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When should a baby start eating solid foods such as cereals, vegetables, and fruits?
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When should a baby start eating solid foods such as cereals, vegetables, and fruits?

Breast milk alone is sufficient to support optimal growth and development for approximately the first 6 months after birth. For these very young infants, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states that water, juice, and other foods are generally unnecessary. Even when babies enjoy discovering new tastes and textures, solid foods should not replace breastfeeding, but merely complement breast milk as the infant's main source of nutrients throughout the first year. Beyond one year, as the variety and volume of solid foods gradually increase, breast milk remains an ideal addition to the child's diet.

For additional breastfeeding recommendations, visit the American Academy of Pediatrics' Breastfeeding and the Use of Human MilkExternal Web Site Icon.

Dec 11 2013 03:06:26 PM   
Breastfeeding is the First Line of Defense for Safe Infant Feeding During Emergencies
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Breastfeeding is the First Line of Defense for Safe Infant 
Feeding During Emergencies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - August 26, 2011

Washington, DC—As the East Coast prepares for Hurricane Irene and other natural disasters such as earthquakes, the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC)—a coalition of more than 40 national organizations, including government agencies and health professional associations—reminds the public and emergency responders that infants and children are especially vulnerable and need special consideration during emergencies. Medical experts recommend inclusion of the protection, promotion, and support of breastfeeding and safe infant/young child feeding in emergency preparedness policies and practices.

USBC has issued a Statement on Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies for immediate incorporation into federal, state, and local policy. This statement closes a gap in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery planning for infants and children. Recommendations are made to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding as the safest form of infant nutrition during emergencies. The statement also provides essential information and guidelines for the care and protection of mothers and children facing natural or man-made disasters.

Breastfeeding provides not only the safest source of nutrition, but also protection against the many prevalent infections that occur, including the devastating diarrhea that accompanies poor sanitation and crowded shelter conditions. By keeping infants close, breastfeeding provides comfort, care, and security for the mother-child pair.

"In emergency situations, breastfeeding provides a critical safety net," says USBC Chair Jeanne Blankenship, MS, RD. "Research shows that infants are the most vulnerable in an emergency. Babies who are breastfed receive a safe, reliable food source that is full of anti-infective properties to protect them from disease."

The United States Breastfeeding Committee calls on all health care and emergency relief workers to assist women to breastfeed their infants during emergencies. USBC further urges prompt implementation of appropriate training and education for emergency preparedness and response workers on the support of breastfeeding.

This can include measures as simple as providing a safe, semi-private area for women to breastfeed and receive counseling and peer support in large shelter environments, and helping women access the support of skilled lactation care providers on the emergency response team. The USBC statement includes additional guidelines; further information and resources on infant and young child feeding in emergencies can be found at www.usbreastfeeding.org/emergencies.

USBC is an organization of organizations. Opinions expressed by USBC are not necessarily the position of all member organizations and opinions expressed by USBC member organization representatives are not necessarily the position of USBC.

United States Breastfeeding Committee

http://www.usbreastfeeding.org/NewsInfo/NewsRoom/201108FirstLineofDefense/tabid/211/Default.aspx

 

September 6, 2011 (REPOSTED)

Sep 06 2011 02:57:30 AM   
Interested in Becoming a Certified Lactation Educator?
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Becoming A Certified Lactation Educator

The purpose of the CAPPA lactation educator program is to provide childbirth and post-partum professionals comprehensive training in breastfeeding education. 

When you complete the certification process, you will be qualified to teach and educate the public on breastfeeding and related issues. 

What You Will Learn

  • The steps to complete your certification as a CAPPA “CLE: Certified Lactation Educator.” 
  • The goals and roles of the Lactation Educator 
  • History of Breastfeeding 
  • Anatomy, Physiological and Hormones affecting pregnancy 
  • Benefits of Breastfeeding and the hazards of formula feeding 
  • WHO Baby Friendly Hospital Initia-tive 
  • Teaching Adult Learners and working with the Hospital 
  • Marketing your practice 

 

How Can You Benefit from our 20 Hour CLE Course: 

  • Our course will help you to understand the necessity of advocacy, promotion and support of breastfeeding 
  • Once you receive your cer-tification, you can teach in a variety of settings, from private classes to hospitals 
  • And you will learn several strategies on how to market your business 

 

 

Dec 11 2013 02:50:42 PM   
BREAKING NEWS: The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding
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On January 20, 2011, Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin released The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding in the Jack Morton Auditorium at The George Washington University.  http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/   

The Surgeon General's CAT is aimed at better supporting mothers who choose to breastfeed by education and by removing the barriers that hamper successful breastfeeding in our society.

The Florida Breastfeeding Coalition is already working on several of the steps outlined in the Surgeon General's CAT.
Surgeon General
Regina M. Benjamin, M.D.
Joan Meek, MD, MS, RD, IBCLC, FBC President & USBC Past Chair is third from the left of the Surgeon General







* reposted from www.flbreastfeeding.org

Jan 25 2011 10:09:58 PM   
Healthy People 2020 Objectives Target Improved Breastfeeding Support
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United States Lactation Consultant Association (ULSCA)

For immediate release

Date: December 3, 2010

 

Healthy People 2020 Objectives Target Improved Breastfeeding Support


The International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) and the United States Lactation Consultant Association (USLCA) applaud the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services new objectives for Healthy People 2020, which include several new goals for providing support for breastfeeding families.  The new 10-year goals and objectives for health promotion and disease prevention in the U.S. were unveiled today in Washington, D.C.

Among the new targets for breastfeeding are the following new goals in the Maternal, Infant, and Child Health category: 

  • MICH-22:  Increase the proportion of employers that have worksite   lactation support  programs from 25% baseline to 38%
  •  MICH-23:  Reduce the proportion of breastfed newborns who receive formula supplementation within the first 2 days of life from 15.6% baseline to 10%.
  • MICH-24:  Increase the proportion of live births that occur in facilities that provide recommended care for lactating mothers and their babies from 2.9% baseline to 8.1%.

 

In addition to these breastfeeding support goals, Healthy People 2020 raised the targets for breastfeeding initiation, duration, and exclusivity, establishing goals to increase the proportion of infants who are breastfed:

  • MICH-21.1:  Ever from 73.9% baseline to 81.9%
  • MICH-21.2:  At 6 months from 43.4% baseline to 60.5%
  • MICH 21.3:  At 1 year from 22.7% baseline to 34.1% 
  • MICH 21.4:  Exclusively through 3 months from 33.1% baseline to 44.3%
  • MICH 21.5:  Exclusively through 6 months from 13.6% baseline to 23.7%

 

To help women reach the infant feeding goals they have set for themselves requires focused support from health care providers, worksite employers, families, and the community.  ILCA and USLCA call on organizations who serve new families to examine policies that can make it difficult for women to achieve their breastfeeding goals, and to provide the support they need.  This includes making referrals to International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) for important professional support that can help mothers work through early challenges.  IBCLCs are credentialed health care providers who focus specifically on helping new mothers get off to a good start, and to continue breastfeeding as long as they wish. 

The ILCA website at www.ilca.org provides several valuable resources for new mothers, including the "Find a Lactation Consultant Directory" which helps them access an IBCLC in their area.  The "Worksite Lactation Support Directory" also provides a listing of IBCLCs worldwide who are available to assist employers with establishing lactation support services at work.

ILCA is the worldwide association for IBCLCs and others who work with new families, with more than 5,700 members in 75 countries.  More than 4,200 are also members of USLCA, the U.S. affiliate of ILCA that provides resources and advocacy for the IBCLC in the United States.  

For more information, contact ILCA at info@ilca.org or USLCA atinfo@uslcaonline.org .

Dec 13 2010 02:58:02 AM   
United States Lactation Consultant Association Survey of Domperidone and Metoclopramide Use in Breastfeeding Mothers
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The Center for Science in the Public Interest is interested in learning
about your experience with infant formula marketing.  Please take this
survey if you have had a baby or adopted an infant in the last four
years. 

SURVEY LINK:

 
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/infantformulamarketing 

 

The survey takes 20-30 minutes to complete and is confidential. It has been approved  by the Institutional Review Board at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Amarillo, TX.

Jul 16 2010 01:07:19 AM   
Fox Video on Sharing -a-bed with your infant
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 http://www.fox6now.com/videobeta/dab8bf01-226e-49c2-8090-26f9bd540f98/News/Is-sharing-a-bed-with-your-infant-right-or-wrong-

May 08 2010 11:50:39 AM   
Process Indicators
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The nine process indicators measure five different types of breastfeeding support: birth facility support; professional support; mother-to-mother support; state legislation; and public infrastructure (public facilities and services).  For more, see Breastfeeding Report Card, United States: Process Indicators.

May 04 2010 05:54:13 PM   
Breastfeeding Report Card Indicators – 2009 Outcome Indicators
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The five outcome indicators directly track the Healthy People 2010 breastfeeding objectives. Outcomes are estimated using data from the annual CDC National Immunization Survey (NIS).  For more, see Breastfeeding Report Card, United States: Outcome Indicators.
May 04 2010 05:52:56 PM   
Certified Lactation Educator Workshop
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2014 CAPPA 20 Hours Lactation Educator Course

 
Location:


a mother’s choice headquarters
4987 North University Drive
Sunrise FL 33351
Cost:$450 *Early Bird or $500 Late

Upcoming Dates:

Coming Soon

Keep in mind, courses do fill up quickly so please register early -
a mother’s choice headquarters
4987 N. University Drive, Suite 16B, Sunrise, FL 33351

Dec 11 2013 02:45:39 PM   
AMC has a new coming 2014
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A mother's choice has been updating and has now a new coming soon. We would like to invite you all to browse though the site, check out our services, courses and products. Thank you for stopping by and come back soon to see our new look.

Dec 11 2013 02:48:02 PM