In honor of National Breastfeeding Month, we are talking all things nursing this week. From gorgeous images of mamas breastfeeding their babies around the world, to a law in one state that could negatively impact nursing in a major way. And your last chance to catch the Pumpspotting Breast Express this summer! It’s all right here, in our Weekly Links.

1. Incredible portraits from 18 countries around the world show how and where mothers breastfeed their babies. For Breastfeeding Awareness Month, NYC photographer Tina Boyadjieva really racked up some frequent flier miles to capture these jaw-dropping images. They’re so worth a look.


2. When it comes to breastfeeding, timing is so important. This week, UNICEF put out an alert saying newborns need to be nursed within an hour of being born. According to UNICEF, infants who aren’t given breast milk within his or her first hour of life face higher risks of death. As many as 78 million infants around the world face this risk.

3. We’ve all heard about the disparity in maternal mortality rates between white women and women of color; there’s also quite the disparity in survival rates of their newborns, and some research points to a lack of breastfeeding as the culprit. This article explores the reasons why many African American women choose not to breastfeed, and why they might consider a change of heart.

4. Just in the nick of time, a law that would have major negative implications on breastfeeding in the State of Georgia has been put on hold. The law, which was supposed to go into effect on Sunday, would have required all lactation consultants to be certified through a two-year, 300-hour program. This means nearly every consultant in the state would no longer be able to support new mothers, until after becoming certified. More than 800 lactation consultants in the state are in jeopardy.

5. All summer long, the team at Pumpspotting’s has been traveling the country in their 40-foot-long Breast Express tour bus, exploring the state of breastfeeding in cities and states from New York to California. The tour is coming to an end this week, wrapping up in San Francisco on August 6th. If you’re between L.A. and S.F., there are a few places you might be able to catch the bus until then.

6. Did you know that 63.74% of Americans believe women should have the right to breastfeed in public places, according to the CDC? Thankfully, breastfeeding in public is now legal in all 50 states, and this article on Motherly goes over what you can do if someone gives you a hard time for breastfeeding in public.

7. Need new breastfeeding clothes? A lot of brands are having major sales to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, and we did all the sale scouring for you! Here are 20 deals on breastfeeding clothes.

Motherhood is a practice in learning, growing and loving more than you ever thought possible. Even as a "veteran" mama of four young sons and one newly adopted teenager, Jalyssa Richardson enthusiastically adapts to whatever any given day has in store—a skill she says she's refined through the years.

Here's what just one day in her life looks like:

Jalyssa says she learned to embrace agility throughout her motherhood journey. Here's more from this incredible mama of five boys.

What is the most challenging part of your day as a mom of five?

Time management! I want to meet each of the boys' individual needs—plus show up for myself—but I often feel like someone gets overlooked.

What's the best part of being a mom of five?

The little moments of love. The hugs, the kisses, the cuddles, the smiles... they all serve as little reminders that I am blessed and I'm doing okay.

Are there misconceptions about raising boys?

There are so many misconceptions about raising boys. I think the biggest one is that boys don't have many emotions and they're just so active all the time. My boys display many emotions and they also love to be sweet and cuddly a lot of the time.

What do you think would surprise people the most about being a mom of five?

How much I enjoy it. I never knew I wanted to be a mom until I was pregnant with my first. My desire only grew and the numbers did! I am surprised with every single baby as my capacity to love and nurture grows. It's incredible.

How do you create balance and make time for yourself?

Balance for me looks like intentional planning and scheduling because I never want my boys to feel like they aren't my first priority, but it is extremely difficult. What I try to do is not fit it all into one day. I have work days because motherhood is my first priority. I fit in segments of self-care after the kids' bedtime so I don't grow weary.

What's the biggest lesson you have learned from motherhood?

I have learned that sacrifice is actually beautiful. I was terrified of the selflessness motherhood would require, but I've grown so much through the sacrifice. There is nothing better than living for something bigger than myself.

When did you first feel like a mom? How has your motherhood evolved?

I first felt like a mom when I was pregnant with my first son and I intentionally chose to change my eating habits so my body could be strong and healthy for him. I didn't have to think twice—I just did what I thought would be best for him. That decision being so effortless made me realize I was made for motherhood.

My perspective has changed with each baby as I've realized motherhood doesn't have to be one-size-fits-all. With my first son, I was a by-the-book mama and it was so stressful. With each baby, I have felt more freedom and it has made motherhood so much more beautiful. I have evolved into the mother that they need, I am perfect for these boys.

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As mamas we want our babies to be safe, and that's what makes what happened to Glee actress Naya Rivera and her 4-year-old son Josey so heartbreaking. Late Wednesday night news broke that Rivera was missing and presumed drowned after her 4-year-old son, Josey, was found floating alone on a rented boat on Lake Piru in Ventura County, California.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Ventura County Sheriff's Department Capt. Eric Buschow said the mother and her preschooler were swimming near the boat Wednesday afternoon. Josey got back into the rented boat after the swim but his mother did not. The preschooler was later found by other boaters, sleeping alone in the boat. Rescuers were able to figure out who he was because Rivera's wallet and identification were on the boat.


Our hearts are breaking for Josey and his dad right now. So much is unknown about what happened on Lake Piru but one thing is crystal clear: Naya Rivera has always loved her son with all her heart.

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