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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”).

    BABY LED WEANING – A PERFECT PARTNER TO BREASTFEEDING

    The concept (and video) are known as Baby Led Weaning. The practice is very common in Europe, and I discovered the video at an International Lactation Consultant Conference – I knew I had to spread the word to every parent looking for a better way to introduce solids. The title is a bit misleading – the video is not a how-to-wean from the breast. Instead it challenges the idea of introducing solid food that is not solid by any means and food most of us would not eat under any circumstances.

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