Category Archives: Empower

Science You Can Use: Racial gaps narrowing in breastfeeding rates

The CDC’s announcement today of its updated breastfeeding statistics by race contained some especially good news for the “breastfeeding gap” between African American mothers and mothers of other races. First, there is good news across the board.  The CDC reports … Continue reading

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Last revised on 02/08/2013

Science You Can Use: Think donor milk is expensive? Wait ’til you see the alternative.

As Neil Patrick Harris declared on a late night talk show a few years ago, pasteurized donor breastmilk doesn’t come cheap.  At the time he was purchasing it directly for his daughter who had some gastrointestinal problems.  “It cost more … Continue reading

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Science You Can Use: What should moms know about weight loss surgery and breastfeeding?

Did you or someone you know have weight loss surgery? An estimated 84% of weight loss surgeries are performed on women of childbearing age, and weight loss surgery is on the rise, so questions about its implications for breastfeeding are … Continue reading

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Last revised on 01/28/2013

Science You Can Use: Breastfeeding may reduce ovarian cancer risk by up to 91%, finds new study.

One in 72 American women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer sometime during their lives. It’s a hard disease to detect, and is the most deadly of all gynecological cancers.  So prevention of ovarian cancer is especially important. Past research … Continue reading

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Last revised on 01/16/2013

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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Last revised on 01/01/2013

Science You Can Use: With education and support, can overweight and obese moms beat the breastfeeding odds?

A few weeks ago I wrote about the plethora of research in 2012 on breastfeeding and maternal obesity. One of the conclusions I think you could reach in reading this new research is that, while obesity does seem to be … Continue reading

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Last revised on 12/27/2012

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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Last revised on 12/26/2012

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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Last revised on 12/19/2012

Science You Can Use: Could taking metformin in pregnancy increase breastfeeding success of women with PCOS?

Hormonal causes of low milk supply are, in my mind, the final frontier of our understanding of milk supply problems. We know a lot about the normal course of lactation in women without hormonal or metabolic imbalances, and how to … Continue reading

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Last revised on 12/12/2012

Booby Traps Series: Big hospitals to be evaluated on exclusive breastfeeding rates by the Joint Commission

This post is the 65th in a series on Booby Traps, made possible by the generous support of Motherlove Herbal Company. Here’s a big piece of news in the fight against Booby Traps:  The Joint Commission will now require larger … Continue reading

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Last revised on 12/11/2012