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Free to Breastfeed: Voices of Black Mothers on our new podcast!

 The authors of the new book, Free to Breastfeed: Voices of Black Mothers are guests on our new podcast!Authors Jeanine Logan and Anayah Sangodele-Ayoka talked about the importance of giving voice to African American moms’ stories, of claiming breastfeeding as part of the African American experience and tradition, and about going beyond… Continue Reading >




Depression at weaning?

Feeling sad, even depressed, during or after weaning?  You’re probably not alone.Hormonal changes at weaning, coupled with the loss of the breastfeeding relationship, theoretically may heighten the risk of feelings of sadness, even leading to depression in some women.While there is no research examining exactly this question, it is… Continue Reading >




U.S. maternity leave policy and its effect on families:  A podcast interview with Moms Rising

Did you know that the U.S. is one of only a handful of countries that does not offer new mothers paid family leave?   The other countries:  Papua New Guinea, Lesotho, and Swaziland.In this podcast interview we spoke with Charlie Rose, associate campaign director for MomsRising.org, a national organization with over a million members… Continue Reading >




Family-Centered Cesarean:  A podcast interview with Robin Elise Weiss

Have you heard about a new trend in cesarean birth?  It goes by a number of different names:  family centered cesarean, natural cesarean, gentle cesarean.Whatever you call it, if you’re pregnant and want a more satisfying cesarean experience should one be necessary, you’ll want to learn more about it.In this podcast interview we talked… Continue Reading >




Suddenly up all night nursing?  Welcome to reverse cycling.

Have a consistently sleeping baby who suddenly wants to nurse all night?It’s a common scenario for babies whose moms have returned to work, babies who are too busy or distracted to eat during the day, and teething babies.  And it has a name: reverse cycling.Why does reverse cycling happen?  There is usually a reason.  Babies want food,… Continue Reading >




Pumping at work?  Print out these free door hangers

If you’re pumping at work and lucky enough to have a door to close at work, what signage do you use to keep people from barging in?There are all kinds of ways of indicating that you’d would like some privacy, but we thought we’d share several free door hangers you can print out, cut out, and post!Texas WIC program:  Breastmilk - Every… Continue Reading >




Herbal poultices for engorgement

There are many remedies for breast engorgement, ranging from massage, to cold packs, to cabbage.But did you know that herbs - in the form of a poultice - can also help reduce swelling and inflammation associated with engorgement?What’s a poultice?  It’s an age-old way of treating soreness and inflammation, using moist herbs applied… Continue Reading >




African American moms and breastfeeding:  A podcast interview with Kathi Barber

African American women have the lowest breastfeeding rates in the U.S.  But it wasn’t always that way.In this podcast interview, Kathi Barber, author of The Black Woman’s Guide to Breastfeeding and Lactation Management: Strategies for Working with African American Moms, discusses the history of breastfeeding in the black community, from… Continue Reading >




Common breastfeeding concerns?  There's an app for that.

Pain.  Milk supply worries.  Sleep (and lack thereof).  A fussy baby.  Pumping.These are common concerns during breastfeeding, and they’re perennial hot topics at breastfeeding and new mom support groups.  Of course, there are many books that cover these issues, too.But what if you want quick, reliable information from a trusted source… Continue Reading >




Ten important ways partners can support breastfeeding moms

Support from partners can make breastfeeding go much more smoothly for nursing moms.  But some partners find themselves feeling unsure how to help and sometimes a bit left out.Here are ten important ways partners can help make breastfeeding a good experience for the whole family:Learn about breastfeeding.  During pregnancy, attending a… Continue Reading >




Podcast:  Birth and breastfeeding in prison

85% of women in prison are mothers, and the same percentage of women in prison are pregnant as on the outside.What is birth like for them?  How long do they have with their babies before they’re separated?  Why do some birth in shackles?  And is it possible for incarcerated mothers to breastfeed?To answer these questions we spoke with… Continue Reading >




Are you prepared for your baby’s second night?

After the rigors of labor and birth, most babies settle in for a restful first 24 hours outside the womb.And then there’s the second night.On the second night, babies often nurse on and off for hours.  Many new parents are caught off guard by this pattern, and some assume that their babies are starving.  But it’s likely just an… Continue Reading >