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 …

Building resilience in mothers and babies

Delicately packed in bandages, several stones huddle together withstanding crashing waves on an Australian shore. The installation, To take care of, by Hannah Streefkerk was featured in a resiliency lecture presented by Anna Blair and Karin Cadwell at this year’s International Breastfeeding Conference. “Everyone needs to be taken care of,” Blair concluded, admiring an image …

Lactating mammary gland scarves promote breastfeeding awareness

My favorite chair in our house is printed with milk ducts (or placentas depending on how you look at it.) Well, not really, but that’s how I see it. I see breasts in light fixtures, on textiles and in the clouds. And now, the rest of the world will share in my delight. Behold. The …