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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Dear Readers, It is an exciting time to be feeding and nurturing a little one! While breastfeeding remains the central means to health-protective factors when feeding a baby, a better understanding of lesser-known ways to provide human milk in special circumstances—such as exclusive expressing (also called “exclusive pumping”)—is spreading across much of the globe. The … Read More

Life with a Newborn in Japan: Adopting Customs & Finding My Own Way

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

By RuthAnna Mather, Hokkaido, Japan In Japan, tradition has long been that women who gave birth were expected to be confined indoors with their babies for the first 100 days postpartum. Nowadays, however, mothers usually choose to stay indoors for just the first month. Similarly, it is customary for Japanese women to return to their … Read More

La Leche League Events in Panama

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

By RuthAnna Mather, La Leche League – International Area Network Coordinator   This past October, Panama City, Panama, was swirling with excitement as a result of a number of La Leche League (LLL) related events held there. On October 21-30, LLL Leaders—especially those in administrative positions—travelled from 31 countries, and from every continent except for … Read More

Life as an Exclusive Expresser

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

By Sheena Thompson, Hamilton, New Zealand   After becoming pregnant the first time, one thing I knew right from the start was that I would breastfeed my child. I knew it might require a little bit to master breastfeeding after birth, but I felt confident that my baby and I could achieve it. Little did … Read More

Spotlight on Babywearing in Kuwait

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

By Maryam Al-Ali, La Leche League Leader from Kuwait I have been pleased to observe how breastfeeding rates have gone up in my home country, Kuwait, over the past few years. However, although most mothers in Kuwait start out breastfeeding at birth with a passion to continue, many give up within a few months. The … Read More

Breastfeeding Through Our Children’s Eyes

Monday, February 3, 2020

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we asked children under 18 to create artwork depicting the special bond of breastfeeding, and how children equate breastfeeding with love. A very special thank you to all the children, who shared through artwork their special thoughts and memories of breastfeeding moments! Alona, age 14, USA   Chiara, age 11, … Read More

Italy Rolls Out Exciting Multimedia Plan for World Prematurity Day

Thursday, December 5, 2019

By Roberta Voltazza, La Leche League Leader, Italy Since every drop of human milk for a premature baby is of crucial importance, La Leche League Leaders throughout Italy strived to achieve big goals this past November, in honor of World Prematurity Day. Fresh web content and special-edition magazine In November, a new series of useful … Read More

Maternity Leave Provisions Looking Up for Most OECD Countries!

Thursday, December 5, 2019

With a membership of 36 countries across the globe, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), based in Paris, aims to collaborate on key global issues at national, regional and local levels, including reporting on maternity benefits in member countries. In OECD countries, mothers are entitled to maternity leave pay that replaces over 50% … Read More

My Preemie

Thursday, December 5, 2019

By Rebeca Torres, from Jalisco, Mexico At first I thought: Nothing to worry, this is just a little intestinal gas. But as my stomach pains increased, I realized I was feeling real contractions. My husband rushed to leave work and take me to the doctor. I couldn’t believe it; I was already dilated four centimeters! … Read More

Did You Know? Three Surprising Facts About Premature Birth

Thursday, December 5, 2019

By Karen Williamson, BT Managing Editor According to the World Health Organization,1 “Common causes of preterm birth include multiple pregnancies, infections and chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure; however, often no cause is identified.” Their website is brimming with premature birth statistics. Did you know these facts? Across 184 countries, the rate … Read More