Suggested Covid-19 resources for pregnancy and lactation

Lactation care and breastfeeding support are always essential, but perhaps even more so during crises like the one we’re facing today, dazed by social isolation. Like many states responding to the Covid-19 pandemic, The Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice (ALPP) is required to comply with Massachusetts Governor Baker’s emergency order and stop in-person operations. …

Helping families flourish in southeastern Alaska

As a young child, Jasmine Esmay, RNC-OB, CLC, now a nurse at a Baby-Friendly critical access hospital in southeastern Alaska, watched a mare birth her foal.  Esmay was struck by the “reverent atmosphere”. The horse has fresh hay and water. Calm and quiet hushed over the scene.  “I was in awe of the whole process,” …

Nutrition During Pregnancy and Lactation: Exploring New Evidence Day 2

Last week,  Cindy Turner-Maffei, MA, ALC, IBCLC shared a summary of what she learned at the Nutrition During Pregnancy and Lactation: Exploring New Evidence – A Workshop through her tweets. This week, she shares Day 2. NASEM has made the videos from the workshop available here.   ———— Guest post by Cindy Turner-Maffei, MA, ALC, IBCLC On January 30, …

Nutrition During Pregnancy and Lactation: Exploring New Evidence

Guest post by Cindy Turner-Maffei, MA, ALC, IBCLC Did you know that the Dietary Guidelines for America (DGA), now 40 years old, have never included guidance for nutrition during pregnancy, lactation, infancy or for children under age 2? Worrisome when you think about the lifelong impact of nutrition in these crucial formative time frames. Congress mandated …

The words we use

“Is ‘jerk’ a swear word, Mom?” “Can I say ‘Hell’ if I’m talking about a place, Mom?” “Mom! George said a bad word!”  More than ever, my kids are experimenting with words. Exposure to new phrases– especially through media and books, friends at school, even us parents, etc.– requires the careful navigation of appropriate vernacular. …