Are you familiar with Best for Babes?

If you’re not already a fan of Best for Babes, take a look! Their mission is to help moms beat the “Booby Traps“–the cultural & institutional barriers that prevent moms from achieving their personal breastfeeding goals; To inspire, prepare & empower™ moms; To give breastfeeding a makeover and give moms the solutions they need to […]

Male boost for breastfeeding

From Ireland… Male boost for breastfeeding (subscription required) THE HSE in the northwest is enlisting the help of fathers in a bid to boost breastfeeding rates in the region. Do you have any favorite books or websites for Dad?

I’m in 100% agreement with this “Open Letter to My Fellow Breastfeeding Advocates”

An Open Letter to My Fellow Breastfeeding Advocates Each time a new study is released or an article is published addressing the matter of breastfeeding, a minor earthquake trembles through the breastfeeding advocacy community.  Just as is the case in real natural disasters, the shockwaves have the power to bring out the best in […]

A great commentary: Is it wrong to talk about the public health importance of breastfeeding?

Is it wrong to talk about the public health importance of breastfeeding? So there was this article in Pediatrics that estimated there are 911 preventable deaths a year in the U.S. due to lack of breastfeeding. Should we not say that? The comments sections of a lot of the media coverage of this article, […]

Breastfeeding and Guilt

Raise your hand if you’ve ever mentioned or posted a link to a study on breastfeeding (with no value judgment added– or intended!) and been accused of attacking other mothers and making them feel guilty… I encounter this almost daily.  I wonder sometimes whether moms are feeling more sadness or grief or even anger (rather […]

Breastfeeding & women of color

Black Breastfeeding: You have to see it to believe it Today someone asked me if I knew of any public service announcements or campaigns to promote breastfeeding featuring black moms and babies or other women of color. Why, yes, I do, and I pointed her to a recent few of them. It got me […]

Breastfeeding PSA from Scotland

NHS Breastfeeding Awareness National Breastfeeding Awareness Week is in May each year, and the NHS have shown this advert on TV in Scotland every year since 2004 to promote a positive attitude to breastfeeding in public places. And another project on breastfeeding in public: Holistic Moms Network: Nursing Our Future The Holistic Moms […]

Encouraging Black Women to Embrace Breastfeeding

Encouraging Black Women to Embrace Breastfeeding American mothers as a whole do not breast-feed their babies as much as health experts would like, but African-American moms have the lowest rates of all — by some measures, they are half as likely to nurse as whites and Hispanics.

In the Philippines…

GMA signs Expanded Breastfeeding Act | The Philippine Star MANILA, Philippines – Government offices and private establishments may soon have “lactation stations” where mothers can breastfeed their babies or store their breast milk in refrigerated containers.

Formula marketing in hospitals & elsewhere

Tool Kit Moving formula marketing out of hospitals requires a culture change. Many doctors and nurses enjoy giving patients a “free gift,” and don’t appreciate the hidden costs associated with marketing strategies… How to report unethical promotion of formula, bottles and other breastmilk substitutes The continued marketing of formula, bottles, pacifiers, or complimentary […]

Are you familiar with “the Code?”

International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes. IBFAN (The International Baby Food Action Network) works to achieve universal implementation of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes and subsequent, relevant Resolutions of the World Health Assembly and to encourage all appropriate parties to abide by them. If you ever have the chance to go […]

Why Industry Should Not be Giving Health Advice

Mind-Body Connection: Deconstructing Gerber: Why Industry Should Not be Giving Health Advice Imagine my surprise when I actually received the link to the article and found a slide-show imbedded right in the middle. It was entitled “Breastfeeding Hints and Hurdles.” I thought “what a good idea. I’ll take a look.” What I found was […]