SDCBC Breastfeeding Blog
with Guest Blogger To-wen Tseng
A friend of mine re-latched her two-year-old soon after getting her COVID-19 vaccine back in May, hoping to give the child antibodies via breast milk. Her child was previously weaned at 18 months old.My friend is not alone. It is reported that vaccinated mothers have been turning to breast milk to protect children too young…Read More
Last March in the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, I received a LINE message calling to “stock up on infant formula in case there will be a formula milk shortage.” It was a commercial message from a pharmacy that I shopped at during my short visit to Taiwan back in 2019 and they have collected…Read More
Whenever I write about “breastfeeding saves lives,” I always get some reader comments like this: “Only babies in underdeveloped countries would die from diseases that could be prevented by breastfeeding. Babies in developed countries would thrive with whatever milk they get.” Sounds about right. Indeed, when a country’s economy takes off and people’s income increases,…Read More
Last week, the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine announced its NEW revised position statement: Ankyloglossia in Breastfeeding Dyads**. Recently, there has been increased interest in ankyloglossia or tongue-tie demonstrated by a substantial increase in the number of publications. This parallels a huge increase in the diagnosis and treatment of tongue-tie around the world. Despite this reality, there…Read More
To-wen is a Chinese American journalist, author, and breastfeeding activist. For years To-wen has advocated for family-friendly policy and gender equity at the workplace, blogging about breastfeeding as a human right, and speaking out about breastfeeding barriers in Asian-American communities and beyond. She co-founded the Asian American Breastfeeding Taskforce in 2017.
To-wen received the 2018 HealthConnect One Foundation's Birth Equity Leader Academy Community Project Award, and in 2019, she was recognized by US Breastfeeding Committee as the Emerging Leader of the year. This year, an Asian breastfeeding photovoice project she led won 2020 California Breastfeeding Coalition's Golden Nugget Award for "excellence in reducing a key barrier to breastfeeding the social norm."