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OUTRAGEOUS. Tell the CEO of Mylan: It's Time to Bring the Price of EpiPens Down!

Posted August 24, 2016 by Kristin

Take Action!“Where’s your EpiPen?” I’ve asked that question more times than I can count. I'm the mom of a food allergy kid. I have the sleepless nights. The grey hairs. The worry lines of that fate. My son, Connor, has had life-threatening anaphylactic allergies to foods—including to eggs—since shortly after his birth. It’s flat out [...]

A High School Report Card

Posted August 23, 2016 by Mary Beth Maxwell

I just dropped my son off at soccer tryouts.  He starts high school (yikes!) in less than two weeks.   We've been talking about and planning for this big day for some time now. He's excited and nervous. So am I. And I think he might be getting a little tired of how much I [...]

Posted Under: healthcare

Of Angels and Healthy, Affordable Foods in Minnesota

Posted August 22, 2016 by Stephanie Vaughn

In this era of political disagreement, it’s unusual to see political parties put aside their differences, join hands and work together for the greater good. But that’s exactly what happened recently in Minnesota around efforts to improve and increase access to healthy and affordable food.   Minnesota is one of the lowest ranked states in [...]

Posted Under: Food! politics & policy

#MilitaryMonday: Breastfeeding On-Duty with WIC

Posted August 22, 2016 by Heather Stephens

Imagine flying from Italy to Spain, then boarding another plane from Spain to Virginia, and finally, driving down from Virginia to Tennessee all in a matter of days just to turn around and fly out to California. Sounds exhausting, right? Now add a 5-month-old breastfeeding baby to the mix who is constantly restless, feeding, crying [...]

Public Speaking... (Who me?)

Posted August 22, 2016 by Pam Genant

This post originally appeared on Meanderings of Gentle Gull.   OK yes, I crawled outside my box and actually spoke in public, I survived the ordeal. For me this is a huge milestone and I am here to tell the story. Most of you know that I do NOT like speaking in front of an audience, [...]

On Nate Parker and Consent

Posted August 19, 2016 by Byron Hurt

To all victims and survivors of sexual violence, I hate that you have been, once again, re-traumatized by the force of patriarchy. I see the many statuses, comments, blogs, and articles in my timeline, and I am reading and digesting them. I completely understand why you are now either conflicted, or clear, about whether or [...]

Posted Under: politics & policy

With Each Passing Moment

Posted August 19, 2016 by Lauren Hipp

I always assumed I would breastfeed -- naively so, not giving a second thought as to any potential barriers or complications. And thankfully, even with a few small hiccups like tongue tie and delayed milk production, I was able to do just that. But I never expected how empowering and important I would find breastfeeding [...]

Posted Under: Blog Carnivals healthcare

#MilitaryMonday: TRICARE’s Breastfeeding Policy—A New Mom’s Experience

Posted August 15, 2016 by National Military Family Association

Recently, TRICARE implemented a new breastfeeding support policy including coverage for breast pumps. The National Military Family Association is generally pleased with this new policy because it gives families flexibility in terms of when, where, and how to purchase breast pumps and supplies. But we wondered how this policy is panning out in military communities [...]