At Motherlove, we strongly support the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative. We think that every expecting mom who is planning a hospital birth should know about Baby Friendly Hospitals, so we thought we’d answer a few common questions here:
What is a Baby Friendly Hospital?
The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is a program sponsored by the World Health Organization and UNICEF to encourage and recognize hospitals that provide evidence-based breastfeeding care.
A Baby Friendly Hospital is one which has been certified as fully complying with the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. To become Baby Friendly, hospitals undergo a lengthy certification process and an independent evaluation to determine that they have met all of the Baby Friendly criteria.
What are the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding?
To become Baby Friendly, hospitals must demonstrate that they comply with the following evidence-based policies:
What difference does it make if I birth at a Baby Friendly Hospital or somewhere else?
Research has repeatedly shown that mothers who birth at Baby Friendly hospitals are more likely to breastfeed, breastfeed longer, and breastfeed more exclusively. That’s because the 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding are based on research showing which policies support – and which undermine – breastfeeding. So, while it’s certainly possible to breastfeed successfully if you don’t birth at a Baby Friendly Hospital, you will probably encounter far fewer barriers to meeting your breastfeeding goals if you birth at one.
How can I find a Baby Friendly Hospital near me?
As of December, 2011, there were 125 Baby Friendly Hospitals in the U.S. You can find a complete list of them here.
Many hospitals are in the process of becoming Baby Friendly, and the Centers for Disease Control recently announced that they’ll be supporting the certification of many more. Kaiser Permanente also recently announced an initiative to make many of their hospitals Baby Friendly.
What can I do if I don’t live near a Baby Friendly Hospital, or my insurance limits my options?
Sadly, many mothers don’t live near a Baby Friendly hospital. The CDC estimates that only 5% of all births occurs at a Baby Friendly Hospital today. And the unfortunate truth is that most hospitals don’t meet the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. In 2009, for example, only one in three hospitals reported to the CDC that they practicing rooming in (Step 7).
This is changing, but if you’re pregnant now you can’t exactly wait! So what can you do if you can’t birth at a Baby Friendly Hospital but want the best breastfeeding care you can get?
At Motherlove we’ve been committed to making safe, toxin-free, organic herbal products for mothers and babies for over 20 years.
That’s why we’re pleased to have recently been named a “Champion” (the highest level of compliance) of the Compact for Safe Cosmetics. The Compact is a voluntary pledge to avoid chemicals banned in other countries, avoid harmful ingredients whenever possible, and fully disclose product ingredients.
Out of the more than 1500 companies who signed the Safe Cosmetics Compact, only 321 were fully in compliance with all the goals of the Compact, which earns those companies “Champion” status.
Motherlove products are all rated a zero (the lowest rating) on Skin Deep, the Environmental Working Group’s safe cosmetics database, and we are proud to publish our complete ingredient lists.
Motherlove achieved Champion status by:
You can read more about the Compact and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics in the new report, Market Shift.
We promised that when the Motherlove Facebook page reached 10,000 fans we’d make a donation to an organization that nurtures life, nominated by you. But we just couldn’t choose, so we made donations to each of these great organizations!
Mothering the Mother is a Milwaukee non-profit organization that believes that all women should have access to quality birth professionals, regardless of their situation. They offer a variety of classes, doulas, lactation support, and mentors. All services are based upon on a sliding scale depending on the individual family’s circumstances.
Birth Behind Bars is a Florida non-profit organization which assists pregnant inmates by providing childbirth classes, doula support, breastfeeding support, and parenting education. Their website quotes an officer in the jail system: “The inmate broke the law and has to serve out their sentence. The baby did not break any laws and deserves to have the right start in life.”
The Delaware Breastfeeding Bag Project‘s goal is to get truly breastfeeding-friendly bags into the hands of every new mother who gives birth in Delaware. Mothers are often given ”breastfeeding bags” supplied by formula companies at the hospital or in doctors’ offices. These bags have been shown by multiple studies to reduce breastfeeding rates. The Delaware Breastfeeding Bag Project donates about 600 bags a year to new moms.
Shower of Hope, Oklahoma was founded by Toni Keltner to provide support to a family who lost two children in the May 24, 2011 Oklahoma tornadoes. Shower of Hope has since grown to provide support to other families in need after the tornadoes and other natural disasters.
Holistic Moms Network connects parents who are interested in holistic health and green living. Their online community and local chapters “encourage moms to trust their instincts, parent from the heart, use their innate sense of what is best for their children, live in balance with the Earth, and learn about the pros and cons of all healthcare and parenting options.”
Union Gospel Mission of Salem‘s mission is to help men and women break the cycle of homelessness and become participating members of the community. They provide meals and shelter, recovery programs, education and job readiness support, and affordable housing help.
Our Facebook page has its first 10,000 fans, and to celebrate, we want to give back. But picking just one organization is impossible. So, we want you, our fans, to pick. Leave us a comment and tell us where you’d like us to make a donation, and we’ll pick one person at random and make a donation in your name to the charity you specify. The donation will be made from the Nurturing Life Foundation — which we fund with a percentage of every item sold.
Keep this in mind when making your nominations:
The Nurturing Life Foundation has a twofold mission: To promote breastfeeding and support mothers-in-need and to create opportunities for children nationwide. The Nurturing Life foundation is wholly funded by Motherlove Herbal Company.
We look forward to learning about your favorite non-profits and charities that support mothers and families!
The first week of August is World Breastfeeding Week, and we’re proud to be sponsoring several events that will support and promote breastfeeding. We hope you’ll join in!
This year’s theme is “Breastfeeding=Communication.” This theme recognizes the critical role communication and timely information plays in supporting mothers throughout their breastfeeding experience.
La Leche League USA’s Big Latch On:
We’re proud to be an Elite Platinum Sponsor (the highest level) of La Leche League USA’s World Breastfeeding Week events. This year La Leche League groups all over the country will hold events and activities to mark the occasion. New this year in the is The Big Latch On. On Saturday, August 6th at 10:30 am (local time) in locations across the U.S., nursing mothers will gather to try to break the record for the most women nursing simultaneously.
Holistic Moms Network’s World’s Largest Breastfeeding Twitter Party.
We’re also proud to be a sponsor of the Holistic Moms Network’s new World’s Largest Breastfeeding Twitter Party. The party will be held on August 2nd at 10 pm EST on Twitter. Using the hashtag #BigBFParty, participants can talk to each other, share information and win prizes. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page. The party is open to any and all breastfeeding supporters, past and present. If there isn’t an event in your area, or if you prefer to show your support online, this is great way to participate in the week’s events!
Will you be participating in any World Breastfeeding Week events?
As many of you are aware, there is an outbreak of E. Coli in Europe that appears to be tied to Egyptian fenugreek. Since we’ve been getting calls from our customers around the world, we have issued the following press release about the issue. The short story is that no Motherlove products are affected and that we do third-party tests to prevent this type of problem. Full details below.
MOTHERLOVE HERBAL COMPANY RESPONDS TO E. COLI OUTBREAK
July 8, 2011 — Laporte, CO — Motherlove® Herbal Company (www.motherlove.com) issued the following statement today regarding the E. coli outbreak in Europe that has been linked to fenugreek: “We want all our customers and retailers to know that Motherlove products are not affected by the Egyptian fenugreek implicated in the outbreak,” said Kathryn Higgins, CEO and founder of Motherlove. “We do not use Egyptian fenugreek in our products and our products undergo testing before being approved for shipment,” Higgins added.
At this time, there has been no E. coli contamination linked to products used or sold in the US, only in Europe.
Motherlove Herbal Company, located in Laporte, Colorado, near Fort Collins, manufactures the bestselling herbal supplement for breast milk production in the US (according to Spins data), and uses fenugreek as a central ingredient in several supplements. “Any agricultural product carries the potential risk of E. coli if not handled properly,” said Higgins. “Extensive testing is done on both the ingredients and final products we produce,” she said.
This particular outbreak of E. coli appears to be limited to sprouted seeds, which are used mostly for culinary purposes. The fenugreek used in Motherlove products is not sprouted, but extracted from un-sprouted seeds.
Before being accepted for use in any Motherlove supplement, each ingredient undergoes quality testing. Then, the finished product is tested for bacteria, E. coli and salmonella by a third-party lab.
Manufacturing and packaging of Motherlove supplements is done in a GMP certified and FDA registered facility, and all herbs used in the products are 100% USDA certified organic.
“As the oldest company in the US specializing in herbal products for pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding, we take our responsibility to provide safe products very seriously,” said Higgins. “Certification and testing, as well as insisting on only the best ingredients allows us to be confident every day about the safety and effectiveness of our products.”
We have become friends with so many amazing bloggers that it’s impossible to pick just one (or a dozen) to sponsor for BlogHer, so we decided to let you pick amongst yourselves. Here’s the skinny:
Motherlove will give three $50 sponsorships to three bloggers, one in each category. The categories are all breastfeeding related, but you don’t have to be a breastfeeding mom to participate.
1. The first category is CHALLENGES, and your blog post should talk about a challenge you’ve faced as a mom, and how it has resolved. You might have worked really hard to fix the situation or just learned to live with something, we want to hear about it. Just like breastfeeding can be a challenge, the story is different for each of us.
2. The second category is GREEN. Motherlove has been a toxin-free, herbal company since way before that was the cool thing to do. How about you? What do you want to accomplish this year to make the world a better place? Whether you are very light green or a complete hippie, let’s hear it.
3. The third category is MOTHERLOVE. What does “motherlove” mean to you? (As in the love of a mother, not the company.)
To participate, just pick one of the categories and write your blog article. Post a link on our Facebook page and put your info in a comment below this post. Please tell us at the beginning of your article which category you are entering.
To win, we’re going to let your readers pick their favorite blog posts from each category. Vote by coming to our Facebook page and commenting under the blog’s entry on our wall. To keep it from becoming impossible to judge accurately, only votes posted correctly will be counted.
The fine print:
1. If you want sponsored to go to BlogHer, you have to be going to BlogHer. If you win, you must provide us with proof of your ticket within seven days of winning or we will pick another winner. You can already have purchased your ticket, or purchase it within seven days of winning the sponsorship.
2. You can enter more than one category, and you can ask your friends and family to vote for you. Only one vote per person will count.
3. Posts need to include at least one web-friendly image.
5. The contest ends at midnight MST on February 13, 2011. In keeping with our theme, we’ll announce the winners on Valentine’s Day.
The More Milk Special Blend Capsules are finally back!
Thank you so much for your understanding and patience while we were out of stock.
Here at Motherlove we know how much can change when you become a mother. There is so much new information, cautions and suggestions bombarding you every day. In between the feedings and diaper changes it can be a bit overwhelming to try to navigate product information. Everyone wants to know what’s in their products, if they are tested on animals, are they organic, and most importantly are they safe.
Quality and effectiveness of our products is extremely important at Motherlove. Before we place an order for an ingredient we receive a certificate of analysis and a sample. The certificate of analysis from the supplier shows test results for coliforms, salmonella, yeast & mold, bacterial plate count, heavy metals and pesticide residue. Herb samples are also evaluated for color, smell and strength before approval. Along with certificates of analysis for each ingredient, we also have the organic, kosher and cruelty free certification documents on file.
Motherlove’s herbal supplements are made in an FDA registered, GMP certified facility and have a certificate of analysis for each finished product. Before any product is sold it is tested by an independent lab for bacteria, coliforms and heavy metals to ensure quality in every bottle.
We know how important quality, safety and effectiveness are, and we want you to feel confidant when you choose Motherlove.
People always say this, but it really does seem like time has just flown by the past few weeks. We had an inspiring and energizing experience at ILCA in late July and then World Breastfeeding Week went by in a blur of celebrations and news from the breastfeeding scene. National Breastfeeding Awareness Month is almost over and we’ve been brainstorming some ideas here at Motherlove about how to keep all the momentum going. We’d love to hear any tips you have!
We announced sponsorships with La Leche League, Best for Babes Foundation, Holistic Moms Network and #bfcafe this month, and we’re donating 20% of the proceeds from More Milk Plus to Best for Babes to help them spread the word about avoiding the Booby Traps™. As we move into harvest season and leave all this breastfeeding awareness behind, we’ll be focusing on more mundane things like shipping all that More Milk Plus, but we’ve committed to doing more this year than ever to raising awareness all year long of the benefits of breastfeeding. Look for some exciting announcements from us in the upcoming months.
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