Expanding the Lactation Landscape in New Mexico

June 10, 2024

Image of the first NMBTF lactation provider cohort in 2019 Jun 10, 2024 Monica Esparza Expanding the Lactation Landscape in New Mexico New Mexico is at a pivotal moment for expanding its lactation landscape. For the first time in history, a diverse array of credentials are now eligible for licensing as NM Lactation Care Providers under the NM Board of Nursing. This milestone follows years of advocacy to include various lactation care credentials previously left out when the license first went into effect. On May 2, 2024, the NM Board of Nursing unanimously voted to include Certified Breastfeeding Specialists, Indigenous…

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August and September: National Breastfeeding Month

August 1, 2023

Aug 1, 2023 Mary Nell-Wegner Not only is August sure to bring cooler temperatures, it is also Breastfeeding Awareness Month! In New Mexico, our theme this year is “Reclamation begins with skin to skin.” This phrase is intended to honor the healing power of breastfeeding /chestfeeding, as well as acknowledge the many injustices that have caused harm over generations to countless New Mexicans. Explains Amanda Singer of the Navajo Breastfeeding Coalition, “We want to help people with the support they need to make lactation work for them. It won’t cure everything, but it will foster important emotional bonds between parent…

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Maternal health crisis in New Mexico: services shrink, risks grow.

April 14, 2023

“Work with them, reach out to them, engage with them.” said Monica Esparza, executive director of the New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force. “Until we start doing that together, I don’t know that we are going to be able to see better outcomes.” Continue Reading Here

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Letdown Podcast: New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force – Monica Esparza & Siboney Rodriguez #9

February 3, 2023

Today we sit down with the New Mexico Breastfeeding task force and discuss the wide range of care and support they provide for breastfeeding mothers, hospitals, clinics, employers and the wider community. My guests are executive director Monica Esparza and core team leader Siboney Rodriguez. Check out the website and register for the Annual Conference in March 2023. Facebook: Letdown Podcast email address: Link to the episode: Link to Letdown podcast on Youtube: Link to Letdown podcast Spotify:

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Lactation Story 2022

November 29, 2022

”I was in active labor when I arrived at the hospital in El Paso, TX from Las Cruces, NM. I delivered naturally not too long after and remember holding my baby on my chest. He was perfect.”

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NMBTF Statement on Reproductive Justice

June 27, 2022
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Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Week of Action

April 29, 2021

This Mother’s Day, organizations, leaders, mothers, and those who love them are taking action to urge Congress to pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act through a week of action that raises awareness of the discrimination that thousands of pregnant workers continue to face on the job every year. Click here to learn more. Week of April 26-30: Promo for Week of Action Monday, May 3rd: Announcing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Week of Action Tuesday, May 4th: Join the Twitter Rally at 11am PT / 2pm ET Wednesday, May 5th: Elevate the voice of pregnant workers Thursday, May 6th: Day…

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Celebrating Senate Bill 96 & Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Proclamation Highlighting Black Maternal Health Week (BMHW)

April 21, 2021

  Protecting Black women and people is an act of justice that is centuries overdue. Harmful health outcomes, police brutality, misogynoir, and laws that disproportionately target and separate Black families from one another are a few examples of why this protection is needed. These examples do not only impact Black and Indigenous families, but they impact us in ways that have been intentionally unceasing in purpose and practice, for centuries. The system is not broken it was built this way. So, what now?  In 2021 New Mexico is looking a little bit different than it has in the past. SB96 which…

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Black Maternal Health Week 2021

April 12, 2021

Join us for Black Maternal Health Week 2021! Founded and led by Black Mamas Matter Alliance, it is an intentional week of awareness, activism, and community building. See below for local Black Maternal Health Week events!

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Have You Taken Our New Mom’s Health & Wellness Survey?

March 19, 2021

Please take our New Mom’s Health & Wellness Survey Have you given birth in the last year? Do you know anyone who has? Please share our New Mom’s Health & Wellness Survey with them! The survey takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and is entirely confidential. Simply add your name to this form and our partners will email you a link to the confidential survey. Your input is invaluable in advancing maternal mental health research! Sign up for the survey HERE

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