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Call for Abstracts NOW OPEN for Breastfeeding and Feminism International Conference 2017

The Call for Abstracts for the 2017 Breastfeeding and Feminism International Conference is NOW OPEN! This year’s theme is Breastfeeding as Social Justice: From Crucial Conversation to Inspired Action, and the conference will be held Wednesday, March 22 – Friday, March 24, 2016 in Chapel Hill, NC, USA. Public health efforts to protect, promote and […]

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BFIC Founder Dr. Paige Hall Smith on the Born to be Breastfed Radio Show

Everyone has an opinion, and they’re usually pushing it as “fact.” Breastfeeding advocates sing a litany of benefits that breastfeeding provides. Critics insist that breastfeeding is difficult and ties you down. Others imply that you’re a bad mother if you don’t breastfeed. With so many message and feelings, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, confused, guilty, […]

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Need for Privacy Shouldn’t Derail Push to Claim Public Space for Breastfeeding

Written by Jodine Chase Need for privacy shouldn’t derail push to claim public space for breastfeeding Does the push for “lactation rooms” and other spaces for breastfeeding parents limit or expand notions of public breastfeeding? At a talk at the Breastfeeding and Feminism International Conference, Amanda Barnes Cook addresses tensions around breastfeeding in the public […]

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Call For Papers For Only Conference Focusing On Women And Complexity of Feeding Choices

  The Breastfeeding and Feminism International Conference (formerly the Breastfeeding and Feminism Symposium) is seeking papers for the 2015 conference: Breastfeeding, Social Justice and Equity: Reflecting, Reclaiming, Re-visioning. The conference, now in its tenth year, has chosen a theme of social justice and equity. This year’s conference, co-sponsored by the Center for Women’s Health and Wellness at UNC Greensboro and […]

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Milk Sharing can Increase Breastfeeding Duration and Mom’s Health and Well-being: BFIC 2014 Presenter Spotlight on Agustina Vidal

Written by Brittany Chambers Milk Sharing can Increase Breastfeeding Duration and Mom’s Health and Well-being: Many scholars and advocates argue it is time to shift the expertise of infant feeding from health care providers to women themselves. Agustina Vidal suggests this is what is taking place through online support programs of milksharing among moms wanting to […]

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Black Mothers Advocating for Breastfeeding Through Blogging

Tyra Toston Gross presented her research on “Brown Mamas Breastfeed: An analysis of African American Women’s Breastfeeding Experiences Shared Through an On-line Blog” at the 2013 Breastfeeding and Feminism conference.  At the upcoming 2014 Breastfeeding and Feminism Conference she will lead a discussion session on “Exploring long-term breastfeeding in African-American women using Positive Deviance: Implications […]

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Does Breastfeeding Hold Women Back?

For many, breastfeeding is associated with stay-at-home or attachment parenting and with traditional women’s roles.  For this reason, there is a notion in the feminist world that breastfeeding holds women back. There is well-documented conflict between work and home roles. But do these tensions mean that particular feeding choices adversely impact women’s status? At her […]

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