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#WBW2015: PAID Maternity Leave: A Cornerstone in Supporting Women’s Rights

PAID Maternity Leave: A Cornerstone in Supporting Women’s Rights

“It is clear that mothers and babies benefit from maternity leave and that legislating paid maternity leave would make access more readily available to the families that most need it. But it isn’t just mothers that benefit. Everyone benefits from measures protecting maternity at the workplace!”

That’s right we all benefit.

please follow this link for the full blog post from the IBCLE’s Blog.

#WBW2015: PAID Maternity Leave: A Cornerstone in Supporting Women’s Rights.


Breastfeeding Health Literacy Survey and Questionnaire

Things are going great in our neck of the woods! How about you?

We are all working hard to get the public supported and educated on birth breastfeeding and more. One of our ladies is part of a food bank that just got started. She will hopefully soon start work on a diaper bank that will include classes on how to use and make cloth diapers!

I’ve been observing birthing classes in preparation to begin some pregnancy and birth classes in the future. That’s something I really want to get started but worry about my adequacy in teaching. I had some pretty quick births and I will have to learn a lot of things that need to be used or may be wanted during longer births.

I do need some help from you all out there, though. I’m trying to do a a quick “Breastfeeding Basics in Less Than 30 minutes” series. We will be starting the class as part of our breastfeeding support group for the Greater Valley area. We will do it once a month for 4-6 weeks. The key to making this work is focusing on the information that is needed most during those quick 30min, or less, lessons. You can help me out by filling out out this survey and then sharing it. Thank you so much for helping!

What To Do About Babies and Peanuts: New Study Finds Early Exposure Can Prevent Allergy

A very interesting read for the Science of Mom. Things to consider if you are introducing foods. I would add though that it is best to wait till after 6 months to add any foods until more research is done. Early intro of food brings risks such as early weaning.

The Science of Mom

You’ve probably already seen headlines about a study showing that feeding children small amounts of peanut products in the first 5 years of life can prevent the development of peanut allergy. The study was conducted in the U.K., led by Gideon Lack of King’s College London, and was published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine (free full text available here).1Why is this study important?

Photo by Sanja Gjenero Photo by Sanja Gjenero

Food allergies are on the rise in Western countries, and peanut allergy is one of the scariest. In the U.S., more than 2% of children and their families are now living with a peanut allergy, representing a 5-fold increase in prevalence since 1997.2,3 And this allergy isn’t just an inconvenience; it’s now the biggest cause of anaphylaxis and death related to food allergy in the U.S.4 This is a huge concern to parents wondering…

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East Alabama Medical Center Awarded Baby-Friendly Status

East Alabama Medical Center Awarded Baby-Friendly Status

I’m happy to announce that East Alabama Medical Center was awarded Baby-friendly status in March of this year. It has been a long journey for the employees and they have worked very hard. I’m so proud of the changes they have been made and the level of care that they continue to increase. These changes with help create a healthier community.

This is not the end though. EAMC has become partners with another local hospital. That means that in the next 5 years all the work that was done at EAMC will need to be repeated for the other hospital. I’m excited for these changes and ready for the challenge. This hospital is no where close to the level EAMC was at when they started, but I know they can get the 10 steps implemented.

Sensory Processing and Breastfeeding

The world of Sensory Processing and Breastfeeding. The link will take you to a well written and easy to understand article written by a to z breastfeeding. I think this is a must read!

Packing Your Pump Bag – Things to think about.

Things to Think About: Wall Plug: When packing your walk plug be careful not to wrap it tightly this can causing damage to the wires. (speaking personal experience here) Battery pack: If your pump comes with a battery pack cord go ahead and put new batteries in it and toss into your breast pump bag. I put […]

ABM updates protocol on contraception and breastfeeding

Important updates on birth control about birth control please see below

Breastfeeding Medicine

The long awaited protocol revision on Contraception and Breastfeeding by Drs. Pamela Berens and Miriam Labbok is out. This revision on a crucial topic has useful information for those counseling mothers regarding contraceptive choices. One to two times a month I encounter a mother in my consultative breastfeeding practice who has been placed on some type of hormonal contraceptive and now she is struggling to make milk. In this revision there are a few new tables and a section describing in depth the individual contraceptives choices, summarizing the evidence and the associated studies. The bottom line remains: “Until more extensive well designed research exists , it would be prudent to consider hormonal contraceptive methods as potentially having some risk of decreasing the mother’s milk supply.” Options such as Lactational Amenorrhea Methods (LAM) and Natural Family Planning (NFP) and emergency contraception are discussed and associated management issues are also addressed. As…

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