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Kimberly Smetzer and Marisol Kearny: Local hospitals, employers support nursing mothers

September 3, 2015

As local health-care practitioners and members of the New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force, we felt it was important to celebrate National Breastfeeding Month by outlining some of the exciting developments happening both here in Las Cruces and in southern New Mexico in the effort to ensure all breastfeeding families feel supported. Read More

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Advocates Say New Moms Need Workplace Support To Breastfeed

September 3, 2015

By: Marisa Demarco It’s World Breastfeeding Week, and proponents are looking at how New Mexico treats new mothers. Read More

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Public Health New Mexico: Nursing A Shift In Culture

September 3, 2015

By: Marisa Demarco Moms and hospitals around the state are working to figure out what can be done to support breastfeeding. It’s all about re-normalizing an ancient and intimate exchange of nutrition in the United States today.  Read More

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Public Health New Mexico: Baby-Friendly Hospitals In N.M.

September 3, 2015

There are 30 hospital facilities with maternity care units across the state. Eight have been deemed baby-friendly, and four of those are part of Indian Health Services. “That’s a designation that shows a huge commitment and takes years to achieve—huge culture shift within the hospital systems,” says Erin Marshall, baby-friendly hospital project director with the New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force. Read More

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Santa Fe New Mexican: Celebrate breast-feeding to help families

September 3, 2015

By Shabd-Simran Adeniji and Monica Larrea de Arellano | You might be asking yourself, why would we need to have a national month to celebrate breast-feeding? The answer is simple. Though breast-feeding is much more widely accepted now than it has been in decades, and more and more people view breast-feeding as the most healthy way to feed a baby, there are still many roadblocks to breast-feeding faced by families every day. Read More

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KGLP Podcast: New Mexico Breast Feeding Task Force rep, Erin Marshall

September 3, 2015

http://www.podbean.com/media/player/svaec-580085?from=wp  

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The Push For Breastfeeding

August 31, 2015

By MARISA DEMARCO • AUG 21, 2015 from kunm.org Advocates around the state are working to help new moms who want to breastfeed make it happen. They’re embarking on campaigns to normalize breastfeeding and inform women of their rights at work. Are hospitals helping women start the process? Are New Mexico employers offering their workers clean, private spaces to pump milk? Did you or anyone you know ever face disapproval or judgment for nursing in public? Are businesses friendly to breastfeeding moms? Read the Full Article

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Successful Breastfeeding Starts With Baby-Friendly Hospital Care

August 10, 2015

by Carrie Murphy (from RH Reality Check) Here in the United States, parents and families are constantly told “Breast is best.” Yet our society is fundamentally unsupportive in helping families who truly wish to breastfeed to reach their goals, whatever they may be. There are few structures or programs in place that reinforce breastfeeding families in real, concrete ways. The lack of social and cultural support for breastfeeding in America is much more insidious and more widespread than most new parents realize. It includes the absence of mandated paid family leave, which would make it easier to begin and maintain…

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Breast-feeding makes financial, health sense

August 3, 2015

from the Albuquerque Journal By Cindy Chavez And Erin Marshall / New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force PUBLISHED: Monday, August 3, 2015 at 12:02 am When you think of all the benefits of breast-feeding, it’s hard to imagine anyone would discourage mothers and families from breast-feeding their infants. But it happens. Maybe not in the headline-grabbing ways we see in the news when a breast-feeding mom is kicked out of a public place for breast-feeding. No, more likely, discrimination against breast-feeding families happens in more subtle ways. These include workplace policies that make it hard for nursing moms to take breaks…

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NMBTF on kasa.com

May 12, 2015

New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force on kasa.com ALBUQUERQUE (KASA) – Since 1988, The New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force has been collaborating with families, doctors, hospitals, employers, and communities to make breastfeeding the cultural norm. The New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force has begun a new initiative to design, implement, and evaluate a “Breastfeeding Workplace Liaison” Program. 

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