Progress for Working Moms: Breastfeeding Stations in Philippines Workplaces

The Filipino Department of Labor and Employment recently announced they’d like to install breastfeeding stations at more workplaces, according to an article from GMA News.

DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz discussed research showing how supporting breastfeeding not only makes financial sense for businesses, but also helps to boost employee morale. She discussed how she wants . . . → Read More: Progress for Working Moms: Breastfeeding Stations in Philippines Workplaces

Every Drop Matters: Why Breastfeeding Is NOT All or Nothing

I’ve come to learn that many nursing moms are not aware that breastfeeding does not have to be all or nothing–even babies who get one drop of breastmilk per day are still getting the benefits of breastmilk. More important (at least from my perspective), it’s definitely physically possible to nurse only a few times per day.

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This Week in Celebrity Breastfeeding…

Earlier this week, Gisele Bundchen instagrammed a picture of herself nursing her baby while a team of helpers styled her hair, her nails, and applied her makeup. She tagged the picture as “multitasking” and “gettingready.” 

I thought the photo was awesome. Here was this mama acknowledging that in order to look that good, she needs . . . → Read More: This Week in Celebrity Breastfeeding…

Airport Lactation Pods

Burlington’s airport (in Vermont) recently unveiled a new lactation station–a pod-like space called a Mamava. I think this is fantastic! Not because I think mothers should be “sent” in there to nurse their babies, but because traveling moms who need to express their milk have a serious lack of options in airports.

If there is a “family . . . → Read More: Airport Lactation Pods

And Every Day They Grow

I feel a little forlorn today. My baby (he’s 16 months old now) didn’t want to nurse today when I picked him up after work. He began clapping his hands at the sight of his brother and they shared a water bottle in the car, ate some chewy protein balls.

How does this . . . → Read More: And Every Day They Grow

Pumping Experiences: What I Did Differently the Second Time

The very first time I hooked up my breast pump to pump for my first son, a relative looked at my half-ounce bounty and said, “That’s not very much. Are you sure you have enough milk??”

This is just one example of a booby-trap that can derail the nursing experience for breastfeeding mothers, particularly . . . → Read More: Pumping Experiences: What I Did Differently the Second Time

Taxes, Health Insurance, and Nursing Supplies

We know that new health care legislation mandates insurance companies pay for a breast pump for nursing mothers, but we also know that the lack of specific language means some insurers only reimburse for a manual pump. Working moms who are separated from their babies need a double electric pump to express milk!

Thankfully, many major . . . → Read More: Taxes, Health Insurance, and Nursing Supplies