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Thank you to my husband who found this amazing story in the New York Times. It’s about breastfeeding and a lactation consultant in Brooklyn, NY named Freda Rosenfeld. Click here to read the whole story. And here’s an excerpt that puts it all in context:
About 74 percent of American mothers tried breast-feeding their newborns in 2006, according to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That was up from 58 percent in 1985 and 27 percent in 1970. But many struggle to make it work and give up — by three months, a third of infants were exclusively breast-fed in 2006; by six months, 14 percent…
A century ago virtually all American mothers nursed their babies, but by the 1950s, formula was the norm. Then a group of breast-feeding evangelists formed La Leche League to teach what they saw as a lost art, promoting its health and emotional benefits. Their efforts were helped by the natural childbirth movement of the 1970s.
As more women tried nursing, more women had problems nursing, and La Leche volunteers — many of them mothers who found breast-feeding as natural as breathing — could not always solve them. The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners was formed in 1985; since then, its exam has been translated into 20 languages and administered in 87 countries (more than 4,000 people took it last year).
Theirs is a beleaguered profession, on the one hand dismissed by doctors like Michel Cohen, a celebrated New York pediatrician who mocked the tongue exercises in his 2004 book “The New Basics,” on the other challenged by uncredentialed freelancers seizing on the demand for breast-feeding advice.
“Some people call themselves consultants simply on the basis that they have two breasts and maybe had a baby,” said Felina Rakowski-Gallagher, who owns the nursing supply store Upper Breast Side. “The consulting numbers have tripled in terms of people who just put their shingle out there.”
Updated on February 22nd:
Here’s the Unicef Video:
Unicef just published an illuminating account of what’s happening in Haiti to help new moms breastfeed. Click on the link below… and if it shows up in French, go to the top tool bar to translate it into English. Also, there’s a video…see above.
There seems to be an uproar once again over breastfeeding photos on Facebook. I just stumbled upon a new Facebook group called “If breastfeeding offends you put a blanket over your head.” The group has nearly 144,000 members. And it seems to be an offshoot of a group that formed in 2008, “Hey Facebook, breastfeeding is not obscene.” That group, you might remember, staged a virtual nurse-in when Facebook started taking down photos of moms breastfeeding. Here’s a post I wrote about it. And another post as well, after I was on the CBS Early Show discussing this story.
So I wasn’t even going to turn my computer on tonight. I was not going to get sucked into the Internet vortex. I bet you can guess how that turned out…
Anyway… while watching the Olympics (Don’t you just cringe when the skaters fall?!) I set up a Facebook Fan page. So if you’d like, come become a fan and join the discussion. The page is called Mama Knows Breast.
An update to the question of whether or not to donate breast milk to help victims of the Haiti earthquake…
Last month, Unicef and the World Health Organization discouraged donations of formula. Then several groups, including La Leche League (LLL) and the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) issued an urgent call for breast milk donations. The International Breast Milk Project delivered 500 ounces of milk to the USS Constitution to treat infants on board the ship.
But then there was a backlash. There was a report from MSNBC that the milk on the ship was not being used. Furthermore, TIME magazine reported the WHO and Unicef are discouraging breast milk donations because the mainland of Haiti doesn’t have the infrastructure in place to use it.
So where does that leave things? The International Breast Milk Project is not planning another shipment. And the HMBANA and LLL are now saying that breast milk donations are not recommended:
Donor milk, however, is not a solution for the large number of infants and young children affected by the earthquake in Haiti. Members of the public who wish to promote the survival of mothers and babies in Haiti can donate money to the following organizations: UNICEF , Save the Children Alliance, World Vision, and Action Against Hunger. These organizations are using best practice to aid both breastfed and non-breastfed infants. Members of the public can be confident that donations to these organizations will support breastfeeding and help save the lives of babies.
If you want to read more on this subject, visit the Motherwear Breastfeeding Blog or Breastfeeding 123.
Here’s a quick round-up of some breastfeeding stories that have popped up lately…
First off… congratulations to Tanya at the Motherwear Breastfeeding blog… she’s having a baby in June!
In the celebrity breastfeeding space… we’ve got Modern Family star Julie Bowen who is nursing twins; and Jennifer Garner talks about breastfeeding.
In more serious news… a recent study found that using antidepressants can delay breast milk coming in just after birth.
And finally, on Hobo Mama, there’s a review Mama Knows Breast and a giveaway contest.
I get pitched story ideas all the time. Unless its a breastfeeding product, I usually take a quick look and then pass. But this video stopped me in my tracks. I wasn’t prepared for it. It’s from a non-profit called Healthy Child, Healthy World. The group’s mission, in their words, is to ignite “a movement that inspires parents to protect young children from harmful chemicals.” The group’s blog has tips and advice for creating a “safe, clean and green home.” There’s a book too (but I haven’t seen a copy yet). Most impressive, is the long list of supporters behind the group… A-list celebrities, well known doctors, and even Michelle Obama.