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Barnum's and Breastfeeding

I hope you're having a great weekend! I thought this was interesting when I ran across it last night. It is a sheet music cover from 1855 called Barnum's Baby Show Polka. Even though it is 1855 and most mothers breastfed, I thought it was interesting that this sheet music cover showed some of the mothers nursing. You can click the cover to see it up close. Historic American Sheet Music, "Barnum's Baby Show Polka", Music #733, Duke University Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library read more

Domesticity, Work, and Breastfeeding

This photo is so interesting to me. Notice the mom breastfeeding at the table. Here's the title of the photograph: 4:30 P.M. Mrs. Annie De Maritius, 46 Laight St., front, Nursing a dirty baby while she picks nuts. Was suffering with a sore throat. Rosie, 3 yrs. old hanging around. Conevieve, 6 yrs. old. Tessie, 6 yrs. old picks too. Make $1.50 to $2.00 a week. Husband on railroad works sometimes. Location: [New York, New York (State)] There is so much going on in this photograph that I'd be remiss if I didn't talk about it thoroughly. This photograph was published... read more

Breastfeeding Under the Trees, June 1939

I am always amazed by the pictures I find of mothers in the 1930s and 40s who breastfed; I'm obsessed with them, really. Although formula was readily available then, poor farming mothers most always breastfed their babies as opposed to feeding them in a way that was expensive and I hazard to say...unnatural. Here's a mother breastfeeding her daughter under the trees in Wagoner County, Oklahoma. The picture was taken in June 1939. This is a wife and child of an itinerant cane furniture maker and agricultural day laborer. One satisfied baby. read more

I Wonder If Mrs. Ocey Snead Breastfed

When I find historic photos of mothers I often want to find out more about the women who are in them. I guess it's the history buff in me that absolutely cannot shut off. When I found this photo two things immediately struck me: 1) I wonder if she breastfed her baby and 2) I wonder why she looks so sad. Although I couldn't figure out if she breastfed or not (surprisingly sometimes I do find clues that can answer that question) I did find out why she was so sad.  The woman in the photo is named Mrs. Ocey Snead and was photographed by a famous photographer, George... read more

Breastfeeding: Getting Started

Breastfeeding information, including (but not limited to!) preparing for breastfeeding, the early days and first year of breastfeeding, common breastfeeding challenges and concerns, and general breastfeeding matters and inspiration. read more

Breastfeeding Coalition Grant Program

With funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) is launching the Coalition Mini-Grants Program to support state/territory/tribal breastfeeding coalitions. The Coalition Mini-Grants Program will award several $500 to $3,000 grants, totaling $18,000 in funding for state, territory, and tribal breastfeeding coalitions.The purpose of this program is to enhance the capacity of state/territory/tribal breastfeeding coalitions while ensuring that coalitions are not duplicating efforts. The mini grants will... read more

Breastfeeding Clinic May be Forced to Close

Breastfeeding Clinic May be Forced to CloseWhen Toronto mothers have problems breastfeeding, the Newman Breastfeeding Clinic and Institute has given them support. Now, due to lack of funding, the clinic may be forced to close in the coming months.Shawne McKeown, writer for CityNews.ca, explains that "The clinic's website, which offers free tip sheets and video instruction, has also served as an invaluable resource to women and educators around the globe. It, too, will cease to exist if funding isn't found."To read more about Dr. Newman and his clinic, read McKeown's... read more

Help Support Breastfeeding Moms this World Breastfeeding Week

As we celebrate the 2008 Olympics (August 8-24) and the 2008 World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7), the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) calls for increased support for mothers striving to achieve the gold standard of infant feeding: to breastfeed their babies exclusively for the first six months, and continue breastfeeding together with feeding other appropriate complementary foods, for up to two years and beyond.To find out more, access downloads, and learn about breastfeeding-promoting activities, visit www.worldbreastfeedingweek.org.You can participate... read more

Watch Your Back

Breastfeeding is all about posture. If you can get comfortably situated in a cozy rocking chair with a big glass of water nearby, you can nurse all day. If you’re not comfortable, however, you won’t enjoythe experience. These exercises stretch your pregnant back and strengthen it for breastfeeding. Stand upright with your feet hip distance apart. Extend your arms above your head. Slowly stretch your upper body as you reach up and to the front of you. Move your arms gently from side to side. Next, tighten the muscles in your buttocks, as you move... read more

Breastfeeding, Biomonitoring, and the Media

By Christine Gross-LohIssue 122, January/February 2004 How should breastfeeding advocates respond to media coverage that undermines breastfeeding? In our bottle-feeding culture, any negative news about breastmilk leads many women away from breastfeeding, comments Marsha Walker, RN, IBCLC. "Each time something happens that hits the newspaper, we start getting these mothers calling in with these questions, and they're concerned about feeding their babies breastmilk. It is very difficult for them to sort through this information. We have to work through it until I know... read more

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