Celebrating Elyse Blair, RN, BSN, ANLC, IBCLC and her career dedicated to special care babies

Elyse Blair, RN, BSN, ANLC, IBCLC , Healthy Children Project Faculty Emerita,  has spent most of her almost 50 year nursing career helping the smallest and most medically complex infants. Blair worked as a labor and delivery nurse for the first several years of her career, but she was always curious about the babies who …

National Childhood Obesity Month: the links between infant feeding and obesity Part 1

Worldwide, obesity has nearly tripled since 1975.  Anthropologist Daniel Sellen of the University of Toronto reminded participants at the “Nutrition and Nurture in Infancy and Childhood: Bio-Cultural Perspectives” conference that no country has yet managed to avoid the occurrence of childhood obesity. Sellen pointed out that 90 percent of countries experience the double burden of …

National Preparedness Month: the U.S.’s deficit in Infant and Young Child Feeding preparedness during emergencies

 The editors of more than 200 health journals worldwide just released  ​​Call for Emergency Action to Limit Global Temperature Increases, Restore Biodiversity, and Protect Health ahead of The United Nations General Assembly this month. The authors urge critical action to curb global temperature increases in an effort to  “halt the destruction of nature, and protect …

Considering evolving language in perinatal care and beyond

In the 90s, Diane Wiessinger, MS, IBCLC wrote Watch Your Language, an iconic piece that got us thinking about how we talk about infant feeding simultaneously, warning us of the dangers of “inverting reality” as it relates to breastfeeding and artificial feeding methods.  Wiessinger writes, “When we (and the artificial milk manufacturers) say that breastfeeding …