Thursday, August 4, 2011

Links - World Breastfeeding Week style

In case you didn't hear the great news, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services adopted the recent recommendation of the Institute of Medicine, to require insurers to provide breastfeeding support  and pump rentals, free of co-pays and other cost-sharing!
For information about the newly adopted Guidelines for Women’s Preventive Services, click over to read more at Birthing Beautiful Ideas.

The CDC recently released the 2011 Breastfeeding Report CardReuters reports:

Less than 4 percent of the country's hospitals fully support breastfeeding, said a report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In nearly 80 percent of hospitals, healthy babies who are being breastfed are given formula even when there is no medical need for it, making it more difficult to continue breastfeeding at home, the report says.
Only a third of hospitals have "rooming in" policies that allow babies to stay in the hospital room with their mothers 24 hours a day, which can increase breastfeeding opportunities.
Nearly 75 percent of hospitals do not provide adequate support for mothers once they leave, including follow-up visits and phone calls, the report said.

via Public Health Doula
Great tips for doulas from a doula/IBCLC!

On Saturday, August 6 at 10:30 am local time, for one minute, women nation wide will be breastfeedingFind a local BIG LATCH ON event near you! 

The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action is has created a video to show you how have a Breastfeeding-themed flash mob using the song they developed for this year's World Breastfeeding Week:

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