To all you dedicated mothers, parents, grandparents and families!
May this holiday season bring you family togetherness, harmony and joy.
May 2018 bring fulfillment, success, good health, prosperity and peace.
May you enjoy the full benefits of successful, loving nursing amidst cuddles, snuggles and the joy of watching your little ones grow and flourish.
Thank you for giving me the privilege of helping you in this vital task that spreads such contentment.
Happy New year!
Margot Mann IBCLC RLC
World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is an annual celebration of the role of lactation in our homes, our communities, and the world. The 2017 theme is Sustaining Breastfeeding Together. Join International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) and World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) in observing WBW 1-7 August 2017.
This year’s theme celebrates working together for the common good, which produces sustainable results greater than the sum of our individual efforts. Evidence of the benefits of breastfeeding is already available to us. We know that breastfeeding aids the survival of infants and helps them thrive, provides long-term health benefits for women, yields economic benefits, and enhances the well-being of all. The challenge for champions of breastfeeding is to translate globally agreed policies into positive action in our communities.
In September 2015, world leaders committed to 17 goals aimed at ending poverty, protecting the planet, and ensuring prosperity. These goals are known as the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Breastfeeding and Sustainable development are connected to the 17 SDGs. These goals can be divided into four themes: Nutrition, Food Security, and Poverty Reduction; Survival, Health, and Well-Being; Environment and Climate Change; and Women’s Productivity and Employment. For more information on these connections, see this Lactation Matters post from our 2016 celebration.
Bring your nursing babies and join in the big “Latch – on” during World Breastfeeding Week.
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Breastfeeding and Maternal Responsiveness Literature Review, from Advances in Nutrition
The journal Advances in Nutrition has released an article entitled, “Associations between Breastfeeding and Maternal Responsiveness: A Systematic Review of the Literature.” The systematic review synthesizes the accumulating bodies of evidence aimed at understanding associations between mother’s feeding experiences and responsive feeding in an attempt to clarify the nature of associations between feeding mode and responsive feeding. Cross-sectional observational studies consistently reported greater responsiveness among breastfeeding mothers than among formula-/bottle-feeding mothers. In addition, longitudinal studies showed that longer breastfeeding durations predicted lower use of nonresponsive feeding practices during later childhood, and some, but not all, found that breastfeeding mothers showed greater increases in responsiveness across infancy than did formula-/bottle-feeding mothers. However, a limited number of longitudinal studies also reported that greater responsiveness during early infancy predicted longer breastfeeding durations. In sum, although there is consistent evidence for an association between breastfeeding and responsive feeding, more research is needed to better understand the mechanisms underlying this association.
USBC: Staying Abreast of the Times May 31, 2017
New Mobile App, from Mamava
With the mission to make breastfeeding more accessible for moms on the go, Mamava has released their new mobile app, which provides a digital solution for the struggle endured by every breastfeeding mom: the lack of dignified space to express breastmilk. The new Mamava app supports moms on the go by locating Mamava lactation suites and over 1200 other Mamava-vetted public lactation rooms. Moms can celebrate as their new app navigates them away from family restrooms and into clean, private lactation spaces. The Mamava app has been designed by a team who intimately understands a mother’s breastfeeding journey. The app features useful resources including a content feed of tips and information from Mamava’s trusted partners, a breastfeeding goal tracker, a personal profile where moms can upload images of their babes for help with milk let-down, and a Mamava guided lactation meditation.
USBC: Staying Abreast May 31, 2017