Category Archives: Inspire

Science You Can Use: Nipple shields to kill HIV? Breastmilk as a model for an HIV vaccine? 2012 in breastfeeding and HIV research

Mother-to-child transmission of HIV through breastfeeding is a significant source of new infections in the developing world – accounting for as many as half of the 350,000 new pediatric infections each year world wide. But in developing countries not breastfeeding … Continue reading

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Last revised on 12/18/2012

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

Do Docs Miss Breast Cancer Warning Signs in Breastfeeding Mothers?

We are so excited to share this guest post by Dr. Shannon Tierney, Breast Oncology Surgeon at the Swedish Cancer Institute in Seattle, Washington.  We loved her story about how her interest in breastfeeding developed (“How a Surgeon Ended up in the … Continue reading

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Last revised on 11/29/2012

Booby Traps Series: Let’s give thanks for this year’s Booby Trap-busting developments

This is the 62nd in a series of posts on Booby Traps, made possible by the generous support of Motherlove Herbal Company. You might think that writing each week about Booby Traps would make one feel pretty discouraged. But I’m … Continue reading

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Last revised on 11/19/2012

Helping Moms Feed their Kids: Improving Self-regulation of Food Marketing to Moms & Kids

We often write about formula marketing practices such as hospital “gift” bags distributed by health care providers.  But the unfortunate fact is that this form of marketing to new moms and their infants is really just the beginning.   We’re so … Continue reading

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Last revised on 11/16/2012

Science You Can Use: Does long term breastfeeding give you bigger bones?

Maybe you’ve heard that breastfeeding strengthens your bones.  Or maybe your mother-in-law has told you that it weakens your bones.  Or if you’re a big breastfeeding nerd you might remember that the mammoth 2007 AHRQ analysis found no conclusive evidence … Continue reading

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Last revised on 11/07/2012

What doulas can teach about support without judgement.

I recently had the opportunity to read The Gentle Art of Newborn Family Care: A Guide for Doulas and Caregivers, by Salle Webber. While this book is written for postpartum doulas, it occurred to me as I read it that … Continue reading

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Last revised on 11/02/2012

Science You Can Use: Your cancer-fighting breastmilk

The news about breastmilk’s cancer-fighting properties has been coming fast and furious recently, and I thought it would be a good idea to recap some of the most interesting findings: HAMLET – Short for Human Alpha-lactalbumin Made LEthal to Tumor … Continue reading

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Last revised on 10/29/2012

98% of Babies Are Breastfed in Bangladesh — Does That Mean There Are No Booby Traps?

According to the WHO Global Data Bank on Infant and Young Child Feeding, 98% of babies in Bangladesh are breastfed and the average age of weaning is 33 months. Dig even deeper and you’ll see that 95% of one year … Continue reading

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Last revised on 10/28/2012

Science You Can Use: Does breastfeeding influence your kids’ moral development?

While the health effects of breastfeeding get plenty of attention, you’re less likely to hear about some of the interactions between breastfeeding and psychological development. That’s why I was so excited to learn about the research of psychologist Dr. Darcia … Continue reading

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Last revised on 10/22/2012