Mamas, rejoice: A provision of the Affordable Care Act requires insurance companies to provide copayment-free lactation consulting and breast pumps. But since the law is fairly new, you might lock horns with your insurance provider over what you're entitled to. Three key questions to ask your insurer:
You've seen the backlash against celebrities who have posted breastfeeding selfles online, and now, a California mom created more controversy when she shared a similar photo on Facebook. Why is breastfeeding so taboo? Tell us what you think on Twitter @FitPregnancy.
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Just when you thought giving birth was the hard part, you hit some serious breastfeeding hiccups (not the cute kind your baby makes after dinner). But as any new mother can attest, breastfeeding isn’t easy. In fact, you’ve probably wondered if it’s really worth the blood (yes, blood), sweat, and tears.
Corky Harvey, R.N., M.S., a lactation consultant and co-owner of The Pump Station, shows you how to best use a breast pump. Related: How to Breastfeed: Master the Deep Latch Technique
Looking for a place to hang with other breastfeeding moms and chat about the issues you're facing—without judgy glances? Baby Cafés, popular with European moms for years, are springing up across the U.S. Typically, they take over local community or children's centers, serve lattes and other hot bevvies, and are open one or more days a week.
A lot of things can come between you and your breastfeeding plan: an erratic schedule, lips that won’t latch, and chaffed nipples, to name a few. Enlisting the help of a lactation consultant, though, can seriously up your odds of hitting your breast-to-baby goals, according to a new study in the American Journal of Public Health.
How long do you think you should talk to your prenatal doctor about breastfeeding? While you may not have a specific amount of time in mind, if the duration 39 seconds sounds a bit short, it is. But a new study published in Obstetrics & Gynecology found just that: Researchers recorded conversations from people’s first prenatal visits, and found that doctors spent an average of 39 seconds talking to women about breastfeeding.
You've heard the buzz about the rising number of food allergies in kids: The incidence increased by 50% between 1997 and 2011, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
While there's no hard conclusion why allergies are on the rise, a recent study comparing the diets of babies with food allergies to those of babies without allergies confirms a few ways to reduce your child's risk.