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.
From Melissa Bartick… Motherhood and the $13 Billion Guilt Since this month’s publication of my paper “The Burden of Suboptimal Breastfeeding in the United States” in Pediatrics with Arnold Reinhold, I’m often asked by reporters what the US can do better to improve our breastfeeding rates. I’ve also gotten quite a few comments asking if […]
A great commentary… Breastfeeding makes us stupid How’s that for a title? I do not mean, of course, that breastfeeding makes babies stupid; breastfeeding is important for growing brains. What I mean is that talking about breastfeeding seems to make the grownups stupid. and another in the same vein… It’s not about picking on moms, […]
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 […]
Is it wrong to talk about the public health importance of breastfeeding? phdoula.blogspot.com 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, […]
Mothers Who Opt for Breast Milk, Not Breast-Feeding When Crystal Byrd’s second child was born, the doctors urged her to place her baby to her breast. Byrd declined. She had already decided, months earlier, that she would not breast-feed. It was a lifestyle choice, says Byrd, 33, a stay-at-home mom in Cedar Creek Lake, Texas. […]
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 […]