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Why Are Black Moms Breastfeeding Less Than White Moms?

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

mom-with-newbornBreastfeeding may be on the rise in the United States, but black moms continue to lag behind when it comes to nursing.

The stats are a real eye-opener: 79 percent of white babies born in 2010 were breastfed from birth, compared with 62 percent of black babies, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). By six months, 52 percent of white babies were still nursing, compared with 36 percent of black babies, reports the BBC.

Though several reasons for the discrepancy have been offered up, including access to jobs that offer maternity leave and a private place to pump, the CDC may have uncovered a new one: hospitals.

As reported in the Huffington Post, the CDC examined 2,643 hospitals across the country and found that ones in zip codes with more than 12.2 percent black residents were dropping the ball when it came to breastfeeding education and support. In some cases, the disparity is particularly striking. Compared to hospitals in zip codes with fewer black residents, these facilities were less likely to help new moms breastfeed within an hour of baby’s birth (46 percent compared with 59.9 percent). They were also more lax on limiting infants’ meals to breast milk (13.1 percent compared with 25.8 percent), and were less prone to letting infants spend the majority of their hospital stay in the same room as mom, which helps promote breastfeeding (27.7 compared with 39.4 percent).

And make no mistake — those early days with baby are a perfect time for moms to learn best practices when it comes to nursing. “Hospital practices during that childbirth period have a major impact on whether a mother is able to start and continue breastfeeding,” said Jennifer Lind, the lead researcher on the CDC study. “So it’s very important that hospitals support mothers in their breastfeeding decisions and follow the recommended policies that have been proven to support breastfeeding.”

Still, experts point out, a supportive hospital environment can only go so far. Breastfeeding moms need continued support from their community after they’ve been discharged and especially if they return to work — two areas some say are lacking. (Kimberly Seals Allers, who organized Black Breastfeeding Week this week, told the Huffington Post that people wondered whether her baby was getting enough food from exclusive breastfeeding, and some told her that nursing “is for poor people.”).

Which makes high-profile events like Black Breastfeeding Week all the more important. For its part, the CDC and the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality are conducting a three-year project focused on raising breastfeeding rates at 89 hospitals in low-income areas. And it’s money well spent. After all, every mother should be given all the facts and all the support she needs before deciding whether to breastfeed.

Tell us: What kind of breastfeeding education did you receive after delivering your baby?

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How to Get a Good Breastfeeding Latch
How to Get a Good Breastfeeding Latch

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Sweet Breesus! Drew Brees Welcomes Baby #4

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

drew-brees-and-babyPull out the pink — it’s a girl for New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees! The baby was born Monday night and weighed a healthy 7 pounds, 7 ounces. This is the first girl for Brees and his wife, Brittany. The couple also have three boys: Baylen, Bowen, and Callen.

Although the family is holding off on releasing the baby’s name until the birth certificate is inked, that doesn’t mean the proud dad is staying mum about his little girl. He tweeted the birth announcement and has already posted two photos, including a sweet selfie taken in the hospital (right). “It melted my heart to watch her being born last night,” Brees told reporters after practice on Tuesday. “I got to take the snap, so to speak, and catch her on the way out. That’s a memory I will have forever.” (Side note: Good thing he’s got good hands!)

Now with a much-anticipated little girl in the family, Brees said he and Brittany are probably done expanding their brood. According to NOLA.com, three boys and one girl were what the couple originally wanted.

Congratulations to the Brees family!

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Baby Names: How to Pick a Great Name
Baby Names: How to Pick a Great Name

Image of Drew Brees and his daughter courtesy of Drew Brees via Instagram

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You Won’t Believe What One Woman Brought Into a Maternity Ward

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

newborn-in-hospitalOne of the most frightening moments of motherhood happened when my son was about 20 hours old.

A woman came into my hospital room to give him a bath. It was around midnight, which even in my bleary-eyed state struck me as an odd time to clean an infant. I remembered a nurse told me to always check the badges of people coming into my room — the implication being that even with a staffed-up security team, interlopers could sneak in the hospital. So I eyeballed the woman’s badge in my near-dark room and it looked official enough.

Until a few seconds later, when all of a sudden it didn’t. And she was already gone with my baby in hand. Even though the front desk assured me the woman was in fact a night nurse, I couldn’t sit still until he was back in my arms. It was one of the worst 20-minute waits of my life.

So when I read about a California woman who waltzed into a maternity ward wearing scrubs and carrying fake babies, my heart dropped into my stomach. As ABC News reports, Tonya Whitney said she brought the dolls — called “reborns” because they look an awful lot like a newborn — to Mercy Medical Center in Merced, Calif., in the hopes of selling them to administrators for training or therapeutic purposes.  She entered through the ER and a nurse there told her to go straight up to the maternity ward.

Thankfully, a security guard stopped Whitney and her stash of faux babies from entering and took a picture of her. (It appeared on a flyer later posted around the hospital warning staffers about her.) Police were called, and Whitney was charged with trespassing, though she swears her intentions were good. “I, in no way, tried impersonating a nurse,” she told the ABC affiliate in Fresno, and attributed her very nurse-like attire to a recent weight gain. She also said, “I, in no way, ever thought or tried to steal a baby.”

Still, officials were understandably troubled. Turns out, she’s tried this before. ”We are concerned because she did show up at the ER and attempted to get into the maternity ward not once but twice so that concerns us; we’re afraid for the potentiality of abduction,” Merced Police Capt. Tom Trindad told KFSN-TV. And it doesn’t help Whitney’s case that she and her husband were fawning over the dolls as if they were real. “They hold them and hug them and change their diapers,” Mercy Medical Center hospital spokesman Robert McLaughlin told ABC News. “It’s very odd.”

I’m just relieved that security guards were on point that day and police are taking Whitney’s unauthorized visit seriously. After all, a new mom’s focus should be on bonding with baby and maybe even getting a little sleep before going home — not worrying about whether someone is trying to snatch their infant out from under them.

Tell us: If you delivered at a hospital, did you worry about security at all?

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Why Are These Two Babies Making News?

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Every mom is convinced her baby is head and shoulders above the rest, but some may just have legit bragging rights on the playground.

Consider British mother Onyi Chiedozie, whose infant daughter Amara is already making international headlines after figuring out how to hold a bottle to her mouth and feed herself — at the ripe age of three days old! Now three weeks old, the pint-sized phenom can even push away the bottle when she’s done with it. (For the record, the average baby doesn’t master that whole grabbing thing until the six-month mark.) Onyi is so blown away by her daughter’s feats that she’s been documenting them every day. And while some moms (okay, me) would have taken the accomplishment as a sign of their baby’s natural genius, Chiedozie is much more pragmatic. “I just think she has a lot of strength,” she told the Daily Mail. “I’m not sure why, though, as she wasn’t particularly heavy when she was born.” (Amara weighed a 6 lbs. 3 oz. at birth.)

On the other side of the pond, another kiddo is making news — but not for her physical prowess. Drew Barrymore’s daughter, Olive, isn’t two years old yet but she is already showing signs of becoming a serious bibliophile. According to celebritybabyscoop, the proud mom posted an adorable Instagram photo of Olive curled up on a beach chair poring over Tina Fey’s memoir, Bossypants. “One of my favorite girls reading one of my favorite books written by one of my favorite women! #tinafeyrules #summerreading,” Barrymore wrote in the caption. And sure, while the chances that Olive can actually read and comprehend the book are pretty slim, the budding bookworm does appear to be taken with the words on the page. Which makes sense, since reading time is a big deal in Barrymore’s house. “I read Olive a lot of books,” the mom of two told Us Weekly last year. “She loves books! That’s her favorite thing in the world — books.”

Now it’s your turn to brag — what’s your baby doing lately that amazes you? 

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Before Your Child Starts Reading¿
Before Your Child Starts Reading¿

Image of Olive courtesy of Drew Barrymore via Instagram

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Pete Wentz Is a Dad Again!

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

pete-wentz-saint-lazsloIt’s a boy for Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz and model girlfriend Meagan Camper!

The couple welcomed Saint Lazslo (the baby, of course, not the actual saint) on August 20 in Los Angeles, and both baby and mom are happy and healthy, a rep told People.com. This is the first child for the couple; Wentz has a 5 1/2-year-old son, Bronx Mowgli, with former wife Ashlee Simpson.

Wentz joins two other Hollywood dads who announced births this week. Carson Daly welcomed daughter London Rose and Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl welcomed daughter Ophelia Saint. (So maybe Saint is a rock and roll thing?)

Wentz and Camper reportedly waited until the birth to find out the baby’s gender, though I’m guessing they cooked up the quirky name well beforehand. They’ve made no secret about wanting to start a family together, and it sounds like they’re more than prepared for their newest addition. “What’s more exciting than having the pitter-patter of another little gremlin running around?” Wentz said earlier this summer. “Now it will be two-on-two.”

Congratulations to the new family!

Tell us: Did you wait until the birth to find out your baby’s gender?

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Baby Names: How to Know You've Picked the Right Name
Baby Names: How to Know You've Picked the Right Name
Baby Names: How to Know You've Picked the Right Name

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