Category Archives: Empower
A few years ago, while staffing a hospital breastfeeding warm line, I spoke on the phone with a nursing mom who had called to ask for advice on weaning. She was young (maybe 18) and Latina, and from the start … Continue reading
Booby Traps Series: Direct-to-mom formula marketing, or “How did all that formula end up on my doorstep?”
Did you wake one morning to find a case of formula you never ordered on your doorstep? Here’s one way it may have ended up there. For years formula companies have relied on hospitals to promote their products through “gift … Continue reading
We’re very pleased to share a guest post by Stephanie Casemore, author of Exclusively Pumping Breast Milk (just released in a second edition) and Breastfeeding Take Two: Successful Breastfeeding the Second Time Around. I asked Stephanie to identify the Booby … Continue reading
Your state law has protections for nursing in public. That means that you shouldn’t have trouble using them, right? Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. A recent story told in the New York Times provides a great example of a fundamental … Continue reading
If you expect to be pumping at work and want to know your rights, there is good news and bad news. The good news is that one of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare” requires … Continue reading
A while back I wrote about cultural Booby Traps in the hospital, and offered my own embarrassing story of how, in trying to help a mom, I found myself creating a Booby Trap for a mom. But the flip side … Continue reading
“When I got to the room I was using to pump, there was someone in it taking a nap.” “I found a carrel in the library, but it wasn’t very private.” “I heard there’s a secret room in the Whitmore … Continue reading
Have you picked up a parenting magazine in your pediatrician’s waiting room recently? What messages did you find – in both content and advertising – about breastfeeding? Print media may not have the the influence it once did over mothers’ … Continue reading
Booby Traps Series: From “Ew, gross” to “Isn’t that too old?” TV and film depictions of breastfeeding.
Let’s state something right away: TV and film are entertainment. We get that. We know that when we turn on the set or stream a movie, what we see is meant to make us laugh, cry, cringe, shudder, and maybe … Continue reading
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