Family Friendly New Mexico Presents: Creative Approaches to Support Lactating Employees Featuring NMBTF’s Monica Esparza

August 13, 2020

August is National Breastfeeding Month—a time when breastfeeding coalitions, Departments of Health, advocates, and communities promote the important role all community members can play in supporting lactating parents. Employers play a critical role in the success of their lactating employees by providing accommodations. Their support of a healthy workforce begins by understanding the many health benefits that human milk and lactation have for both infants and parents. For example, infants who are breastfed/chestfed tend to be healthier, so parents miss work less often and incur less health care costs. In addition, businesses with supportive lactation policies have lower turnover rates,…

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New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force is Holding Their Annual Conference

March 10, 2020

The New Mexico Breastfeeding Taskforce (NMBTF) promotes breastfeeding and supports mothers, families, and communities by helping to create supportive environments in which breastfeeding is the cultural norm. The purpose of NMBTF is to bridge the gap in breastfeeding disparities by ensuring all families have the support they need to reach their breastfeeding goals. Their Annual Conference in March will feature industry experts who will discuss topics on advanced breastfeeding concepts, challenges facing and solutions for breastfeeding families, the latest healthcare findings regarding breastfeeding and other family and community-focused topics. The two-day conference will feature several breakout sessions and keynote speakers,…

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NM Breastfeeding Task Force Encourages Individuals & Employers to Get Involved in World Breastfeeding Week, August 1–7

July 10, 2019

The New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force (NMBTF) is encouraging individuals, employers and organizations to empower parents and enable breastfeeding during World Breastfeeding Week, which runs August 1 – 7, 2019. The Task Force is committed to having New Mexico lead the nation in breastfeeding stats, where mothers and their children experience the health and bonding benefits provided by breastfeeding. “The New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force works year-round to promote breastfeeding and support mothers, families, employers, businesses and communities throughout New Mexico,” said Jennifer Mastripolito, NMBTF Executive Director. “World Breastfeeding Week is an opportunity to expand conversations, policies and empowerment for…

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KRQE Highlights Advanced Concepts in Breastfeeding Conference

March 11, 2019

Executive Director, Jennifer Mastripolito sat down with KRQE to discuss the annual Advanced Concepts in Breastfeeding Conference. Read full article.

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New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force featured in Albuquerque Journal

March 8, 2019

The Albuquerque Journal featured the Task Force in a write up about the Annual Advanced Concepts in Breastfeeding Conference. Read the full article.  

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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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