Breastfeeding Discreetly

The American Academy of Pediatrics noted that in the United States, “It is a curious commentary on our society that we tolerate all degrees of explicitness in our literature and mass media as regards to sex and violence, but the normal act of breastfeeding is taboo.”

Embarrassment or difficulty breastfeeding in public is a reason some mothers give for weaning their child early or switching to formula. The best way to avoid these feelings and overcome the difficulties is to have a good support network that includes mothers who have experienced breastfeeding.

While there may occur rare circumstances when someone is extremely sensitive to your decision to publicly breastfeed most of the time you will be able to feed your child without anyone else being the wiser for what is happening.  Wearing appropriate clothing can be the first step.  two piece outfit, shirt, sweater, or top with pants shorts or skirt offers lots of flexibility for breastfeeding discreetly.  Lift your top from the waist (or unbutton from the bottom) for nursing.  You will find that lying the baby across your lap will hide your bare midriff.   A lift blanket or in cooler climates a jacket or shawl can also afford you an additional level of privacy.

Most of all remember not to let a concern about feeding your baby in public keep you from enjoying the advantages and convenience of breastfeeding.  So when your baby needs to eat, feed them.

Can Breast Milk Cure Cancer?

The nutritional composition of breast milk is a complex fluid containing more than a 100,000 different elements specialized to support human development and long term health. But can breast milk cure cancer?  The Mirror UK is reporting that cancer sufferer Tim Browne pours some of his daughter’s breast milk over his morning cereal in hopes it will boost his immune system in his battle with colon and liver cancer. Each morning Georgia expresses some of her breast milk after feeding her son for her ailing dad.  Tim has described the taste of his breast milk cancer cure as slightly pungent and oily.

Tim’s doctors support his exploration of alternative medicine solutions for curing cancer. His doctors cannot attribute breast milk cure cancer with his improving condition. Tim has also been receiving chemotherapy.

Is the answer yes to can breast milk cure cancer – it would be amazing if it were, hopefully a more in depth and rigorous study will give support to Tim’s belief of the curative powers of human breast milk.

Breastfeeding Lactivism vs Facebook

Recently Facebook has been marking profile pictures of women nursing their children as obscene and removing them. Users with such pictures have been warned that should they repost the images they will face expulsion from the site.

Several groups have sprung up on Facebook with Hey, Facebook, breastfeeding is not obscene!(Official breastfeeding petition to Facebook) being the largest at nearly 65,000 members.

On December 27, 2008 M.I.L.C., the  Mothers International Lactation Campaign has set up a virtual event where 6,000 attendees have pledged to change their profile picture to one depicting a mother breastfeeding her child.

For those in the Palo Alto, California area December 27 at 11:00AM meet up at the Facebook headquarters, 156 Uni­versity Ave. for a nurse-in.

Ask Obama to Support Breastfeeding: Sign the Petition

Recognition and support for breastfeeding is often neglected as an important part of mothering. Help us put breastfeeding on the radar for President-elect Barack Obama to ensure it is treated as a high priority health issues and receives the support it deserves.

Our economy is in crisis and this nation’s leaders are looking for solutions to help our financial and economic future. This is an opportunity to remind the leaders that working mothers are an integral part of the work force and our children’s health is an important part of our future. 75% of mother contribute to our work force. During the looming recession many families struggle to make ends meet specifically with regards to health care, groceries and other necessities for their children. Please support this petition to ensure that during these turbulent economic times all families are supported with the resources they need provide the best for their babies.

Let’s come together and show our support by signing this breastfeeding petition. Send this onto your friends, family and colleagues so we can give many people as possible the chance to sign. Everyone who adds their name will help to make a difference. Sign the petition.

The United States Breastfeeding Committee has as created a breastfeeding petition to the President-elect, urging him to take several actions to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding. The actions are:

1. Instruct the Surgeon General to issue a statement in support of breastfeeding urging all sectors (governmental and non-governmental) involved in supporting women, children, and families to improve their breastfeeding policies.
2. Enact a national paid family leave policy.
3. Endorse the World Health Organization’s International Code of Marketing of Breast milk Substitutes as well as the Global Strategy for Infant & Young Child Feeding.
4. Ask the Federal Trade Commission to monitor infant formula marketing.
5. Ask the Food and Drug Administration to include labeling on powdered infant formula warning that it is not sterile and providing instructions on how to properly reconstitute it.
6. Highlight the benefits for employers of workplace breastfeeding support programs as part of your program to promote flexible work arrangements.
7. Urge all insurers to cover lactation care and support services.
8. Approve an increase in breastfeeding support funds for the USDA’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), especially to support the peer counseling
9. Instruct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to recommend that all hospitals achieve the Baby-Friendly designation.
10. Ensure that emergency management agencies are trained in breastfeeding support and have breastfeeding supply kits available for distribution in emergencies.

Thank you for your support on this very important issue!