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 …

Positive Deviance Inquiry research with breastfeeding mothers in local, Latino, migrant communities

Randi McCallian, MPH, CPH, IBCLC, CD(DONA) has conducted some of the only known Positive Deviance Inquiry research with breastfeeding mothers in local, Latino, migrant communities. The term “Positive Deviance” (PD)  initially appeared in nutrition research literature in the 1990s according to the Positive Deviance Initiative’s website. The research “documented the existence of ‘Positive Deviant’ children in …

CLC works to impact policy for breastfeeding families

Jaclyn R. Ligman, BA, CLC has always considered herself a feminist. Her journey through motherhood and breastfeeding intensified her desire to impact the culture of womanhood, she says. Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s  Half the Sky inspired further contemplation of how she would contribute to “the sisterhood.” “Through a long, twisting path, lactation studies …