Author Archives: Tanya Lieberman, IBCLC
Booby Traps Series: Anthem gets an A, Humana gets an F. What grade did your insurer get in support for breastfeeding?
It’s been a year since the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) began requiring insurers to cover “breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling” with no co-pays. This was a very welcome development. But in the absence of specific guidance on … Continue reading
Could breastfeeding during your childbearing years mean a lower risk of Alzheimer’s in your sixties and beyond? A provocative new study which has found an association between breastfeeding and a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease raises that possibility. This small … Continue reading
You may have heard that the federal health care reform law of 2010 (known as the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare) requires employers to provide reasonable break time in a non-bathroom location to pump their milk. But did you know … Continue reading
The back to school season got me thinking: Where where better to start with the project of normalizing breastfeeding than with kids, who hold the attitudes of the future? Exposure to breastfeeding does change attitudes in kids. Research has … Continue reading
If Penny Simkin, author of When Survivors Give Birth, is right, between 25% and 40% of all women may be survivors of early sexual abuse. And if that’s the case, many women of child-bearing age may face an often invisible … Continue reading
Last year a friend of mine had a baby in the U.K. Her baby was preterm, and I was doing what I could over email to help with breastfeeding while her baby was in the NICU. Anticipating that she might … Continue reading
Booby Traps Series: Was breastfeeding in the hospital harder on the night shift? It probably wasn’t your imagination.
Did you feel like nursing at night in the hospital was harder than during the day? If you did, there are probably some good reasons for that, and they’re not all about your biology. Of course, the mismatch between your … Continue reading
In 2008, Maryland mother Elizabeth Jett was called for jury duty. At the time she was breastfeeding her baby boy, Henry, who was less than 12 weeks old. Jett asked the judge to postpone her service until the summer because … Continue reading
Booby Traps Series: “When are you going to stop doing that?” and others things moms fear hearing from their providers when nursing past infancy.
After overcoming the many barriers to breastfeeding in the early weeks and months of breastfeeding, many women are understandably proud to continue nursing into toddlerhood and beyond.* But instead of a fist bump and words of encouragement, some moms instead … Continue reading
Booby Traps Series: “If we lived on an island where nobody else cared what we did…” How stigma hinders nursing past infancy.
In Mothering Your Nursing Toddler, author Norma Jane Bumgarner describes the reasons why mothers feel they can’t breastfeed past infancy,* even though they (and presumably their children) would like to: “What other people think bothers me too much.” “Nursing is … Continue reading