Maternity Leave and Breastfeeding Rates

Maternity Leave and Breastfeeding Rates

Here’s another interesting infographic that looks at both maternity leave and breastfeeding rates in some developed countries. There are a number of studies that show a positive correlation between length of maternity leave and breastfeeding rates, but it is hard to see major trends in this particular graphic. There are many variables that influence breastfeeding rates from country to country, and maternity leave is only one of them.

Living happily ever after

What would have helped you to prepare you for the realities of parenthood? Living happily ever after by Norma Ritter, IBCLC, RLC, LLLL In many ways, pregnancy is like a fairy tale. It is very common for pregnant women to believe that they need to prepare only for the actual birth of their babies, and […]

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 […]