Photo by Jordan Whitt on Unsplash Breast milk contains good bacteria that help the baby stay healthy by colonizing the baby's gut thereby building his or her immune system and preventing allergies among other benefits. Research shows that these good bacteria sourced from the mother influence many bodily processes and functions including the mother’s breast health. Up to … Continue reading Mastitis and… Probiotics?
How can you help support a breastfeeding mom? 1. Let her know you value her efforts. Often simple gestures and statements of support go a long way. 2. Help manage visitors. Sometimes visitors can feel overwhelming. Sometimes the unwanted comments and advice can feel overwhelming. Help manage the number of visitors, length of visit, and … Continue reading Support
Continuing from my last post, returning to work can complicate the goal of continued breastfeeding, but we can ease that tension with support. That support can come from a variety of places including the government in the form of legislation, employers through mandated or voluntary breastfeeding (family) friendly work policies, and social and educational efforts. … Continue reading More on the Workplace II
After my last post, I read a few recent articles about breastfeeding and the workplace. Returning to work still may act as an impediment to continued breastfeeding. So, how can we support mother's in this process? A two year study out of the University of Cape Town (UCT) showed that mothers with employers who supported … Continue reading More on the Workplace
I recently read an article about a paramedic in Arizona who was awarded $3.8 million by a jury as a result of a lawsuit she filed against her employer, the City of Tuscon Fire Department, for failing to provide her with a place to pump breast milk and retaliating against her after she complained. The … Continue reading Break Time For Nursing Mothers
I started receiving comments and (unsolicited) advice from a few specific people about how long we would or should breastfeed starting about the first week after our son was born. Breastfeeding is not the only topic subjected to their advising, but it's the one of relevance here. If there's one thing to know about me, … Continue reading Obiter Dictum