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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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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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Science You Can Use: Milk coming in late puts breastfeeding at risk, says new study. But is there anything you can do to make your milk come in on time?

Did your milk come in late? A new study says that a delay (defined as 72 hours or later postpartum) puts breastfeeding at risk. Specifically, the study from Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, found that a delay in milk coming in … 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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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: Where you live determines the kind of hospital breastfeeding care you get

This is the 33rd in a series of posts on Booby Traps, made possible by the generous support of Motherlove Herbal Company. You all know the first rule of real estate, right?  Location, location, location. Well, it appears that this … Continue reading

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Booby Traps Series: 4 out of 5 hospitals supplement breastfed babies when it’s not medically necessary. Whose fault is that?

This post is the 19th in a series on Booby Traps made possible by the generous support of Motherlove Herbal Company. Today I’m writing about one of the biggest Booby Traps, the non-medically necessary supplementation of breastfed babies with formula, … Continue reading

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