Thursday, August 01, 2013

Happy 21st World Breastfeeding Week!!

This annual celebration keeps this vital issue for mothers and babies alive! While some may say that we have too many "days of..." and "weeks of..." and even "years of...." I have been impressed with the impact of World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) over the years since the original Innocenti Meeting and Declaration of Aug1, 1990, gave birth to the idea.

The Innocenti Declaration called for 4 operational targets: interdisciplinary national breastfeeding policy, the Ten Steps for Successful Breastfeeding in the Maternity Setting, Implementation of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes (and subsequent WHA resolutions) and Maternity protection, including paid leave and paid breastfeeding breaks for feeding co-located children.

This four pillars stand on a base of community involvement, awareness and action. This is what WBW is all about - sustaining that base.  Last year, the 20th WBW was dedicated to the Ten Steps, and this year it is Breastfeeding Support: Close to Mothers, underscoring the need for peer support for every woman, whether she is working, at home, or even the doctor delivering the services!

Let's pick ourselves up this week and re-pledge our efforts to ensure that, within our lifetimes, we see a day that every mother is fully supported and enabled to succeed in optimally breastfeeding her children, through support for the four pillar, and by continually energizing the community.

GO DO SOMETHING TO SUPPORT AND ENABLE EVERY WOMAN TO BE ALL SHE CAN BE, SO THAT SHE CAN BE THE PROVIDER OF THE BREASTFEEDING THAT ENABLES HER CHILDREN GET THE BEST START ON LIFE !!

Warmest wishes to all,
DocLabbok

Friday, March 15, 2013

Poor Mayor Bloomberg!!

Poor Mayor Bloomberg (Is this an oxymoron?). Oxymoron or no, the Mayor of NYC deserves our empathy and support as he has taken several solid public health stands. And what does he get for it? Blastings from conservative and liberal press alike. Government overstepping its bounds, individual rights, etc etc etc.  Please note that the healthiest countries in the world have government supported health care....

Reformers must stick their necks out, and sticking one's neck out is often associated with getting it chopped off if your not very subtle.  I applaud the Mayor for trying to do what is in his power to reduce barriers for breastfeeding moms, and to reduce unwitting overindulgence in sugars.  I wish folks would worry about our high infant mortality rate and obesity epidemic rather than attack someone for taking small steps to a better future.

Until the next irritant or provocation, signing off, DocLabbok

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Great article in TIME magazine, with quotes from good friends and fellow ABM Fellows!
http://healthland.time.com/2013/01/02/is-the-medical-community-failing-breastfeeding-moms/

I loved Alison's comparison to the treatment for ED (erectile dysfunction), opining that physicians have no code for dysfunction associated with feeding, and there is no associated reimbursement.


We must do more to ensure physician training, use of LCs, and reimbursement for "BD:" breast dysfunction.