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Breastfeeding Month is Ending

Aug 28th, 2014 Breastfeeding

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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.

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Breastfeeding and Medication Use

Aug 25th, 2014 Breastfeeding

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World Breastfeeding LogoSometimes a woman would really benefit from using a pharmaceutical — but she worries because she is breastfeeding. What is her friendly, neighborhood midwife to do?  Today’s breastfeeding list is a collection of tools to help you provide the best information to women who will use medications while breastfeeding.

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Breastfeeding Journals

Aug 22nd, 2014 Breastfeeding

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World Breastfeeding LogoToday’s list of breastfeeding links will take you to peer-reviewed journals.  If you want to stay up to date on the latest breastfeeding research, subscribe to the RSS Feed or email list for new publications.

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Even More Breastfeeding Resources

Aug 20th, 2014 Breastfeeding

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World Breastfeeding LogoI hope you are not tired of breastfeeding yet, because there are even more great resources to share with you today. Continue reading

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Lamaze Breastfeeding Webinar

Aug 18th, 2014 Breastfeeding

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How timely, Lamaze is doing a webinar next week on low milk supply.  I just had to pause and let you know about it.  Lamaze members can attend for free.  It is $20 if you are not a Lamaze member.

Webinar: Low Milk Supply: Providing the Appropriate Prenatal Education & Guidance

Need more information?  Check out the Webinar Flier.

If you attend the webinar, let me know how it goes.

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Breastfeeding Advice Online

Aug 15th, 2014 Best of the Web, Breastfeeding

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World Breastfeeding LogoContinuing our celebration of breastfeeding, today I present a list of websites that offer breastfeeding advice.  Why?  These are easy resources to share with families who may have a question at 3 in the morning — and not want to call someone to find out the answer. Continue reading

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Breastfeeding Blogs to Follow

Aug 13th, 2014 Best of the Web, Breastfeeding

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If you are here, I’m going to assume you are a blog reader. In continuation of our breastfeeding celebration, here is a list of blogs about breastfeeding you might enjoy.

Making this list was harder than I thought.  I tried to avoid the blogs that sometimes talk about breastfeeding, but also talk about parenting, cooking, pregnancy and other issues of interest to breastfeeding families. I tried to collect blogs of international interest. I also tried to be aware of the change in blogs over the years.  Several blogs that I used to enjoy only sporadically post new content, or seem to only post reviews and contests.  In the end I camp up with a list of unique, high-value blogs to recommend. Continue reading

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Lactivism — Lactation Activism

Aug 11th, 2014 Breastfeeding, Raising Awareness

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World Breastfeeding LogoLactation activism is any activity that promotes, protects and supports breastfeeding and human lactation. In some circles, the term is shortened to lactivism.

Do you describe yourself as a lactivist?  My answer is no.  I try not to use language that is only understood by those inside the circle. I prefer to describe any work I do in words the general public will understand.  I do know many birth workers who wear the term with pride. For those of you who answered no due to a lack of opportunity rather than semantic concerns, today I give you your opportunities.  Check out these organizations. Continue reading

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Status of the International Code

Aug 8th, 2014 Breastfeeding

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This past week we’ve been talking about international initiatives for breastfeeding, and I wanted to be sure I shared some information about the first one, the International Code of Marketing Breast-milk Substitutes published in 1981.

By its very existence, this document demonstrates the widespread popularity of infant formula.  In fact, the popularity was so widespread, health policy-makers felt action needed to be taken to stop unethical practices which added to the growing popularity.

What did the International Code do?
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An important document you’ve never read

Aug 6th, 2014 Breastfeeding

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I’d like to introduce you to the Innocenti Declaration.

The full name of this document is the Innocenti Declaration on the Protection, Promotion and Support of Breastfeeding, and it was jointly released by  the World Health Organization and UNICEF in 1990. It was this document that spurred WHO and UNICEF to launch The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative in 1991.

Notice as you read, that this is primarily a document about ensuring adequate and appropriate infant nutrition. Notice also, in the declaration section, the writers tied infant nutritional outcomes to overall maternal health — including adequate nourishment for the mother, access to family planning to allow longer inter-pregnancy intervals, and attention to the social environments in which women work and live. Continue reading

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