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Sunport opens room for nursing mothers

September 19, 2018

The Albuquerque International Sunport has become a lot more new-mother friendly by adding a private, relaxing nursing room. The room, furnished by mothers in the Aviation Department, opened to the public last month. “Making sure moms feel comfortable and welcome to nurse in our city buildings is critical for families,” Mayor Tim Keller said in a statement. “This new room is part of our commitment to an accessible and inclusive city.” Read full article

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First generation breastfeeder

August 22, 2018

Breastfeeding, it’s nothing new. It was Hera’s breastmilk that made Hercules invincible. Where did babies get milk from in the ancient times? They got it from their mother or from a wet nurse. A wet nurse is a woman who is capable of producing breastmilk and who breastfeeds another woman’s baby in the case that mother cannot produce any milk or cannot breastfeed for any other special reason(s). There was no such thing as formula, so the alternative route to feed baby was the use of a wet nurse. The first liquid form of infant formula was created in 1865 by chemist…

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Albuquerque Sunport gets new nursing room

August 22, 2018

Mothers will soon have a more comfortable place to nurse at the Sunport. The city worked with the New Mexico Breastfeeding Taskforce to develop a nursing room at the Sunport, south of the security checkpoint. The room was furnished by mothers at the Aviation Department. Read full article

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World Breastfeeding Week

August 19, 2018

August 1-7 is World Breastfeeding Week. World Breastfeeding Week aims to inform people about the links between good nutrition, food security, poverty reduction and breastfeeding, anchor breastfeeding as the foundation of life and engage with individuals and organizations for greater impact. Presbyterian is honored to promote and support breastfeeding among New Mexico mothers all year round. Read full article

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Grant helps LCMC family birthing center in Ruidoso achieve prestigious designation

August 19, 2018

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 Baby-Friendly® hospital designation. Read full article

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Businesses enjoy return on investment in breastfeeding-friendly workplace

August 10, 2018

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 time so mothers can breastfeed or pump milk experience less absenteeism, lower health care costs and turnover rates, higher productivity and employee loyalty and positive community perception. Read full article

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The Breastfeeding Movement Is Experiencing a Tech Revolution—Here’s How It’s Helping New Moms

August 8, 2018

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; three-week-old babies suckled not far from a two-year-old; a lactation coach suggested alternate positions for a better latch. With the RV at humming capacity, someone joked that it might tip. Welcome to the new breastfeeding revolution. Read full article

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There’s help with breastfeeding for Las Cruces moms

August 5, 2018

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. They gather at the MountainView Senior Circle on Lohman Avenue for encouragement, help and all-around camaraderie. August is National Breastfeeding Month and Aug. 1-7 marks World Breastfeeding Week, recognized internationally to boost support for women who breastfeed. A companion event, the Big Latch On, is celebrated during…

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Breastfeeding Behind Bars

June 7, 2018

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 they are separated from their child (Hidalgo v NMCD). In Spring 2018, Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center officially released their Breastfeeding Support Program policy. Over the last year, five inmate mothers/baby dads have received breastfeeding support. Support for mothers in the corrections system has been…

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Hacking Traditional Native Regalia for Easier Breastfeeding

May 2, 2018

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 Jones (ABQ Zine Fest), and Monica Esparza (NM Breastfeeding Task Force), Rachael organized an intimate community gathering of Pueblo women who wanted to share their past breastfeeding experiences. With the ultimate goal of making traditional dresses more breastfeeding-friendly, the discussion included stigma against teenage parenting…

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