Advocacy for Breastfeeding, Communication Skills for Breastfeeding Specialists, Culture and Breastfeeding, Infant Feeding in Emergencies, Internet Practice Issues for Breastfeeding Counseling, Language of Breastfeeding, Legislation and Breastfeeding, Military Breastfeeding Mothers, Multiples and Breastfeeding, Premature Breastfeeding Babies, Public Breastfeeding Policy, Stress & Burnout in Professionals
Paid Family Leave for military families has rapidly changed in the past two years, and the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act brings even more changes. While some of these changes appear to be improvements for military parental leave, several points of the new law have left us with some serious concerns.
Established in 2006, MomsRising and its members are organizing and speaking out to improve public policy and to change the national dialogue on issues that are critically important to America’s women and families. In addition to being a grassroots force, MomsRising also has a strong readership reach: With over 1,000 blogger, in 2013, Forbes.comnamed MomsRising‘s web site as one of the Top 100 Websites For Women for the fourth year in a row and Working Mother magazine included MomsRising on its “Best of the Net” list.
Guest blog post for the United States Breastfeeding Committee in support of the Military Parental Leave Modernization Act, proposed by Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) to give all active duty servicemembers 12 weeks of paid parental leave when a new child enters the family by birth, adoption, or foster care placement.
From Demeter Press: The rise of social media has changed how we understand and enact relationships across our lives, including motherhood. The meanings and practices of mothering have been significantly impacted by the availability of [online] communities… The village that now contributes to the mothering experience has grown exponentially, granting mothers access to interactional partners and knowledge never before available. This volume of works explores the impact of social media forms on our cultural understandings of motherhood and the ways that we communicate about the experience and practice of mothering.
Chapter 4, authored by Amy Barron Smolinski, specifically explores the intersectionality of breastfeeding, military families, and social media.