From the Ruidoso News: The grant will help staff members attend a lactation education course and breastfeeding conference, and pay for breastfeeding tools such as books and dolls. The Family Birthing Center at Lincoln County Medical Center recently was awarded a $5,000 grant from the New Mexico Breastfeeding Taskforce to help the center achieve the prestigious…

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Employers who provide a space where employees can express and store milk or breastfeed a baby quickly realize the benefits of doing so. According to the New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force, employers who comply with state and federal laws requiring them to provide a clean and private space for lactating mothers and to offer flexible break…

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On a humid weekend in June, a teal RV decorated with the Pumpspotting logo—a heart with the circle-dot doodle of a breast—rumbled into Detroit. The two-year-old start-up, whose app offers a crowd-sourced guide to lactation-friendly spaces, was in the midst of a Kickstarter-fueled tour across the country. Inside, pregnant women and new moms relaxed into pastel poufs;…

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More than a dozen Las Cruces mothers sat on sofas around a large room on a recent day, quietly breastfeeding their babies. Their older children, mainly toddlers, happily pushed toys across the floor and jabbered with each other, keeping themselves occupied as they waited. For many mothers in this group, the scene is a weekly occurrence.…

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by Monica Esparza, Deputy Director, NMBTF In August 2017, NM District 1 Court ruled that breastfeeding is a constitutional right under the NM Equal Rights Amendment and held that NM Corrections Dept must allow inmate mothers to breastfeed during in-person visitations and must allow inmate mothers to use an electric breast pump to express milk while…

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When we heard about the MIT’s Make the Breast Pump Not Suck Hackathon, we knew we needed to represent New Mexico. Knowing the importance of breastfeeding in reproductive justice, we approached Rachael Lorenzo of Indigenous Women Rising to organize a team. Along with Malia Luarkie (Laguna Pueblo and an organizer with Indigenous Women Rising), Marya Errin…

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by Lissa Knudsen, Board Chair Growing up with a veterinarian father and on 21 rural acres, I had the opportunity to spend a lot of time around nursing foals, lambs, and litters of puppies, and kittens as a child. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but that and knowing that my own…

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Las Crucen Stacie Justus, 28, always knew that she wanted to breastfeed. “It’s something my mom did for both me and my sister and I wanted to do that for my kid, too,” Justus said. Justus now has the opportunity to experience breastfeeding with her daughter Sawyer, who was just 7 weeks old at the…

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New Mexico women could use Medicaid to pay for lactation consultants under a bill advanced by the House Health and Human Services Committee this week. Read more

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By EMILY GUERRA  September 12, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, Emily Guerra meets with New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force Registered Nurse & Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Kimberly Smetzer, and Breastfeeding Counselor, Suzanne Staley, to bring awareness of the many benefits breastfeeding provides for your baby…

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