Fall Exclusive Shirt Designs!

Our design team has been hard at work and we’re excited to be launching this custom shirt design for the first time ever! Check out these gorgeous styles ❤

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Fresh Milk BOOSTER

This brand new design is *ONLY* available from Milky Mommas- our Lead Brand Designer made these JUST for you! Nowhere else on Etsy or online will you find this cute design. It also comes in unisex short- and long-sleeve tees, in a bunch of colors! Check it out and order yours now! ORDER HERE

I ordered the long sleeve in gray to go with leggings and a messy bun- hello new fall uniform!

Theres just a WEEK left to order these before this design is gone so don’t miss it. Order yours here for you, your support people, and your favorite Fresh Milk makers ❤

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Breastfeeding a One Pound Micro-Preemie – Sarah’s Story

Milky Mommas interviews member Sarah E. 

 

Milky Mommas, Inc.
Hello Sarah! As we saw you share in Milky Mommas private Facebook community, you have an amazing story to share with us this World Breastfeeding Week about your little boy!

Sarah E.
I am so proud of my son. He was born at 23 weeks, the doctors told me he probably would never breastfeed. I have been breastfeeding him 16 out of the 20 months he’s been alive. I pumped the whole time he was in the NICU. Now, I don’t think he is ever going to stop. He will be 2 in November and I don’t see him stopping anytime soon. He was 1 lb 13.5 oz and 11.5 inches long at birth and he’s about 30 inches and almost 20 lbs [now]. Micro preemie strong 💙 💙💙💙

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Skin to skin “kangaroo care” between Sarah and her micro-preemie son, Dane

Milky Mommas, Inc.
Is he your first breastfed child? How did you find yourself breastfeeding a micro-preemie?

Sarah E.
I have an 8 year old and my son who’s 20 months. When I was pregnant with him I found out I had a bicornuate uterus, so I carried my daughter on my right and my son on my left. I ended up losing my mucus plug when I was 23 weeks and 2 days [and] my doctor had me go to the hospital. I got an infection in my fluid, so I went into labor and had a vaginal birth, [where] I had a C-section with my daughter.
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They told me when I was still pregnant I had a 30% change he would make it with in the first 3 days. They gave us the choice to if they wanted us to save him or let him die. He was born with R.O.P. (retina of prematurity) with his eyes, he was born with 2 brain bleeds. And then just the risk with him being so little. He was intubated for 3.5 months out of his NICU stay, they would not let me try to breastfeed him till he was only on the wall air.

Milky Mommas, Inc.
You really had your work cut out for you with breastfeeding. How did you manage that?

Sarah E.
I pumped the whole time he was in there. I had clogged ducts, at least 2 a week. I got mastitis, I ended up getting yeast on my nipple which gave him thrush. Then [when] he was finally big enough for him to try to [breastfeed] and he did awesome, they gave him bottles when I wasn’t there.

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First latch

 

But he did not like the bottles, I tried 8 different kinds. The doctors said he probably won’t breastfeed… Well, I stayed every weekend and we did weighted feeds, and he did so good the doctors could not believe how well he was doing. So, he was on the just normal wall air and I asked if they can take it off just to see how he does, and he did amazing with that too. They never had to have him back on it. 

I continued to breastfeed him. I would go to the hospital in the morning after my daughter went to school, then come home when she got off the bus, then [go] back the the hospital when she went to bed and stay the night at the hospital, then back to get my daughter ready for school. It was hard but I would do it all over again.

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Baby Dane’s footprint at 2 weeks old

I was at home one day setting up a trampoline for my daughter and I got a phone call from the hospital, they had to move him back to where the sicker babies were. He ended up getting RSV so we had to stop breastfeeding, and put the tube back in his throat, and pretty much just took a huge setback with everything.

He was in isolation for probably 2 weeks, then I was still trying to breastfeed. When the RSV was gone I was doing weighed feeds again. I did it for 3 days, and if he gained weight every day he was able to come home. They did the car seat test. We were all ready to come home. Everybody was so excited, and then they did his weight at midnight and he didn’t gain any weight. He lost weight. I was devastated.

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It was the worst feeling in the world. But, the next day when they came in to do rounds, the doctor said he could come home anyways. She said there was nothing that they could do for him that I can’t do, so they let him come home. I was so happy, after 131 days my baby got to come home. Our family was finally going to be together. My best friend knew he was coming home she went and put balloons all over my house outside.

When we got home I was still pumping when EBF (exclusively breastfeeding). I had a huge oversupply, I was pumping 23 oz or more every pump session. [It] was horrible, I had 2 deep freezers full of breastmilk, since he never took a bottle. So I was able to help 5 families out [with] my breastmilk.

Milky Mommas, Inc.
That is amazing, Sarah! What brought you to Milky Mommas?

Sarah E.
When he was born, even though he was early, I wanted to breastfeed. I actually posted about my oversupply and got help with evening it out.

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Milky Mommas, Inc.
So you’ve been a member for quite a while! What’s your favorite part about the Milky Mommas community?

Sarah E.
Yes, over a year.
And I just love how you can be yourself, people don’t judge and you can ask any question, and see [others] going through the same thing as you.

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Thank you for sharing your story with us, Sarah! We are so happy to have inspiring and engaged members like you in our community!

Babies’ Health Over Corporate Wealth Press Release

Put Babies’ Health Over Corporate Wealth

For Immediate Release:

Nationwide Nurse-In and Milky Mommas Inc. will hold Nurse-In events across the country on August 5th, 2018, at state Capitol buildings, local public locations and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services in D.C. and online to protest the Trump administraton’s opposition to the breastfeeding protection resolution at the World Health Assembly in May.

During the event the mothers, fathers, children, and supporters will gather at their local locations to hear speeches from lactation professionals and political leaders about why the USA needs to promote, protect, and support breastfeeding. Nursing mothers will breastfeed their babies in a show of solidarity as they and their supporters demand that the health of babies be put before the wealth of corporations. Those who cannot attend in person will be sharing “brelfies” (breastfeeding selfies) on social media platforms with the hashtags #BabiesHealthOverCorporateWealth #BabiesOverBottomLines #WHOcares #ProtectBabiesNotProfits

“This is not about limiting anyone’s access to formula or shaming those who use it. This is about protecting families, both formula and breastfeeding, from aggressive, expensive, and dangerous marketing tactics and making sure that our country is putting Babies’ Health Over Corporate Wealth.”
-Laura Delmonico, Founder of Nationwide Nurse-In

“The WHO resolution should have been a step toward protecting our most vulnerable populations from predatory companies interested only in their failure to breastfeed. Instead, the US delegates stood for corporate interests, and to the detriment of public health. The time for change is now. We cannot continue to sit in complacency.”
-Christine Rushing, Founder of Milky Mommas

To find the locations for this event visit https://www.facebook.com/events/242971262976846/?ti=icl Contact Laura Delmonico at: nationwidenursein@gmail.com and Christine Rushing at: themilkymommas@gmail.com For more information about Nationwide Nurse-In and Milky Mommas Inc. visit nationwidenursein.com and milkymommas.org

For more on the importance of this event please visit: https://milkymommas.org/2018/07/10/threats-lies-and-babies-lives/

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Threats, Lies, and Babies’ Lives

The Mess America Has Made for Breastfeeding Families

On July 8, the NYT published an article amplifying a report originally published by Amruta Byatnal‏, stating that President Trump’s administration opposed the introduction of a resolution to encourage breastfeeding at the World Health Assembly in May. The internet immediately responded with shock, confusion, and outrage.

How did we find ourselves in this position where the US, a developed nation that has the power to do so much good, is not supporting a worldwide resolution to encourage breastfeeding? Sadly, this prioritization of corporate profits over the health and wellbeing of our most vulnerable citizens — babies — is not simply a product of the current administration. The US has never adopted the WHO Code since its inception in 1981.

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Due to worldwide declining rates of breastfeeding in the 1970s, the World Health Organization and UNICEF developed and published the WHO Code for Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes, a public health policy that aims to protect mothers and babies, in May, 1981. “The Code,” as it is known, outlines the basic principles of a strategy to promote breastfeeding, the safe use of breastmilk substitutes such as commercial formula, and ethical practices for corporations selling products that can discourage and undermine breastfeeding. The Code is not legally enforceable unless adopted into legislation, a measure which 84 countries have undertaken, including Canada and Australia, as well as most of Africa, Asia, Europe (even Switzerland, home of formula giant Nestle), and South America. The United States is the only modern democracy that continues to refuse to adopt this code as legislation, aligning with nations such as Somalia and Kazakhstan, showing favor for corporations’ profits over public health.

According to reports, at this year’s World Health Assembly,  the US not only failed to adopt these measures but sought to weaken the resolution’s phrasing globally and even went so far as to threaten Ecuador with punitive trade policies if they introduced the measure.

According to the World Health Organization, protecting and promoting breastfeeding to optimal levels would save 820,000 child lives per year by preventing deadly illnesses such as pneumonia, diarrhea, and necrotizing enterocolitis as well as decreasing the instances of SIDS related deaths. Protecting and promoting breastfeeding would also save 20,000 global maternal lives per year by decreasing breast cancer rates. When mothers are breastfeeding, they miss fewer days of work, and children have fewer bouts of illness.  Additionally, optimal breastfeeding could save the United States over $2.4 billion per year in healthcare costs.

These measures set forth by The Code have an incredible impact on breastfeeding rates. In a breakdown of how formula marketing impacts families, the Best for Babes website states,

Tremendous damage to mothers and babies occurs when formula companies market their products directly to parents through hospitals, physicians, health care professionals, and networking, peer support and “education” groups (such as expecting mother “classes”, lunches or events). We love to claim we are savvier at looking past the claims of a print ad or commercial – even when studies show us that rates of breastfeeding decline when formula advertising increases–but it is undeniable that we are easily influenced and persuaded by our trusted doctors, family members, and peers.

The Code does not restrict families’ access to breast milk substitutes in any way or refute the fact that infant formula is a reasonable substitute for babies when breast milk is not available. What the Code does is recommend a set of guidelines to protect families from predatory marketing from formula companies. 2

 

What do we mean by predatory marketing? Predatory marketing practices are activities that are intended to harm or eliminate the competition. In this case, the competition for formula companies is breastfeeding. This means that formula companies actively engage in practices that are intended to harm or eliminate breastfeeding to increase their profits. This is not rhetoric; studies have shown time and time again the negative impact that formula samples have on breastfeeding rates. This is also seen in formula companies’ advertising campaigns specifically aimed at breastfeeding mothers — you may know it as formula designed for supplementing. The physiology of lactation is well understood and any time feeding at the breast is interrupted, a woman’s milk production is negatively affected. It’s also no coincidence that formula companies send out coupons for their products five to six weeks after a baby is born, right around the time that the majority of American women return to work and must express milk if they want to continue breastfeeding.

Even for formula feeding families, these marketing practices are harmful. Because of the exorbitant amount spent on marketing, commercial formula costs to the consumer are exponentially higher than their actual production cost. Families who are given free formula samples in the hospital are likely to stick with those brands, which on average increases the cost of infant feeding by $700 a year. What happens when a family is not supported in breastfeeding and can’t afford the cost of formula? Many families turn to watering down formula, introducing less nutritious foods too soon, or underfeeding to try to stretch the formula they can afford. Globally, undernutrition is responsible for 45% of child deaths, roughly 3.1 million children per year.

The practice of bullying less affluent nations into also rejecting breastfeeding protections is an egregious ethical maelstrom that results in even higher rates of illness and death. When these nations are pressured to allow formula companies to run rampant, the insidious practices consume their population. It goes something like this: formula company advertises to parents who are told formula is cleaner, healthier, and more nutritious for their babies; parents are given free samples, which they use and, as a result, their baby spends less time at the breast; the samples run out and the parents are so economically disadvantaged that they cannot afford to continue purchasing formula, but at this point the mother’s milk supply is gone; the baby suffers malnutrition and the parents suffer greater economic strain trying to keep their baby alive. All of this could be prevented by the protection and promotion of breastfeeding, which is free.

Today President Trump tweeted, “The failing NY Times Fake News story today about breast feeding must be called out. The U.S. strongly supports breast feeding but we don’t believe women should be denied access to formula. Many women need this option because of malnutrition and poverty.”

This position demonstrates a clear lack of understanding of the resolution. As mentioned already, the Code in no way denies access to formula for families who need or want it. Furthermore, women who are malnourished and / or impoverished are those most protected by the Code.

Here’s what you can do right now to increase awareness and understanding of why the Code is so important for our babies, our mothers, our families, our nation, and our world:

 

Mobilize. 

Join in the Babies’ Heath Before Corporate Wealth Nurse In and Protest on August 5, 2018! Invite your friends! We will gather at state capitol buildings and the US Health and Human Services building in D.C. to demand that we promote, protect, and support breastfeeding as a public health issue.


Share this to social media: post, tweet, tag!

@WhiteHouse, @realDonaldTrump, and/or @POTUS
#WhiteHouse
#realDonaldTrump
#POTUS
#BabiesHealthOverCorporateWealth
#MilkyMommasMobilize
#BabiesOverBillionaires
#WHOcares
#BabiesOverBottomLines
#ProtectBabiesNotProfits
#SafetyNotSanctions

Donate.

Contributing money combats corporate lobbyists and promotes and amplifies real world efforts by grassroots movements. Support our efforts here:

Write letters and emails.

Email the Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary@HHS.gov
Click here for a sample script

Show up in person.

Hand deliver these messages or request to speak to your representatives face-to-face.

 Contact the media. 

If you’re a lactation professional, contact your local news and offer to be interviewed as an expert.

If you’re not a lactation professional, contact your local news and media outlets and demand coverage of this issue.

 

Whatever method you choose, we need you to take action now. Breastfeeding has never been in the news like it is today – and we need to harness this buzz before the formula companies use it to push us even farther back. Breastfeeding is under attack. Tweet, post, tag, donate, attend – whatever you can do, for the love of babies, do it now.

 

The original proposed Resolution can be reviewed here
The approved Resolution can be viewed here

Updated 7/11/18 to reflect the original source of the reporting

Sample Letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar

Email Secretary Azar today to demand that the USA promote, protect, and support breastfeeding. Please feel free to edit this script. Thanks to Heather Harris for the script!

Dear Secretary Azar,
I have read today in the NYTimes about the US delegation to the World Health Assembly concerning the International Code Of Marketing for Breast-milk Substances. I was appalled at learning that not only did the US delegation not support wording calling on the government to “protect, promote, and support breastfeeding” and restrict food products other than breastmilk, it in fact bullied (threatening removing aid and introducing punishing trade measures) the sponsoring country of Ecuador into dropping the resolution.

Breastfeeding is a public health issue. It affects everyone and is important for our world and our countries’ health. On our government’s own site is listed the many benefits including lower asthma, diabetes, SIDS, and many more. https://www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding/making-decision-breastfeed. As a country we should be doing everything we can to promote and protect breastfeeding.

Please speak against this action by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Sincerely,

Our Values

Milky Mommas Inc has established the following eight values as the heart of our organization’s purpose.

 

Equity

Accessibility

Inclusivity

Compassion

Kindness

Respect

Accountability

Excellence

Equity – Increasing representation on our team of trained lactation supporters and working to dismantle barriers for individuals from communities experiencing lactation inequities.

 

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Accessibility – Using technology to innovate lactation support and pioneer new communities and resources in the digital world, and working towards resolving first food deserts by sponsoring new lactation professionals in communities of greatest need.

 

Inclusivity – Offering support in cultural humility to LGBTIQA+ parents and families, and honoring their unique path to breastfeeding, chestfeeding, or any form of human-milk feeding.

 

Compassion – Honoring the right of each family unit to pursue and preserve their best health through breast, chest, or human-milk-feeding, and meeting each family where they are to provide nonjudgmental counseling and support.

 

Kindness – Fostering goodwill within the culture of our community and promoting the protection of human dignity in lactation support.

 

Respect – Working in collaboration with health, medical, legal, government, and fellow lactation professionals to promote breast, chest, or human-milk-feeding, and treating all interactions within our digital community with the same tact as we would an in-person interaction.

 

Accountability – Staying abreast of current research which involves or impacts the field of lactation support, and reflect the best available evidence in counseling practices, advocacy, and education.

 

Excellence – Training volunteers to exhibit professionalism in all affairs of the organization, exemplify the highest level of integrity, and adhere to an established Code of Ethics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Updated: November 12, 2018

Milky Mommas and the WHO Code

 

  • Milky Mommas, Inc. affirms the importance of the World Health Organization’s International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes as a beacon of public health policy.

     

  • Milky Mommas, Inc. strives to align with the spirit and the letter of the WHO Code in all of its affairs.

     

  • Milky Mommas, Inc. commits to reasonable due diligence in determining that any potential partnership is free from ethical conflicts of interest in terms of interpreting and applying the Code and otherwise.

     

  • Any potential partnerships, sponsorships, donations, grants or support of any kind, both financial and otherwise, will be investigated, discussed, and voted upon at the discretion of the Board of Directors of Milky Mommas, Inc. to determine current eligibility with the criteria outlined in the WHO Code, and any internal criteria. The Board of Directors reserves the right to revisit the results of this determination at any time.

*NEW* Idaho Breastfeeding Protection Law!

Congratulations Idaho on joining the rest of the states, and passing a law to protect breastfeeding mothers from prosecution for public indecency for nursing or expressing milk in public. This is a HUGE victory for Idaho Mommas, and for all of us supporters nationwide. The law goes into effect on July 1, 2018.

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This law is really special because it specifies that mothers expressing milk for the purpose of feeding a child is protected. Pumping mommas- do your thing!

Idahoan Mommas – be sure to download our business-card-sized Breastfeeding Rights card. This simple tool can give you confidence while breastfeeding in public, and allow you to educate others on your (and their!) rights to breastfeed Anytime, Anywhere. Print, share, and keep a couple copies in your wallet to empower breastfeeding mommas you may meet!

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Did you know we have these Breastfeeding Rights cards for all 50 states, DC, and Puerto Rico? You can check out the full album to print and download your state’s card here.

Nurse and Pump on, Milky Mommas – you rock!

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Nationwide Nurse-In 2018 – {Free Printables}

Nationwide Nurse-In Scheduled at locations across the country Friday, April 27, 2018!

Find the info for an event in your state here!

In the United States, mothers have the right to breastfeed their babies ANYTIME, ANYWHERE. Period.

So why are we still being asked to cover? To go to the car or the bathroom? To “just pump” or “stay home to do that in private”?

We’ve created a simple tool to help YOU feel confident in your rights when breastfeeding in public. These FREE business card-sized printables will fit right in your wallet, so that if you’re challenged, you can present the card to educate and inform the public.

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Print these out for your milky friends and co-workers, for  your OBGYN or WIC office, or have extra copies with you to share with nursing moms you meet!  You can even take these files to VistaPrint or your local office supply store to have the cards printed front and back, with our sleek “I am a Milky Momma” design on the reverse side.

Every state is included in our album, as well as the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico!

Download the card for your state HERE: https://photos.app.goo.gl/lqlOv5i7hpEEunuw2

 

The info for this year’s Nationwide Nurse-In is below… check it out, and don’t miss out on this opportunity to meet other nursing moms and assemble to advocate for our rights!

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The 4th annual Nationwide Nurse-In brings attention to breastfeeding laws to help end discrimination and harassment associated with public breastfeeding and the workplace pumping needs of mothers.

This year’s event is particularly relevant given the ongoing executive action to repeal the ACA, which provides mothers with time and accommodations to express breastmilk at work. Mothers may again be dependent on state laws to provide workplace pumping time and accommodations. Unfortunately nearly HALF of our states do not have workplace pumping laws and even fewer have laws that provide adequate protections. This leaves many thousands of working mothers vulnerable! Without appropriate advocacy and protection of these needs, the ability of mothers to continue to breastfeed is compromised. This is a critical and costly public health issue; according to the CDC, low rates of breastfeeding add more than $3 billion a year to medical costs for mothers and children in the United States.

Nationwide Nurse-In is partnering with Milky Mommas Inc. non-profit, a global community dedicated to helping women meet their breastmilk feeding goals by providing online support & current, evidence-based information. With the help of Milky Mommas, Nationwide Nurse-In is striving to help families through their entire breastmilk feeding journeys.

This event takes place across the United States at State Capitols and other law enforcement locations. This year’s theme is “Spread the Word!” Nationwide Nurse-In is working to educate as many people about the laws protecting mothers to nurse in public and express milk in the workplace. Nursing/pumping mothers and their allies are invited to attend and show their support and educate the public and government representatives.

Mothers & allies will be at their respective locations, nursing their babies and spreading the word about the laws that protect nursing in public and the workplace and advocating for adequate enforcement of these protections.

 

“Given the importance of breastfeeding on the health of mothers and children, it is critical that we take action to support breastfeeding. Women who choose to breastfeed face numerous barriers—only through the support of family, communities, clinicians, healthcare systems, and employers will we be able to make breastfeeding the easy choice.”

Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH U.S. Surgeon General

 

Never Again, Here it Comes

I’m 38 years old; I have 5 yo twins and a 10 month old; I’m a Certified Lactation Counselor and an advocate for equitable and accessible lactation support; and I have breast cancer.

In late January my husband felt a lump in my breast.

On Friday, February 9th, pathology confirmed that I have triple negative breast cancer.

In 2 days, I start chemo. That’s 41 hours until I can never nurse this baby — any baby — ever again. Today I’m laying around soaking up every last second, with our bodies curled into one another.

 

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As the clock ticks down and the details fall into place so there’s nothing left to arrange and no tasks to focus on, I’m left to sit with terrible grief and anxiety.

Nursing my 10 month old has not been very pleasant the last several days. My chemo port site is still sore; he’s jet lagged and fussy and out of his routine; he’s started standing on his head and waving his behind around to fight sleep at the breast. A few times a dark and ugly part of myself has thought, at least this will be over in a few days. But at my core — the part that’s not worn down by terror and exhaustion — I’m devastated that this stage of our relationship is coming to a screeching halt and that there will be no last-minute reprieve. This is happening. It’s real.

Never again will I comfort him at the breast. Never again will I feed him from my own body. Yes, we’ll still be bonded and of course he’ll still be nurtured and nourished, but I’ve never *not* mothered through breastfeeding and nothing short of an actual life or death crisis could have made me stop before he was at least two years old. Neither one of us is ready.

Ready or not, here it comes. 💔