August 1 through 7 is World Breastfeeding Week. The call to action of this week is to "protect, promote and support breastfeeding." Listen, I get that not all people can breastfeed and this is not about shaming someone for bottle feeding, it's about supporting women who are breastfeeding. It may be what some people call the most "natural" thing in the world, but let me tell you it's not easy--especially not when people give you the stink eye for doing it in public, not when they expect you to go hide in shame or heaven forbid feed your child in a bathroom.
Gwen Stefani recently shared this most adorbale picture of herself nursing her 5-month old son Apollo while in Switzerland. And I want to say thank you to Gwen Stefani and all the very public mamis that whip it out and nurse their children proudly and publicly.
Graduating from school is a huge accomplishment when you've worked hard to complete your studies. This especially applies if you are a mother who's raised a child while finishing college, or even work. One mom, 25-year-old Karlesha Thurman recently graduated from California State University Long Beach.
During her graduation ceremony she took pictures, but one in particular stirred up controversy on Facebook. Wait until you see why!
When professional photographer Hector Cruz's wife had trouble breastfeeding their daughter and needed to hire a lactation consultant in 2013, Cruz felt "helpless and confused." So he decided to do some research and take action. Enter Project Breastfeeding, a new photo campaign that features fathers pretending to breastfeed their infants. Now that's a role reversal you don't see every day!
The photos, seen here, portray various dads holding their babies close, under the slogan "If I could, I would." Their goal? To publicly show support for their breastfeeding wives and other nursing mothers.Continue Reading >
At this point, I'm pretty sure everyone knows that breast milk is the healthiest choice for babies--your obstetrician, your pediatrician, your best friend, your third cousin, have probably all spouted the virtues.
Before I became a mother, I had no intention of ever breastfeeding, but once pregnant, the evidence of the greatness of breast milk was just too convincing to ignore. So of course, I gave it a whirl and my son was lucky to get 13 months of the good stuff. He hardly ever got sick during that time, turned into a fabulous eater of solid foods afterwards, and has always been ahead of the curve developmentally. The benefits of breastfeeding are awesome, but the milk itself is even more fascinating than most of us realize. Here are five cool facts about breast milk you might not have heard:Continue Reading >
A Colorado woman recently posted a photo of a puppy latched to her breast on her Facebook page, which has unsurprisingly gone viral. The woman--whose name is not being released for fear of public backlash--says she believed the puppy, who was the runt of a weak litter, would haved died within the hour had she not made the choice she did. But, I'm not so sure.Continue Reading >
Brace yourself for one of the most absurd anti-women's rights legislation of our times. Thanks to a recently passed law requiring women to breastfeed their babies for at least two years, men in the United Arab Emirates can now actually SUE their wives if they don't. Have these people lost their minds?Continue Reading >
I don't think there's anything the Kardashian family isn't willing to share with the ENTIRE world. Take the latest January 26 episode of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," for instance. We saw Kim's boob leaking milk all over the place and we also found out that Kanye tends to squirt in her face, if you catch my drift. If that's not over sharing I don't what is!Continue Reading >
When it comes to breastfeeding people will volunteer all sorts of advice--you could hear everything from pumping before your baby is born to roughing your nipples up while you're still pregnant. But in all honesty, much of what you'll hear is totally subjective and may work for some women, but could actually make things harder for others. What you really need to know are the basics--things that will help you ensure that both your body and mind are as prepared as possible. These seven tips will help you succeed at breastfeeding with as little stress as possible:Continue Reading >
It seems as if the debate over public breastfeeding has just reached holy proportions ... literally. This past weekend, Pope Francis himself became the latest surprising advocate for nursing women everywhere, by encouraging moms to feed their babies in the Sistine Chapel. How amazing is that?!Continue Reading >
Penélope Cruz just can't get enough of her little girl, Luna! The actress welcomed her first daughter and second child with husband, Javier Bardem, this past July and she says she's enjoying every single minute of this baby stage, including breastfeeding. In fact, in a recent interview with Allure magazine, the 39-year-old admitted that she finds nursing to be "addictive!"Continue Reading >