Dressing to Nurse

At yesterday’s Cafe Day we talked a bit about dressing for success with breastfeeding.  One mom is looking for a nursing dress for a very special occasion and I suspect she is not alone.  With that in mind I thought I’d link some shops that offer nursing dresses (& patterns) online and about town.

Of course there are many ways to use everyday clothes already in your closet to breastfeed comfortably wherever life takes you.   For articles on all aspects of nursing in public, check out these LLLI articles.   For one-on-one tips on nursing in public, dressing for comfortable nursing, and avoiding wardrobe malfunctions, come to any LLL meeting or Cafe Day and you are sure to get a live demo.

If you have other suggestions for nursing moms ready to dress up with a baby,  please join in!

—  Susan

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The Hippocratic Oath and the house where breastfeeding lives

In every house where I come, I will enter only for the good of my patients. – The Hippocratic Oath.

“At first blush, this moral imperative would appear to be a truism.   And yet every day, it is violated with complete impunity.”

If you advocate for breastfeeding, you just might be interested in today’s blog post, “For the good of my patients.” from Jerry Calnen MD, pediatrician and president of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. The academy is endorsing the Council of Medical Specialty Societies’ new Code for Interactions with Companies.  Like the WHO Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes, this is an ethical stand in support of the health and well-being of families over corporations.

In an age when even the youngest among us are targeted for marketing, it’s good to see a professional organization of physicians drawing a line of protection.  Cheers!

—  Susan

Mothers’ Bill of Rights

Hey, look what’s happening in New York!  The New York State Department of Health has mom’s back with the “Breastfeeding Mothers’ Bill of Rights.”

A few highlights and inspirations:

You have the right to know if your doctor or your baby’s pediatrician is advising against breastfeeding before any feeding decisions are made.

You have the right to receive full information about how you are doing with breastfeeding and get help on how to improve.

If you, or your baby, are re-hospitalized in a maternal care facility after the initial delivery stay, the hospital will make every effort to continue to support breastfeeding, to provide hospital grade electric pumps and rooming-in facilities.

You have the right to have help from someone specially trained in breastfeeding support and expressing breast milk if your baby has special needs.

You have the right to have a family member or friend receive breastfeeding information from a staff member if you request it.

The complete text of the “Mothers’ Bill of Rights” is available in Spanish, French, Chinese, Italian, Russian, and Haitian Creole.

The WHO document, “10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding,” sets the stage for breastfeeding at birth.  New York State now lays out a clear path of expectations for mothers and babies both at birth, in medical centers, and in the community.  Mothers who encounter obstacles nursing in public are invited to bring complaints to the New York State Division of Human Rights.

This bill of rights has attitude and I hope mothers in New York are empowered by its language.  Language this strong demonstrates a community expectation of breastfeeding.

Bravo, New York!

—  Susan