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Breastfeeding News Updates

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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.

Breastfeeding News

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Some tidbits from the news:
Actress Marley Shelton, of the show Eleventh Hour, talks about breastfeeding to The Celebrity Baby blog.
Bravado,the makers of some very comfy breastfeeding bras (I used them), has started a new breastfeeding resource called The Bravado Breastfeeding Information Council. There was a live webcast today of a breastfeeding discussion. You’ll be able to access a re-cap shortly at this link.
And finally, The American Dietetic Association talks about the benefits of breastfeeding for both mom and baby:

It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that exclusive breastfeeding provides optimal nutrition and health protection for the first 6 months of life and breastfeeding with complementary foods from 6 months until at least 12 months of age is the ideal feeding pattern for infants. Breastfeeding is an important public health strategy for improving infant and child morbidity and mortality and improving maternal morbidity and helping to control health care costs.

The Stars of How I Met Your Mother Talk Breastfeeding

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So my husband and I LOVE this show. We were discovered it a few years ago… and were secretly hoping that it would have staying power. And so far, it has.
Two of the How I Met Your Mother characters, Lily and Robin, did their best to hide their pregnancies during the show. But it was pretty obvious. The tell-tale sign…pillows on the lap and over-sized handbags. So it’s been interesting to see both in the news recently, talking about their babies and breastfeeding.
Alyson Hannigan (Lily) is crediting breastfeeding for her weight loss and jokes that she’d like to keep breastfeeding for the next 18 years to keep the weight off. (there is supposedly a video of this but it won’t load right now; try later). And Cobie Smulders (Robin) also mentions that she’s breastfeeding.

Celebrity Breastfeeding Stories

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TV Guide has a round-up of some celebrity breastfeeding stories. Here’s the link. Despite the slightly snarky tone, I enjoy seeing public figures talk about breastfeeding, and essentially encouraging other moms to breastfeed.
Read the piece to learn about Angelina Jolie, Naomi Watts, Gwen Stefani, Mary-Louise Parker, Salma Hayek, Kate Beckinsale, Elizabeth Hasselback, Sherri Shepherd, Kourtney Kardashian and Kendra Wilkinson.

Isla Fisher and Breastfeeding

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In honor of the Oscars… which I’m shamelessly watching tonight. (LOVE the dresses!)
Actress Isla Fisher says she loves breastfeeding… “I am still breastfeeding. I’m only going to stop when Olive goes to university!”
She says it helped her lose weight, and that all the outfits she wore while filming Confessions of a Shopaholic were breastfeeding friendly.

Salma Hayek Travels to Sierra Leone: Talks About Tetanus Vaccinations and Breastfeeding

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In an ABC Nightline story about tetanus in Sierra Leone, actress Salma Hayek talks about the importance of breastfeeding and even cross nurses a baby. Hayek is working with the company that makes Pampers to promote tetanus vaccinations.
Watch the video here. (You’ll see Hayek nursing, and talking about breastfeeding, about half way through the footage. But a warning: before you get to that point there is footage of a dying baby). Here’s an extended quote from the ABC story:

To most people in the United States, tetanus brings to mind rusty nails and a quick trip to the doctor’s office for a shot. But in developing countries like Sierra Leone, maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) is a top cause of death among mothers and their babies…
Sierra Leone has the highest infant and child death rate in the world. One in five children die before reaching their fifth birthday and tetanus is a big contributor — 21 percent of all infant deaths are related to tetanus.
Tetanus deaths are preventable with routine vaccinations. UNICEF has launched an initiative to eradicate the disease worldwide by 2012. In Sierra Leone the cost of immunizing one person is about 74 cents.
Once a woman is immunized, her children will be protected from the disease at birth, before needing immunizations of their own.
In 2008, Hayek became a spokeswoman for the Pampers “One Pack = One Vaccine” campaign to support UNICEF’s efforts to eliminate tetanus. For each pack of specially marked Pampers diapers sold, parent company Proctor and Gamble donates the cost of one tetanus vaccine to UNICEF. The North American campaign has generated funding for more than 45 million vaccines since the beginning of 2008.

And here’s a quote about breastfeeding:

Hayek’s daughter, Valentina, turned 1 before the trip and the actress spoke about the importance of breast-feeding, especially in underdeveloped countries such as Sierra Leone. In fact doctors there say that because malnutrition is so rampant they would like to see women in Sierra Leone breast-feed for two years. But such behavior is rare. The reason? Men urge their wives to quickly stop breast-feeding because of cultural mores that forbid sexual intercourse with breast-feeding women.
“It is the best thing you can do for your child, not only the bonding, that’s how you build the immune system, so in a country like Africa imagine how important it is for the mothers do that,” she said. “But here, there is the belief that if you are breast-feeding you cannot have a sexual life so the husbands, of course, of these women are really encouraging them to stop and this is just a taboo.”

Actress Kelly Rutherford and Breastfeeding

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Here’s a story about the Gossip Girl star Kelly Rutherford…. apparently she’s breastfeeding her toddler.
Personally, I had no idea who she is. I don’t watch Gossip Girls. And when I saw her picture I confused her with another actress who is in Lost. But that’s not so relevant.
Bottom line… it’s great to see a celebrity talking about extended breastfeeding in The New York Daily News:

Rutherford, 40, whose second child with hubby Daniel Giersch is due this summer, decided to keep breastfeeding for as long as possible after being inspired by the doula who cared for her when her son Hermes was an infant.
“She had breastfed her children anywhere from two to four years of age and let them naturally wean themselves,” Rutherford says. “All of her kids are super strong, healthy smart kids. So I just decided, well, I will try it and just see how it goes.”
Rutherford travels frequently and says breastfeeding her two-year-old makes a lot of sense when she takes him along, since he hasn’t been prone to any earaches while airborne.

Minnie Driver and Breastfeeding

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Here’s a celebrity tid bit from US Magazine… Actress Minnie Driver credits her post-partum weight loss to breastfeeding:
“I think the breastfeeding is what burns it off,” she told Friday at the annual Oxfam party held at Esquire House in Hollywood. “I go for one big long walk with my boy every day. I live in the hills, so it’s kind of up and down. I do some yoga, but I’m not doing a whole bunch yet. I still have a marshmallow tummy.”

The W Magazine Cover and Story About Angelina Jolie

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Here’s the link to the story. You can see some of the photos here, but you’ll have to buy the magazine to see all of them. I’m heading to the newsstand tomorrow to see if I can track down a copy.
On a side note, the Reuters story that quotes me has been getting picked up all over the place. Quite funny to see it on the FOX News website.

Angelina Jolie and The W Magazine Cover

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I’m quoted in this Reuters article about Angelina Jolie and the photo of her breastfeeding on the cover of W Magazine.