Women need protection from formula ads and support to promote breastfeeding

“Nearly all mothers are physically able to breastfeed and will do so if they have accurate information and support,” 

breastfeeding1Great article on the UN’s website today (click above quote) detailing some of the ways woman become discouraged when breastfeeding. So many women often think they “won’t have enough milk”, which is rare with a proper start and support. But from what you see in the formula ads they would have you think it’s common! That is where the support comes in. I’m lucky enough to live in an area where a boob out at the playground or coffee shop is expected and encouraged. But not everyone has their community, co-workers or even family behind them giving them correct information or support. This week is the start of world breastfeeding week, congratulate the next breastfeeding mom you see on giving her baby the world’s most perfect food.

 

What to Read Before you’re Pregnant

What to Read Before you're Pregnant

Some of you have found this page though a friend or facebook, and you may not be pregnant yet. You might not even be thinking about it. This is a great time to start reading about maternity care and childbirth! Seems crazy. Like lurking in the wedding section of Barnes and Noble when you’re not engaged yet. But I’m telling you, start educating yourself now! As part of my childbirth educator training I had to read a ton of amazing books and research papers. Many of them highlight the state of maternity care in the United States, and it’s not pretty. World Health Statistics in 2010 identified 33 countries with lower maternal mortality ratios than the United States, while 37 countries had lower neonatal mortality rates, 40 had lower infant mortality rates, 65 had lower low birthweight rates, and 32 had higher rates of exclusive breastfeeding to at least six months. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development identified 24 high- and middle-income countries with lower cesarean rates in 2007 and just 4 with higher rates. Yikes! When you DO see those two pink lines you want to already be confident in what your body can do and rest easy that you have already found a care provider that will support your birth plan. Can you do this while pregnant? Of course. But why cram for the test the night before? Jennifer Block’s, Pushed, is a great place to start. I finished this book and thought, “How was this not on some sort of required reading list at Simmons (My all-women alma mater)!?” So click on the book, order and put Pushed on your summer reading list!