Look, I’m not a breastfeeding expert by any stretch of the imagination, but there has to be a happy medium between pretending breastfeeding is a perfect, natural process that’s as easy as assembling an Ikea chair, and acting like breastfeeding gives you no other choice but to be a cheddar-scented, milk-splattering, exhausted maniac. More
Women wrote in about being accused by strangers of poisoning their babies with formula, about doctors who were not allowed to use the word ‘bottle’, about being reduced to tears after being harangued by nurses and consultants. Some of these women were cancer survivors, some of the were just women who didn’t want to or couldn’t breastfeed, and not a single one of them deserved to be treated this way. More
Critics are slamming this breast milk jeweler for making “gross” pendants out of body fluids. More
I am not entitled. I do not believe the world revolves around me and my baby. Believe me, I have no desire for you to see my breasts. I do, however, understand that babies who breastfeed grow into toddlers who want to run. Those toddlers become children who express themselves loudly and with great abandon no matter how many times you remind them to use their inside voices. But bit at a time, we teach our children that ultimately, we must live in harmony with other people and respect the needs of others. More
A Labor Day outing turned into a social media war this week, when Big Woody’s restaurant in Virginia kicked out a mother for breastfeeding. She says she was discriminated against. They say they were concerned about her consumption of alcohol while nursing. How sweet. This woman is an adult, dummies. I’m pretty sure she cares about the health of her infant more than “Big Woody.” Why do we have the incessant need to treat breastfeeding mothers like babies themselves? More
A lot of us have had a bad experience with pushy nurses and lactation consultants after giving birth, but a Canadian hospital system has taken things to a whole new low. New moms are being handed a feeding “contract” that basically tells them all the ways that formula feeding rather than breastmilk is going to mess up their kid’s life as well as their own. Then they’re told to pick the feeding method they want to use, and sign and date the contract. No pressure, though! It’s good to know that moms don’t even have to wait till after they’re discharged from the hospital to get a world of mommyshaming unleashed on them! More
There’s so much news lately about women breastfeeding in public and people being shocked and offended by it. I really feel the need to perform sort of a public service to let people know that there are several breastfeeding cover-ups out there that will make everyone around you more comfortable. More
A floor manager at Anthropologie allegedly forced a customer off the store floor after she began nursing in what was probably one of their lovely, totally overpriced shabby-chic chairs. Ingrid Wiese-Hesson’s 6-week-old started to fuss, so she did what any mother who just spent $700 in a store would do – relax for a minute in the glow of their AC and feed her child.That’s when the manager arrived to save the day and tell her where she would be most comfortable.
On the toilet. More
Good news, new mothers of the world! If you’re suffering from the baby blues or full-blown post-partum depression, researchers want you to know: maybe you just could have tried harder at breastfeeding? More
idiot man is speaking out against breastfeeding this week, and his laundry list of why it’s offensive is so dumb you almost have to laugh. I said, almost. That there is this level of ignorance in the world is a little too troubling to actually be funny. More
In an anonymous post on Reddit’s “Dads of Reddit” forum, one father asked if any of the other dads there had ever tried to get their baby to suck from their nipples as a way of calming them down. The Dads of Reddit, who were sweet enough to throw in a lot of “no judgments,” to a man said, “Nope. Not once. I’ve never even come within a hundred miles of doing that.” And as open-minded as I am about a great many things, I have to agree: if I need to worry about picking chest hairs out of my newborn’s mouth, I’m out. As a rule. More
Pumping at work sucks (pun intended) and it especially sucks when you work at a busy restaurant. Here are 6 of the worst parts of pumping at work. More
A restaurant critic for the Courier Journal devoted and entire paragraph of her review of a Argentinian steakhouse to shaming the breastfeeding mother at the table next to her. Wow. That’s relevant to the restaurant’s performance. How can this reviewer – a mother no less – actually think this is okay?