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Breastfeeding in Nevada
Breastfeeding in Nevada

AIR DATE: September 24, 2010

How friendly is Nevada to breastfeeding mothers? The CDC recently released its report card on breastfeeding. The First Lady is also promoting breastfeeding with her initiative to get kids to eat healthier. Like most states, Nevada has a high initiation rate (82%), but it quickly drops by Month 6 (12%). So why does Nevada have low breastfeeding rates? How welcome is the workplace to a breast-pumping mother? What help is available to low-income mothers? If you have a baby, what concerns you? What do (or don't) you know about breastfeeding? We want to hear from you.

Jollina Simpson, leader, La Leche League
Madeleine Sigman-Grant, Maternal Child Health and Nutrition Area Extension Specialist, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UN-Reno)
Rebecca Vega, teacher and breastfeeding mom

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This was good and Madeline, Jollina, and Rebecca gave really good information on breastfeeding and thanks to KNPR radio for allowing them to give this information out... we really need to increase the Breastfeeding rates in Nevada!
Maria AmbrizOct 4, 2010 10:28:05 AM
Breastfeeding is such a touchy subject with women. People seems to get so defensive about giving up, but I don't blame women, I blame our dearth of educated, supportive health care providers and doctors....and formula companies who use illegal marketing tactics and the doctors who put money over what is truly best for baby. The biggest excuses I hear from other mothers is: "well, we tried it but I didn't have enough milk, and besides I was formula fed and I'm fine." People seem to rely on anecdotal stories and examples of their friends and family who are "fine" and were formula fed. I don't think that people think of long term consequences to overall cancer, obesity, diabetes, crohns disease and intestinal problems later in life. And with doctors collecting money from Similac and Enfamil, and the total lack of support what do most mothers end up doing? Formula feeding. Sad. So glad I've had supportive family and successfully breastfed my 2 babies, both premature and spent extensive time in the NICU. I credit their good health to mommy's best. :)
Nichole WilliamsSep 25, 2010 11:07:40 AM
Happy to say my guy has been breastfeeding for 26 months and going strong!
lisaSep 24, 2010 16:55:24 PM
This was a great segment KNPR. Thanks for exploring this issue more in Nevada. The panelists were very informative and helpful. Thanks for the this!
KeySep 24, 2010 15:24:24 PM
Research shows- It is not the breastfeeding that changes the woman's body it is the being pregnant portion of the birth process that changes the breasts.
LisaSep 24, 2010 15:14:35 PM
My baby was in the NICU for 52 days so I was an exclusive pumper. I was able to provide 100% breast milk for 12 weeks, but had to transition to formula because pumping alone was not keeping up my milk production. I was told about the Greenspun women's center, but it was as accessible as one would hope. I think in general the Las Vegas valley is not a community oriented region and for that reason it is hard to become part of supportive groups of friends or like-minded mothers to learn the ins and outs of breastfeeding. One of the guests mentioned that she lived in Boston and received a tremendous amount of support and had numerous resources to turn to. Here in LV there just aren't enough resources spread across the valley to serve all those in need. For a large metropolitan area, Las Vegas does not have many choices for all sorts services that residents may be used to from other parts of the country. It really is a shame.
BethanySep 24, 2010 10:23:44 AM
Bethany, there are many more breastfeeding resources in town than might be thought, it's just a mater of a mom being dedicated enough to look for it.:

2x week support groups:

And also check the area hospitals, there may be help there as well. Though I tend to recommend out-of-hospital assistance.

BrieSep 27, 2010 16:51:28 PM
Hi Bethany and Brie,

I agree. One really has to be dedicated in this town to make it through breastfeeding if one is having issues. I live way North East (which seems like a forgotten part of town for most things I like to do) and many of the support groups listed below are located way across town. When you are feeling overtired and have a newborn's "schedule" to keep in mind, driving way across town isn't always a fun option. My baby hates the car and can scream the entire time! I made it to a few support groups, but on most days, staying home just seemed easiest. But it's easy to feel isolated that way.

I did enjoy attending the groups and I did learn quite a bit. It was also nice to bond with like-minded moms, but I do wish there was a group closer to me.

But if you are struggling even a simple phone call could be all you need. The guest, Jollina, offered to make a house-call to help me with some breastfeeding issues once I returned to work.

DJSep 28, 2010 08:26:39 AM
Best list a reasons that moms have difficulty with successful breastfeeding:
BobbieSep 24, 2010 10:17:28 AM
I don't think there was enough air time for the topic.
Zena Kay Gresham, IBCLCSep 24, 2010 10:07:31 AM
JessicaSep 24, 2010 10:16:05 AM
Thank you for this program and for brining more awareness to this subject. I just wanted to share how wonderful breastfeeding has been for our family. With one adopted child and one biological, we have been blessed with very healthy children - no small part due to the breastfeeding, or so I believe. With the support and help of the lactation consultants in the area, I was able to induce lactation and breastfeed our adopted child for a year. I wanted to share that it is possible to induce lactation in case there are other adoptive mothers wishing to give this gift. Again, thank you for this discussion on the radio. I tried calling in but was not able to get through.
DarcySep 24, 2010 10:06:48 AM
Thank you for sharing your story. It's inspiring.
JessicaSep 24, 2010 10:15:26 AM
Breastfeeding wasn't easy, but you have to be determined. I was sore on one side for three months until that side's latch got corrected. I had clogged ducts when I returned to work. I had mastitis when I decided to stop pumping at 12 months. It would have been easy to give up after a few weeks, but I was determined to give my baby the best start.
DJSep 24, 2010 10:04:38 AM
I discussed this issue with many friends. If you have covered this topic, please let me know and I will listen on line. Woman that CHOOSE NOT to breastfeed are often critized and made to feel guilty just as women were when they were not using the bottle many years ago. Do you feel that is fair?
NancySep 24, 2010 10:00:11 AM
Given the fact only 12% of Nevada moms are breastfeeding at six months, how can that possibly be true? If the majority of women are formula feeding how can they be "criticized and made to feel guilty"?
Megan H.Sep 24, 2010 10:10:54 AM
Nursing my first baby was very tricky. She had difficulty "latching on" and refused to eat if she was covered. When she was a month old, our friends treated us to dinner at the a nice resturaunt. I'd tried to time baby's feedings so that she wouldn't need to nurse while we were out, but with the usual baby/restaurant delays, she needed to nurse soon after we were seated. I didn't feel like I could nurse in dining room, so I went to the bathroom. The makeup counter was the only non-potty space in the bathroom, so I stood out of the way to nurse her there. I got lots of awful looks from women walking in. Someone must have complained to the hostess. She charged in, walked straight toward me, and suggested I go in one of the stalls. I was so discouraged. I'd tried to be discrete (as much as my picky eater would allow), but now I was being ushered into hiding just for trying to nourish my baby. I drew the line and I refused to take my baby into the stall. Three children (including twins) and lots of awkward nursing moments later, I have improved my approach and confidence. Nursing is much harder than people realize. It's so nice to meet with compassion instead of glares!
SarahSep 24, 2010 09:58:03 AM
No one would ever recommend eating in a bathroom! Its so sad society makes moms feel they need to hide to feed their child. Its the normal way for a baby to be fed. If moms felt comfortable feeding their babies in public, breastfeeding rates would increase.
BobbieSep 24, 2010 10:03:26 AM
I agree with Bobbie. We should not be made to feel uncomfortable about feeding our babies in public. I am a very modest person. Even as a svelte young person I never wore bikinis. But I threw caution to the wind when I had my son. If people thought it rude to bf in public, to heck with them. My baby was hungry, and I was going to nurse. I suppose I got lucky. Most women who noticed me said, "good for you," or something along those lines. I don't think anyone was rude or gave me dirty looks. I suppose, too, that I just didn't care about those people.
JessicaSep 24, 2010 10:14:11 AM
I found when I had my child that the hospital was not supportive at all when I wanted to breast feed. Through friends I have found that they have had the same experiences and even discouraged from breast feeding. If at the hospital level they are not encourging breast feeding how do they expect people to beleive that breast feeding is the better than formula. I beleive that there needs to be more support especially when the hospitals are advacating brest feeding but dont offer the support to help women.
AprilSep 24, 2010 09:47:55 AM
May I ask which hospital you used for your birth?
JessicaSep 24, 2010 10:10:14 AM
I was lucky to work for a boss that was breastfeeding-friendly when my daughter was born. They provided a closet with a locking door where I could pump and allowed me the time to do it 3 times a day. Although this doesn't sound like much, 12 years ago when my daughter was born, it was a LOT for any casino to provide. I feel I should make it clear that this was not the company policy, it was my boss' decision and had another department head found fault with it she would have had to defend it. Thankfully, it was never called into question. To this day, I appreciate her taking the risk to allow me to provide my daughter with nature's perfect food for all those months. I sincerely believe that the decision to breastfeed contributed to my daughter's overall good health and her physical development. I am sure your guest from La Leche will confirm that there are several hundred compounds in breast milk that have not been identified and have not been replicated by the formula makers. Did you know? Breast milk changes composition throughout the day in both nutritional makeup and antibody content in response to your infants needs. Can formula do that?
Krystal HosmerSep 23, 2010 19:29:35 PM
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