Weird Findings

 In the era of the International Breastfeeding Conference, Cindy Turner-Maffei and Karin Cadwell would present their beloved Weird Findings segment on the last day of the conference. I always found it delightful and now wistfully reminisce about the session sometimes. One year, we learned about pink yak milk, spider milk, goat wet nurses and donkeys …

Nurturing care is critical to improving health outcomes

A friend recently told me, “I vowed to never use the word ‘diet’ in front of my daughter.” She explained how as she was growing up, her mother was fixated on dieting, and how that affected her relationship with food and her body image. I sympathized. My grandmother was a model, and I grew up …

Balancing family health and economic well-being in Kenya

Josephine (Josie) W. Munene is the Director of Community Engagement at Maziwa Breastfeeding, an organization that helps mothers balance their babies’ health and their families’ economic well-being in Kenya. Munene leads the lactation education training programs and the Community Breastfeeding Ambassador peer support initiatives. Munene completed her graduate work in the UK with a focus …

1,000 Golden Days for the Development of the Egyptian Family

This summer, while health advocates across the globe celebrated World Breastfeeding Week and the U.S. celebrated National Breastfeeding Month, Egypt commemorated the launch of their initiative “1,000 Golden Days for the Development of the Egyptian Family.” This work is situated under the umbrella project 100-Million Healthy Lives Presidential Initiative.  In collaboration with Egyptian Members Association …

Monumental ‘Skin-to-skin contact after birth: Developing a research and practice guideline’ calls for immediate, continuous, uninterrupted skin-to-skin contact for all mothers and all babies from 1000 grams, after all modes of birth

In Western culture, we tend to trust the process of pregnancy and the capability of a human body to grow and nourish a fetus, but there’s a moment between then and the approaching birth of the baby and beyond when that confidence is lost. Among other reasons, loss of trust in the female body forces …