The future of exclusivelypumping.com
Well, my son will turn nine years old next month. That means it has been nine years since I started to EP, eight years since I weaned from the pump, and seven years since this site has been on the internet. The website has seen a few changes over the years and I’m hoping to give it another facelift in 2012. I have a few other things I’d like to do over the next year, but those will have to stay under wraps for the time being.
I would love, however, to hear your ideas for the site. What’s working for you and what’s not? What would you like to see here and what would you like to see gone?
Up to this point, I’ve made a concious choice to keep out all advertising and biased information. Is this something that matters to you? Would you like advertising? Would you like links to sources to buy pumps and supplies? The site has been a means to advertise my book, but even this has seemed to be secondary to the life the site has taken on.
Dream with me a bit and let me know what you’d like to see when you type www.exclusivelypumping.com into your browser. Perhaps more interaction, perhaps more support, perhaps more advocacy?
Feel free to contact me directly via email or leave a comment here.
Exclusively Pumping on Facebook!
Okay, I’ll admit it’s taken me a while to do this, but I’ve finally starting a Facebook page for Exclusively Pumping Breast Milk. Now that I have my new book, Breastfeeding, Take Two, in print, I’m hoping to have some more time to put towards this website and my original book. I have some big plans for the upcoming year including changes to this website (needs an update, don’t you agree!). Join me on Facebook and spread the news to other people you know. I’m looking forward to establishing a more interactive community! ~ Stephanie
One World Birth–an exciting new project
In order to “fix” breastfeeding, we need to “fix” birth. Women have largely lost faith in their bodies’ ability to do what they are intended to do. By medicalizing birth, we have taken the power away from women. And by medicalizing birth, we have greatly affected breastfeeding and the continuum of pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and mothering. One World Birth is an exciting new project by two British filmmakers. They are amassing an amazing resource and I’m excited to see where it leads. Take a look at their trailer and if you like what you see, consider sharing it with those you know.
Breastfeeding, Take Two Website is Up
I’ve got a domain name registered for my new book, Breastfeeding, Take Two, and have a filler site up at the moment. If you have a moment, visit the site and bookmark it. I’ll be working to get a proper site up soon. New updates on the book will be put up on that site. I’ll be sure to mention larger new announcements here as well. Please share the news about this book with anyone you feel might be interested and benefit from it. And keep an eye on the new site for updates and announcements! Thank you to everyone for their support of this book. I think it’s going to be a good one!
Breastfeeding Supplies and Tax Write-offs in the US
Great news for those of you living in the United States. It seems as though the IRS has decided to allow breastfeeding expenses to be used as a tax deductions. Here’s a link to an article on the topic: http://www.politicsdaily.com/2011/02/14/irs-says-breastfeeding-expenses-are-tax-write-offs-finally/
It would also seem that the decision is not without criticism. Why is breastfeeding such a hot-button topic! Here’s a link to one article about the controversy: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11052/1126906-84.stm
Bottlefeeding and Obesity- Reduce the Risks
I’ve mentioned it numerous times on this site- it is easy to overfeed a baby when bottlefeeding. Bottlefeeding has often been linked to an increased risk of obesity, but it has never been clear as to whether it is what is in the bottle or the delivery method that creates this link between bottlefeeding and obesity. A new study recently published in Pediatrics suggests that it is indeed the delivery method that makes the difference. Read here for a brief overview of the study. Read More…
EPing in the News
There has recently been more and more attention paid to the option of exclusively pumping. Time.com ran an article recently called Mothers Who Opt for Breast Milk, Not Breastfeeding and Pumping it Up was recently played on some local ABC affiliates. Read More…
U.S. Health Care Reform and Pumping in the Workplace
As a Canadian, I am grateful for the fact that Canada has a one year paid maternity leave. But as many of the visitors to this site are Americans, I thought it was important to pass along information about the recent U.S. Health Care Reform and its support for working mothers who are breastfeeding and pumping. Read More…
Index Now Available for Exclusively Pumping Breast Milk
An index has been written as an addition to Exclusively Pumping Breast Milk. If you have purchased the book, you will find the index helpful to quickly locate specific information. If you haven’t purchased the book, you may find the index useful to determine whether the book will be of value to you. The index will be included in a future 2nd edition of Exclusivley Pumping Breast Milk, but for now will be available through the link provided above.
Your input is needed- Breastfeeding the second time around…
Interested in sharing your thoughts with me about breastfeeding the second time around? It seems as though we have been missed! Those of us who have had a challenging time of breastfeeding but really want to breastfeed the next baby have been forgotten. We have our own unique challenges when it comes to breastfeeding a new baby. Whether you have had another baby after having breastfeeding challenges with the first, or you are hoping for another baby some day and are already concerned about breastfeeding, read on… Read More…
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