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Leah A Roman

Leah Roman

Leah A. Roman, MPH, MCHES is the mother to NICU grad Thomas (“TJ”) and is a public health consultant and health educator living in the greater Philadelphia area. She has designed, delivered, and evaluated public health programs on a variety of topics from college health to occupational injury. In 2010 she started writing Pop Health– a blog that examined the intersection of public health and popular culture. It was named one of the Top 25 Public Health Blogs of 2012 by MPHOnline. Pop Health is now exclusively on Instagram. You can find her on Twitter where she goes by @LeahHealth

Thirty-Five Thousand Minutes: How Do You Measure a Year of Breastfeeding?

By and August 29, 2016 No Comments

When my friend Kate hit the tremendous milestone of exclusively breastfeeding her son for one year, she shared the following with members of our new moms Facebook group: “I have spent 24,666.4 minutes nursing him, or 411.1066666 hours nursing him, or 17.129 days nursing him a total of 1,656 times in the last year!” “I […]

Categories: Food, Nutrition, + Infant Feeding, Newborns + Infants

How Soon is ‘Too Soon’ to Leave Your Baby for the First Time?

By May 2, 2016 1 Comment

Last year, the public rallied behind Chrissy Teigen after she opened up to discuss her infertility struggles. At the time, she thanked her fans for the kind and encouraging words that were sent her way. Unfortunately, the good will disappeared almost as soon as she got pregnant. When she started showing earlier than some people […]

Categories: Newborns + Infants, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health

Confessions of a Toddler School Drop-Out

By December 14, 2015 No Comments

This post originally appeared on the Graham’s Foundation blog on December 3, 2015 Three weeks ago, my toddler dropped out of school. My husband and I didn’t anticipate it. We started in September just like everyone else…with adorable “first day of school!” pictures on our front porch and excitement for everything my son would learn, […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Toddlers + Preschoolers

What Are We Telling Mothers When We Say “Breast is Best”?

By June 3, 2015 20 Comments

When my baby boy arrived, he weighed 4 pounds, 13 ounces. He entered the world 8 weeks early and spent 29 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). When your baby is in the NICU, there is enormous pressure to breastfeed. The nurses rolled a hospital grade pump to my bed side just hours […]

Categories: Food, Nutrition, + Infant Feeding, Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health