Breastfeeding is everyone's business | Jenn Anderson | TEDxBrookings

11/11/2014 12:50:10

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Breastfeeding her son on the TEDx stage is just the beginning. Mother and researcher Dr. Jenn Anderson is on a mission to transform entire cities across the U.S. into breastfeeding-friendly communities. She shares her own emotional breastfeeding journey, which has given her a passion to see that all breastfeeding mothers are supported when breastfeeding in public and are able to continue breastfeeding if they return to work.

Dr. Jenn Anderson is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Studies & Theatre Department at South Dakota State University. Dr. Anderson and Dr. Rebecca Keuhl serve as Co-Principal Investigators for the "Brookings Supports Breastfeeding" project supported by a Community Innovation grant from the Bush Foundation.

Dr. Anderson teaches and conducts research in the area of Health Communication, which is the study of the interaction between human communication and health outcomes. Dr. Anderson’s other current community-based health communication projects include expanding Brookings Health System’s prenatal education to the university campus and evaluating the Boys & Girls Club’s “Clubs Against Tobacco” Program. Her research has appeared in academic journals such as Health Communication, Journal of Health Communication, International Journal of Communication and Health, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Qualitative Health Research, and Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. In addition, Dr. Anderson teaches courses in Health Communication and recently developed an interdisciplinary Health Communication minor at SDSU.

Dr. Anderson gave birth to her first child, Winter James Anderson, on February 17, 2014 8 weeks before his due date via c-section, due to complications from eclampsia. Winter spent 31 days in the NICU, but he left the hospital exclusively breastfeeding and continues to do so at 8 months old.

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AZBreastfeeding Bag Project

Congratulations Jenn! Powerful video, we love what you're doing and support you all the way.

24/05/2016
Anastasiya Hoefflinger

Call me mean but, i dont care if people get offended by me breastfeeding. If im comfortable, baby is comfortable, i dont care about the rest. If they SAY something, thats one thing, if they are just glaring i dont give a damn.

15/05/2016
Samanta Nicol

i'v always breast feed my baby in public a woman put a shawl over me,
l though what's wrong with my breast's ,l don't feel like i'm being indecent, my breast's are made for this, feels soo natural
l do partially cover my nipples not the whole breast don't want to smoother my baby.

20/04/2016
B Rad

She was Speech 101 professor freshman year lmaooo

07/03/2016
Ume Hermanski

I feel like this is a step in the right direction, but also a bit sad to think that moms have to Breast-pump and be away from their babies while they are still breastfeeding. In Scandinavian countries, women are paid, respected and supported, by the government, etc to be with their children to develop bonds and maintain breast-milk flow, until their children are ready for school! It's not enforced, so those moms who want to go to work and leave baby-care up to someone else can do that, but those moms who want to deepen bonds with their babies and breastfeed longer without pumping are also given support and respect. I feel like that would be a wonderful thing to see in Canada!!!

02/10/2015
Baby Academics

Congratulations, I am a mom too who is trying to transform my country Mexico to become a breastfeeding friendly community. Baby Academics is an initiative to translate and share the most current and relevant research to convince families about the great benefits that best practices in breastfeeding provides at all levels. We will post your video on our Facebook site  and we would appreciate if you contribute with your comments on what you have done to change your city. Thank you.

01/08/2015
blahblahblah85

This is a great talk.  I breast fed my children, including twins for 1 year each. Not once was I treated badly in the community. Men are very accepting, even shy,  when you sit somewhere public eg Mall, Park and breastfeed. My Mum used to put a clean white hanky over the breast for modesty, when feeding out . I live in Australia. Maybe its different here :

06/06/2015
Peter James

Fucking feminists, stop selling yourselves as a victim everywhere. You have equal rights already, why do you need to blame everything wrong happenenig to you on the male community. What if we start blaming you for all the sh*tty things happening to us ?

21/05/2015
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