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At TLN, we believe lactation care is a human right. We connect families with International Board Certified Lactation Consultants—the gold standard in lactation care—because every family deserves access to this crucial preventative care. And we help IBCLCs grow their private practices so they can focus on what matters most: Growing families.
Powered by the largest network of IBCLCs in the country, we advocate for a world where all parents have the vital information, resources, and medical attention they need to care for themselves and their children.
BREASTFEEDING AT A GLANCE
WHO and the CDC recommend six months of exclusive breast(chest)feeding.
84% of American families start out breastfeeding, but only 24% are still exclusively breastfeeding at six months.
That means 60% of American families do not achieve their feeding goals, and they’re missing out on crucial health benefits of nursing longer.
Parents who breastfeed their babies have a lower risk of:
- Breast cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Type 2 diabetes
- High blood pressure
Babies who are breastfed have a lower risk of:
- Type 1 diabetes
- Severe lower respiratory disease
- Acute otitis media (ear infections)
- Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
- Gastrointestinal infections (diarrhea/vomiting)
- Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) for preterm infants
Low breastfeeding rates costs the American healthcare system $13 billion every year.
The ACA mandates full coverage for lactation care, including education and supplies like breast pumps.
Despite the ACA’s mandate, families still struggle to access this insurance-covered care. This is where TLN comes in: We work directly with insurance providers to make sure families get the expert lactation care they deserve.
See the recent steps we’ve taken to create a new standard of care.
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Through a series of interviews and surveying 35 mommies, we narrowed down to two hospital grade breast pumps we think would be useful for you.
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Whether you’re going back to work or simply emerging from the newborn haze, you might realize you need a pump that’s a little more mobile. Enter: hands-free breast pumps.
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Mastitis Explained: Causes, Symptoms, And Treatments
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Here’s Why You Get Cramps While Breastfeeding
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11 Resources for Black Breastfeeding Moms
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Breastfeeding is a complex task for millions of working mothers, amid an ongoing baby formula shortage
Why saying “Just Breastfeed!” is harmful to mothers
Saying ‘just breastfeed’ furthers the misalignment between our expectations for breastfeeding and the realities of so many families’ experiences.
4 Types of Support Parents with a New Baby Need Most
If you want to support someone while they begin their new journey as a parent, it will be greatly appreciated. If you’re wondering what to do, here are 4 things new parents need most.
How To Tell If Your Newborn Is Nursing For Comfort
And how to get a break if you need it.
11 Small Ways to Practice Self-Care When You’re Breastfeeding
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What Parents Really Need for Lactation Support
When it comes to infant and toddler feeding, informed and supported are best. Experts say policies and society have a long way to go in providing either to lactating parents.
Foods and Drinks That Increase Milk Supply, According to Experts
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Local at-home lactation and family consultants helping Richmond families
“Try to learn all this on your own with a new baby screaming at you,” Lee laughed. “You need a lactation consultant. This is why you need a team.”
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As you’re contemplating whether to allow your baby to be fed by another person, the biggest concern is probably this: is it safe to let someone else breastfeed your baby?
Marijuana and breastfeeding: Is it safe?
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Yes, that kind of vibrator.
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When breastfeeding is an option, it can be good for both mom and baby.
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The best breastfeeding position is the one that works best for both baby and parent.
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A lack of milk-producing glands and ducts isn’t often diagnosed until after birth.
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Even if you decide to get inked while breastfeeding, many tattoo parlors may discourage it to avoid liability.
What To Know About Your Body Postpartum
Bringing a child into the world is a tremendous gift. But it can also take quite a toll on your body for weeks, sometimes months afterward.
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Even if your baby goes to the NICU, you can still breastfeed.
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It’s unfortunate, but it happens.
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Just because you have breasts, it doesn’t mean you have to do all the work.
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Bottle and Breast: Your Combination Feeding Survival Guide
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We’re assuming you’re in the market for breast pumps for one reason or another, and whatever you want to do with them is completely your choice.
What New And Expecting Parents Can Do To Survive The Baby Formula Shortage
TLN feels that any recommendations to overcome the current baby formula shortage by “just breastfeeding” are ridiculous and harmful, as they fail to acknowledge the realities of breastfeeding.
TSA said screening of breastfeeding mom did not meet ‘standards’
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Tips for New Moms Taking Maternity Leave
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7 Tips to Support Your Partner While They’re Breastfeeding
Whether you’re having your first child or you’re a seasoned parent, here are some ways you can make things easier for your partner while they’re breastfeeding.
Newborn & Postpartum Resources for New Parents
Read on to find out about the newborn and postpartum helpers new parents can turn to for support and guidance when they need it most.
10 Things Every Expectant Mother Needs
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Never Wake a Sleeping Baby (or Should You?)
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The Lactation Network connects moms to breastfeeding support
ABC Chicago interviews The Lactation Network’s CEO, Sarah Kellogg Neff.
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Why Does My Baby Whine? Experts Explain The Reasons
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