Prior to giving birth to our second son, my husband and I had a serious conversation about him being the gatekeeper for visitors at the hospital. I was inspired by how my sister initiated breastfeeding right away after delivery, and wanted to do the same with our son. My husband’s job was to determine when [...]
Great news! Last month, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that will make it easier for California moms to start and continue breastfeeding their newborns. Specifically, the bill requires that by 2025, all hospitals in California delivering babies must implement common sense policies that greatly increase the number of breastfeeding mothers across income and [...]
Improving healthy food access for children is important work. But what about babies? We know that in so-called food deserts, health outcomes are impacted when residents lack easy access to the most healthful foods. In the same way, when babies miss out on their most healthful first food–breast milk–because a mother cannot access the resources [...]
I didn’t realize how many women don’t have access to basic information on how to protect themselves (and their unborn child) from exposure to toxic chemicals. Check out WVE’s tips for harmful chemicals to avoid during pregnancy!
All this week, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, I have been reminded of the shoulders I stand on—the civil rights leaders who sat in protest, endured water hosings, recovered from dog bites, and went to prison for me and my children, and my children’s children, to have the most [...]
The news had not been posted for two hours before the brouhaha began on Facebook. Yesterday, myself and two of my comrades in the movement to shift breastfeeding culture in the black community, officially announced August 25-31st—the last week of National Breastfeeding Awareness Month—as Black Breastfeeding Week. About two weeks ago, I wrote a piece [...]
The idea to write a song about breastfeeding was conceived at a regional peer counselor conference back in 2011. It was during a group activity in which we were asked to come up with a creative way to address a common barrier to breastfeeding. My table’s topic was breastfeeding in public. It was then that [...]
What’s hiding in the fragrances of top brand-name cleaners? You have a right to know–and SC Johnson should be telling you instead of keeping toxic secrets.
It seems fitting to open National Breastfeeding Month with a focus on peer counseling and mother-to-mother support. Next to the mother-baby bond, one of the most critical relationships for sustaining breastfeeding can be a close connection between a woman who knows and has experience breastfeeding with a new mother learning to breastfeed. Of course breastfeeding [...]
Here’s a spin on National Breastfeeding Month: activism! August is National Breastfeeding Month and August 1-7 is World Breastfeeding Week, which is a time to advance breastfeeding as part of the country’s larger healthcare agenda. Throughout the month, MomsRising.org will collaborate with other groups to advocate for a society that is more supportive of breastfeeding. Join [...]