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IRS Finally Agrees that Breastfeeding Is a Health Issue; Provides Breaks for Breast Pumps

The IRS announced today that, contrary to it’s original decision, the cost of breastfeeding supplies will now be covered under a family’s flexible spending account, as pre-tax funds.

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Afternoon Roundup: House Votes to Repeal Health Reform Law; Crisis Pregnancy Centers in Trouble

Physician who provides abortions indicted for murder; health reform law repeal vote in the House today; parental consent in Kansas; breast-feeding promotion from the U.S. Surgeon General; and crisis pregnancy centers are in trouble in Texas and Washington State.

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Afternoon Roundup: Americans Support Contraception Access Yet Legislators Move The Other Way?

It’s the law for many women: a space to breast-feed or pump at work, but where and how?; Most Americans support access to contraception yet increasingly the political winds are blowing the other way; New Hampshire’s parental notification bill and more…

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The Battle For Breastmilk: What I Learned And Why I Plan To Try Again

Breastfeeding my first child did not go smoothly. First I was told my daughter was failing to thrive.  Later, I felt that our relationship was, too.

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World Breastfeeding Week: Women’s Rights, Infant Health and A Supermodel Mom

Breastfeeding is a critical first step in a newborn’s health. And this year’s World Breastfeeding Week focuses on establishing an optimal foundation for it through the “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.”

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Dutch Study Pumps Exclusive Breastfeeding, Support Still Lacking

Dutch researchers find prolonged and extended (and exclusive) breastfeeding significantly reduces the risk of infectious diseases in infants, confirming what we’ve known for a long time: breast is best, if only society would actually prioritize the support women and babies need to ensure it happens.

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HIV Positive Laboring Woman Denied Help, Births On Street

A 28 year-old woman in India, in labor outside of Hyderabad in the town of Suryapet, birthed in the street on Sunday evening covered by saris, with only the assistance of the woman who brought her to a hospital initially along with some local women who stepped up to help.

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International Day of the Midwife

Since tomorrow, May 5, is the International Day of the Midwife, I thought it fitting to take a moment to both acknowledge the day and why it’s so important to me to link discussions about midwifery and childbirth to the broader reproductive and sexual health and rights movement in the U.S.

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The Battle Over BPA

Think the US Government is protecting against those invisible toxins in the air, in our water, in the food we eat, in the containers that store the food and beverages we consume? Think again.

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‘Abortion Recovery’ Month? How About ‘Abortion Wellbeing Month’?

Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty’s political decision to declare April “Abortion Recovery Month” for the women of Minnesota is unwelcomed by many, to say the least. Now Exhale, a nonprofit promoting well-being after abortion, has declared April “Abortion Wellbeing Month.”

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