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  • 00:48

    #34: Normalizing Breastfeeding with Vanessa Simmons

    in Moms and Family

    Breastfeeding in public has been a hot topic in the birthing and parenting worlds.  Often breastfeeding in public is treated as taboo and breastfeeding mothers may be asked to leave stores or businesses.  When did breastfeeding your baby become taboo or controversial?  Does the lack of acceptance of public breastfeeding affect breastfeeding rates?   According to the CDC, less than 80% of babies are ever breastfed, with rates dropping to less than 50% by age 6 months.   In many parts of the world, breastfeeding rates are much higher and public breastfeeding is widely accepted--why not here in the U.S.?  What can we do to normalize breastfeeding so that woman are free to breastfeed their babies whenever and whereever they need to?  What can we do to promote the diversity of breastfeeding, whether it be culturally or even in the ways women choose to breastfeed (on the breast, pumping, tandem, etc.)?


    Vaness Simmons, photographer and founder of the Normalize Breastfeeding Awareness Campaign is on the show tonight to discuss how she's out to postively impact breastfeeding in the United States and what you can do to help.  Find out more at http://normalizebreastfeeding.org/.


    Follow NormalizeBreastfeeding.org on these social media sites:



    https://www.facebook.com/normalizebreastfeeding.org
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  • 00:34

    The Astrology of Breastfeeding Part 3

    in Spirituality

    In honor of "World Breastfeeding Awareness Week", tune in and listen to Intuitive Astrologer and Tarot Reader, Lady Wadjet, as she discusses in a three part series:



    The ancient, spiritual and cultural aspects of breastfeeding


    (Listen to Part 1: http://bit.ly/1pzSZ5t )



    What zodiac sign in Astrology corresponds to the nature of breastfeeding


    (Listen to Part 2: http://bit.ly/1pceF8P)



    Expert advice from special guest, Birth Professional and Postpartum Doula, Dera Baskin, on the importance of emotional breastfeeding support for mother postpartum


    Visit her site: http://www.psychichq.com


    Like her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LadyWadjet


    Follow her on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/LadyWadjet

  • 00:23

    The Astrology of Breastfeeding Part 1

    in Spirituality

    In honor of "World Breastfeeding Awareness Week", tune in and listen to Intuitive Astrologer and Tarot Reader, Lady Wadjet, as she discusses in a three part series:



    The ancient, spiritual and cultural aspects of breastfeeding
    What zodiac sign in Astrology corresponds to the nature of breastfeeding


    (Listen to PART 2: http://bit.ly/1pceF8P )



    Expert advice from special guest, Birth Professional and Postpartum Doula, Dera Baskin, on the importance of emotional breastfeeding support for mother postpartum


    Visit her site: http://www.psychichq.com


    Like her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LadyWadjet


    Follow her on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/LadyWadjet


     


     

  • 00:23

    The Astrology of Breastfeeding Part 2

    in Spirituality

    In honor of "World Breastfeeding Awareness Week", tune in and listen to Intuitive Astrologer and Tarot Reader, Lady Wadjet, as she discusses in a three part series:



    The ancient, spiritual and cultural aspects of breastfeeding


    (Listen to Part 1: http://bit.ly/1pzSZ5t )



    What zodiac sign in Astrology corresponds to the nature of breastfeeding


    (Listen to Part 2:http://bit.ly/1pzSZ5t)



    Expert advice from special guest, Birth Professional and Postpartum Doula, Dera Baskin, on the importance of emotional breastfeeding support for mother postpartum


    Visit her site: http://www.psychichq.com


    Like her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LadyWadjet


    Follow her on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/LadyWadjet


     

  • 00:55

    Black Breastfeeding and Birthing Plans

    in Education

    Kimberly Seals Allers is an award-winning journalist, a trusted authority on issues relating to mothers of color, author of The Mocha Manual™ series of books and founder of www.MochaManual.com, a pregnancy and parenting lifestyle destination and blog for African Americans.


    A leading consultant, commentator and public speaker, Kimberly’s thoughtful and provocative online commentaries on motherhood or breastfeeding and the intersection of race, class and culture reach over 2 million monthly.


    Kimberly is also a fiercely committed and highly respected advocate in the fight to reduce the racial disparities in breastfeeding rates and infant and maternal mortality rates.


    In 2011, Kimberly was named an IATP Food and Community Fellow, funded by the Kellogg Foundation, with a mandate to increase awareness and engagement around “the first food”—breast milk, in vulnerable communities. She was also selected by the United States Breastfeeding Committee as a lead commentator for the nationwide “Break Time for Nursing Mothers” federal campaign.  Kimberly recently signed a deal with St. Martin’s Press to write her fifth book, a  groundbreaking analysis of the social, political and economic influences on the American breastfeeding culture, to be released in 2013.


    In addition to her popular blog on MochaManual.com, Kimberly writes about the African American parenting experience for MomLogic.com, Babycenter.com, and is a regular commentator for Essence.com and  LifetimeMoms.com. She also served as editorial director of the Black Maternal Health Project of Women’s eNews, a project of the Kellogg Foundation and is an advisory team member of the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute.


    Bio Copied From: http://mochamanual.com/kimberly/

  • 00:56

    Dr. Dettwyler - Natural Breastfeeding

    in Education

    Dr. Katherine A. Dettwyler is an anthropology professor at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware. She is also a lecturer, author and breastfeeding advocate.


    Dr. Dettwyler is best known for her work studying the duration of breastfeeding in humans as it relates to other mammals, primarily the nonhuman primates. According to her research, the natural age of weaning is 2½ to 7 years old as determined by weight gain, length of gestation, dental eruption, and other factors. She also studies the cultural context of breasts and breastfeeding in the United States, and is currently doing research on women in the US who nurse their children longer than 3 years.

  • 00:37

    Breastfeeding Advocacy anytime, any place?

    in Women

    Why do we have so much contraversy around Breastfeeding?  One of the reasons is the way women's bosies have been objectified and subjectified.  Showing women's nipples in public has such shame attached to it - as Janet Jackson found out at the Super bowl when her nipple slipped out of her top.  Women are covering their babies in a quest to cover themselves while breastfeeding in public - almost seems like a step backwards in liberating ourselves.  Advocacy plays an important role in liberating us from taboos that no longer serve us.  Today we talk breastfeeding & advocacy with Derek Forgie, a Canadian comedian and active advocate for breastfeeding and a whole lot more!  He posted a very passionate rant entitled "Superbowl vs My Wifes Breasts" that went viral.  You will hear it here but it's a must to watch https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10153051548929836

  • 01:01

    Breastfeeding your CHD Baby

    in Health

    Breastfeeding a baby with a congenital heart defect has unique and special challenges. Many babies with critical congenital heart defects are taken away from the mother before having a chance to nurse at all. These babies also frequently have open-heart surgery within the first days or weeks of life and are often intubated and paralyzed which can interfere with the baby's natural sucking reflex. How can mothers breastfeed these medically fragile children? What myths surround breastfeeding a baby with a congenital heart defect? What are the benefits of breastfeeding and what can mothers do if their babies are too weak to nurse? We'll discuss these topics and more with two heart moms who have breastfed their babies and a nurse who is a breastfeeding specialist.

  • 00:04

    Breastfeeding, why all the controversy?

    in Education

    Join Afrykayn Moon President of Breastfeeding Mothers Unite and Rebecca Artis Lactation Extraordinaire Every Tuesday 9pmEST/8pmCST, starting May 27th. Tune into BlogTalkRadio.com/ViewfromaRack to laugh, cry, and be informed about all things natural. You won't be the same.


    "View From A Rack” is a representation of its hosts. A provocative, controversial, must-hear blog talk show. Moon & Rebecca interviews countless guests from the community; getting their take on breastfeeding, natural child birth and involving Men in the process. Moon & Rebecca pushes forward to reeducate the masses on why we need breastfeeding support and their passion will grab you and keep you wanting more.

  • 00:57

    Project:BREASTFEEDING Making Breastfeeding NORMAL

    in Family

    My guest is Hector Cruz a concerned dad and in my book, a rock star: Here is a note from him all about his amazing project! Tune in live, call us with questions and comments!
    Project: Breastfeeding is my goal of helping to destigmatize public breastfeeding, and I believe education is where it all starts. New fathers need education about the benefits of breastfeeding and how much of a significant role they actually play in establishing a great breastfeeding relationship between the mother and child. I want women to feel empowered and determined to do what is the most natural thing for themselves and for their child and to have their husbands as their biggest supporters would just be the perfect finale. Society needs to change and accept breastfeeding as normal! That is the ultimate goal of Project: Breastfeeding. I also am motivated to get this journey to a national level and be successful enough to the point of having billboards with the photos of real moms nursing their babies while the daddy stands proud by her side. I am thriving to have these images all over major cities in the United States of America in hopes that the images will serve as a visual reminder that breastfeeding is natural and beautiful and will break down the stigma of public breastfeeding. . Lastly, I want to turn this project into a non-profit establishment that will offer breastfeeding support classes to fathers. As husbands, we want to be there for our wives and our children, but sometimes we don’t know where to start. I want women to know that their husbands are here to support, empower, and help them on their breastfeeding journey. 

  • 00:28

    Breastfeeding Awareness Month with Joy Keys

    in Current Events

    Special Guest: Susan Vierczhalek, MD, FAAP, FABM, IBCLC is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics New York University School of Medicine and is the medical director of the Bellevue newborn nursery, and of the Bellevue Breastfeeding Program and co-director of the high-risk newborn follow-up program.  She serves as the American Academy of Pediatrics New York Chapter 3 Breastfeeding Coordinator, Chair of the New York State Breastfeeding Coalition and Vice-chair of the New York City Breastfeeding Leadership Council.  She is a Fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.


    Special Guest: Karen Hylton-McGuire has been a Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) nurse for over 35 years.  She received her BSN from Carlow University in Pittsburgh and her MS in nursing education from Adelphi University on Long Island.  She is currently pursuing her PhD at Molloy College on Long Island.  Ms. Hylton-McGuire is certified in Neonatal Nursing and is an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant.  She initiated the lactation program at the Brooklyn Hospital Center, and is currently the Lactation Educator at Winthrop University Hospital. Ms. Hylton-McGuire is the recipients of the 2010 Nurse of Excellence Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council, Healthcare Heroes Nurse Educator.


    Both women are on the board of the NY State Breast Feeding Coalition.