It's Black Breastfeeding Week. And that seems to cause a lot of ~feelings~ for white women. Every year, Black Breastfeeding Week celebrates the different lived experiences of black women, and highlights the racial disparities in breastfeeding support which impact infant mortality rates. And every year, during this celebration, promoters and supporters face accusations of being "divisive" and even "racist" for discussing these different lived experiences and documented racial disparities. … [Read more...] about 5 Reasons White Women Should Support Black Breastfeeding Week
Originally published at Mothering.com A good friend of mine recently had a baby, at home; a birth which I attended as doula, along with the same midwife who attended my last birth. It was an incredible experience to witness the strength of a woman going through the intense waves of bringing a baby earthside. It was powerful, magical, breathtaking and raw. My friend worked hard, doing her best to relax and open, and finally her baby was born. And then came the initiation of … [Read more...] about This is Why I Breastfed Another Woman’s Baby
Originally published at Mothering.com World Breastfeeding Week is a yearly worldwide celebration of breastfeeding. Beginning August 1st this year, World Breastfeeding Week aims to promote education and support for breastfeeding, to help encourage more mothers to meet their goals. Why do we need to celebrate breastfeeding? And why do we need a whole week devoted to it? Here's why you should care. 1. Breastfeeding is a lost art: Breastfeeding probably wouldn't need to be promoted or … [Read more...] about It’s World Breastfeeding Week: Here’s 6 Reasons You Should Care
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-L-Fg7lWgQ Originally published at Mothering.com Approximately 40 years ago, the ~brazen~ act of feeding a child was featured on Sesame street. 1977 was clearly a different time than 2017 is, as evidenced by this video showing breastfeeding, uncovered and unashamed, on a children's program. Native Canadian musician, educator, and activist Buffy Sainte-Marie was featured on Sesame Street in the 1970s. This in itself was a powerful action, as it was -- … [Read more...] about Remember That Time Sesame Street Showed Breastfeeding?
Originally published at Mothering.com Dear Male Lifeguard, Yesterday I attended my first nurse-in, a response to an incident at a local pool where a mother was told to cover up while breastfeeding her infant. It’s unfortunate that we have to organize such events, but it was an empowering experience, and it was good to see so many breastfeeding mothers come together in solidarity. If you happened to be working at the pool yesterday, I know it must have been tough for you to witness so … [Read more...] about An Open Letter to the Lifeguard Who Complained About a Breastfeeding Mother
Originally published at Mothering.com The breastfeeding selfie: a nurturing act of empowerment, a promotion of breastfeeding, and a counterculture resistance movement which tends to elicit strong opinions. A common sentiment when breastfeeding photos are shared is, "Why would anyone share this publicly??? This is a private moment." Believe it or not, the breastfeeding selfie is not a flagrant act of narcissism. There's a positive reason behind the movement. The objection to … [Read more...] about The World Health Organization Endorses Brelfies– Breastfeeding Selfies!
Originally published at Mothering.com Go beyond the basics -- here's a list of 10 facts you may not know about breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is increasingly promoted these days, as more and more evidence shows the importance of feeding babies this complete, species-specific food. We know that breast milk is full of living vitamins and minerals, but here are some things you might not know: 1. Breastfeeding can be hard. This is not always true; some women have an easy time with it. But … [Read more...] about 10 Incredible Facts You Might Not Know About Breastfeeding
In what should be a normal, everyday event, an Australian Senator has made history by being the first woman to (successfully and legally) breastfeed her baby in Parliament. The Senator, Larissa Waters, had recently returned from maternity leave and -- like many American mothers long to do -- was able to take her baby to work with her. Baby Alia Joy Waters, only weeks old, joined her mother on the floor of Parliament where voting was taking place. After the event, Waters took to Twitter to … [Read more...] about Senator Makes History By Breastfeeding Her Baby In Parliament
Originally published at Mothering.com Target has a surprising breastfeeding policy -- and it's shockingly good! After several incidences of mothers being asked to cover up or move while breastfeeding, Target has implemented a new training policy. This is great news for breastfeeding mothers everywhere. While Target has claimed to be breastfeeding-friendly in the past, clearly their employees were lacking consistent training. The fuzzy photo says: Guests … [Read more...] about Target Has A Shocking New Breastfeeding Policy
Written by wise mama Crystal of Owl Heart It was Little Horse’s (my oldest daughter) fourth birthday. Little Wolf (my youngest daughter) was around 5 weeks old. We had just moved to our new home, and sure enough-- mastitis came knocking on my door. This is my experience with mastitis and how I helped my body work it out. The day before my daughter’s birthday I woke up in the middle of the night feeling pain in my right breast. It felt bruised. I did not have any sort of breastfeeding … [Read more...] about Guest Post: Kickin’ Mastitis: My Experience