Brooklyn Joins the 'Breastfeeding Empowerment Zone' Movement

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams launches a new proposal that will let mothers breastfeed in public.


The Brian Lehrer Show

How to Hack a Breast Pump

Thursday, September 18, 2014

MIT is hosting a 150-person hack-a-thon this weekend in an attempt to do the impossible: Make the hated breast pump not suck so much.

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The Longest Shortest Time

What's Up With Your Boobs? An Honest and Fearless Discussion About Breastfeeding

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Leaking? Lopsided? Overproducing? Underproducing? Breastfeeding can be complicated and The Longest Shortest Time wants to help. Host Hillary Frank discusses the difficulties and confusions of breastfeeding this week. Get your breastfeeding questions answered by Nancy Holtzman, a lactation consultant who addresses breastfeeding issues through her popular Twitter account, and Paula Szuchman, WNYC's digital director and mom of two, who thinks she could become a lactation consultant tomorrow.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Ricki Lake on Breastfeeding

Friday, November 15, 2013

The American Academy of Pediatrics, the World Health Organization and the New York City Department of Health all recommend mothers breastfeed their babies for at least six months, but some mothers have trouble with the physical and logistical challenges.  Director Dana Ben-Ari and executive producer Ricki Lake discuss their new film “Breastmilk,” which advocates for breastfeeding while documenting the problems some new moms have when they choose to breastfeed their babies.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Following Up: "Latch On NYC"

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Deborah Kaplan, assistant commissioner for maternal, infant, and reproductive health at the New York City Department of Health, follows up on yesterday's conversation about access to baby formula in city hospitals.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Breastfeeding Fiat

Monday, August 06, 2012

Lenore Skenazy, author of the book and blog Free-Range Kids, takes issue with the new city program to promote breast-feeding, "Latch On NYC."

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The Takeaway

New Hospital Program Encourages Breast-Feeding by Limiting Access to Baby Formula

Thursday, August 02, 2012

"Latch on NYC," a program which will roll into effect September 3, will require that infants not be supplemented with formula unless it’s indicated on their medical records. But is this the best way to encourage breast-feeding?

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Bloomberg Defends Breastfeeding Initiative

Monday, July 30, 2012

Critics are saying it’s another nanny state intrusion: the city Health Department is asking hospitals to put away the packaged formula and give newborn moms in the maternity ward the hard sell that “Breast is Best.”

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Baby-Friendly New Jersey

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

New Jersey health commissioner Mary O'Dowd talks about a UNICEF initiative that designated two NJ hospitals "baby-friendly" and her own efforts to increase breastfeeding rates.

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The Takeaway

TIME's Controversial Cover

Friday, May 11, 2012

Everyone is talking about this week's Time magazine, the cover of which features a young mom breastfeeding her son. Only her son isn't a baby – he's much, much older. Mary Elizabeth Williams has weighed in at where she is a staff writer.


The Longest Shortest Time

Kittens Can Do It, so Why Can’t We?

Thursday, March 03, 2011

A mom who finds breastfeeding stressful discovers that a machine helps her feel closer to her son.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Is Breast Best?

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Joan B. Wolf, assistant professor of Women's Studies at Texas A&M University, challenges the belief that breastfeeding is medically superior to bottle feeding in her new book, Is Breast Best?: Taking on the Breastfeeding Experts and the New High Stakes of Motherhood.

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Breast is Best, But Bring on the Solid Food!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

"I decided to try breastfeeding pretty much from the time I got pregnant," says Valery Upson, 32, of Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. "I'd heard the whole 'breast is best' cry often enough to know it was something I should be doing." The Obama administration agrees. In January, the Office of the Surgeon General issued a call to action to support breastfeeding, and in February, Michelle Obama announced that she would promote breastfeeding as part of her campaign against childhood obesity.


The Takeaway

'Breast is Best' vs. 'Formula is Fine'

Monday, March 15, 2010

When it comes to breast-feeding, the pendulum may be swinging back from "breast is best" to "formula is fine." Among the reasons: assertions that the health benefits of breast milk may be exaggerated, the perception by some that breastfeeding advocates are overly judgmental, and new research indicating that mothers who nurse may face negative economic consequences.

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