IBM to Launch Program to Help Traveling Moms Ship Breast Milk Back Home

While some new moms returning to work may struggle to juggle breastfeeding and business travel, those who work at IBM will soon have a way to ship milk home to help alleviate some of the added stress.

Beginning in September, the company is launching a program that not only pays for moms to ship milk home, but also coordinates the process through an app that employees can download on their smartphone, Fortune reported.

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Fenway Park First MLB Stadium With Lactation Pod

Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, is the first Major League Baseball stadium to install a lactation station with a safe and clean space to pump breast milk or feed an infant. The suite includes a fold-down table, a power outlet, space for a stroller, soft lighting, and supplies for cleaning up the space.

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Nestlé Issues Policy Supporting Breastfeeding

Formula maker Nestlé has issued a global Maternity Protection Policy for its employees, which provides for at least 14 weeks of paid maternity leave and the right to extend that leave to up to six months. It also guarantees access to breastfeeding rooms at company locations with more than 50 female employees. Peter Vogt, deputy executive vice president and chief human resources officer for Nestlé, said, “This policy will help us better support mothers and their families in our sites across the world and reinforces our support for exclusive breastfeeding during the first six months of a child’s life.” When online users visit the Nestlé Baby website, “Breastmilk is best for your baby,” pops up, with additional information about breastfeeding and consulting a healthcare professional before introducing infant formula.

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Has Breastfeeding Mania Gone Too Far?

Fewer hospitals than ever are giving formula samples to new moms. How this could be hurting babies and mothers alike. Fewer hospitals have been distributing formula samples to families with newborn infants than they used to. I suspect I’m meant to feel happier about that as a pediatrician than I do.

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Nursing Room Locator App Released

Moms Pump Here, an app created by Moms For Moms, identifies more than 1,000 lactation rooms in the United States, U.S. territories, and Canada. The free app is available for Apple and Android devices. Developers claim it is the first online GPS tool to help mothers find lactation rooms to breastfeed and pump with privacy. Mothers can find a nearby nursing room or search by city or zip code to plan ahead. The app will provide a map to the lactation room.

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IFC ANNOUNCES NAME CHANGE TO INFANT NUTRITION COUNCIL OF AMERICA

ATLANTA, Ga. – The International Formula Council (IFC), an association of manufacturers and marketers of formulated nutrition products, announced today that it has changed its name to the Infant Nutrition Council of America (INCA). The new name more clearly represents the organization’s mission to advocate for optimal infant health and the critical role of infant nutrition, support families in their feeding decisions and educate on appropriate infant feeding options .

Every day, parents make the important and personal decision about how to feed their infant– a decision rooted in individual beliefs, circumstances and experiences. The Infant Nutrition Council of America believes parents and families need access to facts and balanced information about infant feeding options.

“Whether a parent decides to breastfeed exclusively, formula feed, or use a combination of both, they have the right to be supported in their decision,” said Mardi Mountford, Executive Vice President of the Infant Nutrition Council of America. “During the first year of life an infant is exposed to many foods and eating experiences that lay the foundation for lifelong nutritional habits. For over 45 years, the Council has served as a resource and advocate for optimal infant nutrition to ensure positive health outcomes.”

While experts agree on the benefits of breastfeeding, for infants not receiving breast milk, infant formula is the only safe and recommended nourishment that promotes healthy growth and development based on current nutrition science.

IFC Announces Change to Infant Nutrition Council of America (INCA)

ATLANTA, Ga. – The International Formula Council (IFC), an association of manufacturers and marketers of formulated nutrition products, announced today that it has changed its name to the Infant Nutrition Council of America (INCA). The new name more clearly represents the organization’s mission to advocate for optimal infant health and the critical role of infant nutrition, support families in their feeding decisions and educate on appropriate infant feeding options.

Every day, parents make the important and personal decision about how to feed their infant– a decision rooted in individual beliefs, circumstances and experiences. The Infant Nutrition Council of America believes parents and families need access to facts and balanced information about infant feeding options.

“Whether a parent decides to breastfeed exclusively, formula feed, or use a combination of both, they have the right to be supported in their decision,” said Mardi Mountford, Executive Vice President of the Infant Nutrition Council of America. “During the first year of life an infant is exposed to many foods and eating experiences that lay the foundation for lifelong nutritional habits. For over 45 years, the Council has served as a resource and advocate for optimal infant nutrition to ensure positive health outcomes.”

While experts agree on the benefits of breastfeeding, for infants not receiving breast milk, infant formula is the only safe and recommended nourishment that promotes healthy growth and development based on current nutrition science.