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Mama Pear Designs New Year’s Giveaway

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A few months ago the Hygeia team attended the ABC Kids Expo in Louisville, Kentucky. The ABC Expo is one of our favorite annual events with hundreds of companies showing the latest innovations in children’s and baby products. We love meeting with retail stores from across the country as well as other companies supporting moms […]

Should Lactation Consultations Be an Essential Health Benefit? Let the Department of Health and Human Services Know!

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Breastfeeding is natural, but that doesn’t mean it always comes naturally.  When breastfeeding challenges arise, professional support from a lactation consultant (IBCLC) can make a world of difference for moms and babies struggling with breastfeeding.  Unfortunately many insurance plans do not cover lactation consultations, leaving families without access to breastfeeding support. During the month of […]

Two Campaigns Taking a Fresh Approach to Breastfeeding Promotion

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We love seeing creative ideas to promote breastfeeding, so we’re excited about two campaigns using social media and peer support to encourage breastfeeding. The “Be a Star” campaign started in the UK in 2007 to increase breastfeeding rates among young moms.  According to their mission statement: Be A Star is a social marketing campaign that […]

New Report Recommends Insurance Coverage of Breastfeeding Support

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We talk a lot here about the “booby traps” that prevent moms from meeting their breastfeeding goals, and lack of insurance coverage for lactation services is a big one. While most hospitals provide some degree of in-patient breastfeeding support, many insurance companies don’t cover lactation support after discharge, forcing new moms to pay out-of-pocket to […]

Resources for Medications and Breastfeeding: There’s an app for that!

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“My doctor prescribed me _____ drug; do I have to stop nursing?”  Almost every day we hear from moms who have questions about the safety of medications while breastfeeding. Fortunately there are some terrific resources for nursing moms who need evidence-based information, including a free helpline for pregnant and breastfeeding moms and brand new smartphone […]