A Wonderful Opportunity

As parents, we all want to provide the best for our children. And there is rarely a better opportunity for us to nourish our kids than breastfeeding—especially for new parents, breastfeeding is a wonderful opportunity to nourish our babies, both physically and emotionally. Of course, breastfeeding also presents challenges. And that’s what I want to…

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This is My Why: A Reflection on #NBM2023

Photo of Chinese woman sitting on a bed with a small child laying on her left while breastfeeding an infant cradled in her left arm

I was a breastfeeding mom for six years. During the six years, I have been separated from my baby for three months for work reasons, I have flown to four different cities with my pump within six months, I have been sent to the emergency room with mastitis and high fever, my milk supply has…

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We Knew What Is Relactation. Now We Know How.

In the past year, formula shortage has caused moms across the US to relactate to feed their babies. Relactation is when moms start breastfeeding again after a gap. That gap might be as little as a few days, or as long as several weeks or even months. There are different reasons why moms want to relactate, including changing their…

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The PUMP Act is Now Signed Into Law. What Changes Is It Gonna Make?

Unless you live in a cave, I’m sure you’ve heard that the Senate passed the Providing Urgent Maternal Protections for Nursing Mothers (PUMP) act, a milestone protection for new mothers in the last few days of 2022. You’ve also probably heard that it’s a major milestone for women’s workplace civil rights. But what does it really…

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How San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition Made a Difference This Year

Woman breastfeeding her infant with a christmas tree and holiday decor in the foreground

This is the time of the year when my inbox is filled with fundraising emails—from MSF, WWF to my local Y and San Diego County breastfeeding coalition, everyone is asking for support. No, I’m not complaining. I’m grateful to read about all the great work being done around the world and across the country. In fact, I feel too many non-profit…

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Practicing Your Rights of Breastfeeding At Work

Earlier this month I received a letter from a nursing mom through my Chinese-language breastfeeding page. Here was the scenario: The baby was now nine and a half months old. The mother got to pump milk every four hours, twice a day at work. The mom has added solid foods to the baby’s diet, but breastfeeding…

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Breastfeeding Actually Saved Me Lots of Work

Between my two kids, I breastfed for a total of six years. I exclusively breastfed for the first six months of each of them, and we extended the breastfeeding relationship to 2.5 years with my older one and 3.5 years with my younger one. I was often asked, “Isn’t that a lot of work?” True, breastfeeding…

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