Tag Archives: breastfeeding
Booby Traps Series: Was breastfeeding in the hospital harder on the night shift? It probably wasn’t your imagination.
Did you feel like nursing at night in the hospital was harder than during the day? If you did, there are probably some good reasons for that, and they’re not all about your biology. Of course, the mismatch between your … Continue reading
Last revised on 08/05/2013
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
Last revised on 07/23/2013
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
Last revised on 07/08/2013
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
Last revised on 07/01/2013
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
Last revised on 06/27/2013
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
Last revised on 06/26/2013
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
Last revised on 06/19/2013
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
Last revised on 06/12/2013
In a victory for breastfeeding mothers, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit unanimously held that “firing a woman because she is lactating or expressing milk is unlawful sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights … Continue reading
Last revised on 06/05/2013
Booby Traps Series: VBAC is a breastfeeding issue. Lack of access to VBAC is a Booby Trap for millions of moms.
The Listening to Mothers III survey, published by Childbirth Connection this month, contained a set of sobering statistics. This survey found that, while moms’ interest in VBAC is increasing (from 45% to 48%), “the proportion of women with a prior … Continue reading
Last revised on 05/28/2013