A hearing on the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program revealed impressive results for the low-income families it serves, and the money it saves taxpayers. But its funding runs out in six months.
The key difference between Europe and the United States when it comes to breastfeeding are legal protections of paid parental leave, paid sick leave, and, in some cases allowances for longer lunch hours to breastfeed.
Until just a few weeks ago, new mothers who were applying to law school were in a pretty unforgiving situation while taking the LSAT: they were not allowed any extra breaks during the lengthy exam so that they could pump breast milk or nurse their babies.
What could be controversial about First Lady Michelle Obama’s campaign to improve infant health by promoting breastfeeding? For Rep. Michele Bachmann, everything.
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.
Citizen’s arrests of pregnant, nursing, and “maybe-pregnant” women is a silent cooptation of women’s choices, their health and sometimes their very lives. And it is going to get worse before it gets better.
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.”
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.
Shortages of nurses continue to cause concern among elected officials and health care analysts in Iowa, increasing pressure for solutions.