Breastfeeding in the News

In the day and age of social media, people can connect and put together events at a moment’s notice. That’s just what happened in our surrounding neighborhood of South Hadley, Ma two weeks ago. The owner of a business said she posted the policy restricting breastfeeding on her business’s Facebook page and the backlash was immediate. Some comments included the 2009 Massachusetts law that prohibit any restrictions on nursing in a public place. The business owner than said she took down the post within minutes and now her business does NOT have a policy regarding breastfeeding.

The business owner told the local media that she was trying to be considerate of everyone’s feelings and was trying to make her business a place where everybody feels comfortable. Her post originally read “For the comfort and consideration of all our guests, uncovered breastfeeding will not be allowed in the play area. Please use a cover in the seating area or ask to use one of our party rooms.” – She followed the back lash up afterwards, that she was unaware of the nursing law when she instituted the policy.

Although the post was deleted and the policy retracted, area mothers took to social media to organize a “nurse-in” protest at the business. Area mothers were encouraged to head there if you were currently nursing or if you were a supporter of nursing mothers. By midafternoon there were nearly 300 comments on the “nurse-in” Facebook Page.

State law dictates that “no person or entity can restrict a mother from breastfeeding her child in a public place and that any exposure of the breast during the feeding process is not considered lewd.” The business owner wanted to point out that her original policy never completely prohibited nursing. She said in asking mothers to leave the main play area or cover up to breast feed, she was encouraging something many women already did. She wants everyone to know she is a true believer in breastfeeding.

However, there are many that feel there should be more emphasis in teaching women about breastfeeding and that when people feel uncomfortable by what breasts are designed for, it speaks to the larger issue of the lack of support. We’re not normalizing this behavior, breastfeeding is NORMAL.

Nursing Moms and their supporters were happy that the business decided to eliminate their Facebook post and this new policy. Feeling that if anything they should have been going out of their way to support breastfeeding mothers.

While you and your friends are taking selfies and posting them to Instagram – celebrity moms are sharing their pictures too with MILLIONS! Just another wonderful way to normalize breastfeeding – whether it be to show something Natural & Beautiful or to show your political views!

To read more, go to: popsugar.com/moms/Celebrity-Moms-Breastfeeding-Photos-34950890#photo-36006978

Some Mama’s like Alicia Silverstone have even started a program to help mothers with an oversupply of breast milk, and would like to share it with mom’s who can’t nurse – visit: thekindlife.com

How's this for multitasking - Resident Evil STAR, Milla Jovovich is expecting her second child with the film's director Paul W.S Anderson in 10 weeks! Milla assured her zombie loving fans that she'll be ready to start filming in August. However, Jovovich warns the wardrobe department of the film that she is going to need a new "easy mama access" costume, as she will be nursing the infant!

This is the news we LOVE reading about!

 

On Sunday January 11th, Pope Francis celebrated the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord by baptizing 33 babies in the Sistine Chapel. During the mass, the Catholic leader encouraged the infants’ mothers to breastfeed their babies.

When he spoke, he said the following: “you mothers give  your children milk and even now, if they cry because they are hungry, breastfeed them, don’t worry, “ Pope Francis declared in his homily. The written sermon used the Italian phrase for “give them milk,” but during his remarks, the pop changed it to “allattateli,” which directly translates to “breastfeed them.”

Pope Francis, also said during mass – for the congregation to think of the impoverished mothers around the world, “Too many, unfortunately, who can’t give food to their children.”

Pope Francis continues to show his support for Breastfeeding Mothers, especially in public. Back in December of 2013, the religious leader declared that moms shouldn’t feel ashamed to nursing their babies outside the home. He was quoted having the below interaction with a mother –

At the Wednesday General Audience the other day there was a young mother behind one of the barriers with a baby that was just a few months old. The child was crying its eyes out as I came past. The mother was caressing it. I said to her: madam, I think the child’s hungry. “Yes, it’s probably time…” she replied. “Please give it something to eat!” I said. She was shy and didn’t want to breastfeed in public, while the Pope was passing. I wish to say the same to humanity: give people something to eat!

To Read More, go to: huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/12/pope-francis-breastfeeding_n_6456314.html

What you feed your baby in his/her first year of life could very well predict their health habits at age 6, according to a new report from researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and prevention.

The findings provide a lens to understanding childhood obesity rates, which have more than doubled in the past 30 years.

The researchers surveyed more than 1,500 mothers and concluded that children who were breastfed for longer periods as infants tended to eat more healthy at age 6 – drinking more water, eating more fruits and veggies – and indulging in fewer sugar-sweetened beverages.

Moreover, the children whose parents introduced them earlier to healthful foods between 6 months and a year of age tended to continue to enjoy a healthier diet later on. For example, when mothers fed their children a sugar-sweetened beverages or juice the first year of life, their children were twice as likely to drink sugar-sweetened beverages at age 6.

The study was published in a special supplement of the journal Pediatrics.

“Seeing these relationships between early feeding and later health really emphasizes the importance of following the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics,” said Kelly Scanlon, one of the CDC researchers who authored the study. These recommendations urge exclusive breastfeeding for six months, followed by continued breastfeeding until the infant is a least 1 year old. They also suggest that parents introduce complimentary foods starting at six months that are healthy and nutrient rich.

The findings underscore a simple fact that is gaining traction in the field of childhood nutrition: preference for flavor in a child begins early. And it can even begin in the womb, some research suggests.

Scanlon said that breast milk, too, exposes infants to a variety of flavors, which studies have shown makes them more accepting than formula-fed infants of various flavors.

Childhood nutrition experts not involved with the study said the findings provide additional weight to the importance of shaping a child’s diet early. Dr. David Katz, editor-in-chief of the journal Childhood Obesity and director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center, said the findings serve to underscore the long-established relationship between breastfeeding and health in mothers and children.

“The question we need to be asking is not ‘Why should mothers breastfeed?’ but, ‘Why shouldn’t they?’” Katz said. “For all mammals, our first food is breast milk.”

The study also points to other benefits of breast feeding. Kids who breast fed for longer in infancy tended to have a lower risk of ear, throat and sinus infections at age 6. The study also noted that mothers may have much to gain – or lose, in this case – as obese mothers who adhered to breastfeeding recommendations retained about 18 pounds less than obese women who did not breastfeed once their children reached the age of 6.

When it comes to feeding babies, Stars really are “just like us!” We found this link with beautiful photos and Breastfeeding moments that were just stunning! From Gwen Stefani to Mayim Bialik, talking about how important it was to them and continues to be to breastfeed their babies, some 3 years and beyond! We think it’s great when stars reach out and discuss their breastfeeding journeys and even better when there are pictures to go along with it. Just a few more steps to helping normalize breastfeeding!

To read more, go to huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/01/celebrity-moms-breastfeeding_n_5634911.html

 

 

 

Mothers are outside Claridge’s Hotel in Central London in protest against a woman being told to cover-up while breastfeeding her child.

The protest’s organizers, Free to Feed, want the hotel to change its policy – and of course they do, Breastfeeding should be a natural, anytime anywhere motto!

About 25 Mothers were breastfeeding outside the five-star hotel – here is the article where you can read more!

To read more, go to: bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-30359606

 

Leave it to the media to capture an 8 month pregnant Hayden Panetierre wearing a bikini while vacationing in Hawaii this week and to not say how relaxed the mama to be looked or how beautiful she looked. No, they had to use words like huge & giant.

When will society STOP shaming pregnant ladies?

Here is what Hayden Panetierre had to say:

To read more, go to: parents.com/blogs/everything-pregnancy/2014/11/19/everything-pregnancy/lets-not-body-shame-8-months-pregnant-bikini-clad-hayden-panetierre/?socsrc=pmmfb1411215

We came across this blog article that was too good not to share. We heard this is a blog article that crashed her site - Great reasons on why toddlers are NOT too old to breastfeed. The Milk Meg covers on issues from "Breastfeeding is not just about nutrition, food and drink" to "The ingredients in my breastmilk do not suddenly disappear after my baby reaches a certain age!"

Take a look at her article, you won't be disappointed, and it's for sure to put a smile on your face.

To read more, go to: themilkmeg.com

Did you also know that your breastmilk changes with your growing baby/toddler, to meet his/her needs - It's simply amazing that our bodies know what to do for you and your little ones!

 

A North Texas Mother has not only set a new world record for the amount of donated breast milk, she has tripled the previous record!

Alyse Ogletree, a mother of two from Denton, donated 53,081 ounces of breast milk to the Mother’s Milk Bank of North Texas --- a total of more than 414 gallons!!! Now that is impressive!

Ogletree found out Monday that she had been admitted into the Guinness Book of World Records after having applied back in March.

The previous record-holder was Amelia Bommker of Illinois, who donated 16,321 ounces of breast milk.

Ogletree said in March that she was overproducing breast milk when her son Kyle was born in January 2011, filling the hospital’s reserves of breast milk. A nurse asked if she’d ever considered donating her milk, an option Ogletree previously had not known existed.

Soon after, Ogletree found the Mother’s Milk Bank of North Texas and donated 1,880 ounces in total. After the birth of her second child, Kage, she resumed donating to the milk bank, producing on average 130 ounces per day, Ogletree said.

“It’s wonderful to be a part of something as special as helping out little babies,” she said.