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Isis Parenting Forms Strategic Alliance with Pumping Essentials, Expanding Its Support for Breastfeeding Moms

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Isis Parenting, a trusted prenatal and early parenting resource, announces a new partnership with Pumping Essentials, an organization that provides breast pumping necessities to new moms. As part of the alliance and to kick-off World Breastfeeding Week, August 1 through August 7, Pumping Essentials will begin offering Pump Talk, an online Isis Parenting educational component that helps breastfeeding moms learn about the nuances of expressing, storing and feeding their milk.

The new provision to the Affordable Care Act, made actionable in August 2012, offers women access to a full range of services, including breastfeeding support and supplies, through their insurance providers without co-pays or deductibles. Pumping Essentials is leveraging this legislation and is dedicated to helping moms achieve their breastfeeding goals without added cost.

The Pumping Essentials Breast Pump Bundle will offer the following products to new moms through their existing healthcare plan:

High-quality breast pump (Medela, Ameda) Simple Wishes hands-free pumping bra Pump Talk, an online Isis Parenting course that helps moms learn about expressing, storing and feeding breastmilk, building a strong milk supply, overcoming challenges and navigating the return to school or work as a working and nursing mother

Isis Parenting is currently the only resource that supports breastfeeding moms through all stages, from hospital and birthing stay, to adjusting to life at home with a newborn, to helping her transition back to work, said Heather Coughlin, Chief Executive Officer, Isis Parenting. Its often a hurdle for moms to continue breastfeeding when returning to work but a hurdle that can be overcome with the right tools and support. We are thrilled to add an educational component to the great products that Pumping Essentials provides breastfeeding moms to help more women continue to nurse their babies longer and provide their milk when they are apart.

As moms ourselves, we are passionate about providing mothers with everything they need for a positive breast pumping experience, said Pumping Essentials co-founder Joy Kosak. The Affordable Care Act legislation provides an opportunity to help moms access the products and support needed for a successful and long-term breast pumping experience. Isis Parentings Pump Talk is a great enhancement to our offering.

World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7) is a perfect context to showcase the benefits of breastfeeding and the ways in which women can integrate naturally feeding their children into their lifestyle. Recently published evidence-based studies have confirmed and quantified the risks of not breastfeeding and stated that infant feeding should not be considered as a lifestyle choice but rather as a basic health issue.*

Isis Parentings Pump Talk is available nationwide for a suggested retail price of $29.00. New moms can learn how to access Pump Talk by visiting To learn more about Pumping Essentials, visit


About Isis Parenting

Isis Parenting is the nations leading provider of prenatal and early parenting education. Isis partners with leading healthcare institutions to offer their patients more than 40 courses in childbirth, breastfeeding, early parenting and child development education. At its four Boston-area parenting centers and nine Nests in Atlanta and Dallas/Fort Worth, Isis also offers a wide selection of products essential to families through the first three years of parenting and child development.

For over a decade, Isis Parenting has supported mothers to reach their breastfeeding and/or pumping goals, promoting and protecting breastfeeding through evidence-based education and services. Our Centers, website, in-store signage and email messages adhere to WHO Code standards. Merchandise sold online and in select Isis Parenting retail locations includes baby gear, car seats, strollers, breast pumps and more. Expert guidance is always available from highly knowledgeable center associates. In addition, Isis Parenting now offers a baby registry in store and online. For more information, visit Follow Isis Parenting on Facebook at and on Twitter at

About Pumping Essentials

Pumping Essentials was founded in 2013 by Joy Kosak and Debra Abbaszadeh, two of the creators of Simple Wishes, a line of hands-free pumping bustiers. A result of customer feedback and made possible through the Affordable Care Act, Pumping Essentials prides itself on providing all new mothers with quality pumping equipment and accessories through their existing healthcare plan. For more information on Pumping Essentials, please visit

7 Powerful Advantages of Breastfeeding

1. It develops your childs immune system

Most doctors advice their patients to breastfeed their babies because it really helps a lot in terms of supporting your childs health for his or her entire lifetime. Nursing your baby is proven to be a great way to help your childs immune system so you need to make sure that you consider this advantage.

6. It helps in child spacing

Breastfeeding delays ovulation and if you really want to make sure that you have proper child spacing, then you can continue breastfeeding until you are ready to have another baby.

7. It promotes mental health

Studies show that women who breastfeed are mentally healthy. Meaning, they have a lower chance to suffer from post partum depression.

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These are 7 advantages of breastfeeding and in case you are not comfortable nursing your kid, then you always have the option to get your own breast pump as long as you get the Ameda Purely Yours or Avent Isis iq duo breast pump since these 2 are the best breast pumps available in the market these days.

3. It also helps reduce the risks of ovarian as well as uterine cancer

We all know that ovarian cancer is one of the deadliest types of cancer there is in women. So to ensure that you would not suffer from such, you really have to make sure that you consider nursing your kids.

In case you are wondering why breastfeeding is said to be very important for babies up to two years of age, its because it comes with rewards. Listed below are the 7 powerful advantages that breastfeeding offers:

4. It also lessens the risk of osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is also one of the health problems that women suffer from and with the help of breastfeeding; it lowers the chances of developing osteoporosis.

5. It helps speed up weight loss

One of the many challenges that most women suffer from is having a hard time getting rid of the baby weight after giving birth. To make sure that you would easily lose all the baby fat, then you should consider nursing your baby.

Breastfeeding is highly recommended by doctors to mothers who has a kid because of the many benefits that breastfeeding offers. You have probably heard that it is even recommended to breastfeed until your kids reach the age of two. This is why if you have problems giving your babies breastmilk, then you need to get your own Ameda Purely Yours Breast Pump or the Avent Isis IQ Duo as these are the trusted breast pump brands.

2. It helps reduce the risks of cancer

Study shows that women who nurse their babies have lower risks of developing breast cancer which is why it is highly recommended that women who have kids below 2 years old should be breastfed.

Therapy shows promise for halting Alzheimer's brain decline – The Chart

While the already-approved Aricept and Namenda medications have shown promise for temporarily easing symptoms, whats desperately needed are treatments that will reverse or prevent the brain decline produced by Alzheimers.

Approximately 5.4 million Americans live with Alzheimers disease and its the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. Alzheimers is the most common type of dementia, a term used to describe memory and intellectual loss severe enough to interfere with daily activities. Its caused when deposits of proteins form in the brain and preventing it from properly functioning.

Thies says people in this group are the ideal subjectsfor prevention trials, which might delay or slow the progression of their disease.

Improving detection technologies and updated diagnostic guidelines are enabling the detection of early changes in the brain and subtle cognitive deficits that are consistent with what is known as pre-symptomatic Alzheimers, according to William Thies, the Alzheimers Association chief medical and scientific officer.

Finding drugs that can halt or reverse the effects of Alzheimers disease is one of the holy grails in pharmaceutical research.

In addition to the Gammagard findings, researchers reported updates on three new pre-symptomatic Alzheimers disease studies that are scheduled to begin in the near future. Because recent clinical trials have produced disappointing results, theres a belief among many Alzheimers researchers that the key to cracking the code for treatment success is by testing therapies on people who are predisposed to Alzheimers disease, yet are not symptomatic.

Several trials in the future will focus on that, including trials in a rare population living near Medellin Colombia that is prone to genetically-caused, early onset Alzheimers.

Researchers are seeing promising results of the first long-term clinical trial that measured stabilization of Alzheimers symptoms, including thinking, memory, daily functioning and mood. The early stage results were presented at the Alzheimers Association International Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, this week.

The small study of Gammagard included 16 subjects with mild to moderate Alzheimers disease who were in the first part of the trial and agreed to continue the study for three years. Whats exciting about the results of this trial is that doctors say four of the patients who continued treatment at the highest dosage showed a stop in the worsening of symptoms, making this small study the firstto report symptom stabilization without decline over that longer time span. Larger studies will begin later this year.

The treatment, Gammagard by Baxter, is an intravenous immune therapy that is already approved for treating other immune disorders and infections.

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Why You Shouldn't Get Breast Implants

Leaking implants, infection and diseases can result. Do your homework before going under the knife.

I couldnt find a clear percentage of the amount of women that have this but the longer implants are in the greater the likelihood of the patient having it happen.

Im not a doctor; most of what I am telling is from friends and family members that have had this procedure done but you should really do your research and talk to other women who have had implants for several years. They are much better at giving you first hand advice than relying solely on a physician who does this procedure and is trying to sell you on the idea. There are good doctors that will give you the pros and cons making sure you know what you are in for but there are also those that are high-pressure salesmen

Ive heard of many women having replacements put in or the original ones removed after several years because they felt hard.

Capsular contracture: When foreign objects are put in your body your body forms a lining of living fibrous tissue around the object. In some patients the tissue will tighten and squeeze the implant making it feel hard and unnatural.

Excessive scar tissue may result. We all heal differently and some people have a tendency to scar worse than others.

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Obamacare: Is a $2,000 deductible 'affordable?'

But what will enrollees actually get for that monthly charge?

States are starting to roll out details about the exchanges, providing a look at just how affordable coverage under the Affordable Care Act will be. Some potential participants may be surprised at the figures: $2,000 deductibles, $45 primary care visit co-pays, and $250 emergency room tabs.

Those are just some of the charges enrollees will incur in a silver-level plan in California, which recently unveiled an overview of the benefits and charges associated with its exchange. That's on top of the $321 average monthly premium.

For some, this will be great news since it will allow them to see the doctor without breaking the bank. But others may not want to shell out a few thousand bucks in addition to a monthly premium.

"The hardest question is will it be a good deal and will consumers be able to afford it," said Marian Mulkey, director of the health reform initiative at the California Healthcare Foundation. "The jury is still out. It depends on their circumstances."

A quick refresher on Obamacare: People who don't have affordable health insurance through their employers will be able to sign up for coverage through state-based exchanges. Enrollment is set to begin in October, with coverage taking effect in January. You must have some form of coverage next year, or you will face annual penalties of $95 or 1% of family income (whichever is greater) initially and more in subsequent years.

Each state will offer four levels of coverage: platinum, gold, silver and bronze. Platinum plans come with the highest premiums, but lowest out-of-pocket expenses, while bronze plans carry lower monthly charges but require more cost-sharing. Gold and silver fall in the middle.

The federal government will offer premium subsidies to those with incomes of up to four times the federal poverty level. This year, that's $45,960 for an individual or $94,200 for a family of four. There will be additional help to cover out-of-pocket expenses for those earning less than 250% of the poverty line: $28,725 for a single person and $58,875 for a family of four. The subsidies are tied to the cost of the state's silver level plans.

Related: I'm signing up for Obamacare

California offers insight into how much participants will actually have to pay under Obamacare. The state, unlike most others, is requiring insurers to offer a standard set of benefits and charges in each plan level. The only variables are monthly premiums, doctor networks and carriers in your area.

For those in need of frequent medical care, the platinum or gold plans would reduce out-of-pocket costs for treatment. These plans have no deductible, and doctors' visits and medication are cheaper. But the trade-off is that they have higher monthly premiums. California has not yet released the premium range for these tiers.

On the flip side, a young man who never visits the doctor and wants to minimize his monthly charge could opt for a bronze plan. A 40-year-old enrolling in this plan could pay as little as $219 a month. But, if he did get sick, he'd get socked with a $5,000 deductible, $60 co-pays for primary care visits and a $300 emergency room charge.

Obamacare provides protection for those who need a lot of care by placing a cap on out-of-pocket expenses. The maximum a person in an individual platinum plan will spend a year is $4,000, while those in the other tiers will shell out no more than $6,400.

"Insurance is expensive. It's hard for anyone who isn't well off to afford it," said Gary Claxton, director of the health care marketplace project at the Kaiser Family Foundation. "But it is good enough that you can afford to get sick without bankrupting yourself."

Whether potential enrollees find these plans affordable will depend on how healthy they are and whether they are currently insured.

Many individual insurance offerings currently available come with much higher deductibles, cover fewer expenses and limits on how much they'll pay out in a year. Plans on the exchange, on the other hand, are required to cover a variety of "essential benefits," including maternity care, mental health services and medication.

"In many cases, depending on the plan, the coverage will be more comprehensive than what the enrollee currently has," said Anne Gonzalez, a spokeswoman with Covered California, which is running the state's exchange.

CNNMoney (New York) First published June 13, 2013: 6:23 AM ET

CDC: More US mothers are breast-feeding but overall rates still low

During the eight-year period, the number of mothers who started breast-feeding went up 4 percentage points. Mothers who were still breast-feeding at six months increased almost 10 percentage points from 35 percent in 2000 to nearly 45 percent in 2008. The difference between African American and white mothers who breast-fed also shrunk 8 percentage points during the same time period.

Early breast milk called colostrum has been nicknamed "liquid gold" because of its thick, yellow appearance and the nutrients and antibodies it contains. Mature milk, which begins to be produces by the third to fifth day after giving birth has the appropriate amount of fat, sugar, water and protein to nourish your child.

The World Health Organization recommends that babies should be exclusively breast-fed for the first six months of life, and then receive a combination of breast milk and easily digestible foods through the age of 2. Research shows that if 90 percent of families exclusively breast fed for 6 months, almost 1,000 infant deaths may be prevented annually and $13 billion would be saved in medical costs each year, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health.

Infants who are breast-fed for the first six months have a 72 percent lower risk of hospitalization for lower respiratory tract infections, a 64 percent reduced risk for nonspecific gastrointestinal tract infections, a 58 percent risk reduction for the intestinal infection necrotizing enterocolitis in preterm infants, and a 27 percent to 42 percent reduction in allergic diseases in breast-fed infants, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) reported.

Despite the increasing rates, the CDC cautioned that more mothers still need to breast feed. Only 45 percent of mothers are breast-feeding at six months, and 23 percent continue to 12 months. African-American mothers still have the lowest rates of continual breast feeding even though they increased their overall breast feeding rates by 13 percent.

Scottish mothers claimed in a March 2012 study that a lack of medical advice, lack of support from their family and a variety of issues, including confusion on how to use breast pumps, led them to stop breast-feeding exclusively until six months. The researchers suggested that women need more help right after birth to encourage and teach them to breast-feed, as well as continued support three or four months after having a new child.

Another study released in July 2012 showed that only 32.4 percent of new mothers who want to try exclusively breast-feeding their baby for three months or more actually reach that mark. The authors suggested a "Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative" (BFHI) that would promote exclusive breast-feeding while infants stayed in the hospital.

In addition, breast-feeding aids mothers by helping them save money, bond with their child and settle into the routine of having a new child. It can also lower the risk of type 2 diabetes, breast cancer, ovarian cancer and postpartum depression.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Thursday that breast-feeding rates had increased across all race and ethnic groups from 2000 to 2008 in the United States.

"Breast-feeding is good for the mother and for the infant -- and the striking news here is, hundreds of thousands more babies are being breast-fed than in past years, and this increase has been seen across most racial and ethnic groups," CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said in a press release. "Despite these increases, many mothers who want to breast-feed are still not getting the support they need from hospitals, doctors, or employers. We must redouble our efforts to support mothers who want to breast-feed."

Breast-feeding provides protections for newborns and infants, according to CDC. Not only is the milk easier to digest, it can provide valuable antibodies, cells and hormones to help protect a child from illness. Babies who are fed breast milk have lower rates of ear infections, diarrhea, respiratory infections, asthma, type 2 diabetes and necrotizing entercolitis (which attacks the gastrointestinal tract in premature infants) than formula-fed children. Other research suggests the breast milk may reduce the chance of developing type 1 diabetes, childhood leukemia, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and atopic dermatitis (a form of infant skin rash). Lower rates of obesity have been observed in some studies, but the data has recently come into question according to a statement published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Jan. 30.

"Hospitals can make a big difference by becoming baby friendly and insuring that every woman has the best possible chance of starting breast-feeding," Freiden said in a statement about the CDC report.

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