Breastfeeding in the News

“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.
http://time.com/3989960/us-needs-breastfeeding-awareness/

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.

See more at: mothering.com/articles/legislator-breastfeeding-parliament-session-draws-global-attention/#sthash.z5QXhbJE.dpuf

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.

To read more, go to: wwlp.com/2015/07/21/mothers-feeling-discriminated-rally-for-the-pregnant-workers-fairness-act/

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 etonline.com

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. 

To read more, go to: baltimoresun.com/health/Maryland-health/bs-hs-family-centered-csections-20150317-story.html

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.

 

To read more, go to:   foxnews.com/health/2015/03/29/14-breastfeeding-myths-and-facts/

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.

To read more, go to:   yahoo.com/parenting/air-force-mom-breastfeeding-in-uniform-is-stunning-113524714422.html

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!

To read more, go to: popsugar.com/moms/Celebrity-Moms-Breastfeeding-Photos-34950890#photo-36006978

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: thekindlife.com

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!

This is the news we LOVE reading about!