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Doctor On Demand Has Added Lactation Services

posted on Dec 15, 2014 in Central Texas News, National News, News by

DOD has partnered with Upspring Baby to provide online lactation services and now moms everywhere will have access to a lactation consultant (IBCLC) from their mobile device and can get an appointment within hours of the request.

Access to care is a major barrier for too many moms in the US.  There are too many locations in the US where a mom would have to travel over an hour to find a practicing IBCLC or available appointments are more than a day away.  With this added service to Doctor on Demand, anyone in the US, no matter where you live or what time of day you need help you will be able to talk to a qualified professional in lactation care.  Services are available from 7:00am to 12:00am CST.  More than just a skype consult this service is completely HIPPA compliant and backed with security protocols to ensure that your health information is kept safe.  If you are unfamiliar with Doctor on Demand, it is an app that you can download and once your account information is set up you will have access to an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) as well as pediatricians, general practitioners, and psychologists with the touch of a button.  Access to all of these providers is also very affordable.  $40 per visit

There are definitely times when hands on support is needed but many questions and issues can be resolved with a video consult.  Much more effective than a phone consultation, a video consult allows the practitioner to see your baby, your positioning, assess any nipple damage or oral anomalies in your baby.  IBCLCs can work with you to to create a plan for going back to work, assess flange and nipple shield sizing.  The possibilities are immense.  If a hands on consultation is needed, LCs will help connect moms to their local resources.

The App is free to download and setup only takes a few minutes.

Find out more at DoctorOnDemand.com and download the app below.


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Connect with a pediatrician, general practitioner, psychologist, or a lactation consultant for an affordable price and in the comfort of your own home.

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Director of Austin’s Mothers Milk Bank will now lead the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA)

posted on Jun 04, 2013 in Central Texas News, National News, News, Uncategorized by

Austin Nonprofit Executive Kim Updegrove to Lead The Human Milk Banking Association of North America

A nationally recognized leader in infant nutrition and the value of human milk for babies, Kim Updegrove, executive director of The Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin, brings expertise and perspective to new role as president of HMBANA



February 6, 2013The Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin today announced its Executive Director Kim Updegrove is serving as President for the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) for a two-year term that began January 1, 2013.

HMBANA is a professional association for supporters of nonprofit donor-human milk banking. It promotes the health of babies and mothers through the provision of safe pasteurized donor milk and support of breastfeeding. Updegrove also chairs the HMBANA Guidelines Committee.

The Human Milk Banking Association of North America and its leaders have been stewarding its mission for more than 25 years,” said Updegrove, “and I am honored to be given the opportunity to serve as its president. As the demand for donor human milk continues to grow, I am looking forward to leading the organization as it develops a strong voice for breastfeeding advocacy and increased availability of safe donor human milk across North America.

As executive director of The Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin, Updegrove leads one of the nation’s largest nonprofit human milk banks operated under HMBANA guidelines. In 2012, the Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin dispensed 366,550 ounces of milk to 100 hospitals in 21 states including Texas, Florida, Minnesota, Arizona, Missouri, North Carolina, Mississippi, Washington, Arkansas and beyond.

“The demand for human milk in neonatal in

tensive care units is at an all-time high,” said Updegrove. “As of now, we do not have enough milk to feed all critically ill or fragile babies in the nation. Every child deserves a strong healthy start in life, and I hope we can all accomplish together both on a local and national level.”

Updegrove is a Certified Nurse Midwife with master’s degrees in both Public Health and Nursing. She taught at Yale University School of Nursing and University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.




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Sign the petition to get a stamp normalizing breastfeeding in the US

posted on Feb 05, 2013 in National News, News, News from Around the World by

The following is a petition on the White house website asking USPS to develop a series of stamps depicting breastfeeding.  Please follow this link to or the sign petition link below.

we petition the obama administration to:

develop and issue a stamp or series of stamps that depict, promote, and normalize breastfeeding.

The USPS & Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee have a history of raising social awareness through the US stamp program. This worthy tradition of promoting positive social changes can be harnessed in support of breastfeeding as it is a very worthy issue to support and promote!

Many countries have issued stamps depicting breastfeeding including Spain, Luxemborg, Guatamala, Uganda, & Greece. Now is the time for the United States to join these countries in increasing awareness of the health benefits & positive social impact of breastfeeding for both mothers & babies as well as inspiring more American families to choose breastfeeding.

Please consider obtaining guidance from the Int. Lactation Consultants Assn., La Leche League Int., and/or Breastfeeding USA regarding stamp design.

Signatures needed by February 10, 2013 to reach goal of 25,000

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Texas Breastfeeding Rates Are Rising In All Catagories

posted on Aug 04, 2012 in National News, News by

Rates of Breastfeeding High in Texas

Hospital support important strategy toward further improvement


In Texas, 80.3 percent of mothers started breastfeeding, according to the 2012 Breastfeeding Report Card, released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Texas’s number is above the national average of 76.9 percent. The report also found that in Texas 50.7 percent of mothers are still breastfeeding at 6 months and 25.6 are still breastfeeding at 12 months.  

CDC’s Breastfeeding Report Card includes both national and state-specific data about individual behaviors related to breastfeeding, as well as data on support in hospitals and communities, which can either help or hinder mothers’ efforts to meet their breastfeeding goals.

The report found that hospital support for breastfeeding has improved throughout the country. Since 2009 every state and the District of Columbia has either maintained or increased their score on CDC’s Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care survey, which measures the degree to which practices in U.S. hospitals support breastfeeding. Texas’s score increased to 66 percent. Also, the report found that in Texas 4.66 percent of births occur in Baby-Friendly hospitals, those hospitals that have made special effort to support breastfeeding.

“Breastfeeding support is an important strategy toward improving the health of Texas mothers and their children,” said Julie Stagg, State Breastfeeding Coordinator for the Texas Department of State Health Services. “We must continue to focus on providing better support in our hospitals and communities, and this will, in turn, help improve Texas’s breastfeeding rates.”

“National rates of breastfeeding continue to rise, and state-to-state rates vary greatly,” said Laurence Grummer-Strawn, Ph.D., chief of the nutrition branch in CDC′s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity. “We must continue to focus on hospital support to improve these rates at the state level. Consistently measuring hospital practices and working to increase the number of births at Baby-Friendly facilities are ways to do this.” 

The full CDC report is available at www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/data/reportcard.htm. For more information about CDC′s breastfeeding rates and efforts to improve hospital practices to support breastfeeding, visit www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding.

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Breastmilk good for adults too!

posted on Jul 23, 2012 in National News, News, News from Around the World by

The following blog appeared on the Best For Babes website

Science News: Breastmilk is good for adults–yes, really!

TLC’s show Strange Sex will air an episode on an adult breastfeeding fetish tonight (Sunday).

Since it’s hard to fight the media’s love of  sensationalizing breastfeeding (again), we thought we’d use this opportunity to shift the focus on to  some of the amazing benefits of human milk for adults–other than sex–including some areas of potential medical therapeutic use.    Here are a few:

An article in the UK’s Daily Mail reported a few years ago that components of breastmilk are under study as possible remedies for adults who have the following conditions (component of human milk being researched in parentheses):

  • Cancer (HAMLET)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis (lactoferrin)
  • Dementia, stroke, traumatic brain injury (glyerophosphocholine)
  • Diabetes and Parkinson’s (stem cells)
  • Acne (lauric acid)
  • Diarrhea (oligosaccharides)

Other articles have indicated possible uses of human milk for the following diseases:

Here’s hoping some of the wealthy disease foundations that raise billions of dollars every year to find “the cure” will start putting some of their research dollars towards experimenting on the Miracle Milk™ right under our noses–it could be a veritable rainforest of unknown, natural and effective treatments!   For more lesser-known facts about our mom-made wonder-food, click here.

Image credit:  Wikimedia Commons

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Action Alert! WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program May Be Defunded

posted on Jun 16, 2012 in Central Texas News, Local News, National News, News, Statewide News by

Peer support makes a difference for breastfeeding moms…
Tell Congress to Fund WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselors in FY 2013!

Take Action Now!

Below is an excerpt from the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) Call To Action.

Yesterday, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin released the National Prevention Council Action Plan, which “outlines the federal commitment to implementing…the nation’s first ever National Prevention Strategy.”

Recommendation #5 under the Strategy’s Healthy Eating section specifically calls to: “Support policies and programs that promote breastfeeding,”

Another recent highlight for breastfeeding was last month’s release of the Institute of Medicine report, Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention, which calls in Strategy 4-4 to “promote breastfeeding-friendly environments.”
Our Nation’s public health leaders are coming together to call for real changes in the policies, systems, and environments that impact breastfeeding families. But despite the fact that these two new documents, as well as The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding, and the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity Report, call for the expansion of breastfeeding peer support programs, we’ve just learned that the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA, and Related Agencies has passed a Fiscal Year 2013 bill which would cut all funding for WIC breastfeeding peer counselors.

Mother-to-mother support has proven to be one of the most successful approaches to encourage mothers to breastfeed their babies.  It has been so successful that after piloting this project, it was established as a core service in the WIC Program. Texas had a head start on this initiative; our state was one of the first in the nation to implement a Peer Counselor Program. The national WIC organization states that “The failure to fund breastfeeding peer counselors would mean an immediate loss of jobs and a reduction in breastfeeding rates.” WIC estimates that women who attend its breastfeeding support groups are twice as likely to plan to breastfeed as those who do not.
Since the program began in April 1991, over 3,500 mothers have been trained in Texas as breastfeeding peer counselors and numerous studies have confirmed the success and importance of peer support.

  1.  Effect of Peer Counselors on Breastfeeding Initiation, Exclusivity, and Duration Among Low-income Urban Women Naomi Kistin, Rachel Abramson, and Peg Dublin. J Hum Lact, March 1994; vol. 10, 1: pp. 11-15.
  2. The Differential Impact of WIC Peer Counseling Programs on Breastfeeding Initiation across the State of Maryland. Gross S., Resnik A., et al. J Hum Lact, November 2009; vol. 25, 4: pp. 435-443
  3. They’ve Walked in My Shoes”: Mothers of Very Low Birth Weight Infants and Their Experiences With Breastfeeding Peer Counselors in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  Rossman B., Engstrom J., Meier P., et al.       J Hum Lact, February 2011; vol. 27, 1: pp. 14-24
  4. The Effect of a Peer Counseling Program on Breastfeeding Initiation and Longevity in a Low-income Rural Population. Shaw E., Kaczorowski J. J Hum Lact, March 1999; vol. 15, 1: pp. 19-25.


As of April 2012 Texas WIC population has met the Healthy People 2020 goals for breastfeeding innitaition at 81.9%  See the progress WIC has made since the Peer Counselor program began below.


Info from http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/wichd/lactate/statistics.shtm

Take Action Now to protect this resource for new families.

It will only take a few minutes and could make a difference for millions of mothers across the United States.

Share your experience as a WIC mom here

Beyond talking to your representative please also contact

https://carterforms.house.gov/email-john2/.  And anyone else on the sub committee.


The full list of committee members listed here.


  • Harold Rogers, Kentucky, Chairman
  • C.W. Bill Young, Florida
  • Jerry Lewis, California
  • Frank R. Wolf, Virginia
  • Jack Kingston, Georgia
  • Rodney P. Frelinghuysen, New Jersey
  • Tom Latham, Iowa
  • Robert B. Aderholt, Alabama
  • Jo Ann Emerson, Missouri
  • Kay Granger, Texas
  • Michael K. Simpson, Idaho
  • John Abney Culberson, Texas
  • Ander Crenshaw, Florida
  • Denny Rehberg, Montana
  • John R. Carter, Texas
  • Rodney Alexander, Louisiana
  • Ken Calvert, California
  • Jo Bonner, Alabama
  • Steven C. LaTourette, Ohio
  • Tom Cole, Oklahoma
  • Jeff Flake, Arizona
  • Mario Diaz-Balart, Florida
  • Charles W. Dent, Pennsylvania
  • Steve Austria, Ohio
  • Cynthia M. Lummis, Wyoming
  • Tom Graves, Georgia
  • Kevin Yoder, Kansas
  • Steve Womack, Arkansas
  • Alan Nunnelee, Mississippi


  • Norman D. Dicks, Washington
  • Marcy Kaptur, Ohio
  • Peter J. Visclosky, Indiana
  • Nita M. Lowey, New York
  • José E. Serrano, New York
  • Rosa L. DeLauro, Connecticut
  • James P. Moran, Virginia
  • John W. Olver, Massachusetts
  • Ed Pastor, Arizona
  • David E. Price, North Carolina
  • Maurice D. Hinchey, New York
  • Lucille Roybal-Allard, California
  • Sam Farr, California
  • Jesse L. Jackson, Jr., Illinois
  • Chaka Fattah, Pennsylvania
  • Steven R. Rothman, New Jersey
  • Sanford D. Bishop, Jr., Georgia
  • Barbara Lee, California
  • Adam B. Schiff, California
  • Michael M. Honda, California
  • Betty McCollum, Minnesota
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Disadvantaged mothers should breastfeed their children ‘to improve social mobility’, experts claim

posted on Oct 10, 2011 in National News, News, News from Around the World by

Breastfed babies are smarter and have a reduced chance of behavioural problems in later life, according to a new study.

Researchers from the University of Essex’s Institute of Social & Economic Research (ISER) and the University of Oxford have spent the past two years looking at the impact of breastfeeding on a child’s development.

They found that it can improve a child’s social mobility by boosting its IQ in later life, and reduces the likelihood of a child having behavioural difficulties at age five.

Six per cent of full-term babies breastfed for four months have these issues compared with 16 per cent of formula fed babies, the research shows.

The group is now now urging the government to act on its findings and include the importance of breastfeeding in its plan for improving social mobility.

However,a report produced by the team fails to identify exactly how and why breastfeeding in a baby’s early weeks leads to success in later life.

The document, which will be discussed at a conference at the British Academy in central London on Wednesday says: ‘Aligning breastfeeding with social mobility may seem tenuous, but a body of research shows that an individual’s behavioural and psycho-social outcomes have a significant impact on adult earnings and education,’ as reported in The Observer.

Priority: Experts say the government should target disadvantaged mothers and encourage them to breastfeed Priority: Experts say the government should target disadvantaged mothers and encourage them to breastfeed

The report goes on: ‘If research can demonstrate the extent to which positive outcomes are the result of breastfeeding, rather than from social factors, then there is a strong case for encouraging breastfeeding from an early intervention policy that can improve a child’s life chances, particularly targeting young and disadvantaged mothers.’




Health experts have said there is a large social gap in breastfeeding rates with more privileged mothers opting to breastfeed compared with the more disadvantaged, according to the policy document.

Dr Emilia Del Bono, an economist at the ISER told The Observer: ‘We need initiatives to support mothers not just to start breastfeeding, but to continue beyond the early days.

‘We know very little about the effects of breastfeeding at longer durations because so few women breastfeed for more than a few weeks.

‘It’s only when more women start breastfeeding for longer periods that we will have the data necessary to investigate.’

In the same report, a senior Liberal Democrat source said: ‘We expect the social mobility and child poverty commission to report on the progress of the indicators and to tell us whether they are the right ones.

‘The current list is a good start but it does not have to be the final word’.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2047016/Disadvantaged-mothers-breastfeed-children-improve-social-mobility-experts-claim.html#ixzz1aLyTx0Eo

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