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Science You Can Use: Flawed study says early formula use increases exclusive breastfeeding

A new study making headlines this week suggests that “early limited formula” use actually increases the chances that babies will be exclusively breastfeed later on. This small study enrolled 40 full-term newborns between 24-48 hours old who had lost more … Continue reading

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Science You Can Use: Yes! The first evidence that reforming pediatric breastfeeding care works.

We all know that breastfeeding support in hospitals is important.  But we also know that the need for support doesn’t end at hospital discharge.  If anything, the show is just beginning. Much of the current emphasis at reforming breastfeeding policies … Continue reading

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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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Booby Traps Series: Data, data everywhere, but none you can use to get good breastfeeding care!

This is the 45th in a series of posts on Booby Traps,™ made possible by the generous support of Motherlove Herbal Company. We’re often told to be good consumers when it comes to breastfeeding care.  Get informed.  Read a book.  … Continue reading

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Booby Traps Series: Only one in four hospitals provides good breastfeeding support once you go home

This is the 44th in a series of posts on Booby Traps,™ made possible by the generous support of Motherlove Herbal Company. You remember that first drive home with your baby, right?  When we left the hospital with our first … Continue reading

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Science You Can Use: Before you pop in that pacifier, take a closer look at this study.

Earlier this month the topic of pacifiers and breastfeeding was all over the news.  At least 85 articles ran in print and online publications about it. The big news?  Researchers from the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) reported a … Continue reading

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Booby Traps Series: U.S. ranks last in breastfeeding support in the industrialized world.

This post is the 42nd in a series on Booby Traps, made possible by the generous support of Motherlove Herbal Company. Those of you who have experienced one or more of the many barriers to breastfeeding in the U.S. may … Continue reading

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Racial Breastfeeding Disparity Disappears at Baby Friendly Hospitals

One of the biggest issues in breastfeeding is the disparity in breastfeeding rates among different races. (Read:  Is there a “soft bigotry of low expectations” when it comes to breastfeeding?) The gap between African American women and women of other … Continue reading

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Booby Traps Series: “Listening to Newborns:” How change happened at one hospital

This is the 39th in a series of posts on Booby Traps, made possible by the generous support of Motherlove Herbal Company In this series I’ve been writing a lot about newborn care practices, and how many hospitals continue to … Continue reading

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Booby Traps Series: Were you sold out for a sandwich? Formula company gifts and incentive programs in hospitals

This is the 36th post in a series on Booby Traps, made possible by the generous support of Motherlove Herbal Company. When I started began my first job working in a hospital, my IBCLC mentor explained what happened at the … Continue reading

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