Category Archives: Booby Traps

Booby Traps Series: Obstetrical practices are making late milk-coming-in the new normal.

A little while back, when I was writing this post about delayed onset of mature milk (“milk coming in”), I ran across this statistic: Nearly one in four mothers experience their milk coming in late – defined as after 72 … Continue reading

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Booby Traps Series: VBAC is a breastfeeding issue. Lack of access to VBAC is a Booby Trap for millions of moms.

The Listening to Mothers III survey, published by Childbirth Connection this month, contained a set of sobering statistics. This survey found that, while moms’ interest in VBAC is increasing (from 45% to 48%), “the proportion of women with a prior … Continue reading

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Booby Traps Series: Moms who have breast surgery face specific Booby Traps

Moms who have had breast reduction, breast implants, and other breast surgeries face some specific Booby Traps. To develop a good list of these barriers, I spoke with Diana West, IBCLC, author many books on breastfeeding, including Defining Your Own … Continue reading

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Booby Traps Series: Finding your tribe online, with Lara Audelo, author of The Virtual Breastfeeding Culture

We’re very excited to share this interview with Lara Audelo, Best for Babes team member, owner of Mama Pear Designs, and author of the new book The Virtual Breastfeeding Culture:  Seeking Mother-to-Mother Support in the Digital Age (with an introduction … Continue reading

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Booby Traps Series: Babies with special needs face special Booby Traps

Moms of babies with special needs often face extra challenges to meet their breastfeeding goals. But in addition to these challenges, they may also encounter a number of Booby Traps. Any barrier to breastfeeding is a shame, but it’s particularly … Continue reading

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Booby Traps Series: Why don’t we get better breastfeeding care from our nurses?

At a conference last year, I heard a nurse speaking about the importance of helping mothers with breastfeeding. “If you were a nurse,” she said, “and you knew for a fact that 80% of your patients were going to have … Continue reading

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From Karo Syrup to Goat Milk – The Formulas Change, but the Booby Traps Remain the Same

Scaring mothers into see themselves as risks to their babies is nothing new. It starts from the moment you are pregnant, with everyone from your Great Aunt Tilda to the gentleman sitting across the restaurant from you preaching about how … Continue reading

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Booby Traps Series: Lawmakers have expanded our rights to pump at work. Now the hard part.

This is the 68th post in a series on Booby Traps, made possible by the generous support of Motherlove Herbal Company. Pumping at work isn’t easy.  I remember how much time and commitment it took when I did it, nearly … Continue reading

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Booby Traps Series: Yes, you can be fired for breastfeeding or pumping. But let’s get to know two important cases that may change that.

This is the 67th post in a series on Booby Traps, made possible by the generous support of Motherlove Herbal Company. In 2008, Texas mother Donnicia Venters was planning on returning to her job at Houston Funding after having a … Continue reading

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Booby Traps Series: “Milking” your benefits when going on maternity leave and pumping at work

This is the 66th post in a series on Booby Traps, made possible by the generous support of Motherlove Herbal Company. I’m very pleased to share a guest post by Lauren Wallenstein, a former human resources manager who now helps … Continue reading

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