Topic: breastfeeding

Open Thread: What Did Your Pregnant Boobs Look Like?

Open Thread: What Did Your Pregnant Boobs Look Like?

Ok, ya’ll- I am about to get very real with you about pregnant boobs. Namely, MY pregnant boobs, in the hopes that you will all share yours. I mean, I’m not going to flash you or anything but I am going to be very frank about what exactly they looked like toward the end of my pregnancies and I hope you will all do the same in this thread and we can all lol-cry at the sadness and hilarity of pregnant boobs. More »

Another Breastfeeding Mother Shamed As Principal Writes A Letter Asking Her To ‘Use Discretion’

Another Breastfeeding Mother Shamed As Principal Writes A Letter Asking Her To 'Use Discretion'

Breastfeeding is legal, there is no disputing that fact. But as long as the milk has to flow freely from the nipple – which is, of course, forever – there will be someone who has a problem with it. People do not like nipples – they especially do not like their own children exposed to nipples. That’s basically what one principal said to a breastfeeding mother taking advantage of the school’s summer lunch program. More »

The Real Reasons Why Women Breastfeed In Public

The Real Reasons Why Women Breastfeed In Public

Breastfeeding moms are told to cover up, to be discreet, to go feed their babies in public restrooms because as we all know, there is nothing more pleasant than having lunch in a place reserved for urinating and defecting, or else to go sit in a hot car in a parking lot and feed your baby in the privacy of your vehicle. When I was breastfeeding my kids, and when I did so in public, I always did it because they were hungry, but according to the internet, women do it for many other reasons More »

Being On A Breastfeeding Elimination Diet Means You Get Nothing Yummy

Being On A Breastfeeding Elimination Diet Means You Get Nothing Yummy

“Have you thought about giving up dairy?” the pediatrician asked, taking my daughter’s dirty diaper from me and passing it off to an assistant.

“No,” I said, politely, and in my head I followed it with “I don’t really believe in the whole ‘elimination diet’ bullshit.”

“Well, a fair amount of breastfed babies have trouble with digesting dairy.  We’ll test her poop, and if it’s got blood in it, that’ll tell us what we need to know.” More »

Everyone Is Judging Your Breastfeeding, No Matter What You Do

Everyone Is Judging Your Breastfeeding, No Matter What You Do

There is an interesting paradox surrounding the subject of breastfeeding. We’ve all been told that Breast Is Best. It’s precisely for this reason that most women, myself included, try to give it their best shot after having a baby. Most women do their research, ask for help in the hospital or from a lactation consultant, and try to get their baby to latch successfully so they can continue to feed them when they return home. More »