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Breastfeeding and Returning to Work

Strategies for breastfeeding after returning to work:

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You CAN Breast-feed After Returning to Work

By Kylie Menagh-Johnson, MPH Health Education, PIP Health and Wellness Co-Chair, mom/step-mom to 4 kids, ages 2 to 14

Note: All mothers are working mothers, but in this article, “work” refers to paid employment, in or out of the home, that requires a separation between mother and child.

“Breast is best,” yet breast-feeding comes with challenges that are difficult to imagine before you become a mother. Support for breast-feeding is readily available through new moms’ groups, the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, La Leche League, the Nursing Mothers’ Counsel of Oregon, hospital lactation consultants, and others. But what about support after returning to work?

Many moms return to work when their infants are 12 weeks old.  Health experts recommend that all babies should be exclusively fed breast milk for the first six months of life and continue to be breast-fed…

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Plant-Based Eating: a Beginner’s Guide for Families

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Like most parents, you want to raise your kids to be as healthy as possible, but with all the nutrition advice out there, it can be confusing. It seems like new research comes out every day. Just a handful of recent studies have found: eating veggies may reduce your chance for certain kinds of breast cancer, high-temperature cooked meats produce carcinogens, and eating berries may cut your heart disease risk.

On top of all these news stories, parents swap advice that can seem conflicting…or can just be too much to take in all at once! Flax seeds, chia seeds, coconut oil, low-fat, Greek yogurt, soy foods, fatty fish, whole grains, gluten-free, whole foods, kid-friendly, plant-based, high-protein…what’s a parent to do?

Get back to basics: fruits, vegetables, and whole grains

The American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, and American Dietetic Association all agree: strive for…

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