Reflections on the Process of Implementing Change: Highlights from the 2016 MAINN Conference

Guest Blogger: Cindy Turner-Maffei, MA, ALC, IBCLC, Faculty, Healthy Children Project, Inc.* Last week a small team of Healthy Children Project (HCP) faculty members travelled to participate in the Nutrition and Nurture in Infancy and Childhood: Biocultural Perspectives conference in Falun, Sweden. This conference, which is sponsored annually by the University of Central Lancashire (UK) …

Taking Stock of Progress in Supporting, Protecting & Promoting Breastfeeding: The National Immunization Survey and the World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative

By Guest Blogger, Cindy Turner-Maffei, MA, ALC, IBCLC, Faculty, Healthy Children Project, Inc., Affiliated Faculty, Union Institute & University (Ed. Note: Our Milk Way blogger Jess Fedenia is on parental leave for the months of July, August, and September, 2016 to welcome a third child into the family. During Jess’s leave, members of the Healthy …

Fitting in, standing out: Acknowledging stigmas and biases

Parents attend MommyCon, a “boutique style,” natural-parenting convention for many different reasons.   Last year, my dear friend and I traveled over 100 miles with four children under four to attend the convention out of curiosity. We arrived after a tumultuous two hour drive. Immediately upon entering, I was struck by the sea of women …

The Opposites Game

What’s the opposite of breastfeeding? It’s easy to think of formula feeding as the antithesis of breastfeeding, right? But Karin Cadwell invited 22nd Annual International Breastfeeding Conference participants to explore this question in depth a few weeks ago in Orlando, Fla. Here’s the game we played at the conference to brush up on our antonym …