Helping moms reach their breastfeeding goals.
  • Photo courtesy of American Academy of Microbiology
  • Does Exclusive Breastfeeding Matter? Yes.

    We all need bacteria (also called flora) in our digestive tract to help our immune system work and get the most energy from our food, babies are the same! Your baby has a sterile gut until birth - that means her digestive tract is a blank slate.

    A vaginally delivered baby gets exposed to mom’s good bacteria during the birth process – thanks mom! A c-section baby will get his first dose of bacteria from the environment – microbes may come from the nurses and other babies in close proximity.

  • THE PORTLAND MIRACLE MILK STROLL

    Saturday May 10th all over the US, military bases and even the UK families gathered and walked together to build awareness about the need for donated breast milk. The 1st Annual Miracle Milk Mother’s Day Stroll was initiated by Best for Babes, a nationwide non-profit that helps moms reach their breastfeeding goals by lowering barriers (or Booby Traps).
  • HELP RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT DONOR MILK!

    New research about breast milk shows how much more there is to learn about this dynamic fluid. It contains over 200,000 different elements, each created specifically to nourish human babies. Can you imagine a label that listed 200,000 ingredients? Breast milk contains a long list of proteins, enzymes, all vitamins (except K) and over 30 oligosaccharides. It would be impossible to replicate human milk in a food lab.

    BREASTFEEDING AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

    We are digging out from our second winter storm here in Oregon, the kids are enjoying the snow now instead of hiding inside from the biting winds and sub-zero temperatures. As the winter weather continues we are reminded to prepare for power outages, treacherous driving conditions and frozen water pipes. But what special considerations should you make if caring for a baby? Breastfeeding is real emergency preparedness – 1. Warm and ready for baby – no electricity required. 2. Always safe – no risk of contaminates from your water supply.

    ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, BREASTFEED!

    Conquer school mornings in stride with this Olympic-worthy breastfeeding game plan!

    By Karen Williamson, CLEC Milkies Special Contributor

    Does the alarm clock chime send a shiver down your spine? Get your baby fed and your school-age kids to class on time, with a little help from a simple planner, some extra pump parts, and a streamlined routine.

    Chart the course for happier days, easier milk

    A TALE OF 2 BIRTHS –

    If we were designing maternity care practices today, what would they look like? We could start with an evidence based approach that would allow the best outcomes for infants and mothers – fewer interventions and supportive of breastfeeding. How does that compare to the typical experience of a mother having a baby in a hospital today?

  • LOBBYING IN WASHINGTON DC FOR BREASTFEEDING PROMOTION

    Above-The Milkies founders with our own Senator Jeff Merkeley who co-sponsored the 2009 Breastfeeding Promotion Act. We are so proud of him!!
    After the United States Breastfeeding Committee conference in Arlington, we made our way to Washington DC to lobby for 4 days. We walked endlessly from meeting to meeting and talked to the staffers of senators and congressmen about making breastfeeding promotion more of a public health priority. For the most part, we were well received (there were a few young, male staffers that blushed hot and red every time we said “breast”).

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