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The Push For Breastfeeding

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KUNM Call In Show 8/27 8a

Advocates around the state are working to help new moms who want to breastfeed make it happen. They’re embarking on campaigns to normalize breastfeeding and inform women of their rights at work.

Are hospitals helping women start the process? Are New Mexico employers offering their workers clean, private spaces to pump milk? Did you or anyone you know ever face disapproval or judgment for nursing in public? Are businesses friendly to breastfeeding moms?

More Info: 

La Leche League of New Mexico

Breastfeeding in public—U.S. Office on Women's Health

Federal reform —National Conference of State Legislatures

Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplaces and Schools, New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force

Baby-Friendly hospitals in New Mexico


• Erin Marshall, Baby-Friendly hospital project director, New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force

• Mary Gruszka, lactation consultant, Gila Regional Medical Center in Silver City

• Lissa Knudsen, UNM Health Communication PhD student and mother advocate 

• Erin Adair Hodges, CNM English instructor

• Jessica Ellis, creator of Nourish The Dream Breastfeeding Support Community for Black Mamas

• Monica Esparza, breastfeeding peer counselor with WIC

Marisa Demarco began a career in radio at KUNM News in late 2013 and covered public health for much of her time at the station. During the pandemic, she is also the executive producer for Your NM Government and No More Normal, shows focused on the varied impacts of COVID-19 and community response, as well as racial and social justice. She joined Source New Mexico as editor-in-chief in 2021.
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