Women working in STEM achieve a great many things in their careers.
Perhaps one of the most overlooked achievements, for those of us that can (and choose to) reproduce and breastfeed, is managing to produce enough milk to sustain and grow little people—sometimes several little people—while also pursuing our careers.
Lactation evolved earlier than live birth and before the extensive placental development of modern eutherian mammals.
These perturbations are caused by environmental signals, often generated or transduced by the mother.
The regulation of mammalian development depends to a large extent on maternal biochemical signals to her offspring.
Breast milk contains antibodies that protect infants from bacteria and viruses. No screening tests are required to be performed on human milk collected from a mother exclusively for her own child. The department shall also develop a training course of hospital policies and recommendations that promote exclusive breastfeeding and specify staff for whom this model training is appropriate. The resolution memorializes the governor to declare by executive order that all state employees be provided with adequate facilities for breast feeding and expressing milk. The law provides that the term “sex” also includes breastfeeding or medical conditions related to breastfeeding.
Breastfed children have fewer ear, respiratory and urinary tract infections and have diarrhea less often. 266 (AB 1814) created the law and directs the Judicial Council to adopt a rule of court to allow the mother of a breastfed child to postpone jury duty for a period of up to one year and that after one year, jury duty may be further postponed upon written request by the mother. Health and Safety Code § 1647 (1999) declares that the procurement, processing, distribution or use of human milk for the purpose of human consumption is considered to be a rendition of a service rather than a sale of human milk. The recommendation is targeted at hospitals with exclusive patient breastfeeding rates ranked in the lowest 25 percent of the state.