naturally – Breastfeeding is Natural and Normal but it never means it’s easy. Even if it’s challenging for you, it doesn’t mean it’s not worth it or you won’t be able to do it. The key is to get support from a local breastfeeding support group or a lactation consultant.


·         Your Baby should be on a schedule – Forget the baby books and unsolicited advice. Sure, your baby may follow an eat-sleep-play pattern and a strict feeding schedule, but the truth is that every baby is different. Breast milk digests very quickly and a baby, especially a newborn, eats all the time! That’s the way it was designed. Sometimes babies are hungry while other times they crave non-nutritive sucking. They’re getting some milk but they’re also getting cuddled, warmth and love.


·         Breastfeeding is birth control – In many ancient cultures, breastfeeding was used to space out babies. Although it can suppress ovulation in some women, if you know anyone who has had a “surprise” it’s not always a sure thing. The progesterone-only mini pill is deemed safe during pregnancy but because it can affect milk supply, it’s a good idea to use a barrier form of birth control instead.


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Should Motherhood and military strength mix? A photo of Jonea Cunico breastfeeding her son while wearing her Air force Uniform, sparked just that question.

She states “There are NO regulations forbidding me to do so, I am a mother. Both inside and outside of my uniform. Breastfeeding is part of motherhood for me.” So far however, the general reaction should make Cunico proud! There have been many posts stating “Beautiful, thank you for your service… A Fantastic role model for women!” This is just one of the several hundreds of positive messages posted to the Facebook photo. With the good however, always comes the negative.

Photographer Jade Beall who is known for shooting intimate honest portraits of women; stretch marks, lactating breasts and all, is whom photographed Cunico. Her photographs have been lauded for being truthful and empowering.

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In the day and age of social media, people can connect and put together events at a moment’s notice. That’s just what happened in our surrounding neighborhood of South Hadley, Ma two weeks ago. The owner of a business said she posted the policy restricting breastfeeding on her business’s Facebook page and the backlash was immediate. Some comments included the 2009 Massachusetts law that prohibit any restrictions on nursing in a public place. The business owner than said she took down the post within minutes and now her business does NOT have a policy regarding breastfeeding.

The business owner told the local media that she was trying to be considerate of everyone’s feelings and was trying to make her business a place where everybody feels comfortable. Her post originally read “For the comfort and consideration of all our guests, uncovered breastfeeding will not be allowed in the play area. Please use a cover in the seating area or ask to use one of our party rooms.” – She followed the back lash up afterwards, that she was unaware of the nursing law when she instituted the policy.

Although the post was deleted and the policy retracted, area mothers took to social media to organize a “nurse-in” protest at the business. Area mothers were encouraged to head there if you were currently nursing or if you were a supporter of nursing mothers. By midafternoon there were nearly 300 comments on the “nurse-in” Facebook Page.

State law dictates that “no person or entity can restrict a mother from breastfeeding her child in a public place and that any exposure of the breast during the feeding process is not considered lewd.” The business owner wanted to point out that her original policy never completely prohibited nursing. She said in asking mothers to leave the main play area or cover up to breast feed, she was encouraging something many women already did. She wants everyone to know she is a true believer in breastfeeding.

However, there are many that feel there should be more emphasis in teaching women about breastfeeding and that when people feel uncomfortable by what breasts are designed for, it speaks to the larger issue of the lack of support. We’re not normalizing this behavior, breastfeeding is NORMAL.

Nursing Moms and their supporters were happy that the business decided to eliminate their Facebook post and this new policy. Feeling that if anything they should have been going out of their way to support breastfeeding mothers.

While you and your friends are taking selfies and posting them to Instagram – celebrity moms are sharing their pictures too with MILLIONS! Just another wonderful way to normalize breastfeeding – whether it be to show something Natural & Beautiful or to show your political views!

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Some Mama’s like Alicia Silverstone have even started a program to help mothers with an oversupply of breast milk, and would like to share it with mom’s who can’t nurse – visit:

How's this for multitasking - Resident Evil STAR, Milla Jovovich is expecting her second child with the film's director Paul W.S Anderson in 10 weeks! Milla assured her zombie loving fans that she'll be ready to start filming in August. However, Jovovich warns the wardrobe department of the film that she is going to need a new "easy mama access" costume, as she will be nursing the infant!

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On Sunday January 11th, Pope Francis celebrated the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord by baptizing 33 babies in the Sistine Chapel. During the mass, the Catholic leader encouraged the infants’ mothers to breastfeed their babies.

When he spoke, he said the following: “you mothers give  your children milk and even now, if they cry because they are hungry, breastfeed them, don’t worry, “ Pope Francis declared in his homily. The written sermon used the Italian phrase for “give them milk,” but during his remarks, the pop changed it to “allattateli,” which directly translates to “breastfeed them.”

Pope Francis, also said during mass – for the congregation to think of the impoverished mothers around the world, “Too many, unfortunately, who can’t give food to their children.”

Pope Francis continues to show his support for Breastfeeding Mothers, especially in public. Back in December of 2013, the religious leader declared that moms shouldn’t feel ashamed to nursing their babies outside the home. He was quoted having the below interaction with a mother –

At the Wednesday General Audience the other day there was a young mother behind one of the barriers with a baby that was just a few months old. The child was crying its eyes out as I came past. The mother was caressing it. I said to her: madam, I think the child’s hungry. “Yes, it’s probably time…” she replied. “Please give it something to eat!” I said. She was shy and didn’t want to breastfeed in public, while the Pope was passing. I wish to say the same to humanity: give people something to eat!

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What you feed your baby in his/her first year of life could very well predict their health habits at age 6, according to a new report from researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and prevention.

The findings provide a lens to understanding childhood obesity rates, which have more than doubled in the past 30 years.

The researchers surveyed more than 1,500 mothers and concluded that children who were breastfed for longer periods as infants tended to eat more healthy at age 6 – drinking more water, eating more fruits and veggies – and indulging in fewer sugar-sweetened beverages.

Moreover, the children whose parents introduced them earlier to healthful foods between 6 months and a year of age tended to continue to enjoy a healthier diet later on. For example, when mothers fed their children a sugar-sweetened beverages or juice the first year of life, their children were twice as likely to drink sugar-sweetened beverages at age 6.

The study was published in a special supplement of the journal Pediatrics.

“Seeing these relationships between early feeding and later health really emphasizes the importance of following the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics,” said Kelly Scanlon, one of the CDC researchers who authored the study. These recommendations urge exclusive breastfeeding for six months, followed by continued breastfeeding until the infant is a least 1 year old. They also suggest that parents introduce complimentary foods starting at six months that are healthy and nutrient rich.

The findings underscore a simple fact that is gaining traction in the field of childhood nutrition: preference for flavor in a child begins early. And it can even begin in the womb, some research suggests.

Scanlon said that breast milk, too, exposes infants to a variety of flavors, which studies have shown makes them more accepting than formula-fed infants of various flavors.

Childhood nutrition experts not involved with the study said the findings provide additional weight to the importance of shaping a child’s diet early. Dr. David Katz, editor-in-chief of the journal Childhood Obesity and director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center, said the findings serve to underscore the long-established relationship between breastfeeding and health in mothers and children.

“The question we need to be asking is not ‘Why should mothers breastfeed?’ but, ‘Why shouldn’t they?’” Katz said. “For all mammals, our first food is breast milk.”

The study also points to other benefits of breast feeding. Kids who breast fed for longer in infancy tended to have a lower risk of ear, throat and sinus infections at age 6. The study also noted that mothers may have much to gain – or lose, in this case – as obese mothers who adhered to breastfeeding recommendations retained about 18 pounds less than obese women who did not breastfeed once their children reached the age of 6.