Breastfeeding in the News

We've all been there, we feel guilty whether it's what we indulged in eating while pregnant, how we handled the stress of a newborn, or when we decided to go back to work. This story circulated yesterday using the hashtag ‪#‎NoShameParenting‬
"In an effort to spark conversations, a little compassion and change in the way we think about parenting forever."

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Even before your baby was born, her tooth buds were developing under her gums. So when do the perly whites tend to appear and when do baby teeth fall out to make way for permanent ones...Read on to find out! (as always these are rough guidelines, some babies may get them sooner and some later! Some are even born with teeth!)

4-7 Months - Let the Teething begin. Your baby's gums may be swollen and red where the teeth are cutting through. The first teeth to erupt are usually the two middle ones on the bottom (lower central incisors) Fun fact - These two teeth usually arrive at about the same time.

8-12 Months - Upper middle teeth (the upper incisors emerge) Girls usually get their teeth before boys do.

9-16 Months - Top and bottom teeth right next to the middle teeth (lower lateral incisors) make their appearance. Teeth usually emerge in pairs - one on the right and one on the left!

13-19 Months - The first molars come in on the bottom and the top at about the same time

16-23 Months - The sharp, pointed teeth called the canine or cuspid teeth emerge on the top and bottom.

Teeth vary in size, shape and their location in the jaws. These differences enable teeth to work together to help you chew, speak and smile. They also help give your face its shape and form. At birth people usually have 20 primary (baby) teeth, which often erupt about 6 months of age. They are then shed at various times throughout childhood. By age 21, all 32 of the permanent teeth have usually erupted.

Alyssa Milano has since the beginning of her breastfeeding journey, been an advocate for skin to skin benefits and a mothers right to breastfeed anywhere at any time! She shares so many of her bonding experiences on her social media sites to create awareness that no woman should feel ashamed to feed their babies! We applaud you, Alyssa…thank you!

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“No one should be shamed for how they feed their children, as long as those children are well fed and cared for.” – Very true but breastfeeding still lacks support. At work, women are being denied pumping breaks or a clean space to express/store their milk. Some forfeit their breastfeeding goals from the lack of support at home. This is why we support World Breastfeeding Week/Month and can’t say enough good things about all the attention it receives. More public understanding will help ALL mothers to be more aware of all their rights out there.

Here is a great article with links to lactation discrimination information.

Victoria Donda Pérez, an Argentinian legislator and human rights activist, helped to normalize breastfeeding recently by nursing her 8-month-old daughter during a parliamentary session. What Victoria Donda Pérez did may seem small, but every act of breastfeeding in the public eye helps to normalize nursing, which is a public health issue.

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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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