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Some Fun In the City

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Divalysscious Moms invited me to a book launch party last night for the Hot Mom to Be Handbook by Jessica Denay (accompanied by Trista Sutter). I haven’t gotten a review copy yet…it’s in the mail. So I can’t talk about the book. But I can say the party was pretty cool. Gorgeous pregnant models from Expecting Models, fun new maternity and baby products, and a chance to hang out with breastfeeding advocates Bettina of Best For Babes and Shari Criso of Simply Breastfeeding.

And here’s a photo montage of the event, shot and edited by Michael Jurick.

TV Casting Call for Pregnant Women

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Here’s a casting call for pregnant moms in the tri-state area. The production company is looking for people due in June, July or August. The show is called “Pregnant in Heels.” Read the info below, and if you’re interested, email

Ohio Breastfeeding Billboard

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What do you think of this billboard seen in Ohio? It’s part of a statewide campaign to promote breastfeeding, run by the Ohio Department of Health. has a poll where you can voice your opinion about the ad.

Interview with Lacation Consultant Freda Rosenfeld on

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This is a great interview. It covers the benefits for moms and babies, mastitis, cracked nipples and when to use a breast pump. Watch below:

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Michelle Obama and Breastfeeding

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From a recent entry on the blog Dooce, I discovered that Michelle Obama breastfed her kids. Heather, the blogger behind Dooce, was in Washington, DC for a panel about workplace flexibility. Michelle Obama was a featured speaker, and here’s a quote from her talk:
So while I did the best that I could at work and at home I felt like I wasn’t keeping up with either one of them enough. And I was lucky. I had understanding bosses, I had very accommodating jobs. In fact, in the last job I had before coming to the White House, I remember this clearly, I was on maternity leave with Sasha still trying to figure out what to do with my life, and I got a call for an interview for this position, a senior position at the hospitals. And I thought, “Okay, here we go.”
So I had to scramble to look for babysitting, couldn’t find one, so what did I do? I packed up that little infant, and I put her in the stroller, and I brought her with me. And I prayed that her presence wouldn’t be an automatic disqualifier. And it was fortunate for me that number one, she slept through the entire interview, and I was still breastfeeding, if that’s not too much information. And I got the job.

Great Story in The Huffington Post

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What would it be like if all moms got great breastfeeding support in the hospital, right after birth? This piece in the Huffington Post shows the stark differences between two scenarios… one with great support, the other a typical scenario for most moms in the U.S. The piece is written by Dr. Melissa Bartick, one of the co-authors of the recently published study that found that nearly 1,000 lives and billions of dollars would be saved if 90% of moms breastfed. (Be sure to read the whole Huffington Post story). After Bartick outlines the difference between the “ideal” situation, and the reality most moms face, she concludes:
So, now that you’ve heard the difference between what your experience could have been like, and what it was actually like, you tell me:
Do you feel guilty for not breastfeeding? Or do you feel angry because it didn’t have to be this way?
And if you answered “angry,” then take that anger, and write to your hospital — tell them you want them to become a Baby-Friendly hospital, so that no one else will have to go through what you did just to feed your child. Write to your state and federal legislators — tell them to support laws that make breastfeeding easier, like licensing of lactation consultants, and the requirement that insurance companies reimburse for lactation care and services. And write to your US representatives and senators, and tell them you want tax-credits for onsite childcare, and that you don’t want the US to continue being the world’s only developed country without paid maternity leave.
Yes, I’m a researcher and a physician, but I’m also a mother. Since I live in the United States, you can probably guess what my birth experience was like. Maybe you’ve heard me on the news saying that moms shouldn’t feel guilty. I’ve been there. So take that guilt and turn it inside out, and do something positive so that other moms don’t have to go through what you did. We all deserve better.

Interview with Author of Breastfeeding Study

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This is a CNN interview with Dr. Melissa Bartick, the author of the recent study that found that if 90% of U.S. moms breastfeed for 6 months, it would save 900 lives and $13 billion per year.

CNN Story on New Law Requiring Employers to Give Nursing Moms a Space to Pump Milk

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This CNN story (click on video below) has a great explanation of the section of the health care law that requires employers to give moms a room to pump breastmilk. The story covers the laws in other states and also has an interview with Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley (D) who put the wording into the bill.
I’m quoted in the online version of this story. (Good thing I compulsively check my email… reporter Elizabeth Landau sent me an email saying she wanted to talk). Here’s the link.:
“There really is a lack of support for breastfeeding moms, and you see that in the statistics of breastfeeding rates,” said Andi Silverman, mother of two sons and author of “Mama Knows Breast: A Beginner’s Guide to Breastfeeding.”

I’m quoted in the online version of this story. (Good thing I compulsively check my email… reporter Elizabeth Landau sent me an email saying she wanted to talk). Here’s the link.:
“There really is a lack of support for breastfeeding moms, and you see that in the statistics of breastfeeding rates,” said Andi Silverman, mother of two sons and author of “Mama Knows Breast: A Beginner’s Guide to Breastfeeding.”

Study Says Breastfeeding Rates Lower for African American Moms

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Here are the results of a new CDC study… from the Chicago Sun Times:

Breast-feeding rates in the United States have been on the rise for the last two decades. Yet, in all but two states, new figures show, black women continue to be less likely than whites and Hispanics to choose this option, despite the health benefits.
A state-by-state analysis released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that 54 percent of African-American women attempt to breast-feed their babies, compared to 80 percent of Hispanics and 74 percent of whites. In Illinois, 45.9 percent of black women attempt breast-feeding.
CDC researchers also found that in western states, Hispanic mothers are less likely than whites to breast-feed, while the opposite is true in many eastern states.
Overall, 73 percent of American women try breast-feeding, though less than half are still doing it after six months, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The figures, published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, are based on phone interviews with about 100,000 moms of children born between 2003 and 2006.
Researchers noted that while the gap between blacks and whites in initiating breast-feeding is smaller than in 1990, there’s been no improvement in prevalence of breast-feeding to six months.
“There’s some amount of it that’s the socioeconomic difference, but there seems to be something else going on,” said the CDC’s Cria Perrine, a co-author of the study. “There’s not a ton of research on the why.”
Factors that can contribute to lower rates include the mother being younger, unmarried or less educated and participating in the federal Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program. But even among college-educated women, a racial disparity still exists.

USA Today Story About Milk Banks

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Here’s the link to a great story in USA Today about the increased demand for donated breast milk:

With a growing number of doctors saying breast milk is the best food for babies, especially hospitalized preemies struggling to gain weight, the demand for milk donations is increasing. The amount of donated milk distributed by the 10 banks of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America is growing rapidly but is still far below what’s needed, says Pauline Sakamoto, president of the association.
Milk bank managers say federal, state and local health authorities are more aggressively promoting breast milk than in the past, prompting the demand from mothers who can’t provide enough for their own children.