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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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Sexual Health Roundup: Teens Sext Despite Consequences and Research Sheds Hope and Doubt about HIV Cure

In this week’s sexual health round up: study finds that teens who know of the possible consequences are actually more likely to sext; traces of HIV found in the man who was thought to be cured of the virus by a bone marrow transplant; and a study in mice finds human breast milk may block the transmission of HIV.

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In All the Debate About Breastfeeding, Where Is the Support For Mothers?

In all the debate about breastfeeding and parenting, I know some choices will work for some mothers and not for others. But it is critical that as a society, we have the policies and infrastructure in place to support those decisions.

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The Affordable Care Act: A Mother’s Day Gift for Moms Throughout the United States

All moms deserve the kind of quality, affordable care that I was lucky enough to receive while pregnant and postpartum, and Obamacare is working to make that dream a reality.

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Weaning Us Off Of Dirty Energy: For Mother’s Day, Solar Energy for All

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All this burning of fossil fuels ends up in our lungs, or in the sky warming our planet. I growl at the statistics. My blood boils at seeing mostly kids of color wheezing in the emergency room right alongside of us. We need a big transition.

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Sensationalizing Drug Use in Pregnant Women: How the Media Perpetuates Racist and Ineffective Policies

The prosecution of drug use in pregnant women does nothing to fulfill a legitimate policy goal and in fact seems to be racially motivated—at least in the implementation—rather than spurred by a concern for children.

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Murder by Nursing?

Stephanie Greene is being charged with murder. Her crime? Breastfeeding her newborn.

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Maryland Law Expanding Medicaid Access to Women’s Health Services Takes Effect

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Maryland’s Family Planning Works Act, which makes Medicaid-funded birth control, testing for sexually transmitted diseases, cancer screenings, and other essential services accessible to an additional 33,000  low- and moderate-income women in the states, went into effect today.

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The Real Cost of Raising an Infant: Will Anti-Choicers Pay?

If only a container or two of fomula and a box of diapers really made a baby more affordable.

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