Breastfeeding Sweet Links…NYC Nurse-In THIS WEDNESDAY, Woman kicked out of waterpark, AAP recommends EBF 6 months, Bonding & body image, EBF Poster, Donor Milk Documentary Premier

Happy Monday mamas!

There are so many hot breastfeeding stories, news, and links coming my way this morning that I have to share them with you too, right now, and not wait until my usual end of the day Sweet Links post.

Breastfeeding Sweet Links…

Are you in NYC and around this Wednesday? There is going to be a mini-Facebook nurse-in at the American Museum of Natural History on February 29th. Check out details here on my related post, Upcoming Nurse-Ins & Why they are a big deal, and on the Facebook Event Page: Mini NYC Facebook Nurse-In.

In the news:
Marysville Mom Asked Not To Breast-Feed At Columbus Water Park

How absurd is it that a women nursing her baby is asked to stop when everyone else is bouncing around in bikinis, not using their breasts for their *actual* purpose? And she was covered even! Good gracious. Regardless of how nursing in public makes other people feel, it is protected by law, whether the woman is covered or not.

Before I had kids of my own, and probably not until I started nursing my second daughter while tandem nursing my 21 month old, did I really see the true beauty of breastfeeding. Before that, I thought of breastfeeding as something that was necessary and best practice, but in public, well, I was embarrased. I felt like my nursing needed to be hidden away, something that shouldn’t be seen and I knew those feelings were not a good thing. Now I see what incredible dedication this act of love takes in our modern society. To nurse at all, to nurse in public, to nurse past 3 months, 6 months, 12 months, 2 years, tandem nurse…

I am now able to appreciate this truly amazing thing that my body does for my offspring and myself, what a powerful bond it has formed for us, and how happy and healthy it makes my children.

What pre-baby notions of breastfeeding have changed for you since doing it yourself?

(Inspired from a post in the Great Nurse-In – check ‘em out!)

More…

KellyMom.com via Lakeshore Medical Breastfeeding Medicine Clinic

Early release: new AAP policy on “Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk”!! There is finally a consensus on 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding. The AAP is no longer saying 4-6 months. “The American Academy of Pediatrics reaffirms its recommendation of exclusive breastfeeding for about 6 months, followed by continued breastfeeding as complementary foods are introduced, with continuation of breastfeeding for 1 year or longer as mutually desired by mother and infant.”

Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk

pediatrics.aappublications.org

“Breastfeeding and human milk are the normative standards for infant feeding and nutrition. Given the documented short- and long-term medical and neurodevelopmental advantages of breastfeeding, infant nutrition should be considered a public health issue and not only a lifestyle choice.”

 

Via Breastfeeding Older Children – Darcia Narvaez, developmental psychologist at Notre Dame University, who advocates parenting practices to approve of:

Where Are the Happy Babies? | Psychology Today – www.psychologytoday.com

Have we forgotten what babies need from (ALL OF) us?

theleakyboob.com

“I believe breastfeeding needs to be seen, for our daughters (and our sons). It’s intentional on my part that my girls see me and other women breastfeeding their babies and I believe it is an important part of developing body images.”

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

This study surveyed the prevalence of bottle versus breastfeeding graphic images on products marketed for pregnant mothers and young children available for purchase in national chain stores.
Of the 2,670 items surveyed, none contained a breastfeeding image. Conclusions: The absence of breastfeeding images and the relatively high prevalence of baby dolls marketed with a baby bottle demonstrate that breastfeeding is not portrayed as the physiologic norm on these products. Product designers should explore ways to promote breastfeeding, consumers should make informed choices in product selection, and advocacy groups should promote guidelines for these products.”

Exploring the “body fluids” debate about breastfeeding in public | The Leaky Boob

To help anyone still confused, anyone who may be thinking breastfeeding in public is like defecating in public, urinating in public, or having sex in public, check out The Leaky Boob’s post & awesome charts.

Pretty sweet huh?

 

 

And are you extended nursing? Here is a funny Extended Breastfeeding or Full Term Breastfeeding poster, just for you!

 

Now they just need a tandem nursing one, am I right?? Look how beautiful tandem nursing is!

 

Or this building mural in Copenhagen? via The Milk Truck

 

 

Have you ever experienced depression upon weaning from breastfeeding?

“In the days after Jane Roper stopped breastfeeding her 13-month-old twin girls, her mood slumped. She took no joy in the things she normally loved, lost her motivation and found it difficult to concentrate.”
More on weaning depression at Kelly Mom here: http://kellymom.com/momblog/bf/ages/weaning/weaning-faq/weaning_mom/

 

More recent breastfeeding news:
Watch it! Donor Milk: The Documentary – Trailer (Premiering Thursday, March 1st, 2012 in Houston, Texas)

 

Whew! That is enough for today…Enjoy!

Want to help protect mothers from being fired for pumping at work?

I’m sure you heard about this, right? A Houston mother was fired for asking to pump at work? And then this week, a Houston judge affirmed her former employer’s right to fire her, the nursing mother, claiming it isn’t gender discrimination or related to pregnancy? I wrote a little bit about it yesterday, in my “Why breastfeeding discrimination is wrong” post, but it is really still angering me so here I am again.

How can breastfeeding be protected by law but those who break the law are not held accountable? No enforcement provision. That’s how. Things need to change.

I pasted the story below – check it out. And I just signed this letter to my congressman – you should too!

Dear Member of Congress,

As a constituent and one of a million members of MomsRising.org, I am writing to request that you co-sponsor the Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2011 (H.R. 2758, S. 1463).

The Breastfeeding Promotion Act would increase breastfeeding in this country by giving all mothers who want to breastfeed unpaid time and private, clean spaces to express milk at work. The bill would also protect breastfeeding women from being fired or discriminated against in the workplace. If breastfeeding is made more accessible and acceptable in the workplace, more mothers are likely to provide such crucial nourishment to their children.

Thanks to new protections included in the Affordable Care Act, millions of hourly workers now have unpaid break time and a clean space for pumping at work. However, these new rules only cover about half of all women in the workforce.

Recent research estimates that the country could save approximately $2.2 billion in direct health care costs (and a total of $13 billion in savings overall) if 90% of women breastfed their babies exclusively for at least 6 months as medical experts advise. When children are provided the maximum health benefits as infants, they grow to be healthier children and later adults (lessening the burden of health related costs) and their parents are less likely to need to take time off from work to care for them (increasing their productivity, economic and otherwise, in their workplaces).

At a time when rising health costs are crippling families, business and government, we cannot afford to ignore this simple, common sense way to improve our nation’s health and economy.

I hope I can count on your leadership on this important issue.

Sincerely,

Paala ——-

 

Although it would be helpful to find out where the representatives stand and tailor the letter but I’m a busy mama and the standard letter will have to do. Click below to sign it too.

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by Gabe Gutierrez / KHOU 11 News – kens5.com/

Posted on February 9, 2012 at 7:57 AM

Updated today at 8:53 AM

HOUSTON – A controversial ruling from a Houston judge has sparked a firestorm among breastfeeding mothers.

Donnicia Venters had sued a debt collection company, Houston Funding, that she claimed fired her because she asked to bring a breast pump to work. Venters’ attorney said her employee reviews had always been positive before she was let go.

“I didn’t think anything was wrong. I didn’t know this was going to happen,” Venters said. “I’m very shocked that it did happen. I worked very hard for that company going on three years, a lot of hours. I was a good employee and I didn’t see it coming at all.”

Houston Funding claimed that Venters left on her own — that the company had not heard from her and “assumed that she had abandoned her job.”

The lawsuit has dragged on for years. But late last week, Judge Lynn Hughes ruled against Venters. He said that “firing someone because of lactation or breast-pumping is not sexual discrimination.”

“Even if Venters’s claims are true,” Hughes wrote, “the law does not punish lactation discrimination.”

Hughes added that “…lactation is not pregnancy, childbirth or a related medical condition.”

The lawyer who represented Venters disagrees.

“Under the law that prohibits discrimination on pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition, lactation is a related medical condition to pregnancy and childbirth,” argued Timothy Bowne, an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission attorney. “There are no people that we know of who lactate who haven’t given birth recently.”

At the Motherhood Center in southwest Houston, many moms were furious with the judge’s decision.

“No, I don’t think that it’s right,” said one mom. “I think that if you want to continue breast feeding because it’s the best thing for your baby, you should be able to continue to bring your pump to work and continue doing that.”

“I do think that would probably be sex discrimination because it’s a woman’s job to breast feed a baby and therefore, if they’re not making provisions to allow her to do that at work, then they are discriminating against women because a man would not be put in that situation,” said another mom.

The EEOC and Venters say they’re weighing their legal options, but an appeal is very likely.

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