I don't know why I bother to read the comments on articles that reference breastfeeding in public. There's never anything new, and there are never any surprises, and I'm never left feeling like there's any hope for humanity. But I persist. I keep hoping to see something different....more
The crickets.It's the crickets chirping in the air that signal the end of summer to me here in Michigan. The nights get cooler and the crickets chirp louder and more often. The sun, which never seemed to set just a few weeks ago, goes to bed by 9 pm.And it is this late August setting that always, always reminds me of the time I first breastfed in public. Because it was 11 years ago on a late August night that I finally took the plunge and breastfed my newborn in public....more
You know how I go on and on about how convenient breastfeeding is, and how you can do it anywhere, and you never have to worry about getting home to feed the baby, or running out of supplies while you're out, or needing to make a special trip to the store for formula or bottles?Well, all of that is completely true, of course.Unless you're my baby. Apparently.Because MY baby refuses - REFUSES - to nurse anywhere but in bed. He WILL NOT NURSE anywhere but lying down in bed with me.I mean this quite literally....more
About a week after I delivered Sophia, I remember visiting the pediatrician for a weight check. The doctor wanted to make sure Sophia had regain her birth weight. I remember it being a particularly hot July morning and the air conditioner in the office was having a difficult time overcoming the heat and humidity. Sophia was fussy and I knew she was getting hungry. When the doctor came in the room, Sophia started to wail. After the doctor gave Sophia a quick examination, she commented that Sophia was probably hungry and I was welcomed to nurse her there in the examination room....more
... Is not a terrifying thing. In fact, if you've ever had the opportunity to be breast to the wind you'll know that they are not really that revealed. Babe's face is mooshed in there and you can gently pull the top of your shirt down for coverage. Or, you don't have to. Because you are a feeding a human and that's not terribly offensive, but do you know what is offensive? Chewing with your mouth open and babies don't actually do that....more
Earlier this month a woman attacked a Gauguin painting at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. while screaming "this is evil," it "has nudity," is "very homosexual" and "bad for the children." If that isn't sufficiently ridiculous, the media's coverage of the incident makes the situation even more bothersome. Comments Dr....more
CBS released an interesting article and slideshow on Monday, just a week after World Breastfeeding Week ended. Perhaps attempting to be tongue-in-cheek about the hotly debated subject of breastfeeding, specifically breastfeeding in public, they managed to confused and offend readers.
A few weeks ago I posted something on my Facebook status regarding
breastfeeding support. Most of my friends know that I breastfeed my
daughter, and while I am not of the Breastfeed-or-Die clan I am pretty
well versed in the pros and cons of both breastfeeding and formula
feeding and have opinions on both.
Yesterday, Her Bad Mother wrote a very thought provoking post on cross nursing. She was painfully engorged after being away from home at a conference with no pump available. A newly befriended mother with a hungry baby offered to help. Catherine could nurse her baby, who needed to be fed, and get relief in doing so, it was, for her, a perfect combination of supply and demand. Catherine's perspective is that the offer was a beautiful example of the wonderful sisterhood that can be formed between