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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
Are you fed up watching friends, family members and total strangers be sabotaged, harassed, and misinformed when it comes to infant feeding? Are you sick of a health care system that doesn’t require its professionals to possess even basic … 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
Every major public health crisis seems to get a turn at being the subject of a documentary. This time, it’s breastfeeding’s chance. The breastfeeding cause needs a documentary similar to “The Business of Being Born” or “Food, Inc” to advance … 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
Booby Traps Series: “Is your baby eating real food yet?” and other Booby Traps when starting solids.
The transition to feeding your baby foods other than breastmilk should be a pretty simple one. But there are many Booby Traps that can complicate that transition: Pressure to start too early. Many breastfeeding mothers face pressure to start solids … Continue reading
Pro Golfer Danah Bordner, with her 7 month old daughter in tow, is making a major comeback this week at the U.S. Women’s Open in Sebonack, NY. Can you imagine the kind of focus and skill required to earn … Continue reading
Nursing in pregnancy and beyond can be, in the words of Hilary Flower, author of a book on the topic, “an adventure.”* It’s also something that may draw the concern or disapproval of health care providers. This in spite of … Continue reading
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
Every once in a while I see the bumper sticker that says, “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” Maybe it’s time for a new one that says, “If you think supporting breastfeeding is expensive, try disease.” Okay, that … Continue reading