Tag Archives: breastfeeding

Making the Dream True

Statue of MLK

Originally posted on January 18, 2016. by Naomi Bar-Yam Today we observe and celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. Both of my parents were involved, individually and together, in the Civil Rights movement, including marching with Rev. King.

Celebrating Breastfeeding Support in Zeros and Fives

Historic Milk Lab

A Brief Advocacy History by Naomi Bar-Yam Ph.D. For most of the world’s history, breastfeeding was the way babies ate. It did not require a social movement or national and international organizations to support, promote and protect it. Maybe some

A Conversation with NICU Nurse and IBCLC Dara Barnett

NICU nurse Dara Barnett

Originally posted on November 24th, 2015 by Amber Star Merkens My journey to becoming the NY Outreach Coordinator for Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast  was heavily influenced by a very personal experience with life in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). My daughter

Is Milk Exchange Normal?

National Public Health Week

by Naomi Bromberg Bar-Yam As we have discussed in our previous National Public Health Week blogs, breastfeeding is the biological norm. However, we have also always faced biologically abnormal situations such as physiological and medical barriers to breastfeeding, premature birth,

Imagining Breastfeeding as Normal

National Public Health Week

by Naomi Bromberg Bar-Yam Twenty years ago Diane Wiessinger challenged us to normalize breastfeeding in our language as well as our actions. Breastfeeding is not better, not optimal, not the best; it is normal (link to 4/7 piece, “Breastfeeding is

Breastfeeding is Normal

National Public Health Week

  by Naomi Bromberg Bar-Yam Breastfeeding is normal. Everyone knows that, right? In 1996, Diane Wiessinger published an article, “Watch Your Language!,” in which she challenged all of us to understand fully the implications of this statement. We still struggle

Public Health Begins with Breastfeeding

National Public Health Week

National Public Health Week April 4-10, 2016 The theme of National Public Health Week 2016 is Healthiest Nation 2030. The US ranks 34th in life expectancy, a figure that varies widely by race, income, education, and where we live. We

Testimony Before the New York City Council Committee on Women’s Issues

Amber testimony.

Regarding Int. No. 1063-2016 – Requiring Lactation Rooms in Certain Public Spaces By Amber Star Merkens, March 30, 2016 MMBNE was invited to testify before New York City Council’s Committee on Women’s Issues regarding proposed legislation to establish lactation rooms