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Breastfeeding Month is Ending

World Breastfeeding LogoBreastfeeding month is coming to a close.  I hope you’ve enjoyed the multitude of resources I’ve shared over the past few weeks. To wrap up the series, today I will share links to resources of a different sort.  These links are just to make you feel good.

For example, The Breastfeeding Project keeps a gallery of extreme nursing photos.

For more feel-good browsing check out Vanderbilt University’s Breastfeeding Welcomed Here campaign, King’s College London’s page on breastfeeding/expressing facilities, or the list of Mother’s Rooms at Cornell University. Remember, these facilities welcome the faculty, staff, and students of the University community.  It is a great trend to watch grow.

With all the evidence pointing to breast milk as best for NICU babies, milk banking is growing.  Check out The Human Milk Banking Association of North America, and National Milk Bank to see what I mean.  Australia has the PREM Bank, the RBWH Milk Bank and the Mercy Health Breastmilk Bank.  In the UK, you can find your nearest milk bank through the United Kingdom Association for Milk Banking, and in the rest of Europe you can go through the European Milk Banking Association.

Finally, WomensHealth.gov has a list of ten things mothers can do while the breastfeed. This list always makes me smile because it dispels the common misconception that breastfeeding results in hours of lost time.  My best breastfeeding multi-task was nursing my daughter in her sling while I grocery shopped.  What was your best multi-task?

 

Next week will start a new series.  We will be talking about the issues you need to think about when planning your midwifery education.

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Jennifer Vanderlaan CNM MPH is the author of the BirthingNaturally.net website. She has been working with expectant families since 2000, training doulas, childbirth educators, and midwives. She has worked with midwives in Central America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her interest in public health grew in 2010, and she is now a PhD student learning to become a producer of knowledge.

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