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 …

Spotlight on Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies during National Breastfeeding Month

It’s Week Three (August 16-24) of National Breastfeeding Month, recognized as Spotlight on Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies by the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC).  Among the many effects of the novel coronavirus, the pandemic has truly exposed our nation’s deficiencies; one of them being emergency unpreparedness.  Years ago, Federal Emergency Management Agency …

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, …