Staying Connected: Moms Who Pump in Prison

February 4, 2019

An innovative lactation program encourages incarcerated new moms to maintain their breast milk supply, reinforcing maternal bonds and providing health benefits to their newborns. EDITOR’S NOTE: This report was produced with support from the Fuller Project for International Reporting, in collaboration with Resolve Philadelphia. Warden Nancy Giannetta, clutching a dense ring of keys, gets buzzed through a series of security doors and into Unit G of Riverside Correctional Facility, a county jail for women in Philadelphia. It’s a Thursday afternoon in January when Giannetta greets three uniformed guards on her way to the back of the unit, where there’s a room with…

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Addressing Racial Inequities in Breastfeeding in the Southern United States

February 1, 2019

Abstract BACKGROUND: Race is a predictor of breastfeeding rates in the United States, and rates are lowest among African American infants. Few studies have assessed changes in breastfeeding rates by race after implementing the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding (hereafter referred to as the Ten Steps), and none have assessed the association between implementation and changes in racial disparities in breastfeeding rates. Our goal was to determine if a hospital- and community-based initiative in the Southern United States could increase compliance with the Ten Steps, lead to Baby-Friendly designation, and decrease racial disparities in breastfeeding. Read full article.

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House Leadership: New ‘Nursing Lounge’ Makes Roundhouse More Accessible For Moms, Parents

January 15, 2019

SANTA FE ― New Mexico House of Representatives Leadership announced Monday the creation of a “Nursing Lounge” for new moms and parents inside the State Capitol. Joining other state legislatures across the country, House Leadership is working to create a more inclusive and safer environment for new parents to privately breastfeed or pump breastmilk for their children at the State Capitol. Read full article. 

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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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