Breastfeeding in the News

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 month s 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.

When it comes to feeding babies, Stars really are “just like us!” We found this link with beautiful photos and Breastfeeding moments that were just stunning! From Gwen Stefani to Mayim Bialik, talking about how important it was to them and continues to be to breastfeed their babies, some 3 years and beyond! We think it’s great when stars reach out and discuss their breastfeeding journeys and even better when there are pictures to go along with it. Just a few more steps to helping normalize breastfeeding!

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Mothers are outside Claridge’s Hotel in Central London in protest against a woman being told to cover-up while breastfeeding her child.

The protest’s organizers, Free to Feed, want the hotel to change its policy – and of course they do, Breastfeeding should be a natural, anytime anywhere motto!

About 25 Mothers were breastfeeding outside the five-star hotel – here is the article where you can read more!

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Leave it to the media to capture an 8 month pregnant Hayden Panetierre wearing a bikini while vacationing in Hawaii this week and to not say how relaxed the mama to be looked or how beautiful she looked. No, they had to use words like huge & giant.

When will society STOP shaming pregnant ladies?

Here is what Hayden Panetierre had to say:

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We came across this blog article that was too good not to share. We heard this is a blog article that crashed her site - Great reasons on why toddlers are NOT too old to breastfeed. The Milk Meg covers on issues from "Breastfeeding is not just about nutrition, food and drink" to "The ingredients in my breastmilk do not suddenly disappear after my baby reaches a certain age!"

Take a look at her article, you won't be disappointed, and it's for sure to put a smile on your face.

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Did you also know that your breastmilk changes with your growing baby/toddler, to meet his/her needs - It's simply amazing that our bodies know what to do for you and your little ones!


A North Texas Mother has not only set a new world record for the amount of donated breast milk, she has tripled the previous record!

Alyse Ogletree, a mother of two from Denton, donated 53,081 ounces of breast milk to the Mother’s Milk Bank of North Texas --- a total of more than 414 gallons!!! Now that is impressive!

Ogletree found out Monday that she had been admitted into the Guinness Book of World Records after having applied back in March.

The previous record-holder was Amelia Bommker of Illinois, who donated 16,321 ounces of breast milk.

Ogletree said in March that she was overproducing breast milk when her son Kyle was born in January 2011, filling the hospital’s reserves of breast milk. A nurse asked if she’d ever considered donating her milk, an option Ogletree previously had not known existed.

Soon after, Ogletree found the Mother’s Milk Bank of North Texas and donated 1,880 ounces in total. After the birth of her second child, Kage, she resumed donating to the milk bank, producing on average 130 ounces per day, Ogletree said.

“It’s wonderful to be a part of something as special as helping out little babies,” she said.

While the world is celebrating the upcoming arrival of Royal Baby #2, Kate Middleton is probably trying to keep her breakfast down. The Duchess of Cambridge is suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, a severe form of morning sickness that she also had while pregnant with Prince George.

Though most pregnant women experience some form of morning sickness, Hyperemesis Gravidarum is far less common, and way worse, sending more than 50,000 pregnant women in America to the hospital each year. 

Unfortunately for Duchess Kate, women are more likely to get hyperemesis gravidarum if they had it during their first pregnancy. The exact cause of the illness is unknown, but may be due to high levels of one pregnancy hormone spiking and triggering the part of a woman's brain that causes nausea and vomiting. Signs of the condition first appear four to six weeks into a pregnancy and peak between nine and 13 weeks, but about one fifth of unlucky women have to continue treatment for the entire nine months. 

The symptoms include never-ending nausea and severe vomiting that causes dehydration and prevents you from keeping any food down as well as possible weight-loss, headaches, and fainting. Some women can be treated at home through bed rest and homeopathic treatments; more severe cases must be treated in a hospital through IV fluids and feeding tubes. Though she's being treated by doctors in Kensington Palace for the moment, Kate was hospitalized while pregnant with Prince George.

Like last time around, KMidd will likely lay low for a while as she goes through this. She's already canceled a visit to Oxford and any incognito shopping trips to pick out baby clothes are probably out of the question for a while. Here's hoping her symptoms end soon, so she can join the rest of the world in Royal Baby Fever! -

Pink, Jaime King, Gwen Stefani & Miranda Kerr are among celebrity moms who have helped glamorize breastfeeding recently and now, Olivia Wilde. On the cover of Glamour Magazine, cover girl Olivia Wilde has joined their proudly lactating ranks stating “ Breastfeeding is the most natural thing. I don’t know, now it feels like Otis should always be on my breast. Being shot with Otis is so perfect because any portrait of me right now isn’t complete without my identity as a mother being a part of that.”

It was a fitting message, since she seems to be a champion of maternal health around the world, judging by her appearance at the UN Global Moms + Social Good Conference this past spring. The UN World Health Organization (WHO) encourages breastfeeding for at least six months, and Wilde’s son is already 5 months old. The timing of the image couldn’t have been better: We’re in the midst of World Breastfeeding Week, during which the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, with the support of WHO and UNICEF, is busy promoting the health benefits of nursing in 175 countries around the world.

In the Glamour photo caption, Wilde notes that she is happy with the message her breastfeeding image sends — but also admits she doesn’t always look so picture perfect. “It felt like we were capturing that multifaceted woman we’ve been discussing — that we know we can be. You can be someone who is at once maternal and professional and sexy and self-possessed,” she said. “[But] I mean, I certainly don’t really look like that when I’m [typically] breastfeeding. And there’s usually a diaper involved.”

Yes, the pop superstar Katy Perry was recent guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live and called herself "an assistant doula" for her sister's home birth.  Katy went into great detail about the beauty of her sister's home birth and said there were candles all over her living room, calming music and it was very "zen".  There was also a home birth bath tub in the living room and Katy says it was a very beautiful way to bring a child into the world.  Home births used to be the norm before the 1900's, when most women started going to hospitals to give birth.  Many moms still choose the home birth route, however.  Home births are something to consider if you are having a healthy low risk pregnancy, if you don't want an episiotomy or other interventions, if you want to be in the comfort of your own home and be surrounded by friends and family.  Home births cost less than a hospital and they also provide instant skin to skin contact for bonding and breastfeeding. Most moms who choose home births have a trained midwife present in case the baby needs oxygen or the mom needs IV's due to dehydration.  Midwives also bring gauze pads, a thermometer and a pan for sitz baths after birth.  If you are interested in a home birth, make sure you interview several midwives who have experience with home births and make sure you have a Plan B option for the hospital in case of an emergency.  It is a good idea to see if the midwife works with an OB/GYN.