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Successful Home Visit Program for Mothers and Infants Lacks Long-Term Funding

(left to right) Chrystal Towne, RN; her former client, Sheren Sucilla, and Darcy Lowell, MD, testify on the effectiveness of the Maternal, Infant and EArly Childhood Home Visiting Program in the hearing room of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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.

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Bloomberg’s Breastfeeding Initiative: Let’s Start With Paid Parental Leave….

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.

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Law School Admissions Test Makes Accommodations for Nursing Mothers

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.

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Michele vs. Michelle: Breastfeeding Wars Rise to the Top

What could be controversial about First Lady Michelle Obama’s campaign to improve infant health by promoting breastfeeding? For Rep. Michele Bachmann, everything.

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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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The Pregnancy Police and Citizens’ Arrests of Pregnant and Nursing Women

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.

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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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Nursing Crisis Looms over Iowa

Shortages of nurses continue to cause concern among elected officials and health care analysts in Iowa, increasing pressure for solutions.

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